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 10.57
Section 10.57.020

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division II. License Code

Chapter 10.57 Regulation of Residential Rental Housing

Section 10.57.020 Business Licensing and Registration
  1. Pursuant to Chapter 08.01 SMC, owning, renting, or leasing real property located in the City of Spokane constitutes engaging in business in the City and requires an annual business license and registration.  Beginning on January 1, 2024, no person shall make available for rent, or rent, lease, or let, to the public any residential housing unit without registering and maintaining registration of the residential rental property at which the unit is located pursuant to subsection (C) of this section.
  1. The annual fee for registering the business activity of renting residential real property shall be the standard annual fee described in SMC 08.02.0206(A) plus an additional $15 per residential rental unit per year.  Landlords offering below market cost rentals to low income tenants may seek a waiver of the $15 annual fee by registering with the City’s affordable rental housing incentive program that will be developed by the Department of Community, Housing and Human Services.
  1. Application for a residential rental registration shall be made to the City through a web portal established by the City of Spokane IT Department.  The application shall include the applicable registration fee set forth in SMC 08.02,0206(A) and paragraph (B) of this section, including late fees if applicable, a declaration of compliance as described in subsection (G) of this section and a complete list of individual residential rental units under the applicant’s ownership or control, including the street address of each unit, identification of whether the unit is offered at market rate or below market rate rent, whether the unit is occupied or unoccupied at the time of registration, and such other information as required in order to carry out the intent of this chapter. 
  1. A property management company may apply for and secure the required business registration on behalf of a residential rental property owner.
  1. A residential rental registration expires on December 31st of the calendar year following registration or renewal.
  1. The residential rental registration is transferable to any person who has acquired ownership of a registered rental property for the unexpired portion of the one-year term for which it was issued. 
  1. As a condition to the issuance and/or renewal of a residential rental registration, an applicant shall provide a valid declaration of compliance addressing each rental unit in the rental property prior to the issuance of a residential rental business registration.  A declaration of compliance submitted under this chapter must state that each unit complies with the requirements and standards in RCW 59.18.060.
  1. Property owners or their property managers shall provide each tenant a digital link to the website established pursuant to SMC 10.57.030(B) and if the tenant doesn’t have access to the internet advise them to call 311 for more information on tenant rights and responsibilities. 

Date Passed: Monday, February 27, 2023

Effective Date: Sunday, April 9, 2023

ORD C36330 Section 1