Electric Fence Text Amendment Update


Electric Guard Dog LLC is seeking a Text Amendment to the Spokane City fence code, to allow business owners in commercial and industrial zones to install electric fence security systems. The current code does not permit fences or barriers charged with electricity in residential, commercial, downtown, or industrial zones. In Residential Agricultural (RA) zones, the use is permitted for the containment of livestock only. This amendment to the fence code would allow electric fences to be installed on any non-residential outdoor storage area located within Low Industrial (LI) and High Industrial (HI) zones, and additional requirements for fences installed within General Commercial (GC) zones. Proposed mitigation measures would include buffer requirements and not allowing electric fences within 150 feet of residential property, schools, or daycare facilities, unless the exterior perimeter fence (the non-electric fence) is covered with a solid covering (e.g. solid mesh, slats, etc.).

Notice of City Council Hearing on Electric Fence Ordinance

The City Council will hold a public hearing on May 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Lower Level of City Hall, 808 West Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA, to receive public testimony on a proposal to adopt an ordinance amending section 17C.130.310 Industrial Zone Fences of the Spokane Municipal Code. More Information (PDF 226 KB).

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Boris Borisov
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