City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

***Note: Many local criminal codes can now be located under Chapter 10.60 SMC while others are now cited under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which was incorporated into the municipal code in 2022. (See SMC 10.58.010). Code Enforcement, including Noise Control and Animal Regulations are located in Chapters 10.62 through 10.74.

Title 01
Chapter 01.02
Section 01.02.010

Title 01 General Provisions

Chapter 01.02 General Provisions

Section 01.02.010 Interpretation of Code
  1. Subject to specific definitions and rules of construction as are variously provided in this code, words and phrases used in this code have meaning in accordance with the follow­ing rules:
    1. Terms are defined so as to give effect to the obvious legislative intent.
    1. Particular words are construed in context so as to give meaning to every word used and to achieve consistency within the entire context.
    1. Technical terms and jargon have such special meanings as are generally under­stood by practitioners in the field from custom and usage.
    1. Terms used in laws adopted by reference carry over their meanings in the laws adopted.
    1. Words are given common and ordinary meaning.
  1. The use of nouns and pronouns of the masculine gender is not intended to exclude corresponding words of the feminine gender. Gender, number, and tense are interchangeable.

Date Passed: Monday, January 22, 2007

Effective Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Recodification ORD C33969 Section 1