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 10.58
Section 10.58.010

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division III. Revised Code of Washington Adopted

Chapter 10.58 Revised Code of Washington

Section 10.58.010 Adoption of the Revised Code of Washington
  1. The City of Spokane adopts by reference all statutes set forth in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), as now enacted or hereinafter amended or adopted, including their penalties.
  1. The amendment or repeal by the Washington State Legislature of any of the statutes adopted in the SMC by reference shall be deemed to automatically amend or repeal said chapters in conformity therewith, and it shall not be necessary for the legislative authority of the City to take any action with respect to such amendments or repealers.
  1. The adoption of the RCW by reference shall not be construed or interpreted to vest in the City any authority or responsibility to prosecute felony offenses, and the adoption of sections of the RCW which include felony provisions shall be limited to those provisions falling within the City’s authority. Such adoption, and the provisions being adopted, shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the lawful authority of the City. However, at the discretion of the City prosecutor, when appropriate, the City may prosecute attempted C felony offenses that impose gross misdemeanor penalties.
  1. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to preclude the enforcement of other local codes contained within the Spokane Municipal Code or to prevent law enforcement officers or other public officials with jurisdiction from charging violations of other local misdemeanor offenses that are codified in other Titles of the Spokane Municipal Code and not addressed in this ordinance.

Date Passed: Monday, October 3, 2022

Effective Date: Monday, October 3, 2022

ORD C36289 Section 3