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 10
Chapter 10.23A
Section 10.23A.030

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Chapter 10.23A Amusement Facilities

Section 10.23A.030 Special Regulations for Entertainment Facilities
  1. No person under the age of eighteen years may be in a premise licensed under this section between the hours of two a.m. and six a.m., nor shall any licensee permit such minor to be on the premises between those hours.

  2. No licensee may conduct any dancing activity between the hours of two a.m. and six a.m. without prior special permission of the license officer.

  3. No licensee or employee may do, or permit to be done:

    1. soliciting of dancing partners or the purchase of refreshments on a commission basis; or

    2. dancing with patrons or customers on a commission or tip basis;

  4. A licensee with a dance floor must maintain illumination at a minimum level of three foot-candles at a plane three feet above the dance floor.

  5. The operator of an entertainment facility:

    1. shall not permit music to emanate off the premises in violation of chapter 10.08D, SMC (noise control), except where outdoor entertainment venues are provided in approved outdoor patio areas;

    2. shall keep the portion of the premises devoted to the preparation of food entirely separate from the dance floor;

    3. if dancing is permitted, shall provide a dance floor of not less than one hundred fifty square feet with each side being at least ten feet long;

    4. if there is an elevated dance floor, shall provide a dance floor not higher than eighteen inches above the surrounding floor or closer than six feet from the nearest patron;

    5. shall ensure the subject premises comply with all applicable building, fire, and zoning codes; and

  6. Outdoor entertainment venues may be provided in approved outdoor patio areas pursuant to the following:

    1. Sound levels shall be in compliance with chapter 10.08D, SMC.

    2. Sound levels must be turned down or terminated in response to neighborhood complaints or as directed by a police officer.

    3. No outdoor entertainment allowed after ten p.m., provided that, at the time of the initial permit application, a venue may request and shall receive a permit allowing for extended hours to midnight on Friday and Saturday if the venue is located no closer than one hundred feet from a residential zone, which shall be measured from the property lines between the venue and the nearest residential property. 

  7. A violation under this section is a class one civil infraction for each violation.

Date Passed: Monday, June 5, 2017

Effective Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ORD C35500 Section 5