City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.110
Section 17C.110.340

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.110 Residential Zones

Section 17C.110.340 Zero Lot Line
  1. Purpose.
    A zero lot line development allows houses in a development on a common street frontage to shift to one side of their lot. See Figure 17C.110-B. This provides for greater usable yard space on each lot.
  2. Qualifying Situations.
    Zero lot line developments are allowed for houses in the RA through the RHD zones.
  3. Procedure.
    Zero lot line developments are allowed by right. Restrictions that assure the minimum distance between houses, and any required easements, must be recorded on the deeds of the applicable lots. Proof of such recording must be submitted as part of the building permit application.
  4. Building Setbacks.
    The side building setback on one side of the house may be reduced to zero. This reduction does not apply to the side building setback adjacent to a street.
  5. Additional Site Development Standards.

    1. Distance Between Houses.
      The minimum distance between all buildings in the development must be equal to twice the required side building setback standard of the base zone. A deed restriction must be recorded on the deed of each applicable lot to ensure the continued fulfillment of this setback.

    2. Eaves.
      The eaves on the side of a house with a reduced setback may project a maximum of twenty-four inches over the adjacent property line. In this case, an easement for the eave projection must be recorded on the deed for the lot where the projection occurs.

    3. Maintenance.
      An easement between the two property owners to allow for maintenance or repair of the house is required when the eaves or side wall of the house are closer than five feet to the adjacent property line. The easement on the adjacent property must be wide enough to allow five feet between the eaves or side wall and the edge of the easement.

    4. Privacy.
      If the side wall of the house is on the property line, or within four feet of the property line, windows or other openings that allow for visibility into the side yard of the adjacent lot are not allowed. Windows that do not allow visibility into the side yard of the adjacent lot, such as a clerestory window or a translucent window, are allowed.

Figure 17C.110-B
Zero Lot Line Development


Date Passed: Monday, May 8, 2006

Effective Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ORD C33830 Section 1