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 10.60
Section 10.60.050

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division IV. Local Criminal Violations

Chapter 10.60 Local Criminal Code

Section 10.60.050 Lewd Conduct
  1. It is unlawful for a person to intentionally perform any lewd act in a public place or at a place and under circumstances where such act could be observed by any member of the public.
  1. As used in this section a lewd act is:
    1. the touching, caressing or fondling of the genitals or female breast(s); or
    1. sexual intercourse; or
    1. masturbation
  1. This section is not applicable to:
  1. classes, seminars, and lectures held for serious scientific, cultural or educational purposes;
  1. expressive conduct such as exhibits, performances or dances that are not obscene, subject to time, place and manner restrictions; or
  1. the exposure of a female breast while nursing an infant or expressing breast milk.
  1. A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

Date Passed: Monday, October 3, 2022

Effective Date: Monday, October 3, 2022

ORD C36289 Section 4