City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.110
Section 17C.110.223

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.110 Residential Zones

Section 17C.110.223 Required Outdoor Areas
  1. Purpose.

The required outdoor areas standards assure opportunities in the residential zones for outdoor relaxation or recreation. The standards work with the maximum building coverage standards to ensure that some of the land not covered by buildings is of an adequate size and shape to be usable for outdoor recreation or relaxation. The location requirements provide options for private or semiprivate areas. The requirement of a required outdoor area serves in lieu of a large rear setback requirement and is an important aspect in addressing the livability of a residential structure.

  1. Required Outdoor Area Sizes.

The minimum sizes of required outdoor areas per dwelling unit are stated in Table 17C.110-3. The shape of the outdoor area must be such that a square of the stated dimension will fit entirely in the outdoor area.

  1. Requirements.
    1. The required outdoor area must be a contiguous area and may be on the ground or above ground.
    1. The area must be surfaced with lawn, pavers, decking, or sport court paving which allows the area to be used for recreational purposes. User amenities, such as tables, benches, trees, planter boxes, garden plots, drinking fountains, spas, or pools may be placed in the outdoor area. It may be covered, such as a covered patio, but it may not be fully enclosed area.

Date Passed: Monday, September 24, 2012

Effective Date: Friday, November 2, 2012

ORD C34911 Section 8