City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17C
Chapter 17C.122
Section 17C.122.110

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.122 Center and Corridor Zones

Section 17C.122.110 Setbacks and Required Sidewalk Width
  1. The minimum setback from street lot lines is zero feet and buildings shall be no closer than twelve feet from the back of the curb except as provided in subsection (C) of this section.
  2. Sidewalks shall be at least twelve feet wide and consist of a clear walking path at least eight feet wide (in addition to a planting zone for street trees per SMC 17C.200.050) except as provided in subsection (C) of this section.
  3. This width may be reduced, by approval of the planning director, if the existing sidewalk is less than twelve feet wide between the back of curb and the existing building setback line of adjacent building(s). In no case shall the setback be reduced below nine feet from the back of the curb unless on-street parking exists between the building and the street.
  4. Other development standards are found in Table 17C.122.110-1.
TABLE 17C.122.110-1
Minimum setback from street lot line 0 ft. [2] 0 ft. [2] 0 ft. [3]
Minimum setback from R1 and R2 zoned lots [4] 10 ft. 10 ft. 10 ft.
Minimum setback from lot line abutting O, OR, NR, NMU, CB, GC, DT, CC, LI or HI zoned lot [4] 0 ft. 0 ft. 0 ft.
Minimum front lot line 10 ft. 10 ft. 10 ft.
Landscaping required [5] Yes Yes Yes
Parking required [6] Yes Yes Yes
[1] Plan district of overlay zone standards may supersede these standards.
[2] Buildings over 70 ft. tall must follow chapter 17C.250 SMC, Tall Building Standards.
[3] When abutting R1 and R2 zoned lots, the minimum structure setback from street lot line is the same as the abutting residential zoning district for the first 60 ft. from the boundary of the abutting residential zoning district. See SMC 17C.120.230 for additional standards and exceptions. This does not apply when a zone boundary is within the public right-of-way.
[4] Structure setbacks are measured from the lot line.
[5] For general information purposes only. See chapter 17C.200 SMC, Landscaping and Screening, for the specific standards.
[6] For general information purposes only. See chapter 17C.230 SMC, Parking and Loading, for the specific standards.

Date Passed: Monday, February 25, 2013

Effective Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

ORD C34961 Section 3