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 01.02.020

Title 01 General Provisions

Chapter 01.02 General Provisions

Section 01.02.020 Use of “Shall”

Because use of the word “shall” can create ambiguity concerning the intent to use the future tense or the imperative mood of associated verbs, this code sometimes employs alternative phraseology. Hence, for example, the phrase “no person may” expresses a prohibition against acting and has the same meaning as more traditional phrases such as “it shall be unlawful for a person to.”

Date Passed: Monday, January 22, 2007

Effective Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Recodification ORD C33969 Section 1