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 17C
Chapter 17C.124
Section 17C.124.250

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.250 Screening

  1. Purpose.
    The screening standards address specific unsightly features, which detract from the appearance of commercial areas.
  2. Garbage Collection Areas.
    All exterior refuse (including garbage, recycling, and yard debris) receptacles and refuse collection areas must be screened from the street and any adjacent properties. Trash receptacles for pedestrian use are exempt. Screening must comply with the standards of chapter 17C.200 SMC, Landscaping and Screening.
  3. Mechanical Equipment.
    Mechanical equipment located on the ground, such as heating or cooling equipment, pumps, or generators must be screened from the street and any abutting residential zones by walls, fences, or vegetation tall enough to screen the equipment.
  4. Rooftop Mechanical Equipment.
    Mechanical equipment on roofs must be screened from the ground level of nearby streets and residential areas. Mechanical equipment shall be screened by extended parapet walls or other roof forms that are integrated with the architecture of the building. Cell phone transmission equipment shall be blended in with the design of roofs.
  5. Other Screening Requirements.
    The screening requirements for parking, exterior storage, and exterior display areas are stated with the standards for those types of development.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1