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.124.270

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.124 Downtown Zones

Section 17C.124.270 Outdoor Activities
  1. Purpose.

The standards of this section are intended to assure that outdoor sales, display, storage, and work activities:

    1. will be consistent with the desired character of the zone;
    1. will not be a detriment to the overall appearance of an area;
    1. will not have adverse impacts on adjacent properties, especially those with residential uses; and
    1. will not have an adverse impact on the environment.

Outdoor activities associated with permitted uses shall be permitted subject to the standards of the zone and as described below.

  1. Outdoor Sales and Display Areas.
    1. In the DTC, DTG, and DTU zones, outdoor sales and display areas are limited to forty percent of lot area or one thousand five hundred square feet, whichever is less.
    1. Outdoor sales and display areas for uses in the industrial use categories are not allowed in the downtown zones.
    1. In the DTS zone, outdoor sales and display areas are allowed.
  1. Outdoor Storage Areas.
    1. Outdoor storage areas are not permitted in the DTC, DTG, and DTU zones.
    1. Outdoor storage areas in the DTS zone are limited to forty percent of lot area or ten thousand square feet, whichever is less.
    1. Outdoor storage areas in the DTS zone must be screened from view from any public sidewalk or street frontage. Vehicle storage is not allowed except for where outdoor sales are allowed.
  1. Outdoor Activities Location.

Where permitted, the following outdoor activities shall be located at least fifty feet from a residential zone or an existing residentially use:

    1. Outdoor storage.
    1. Outdoor loading berths.
    1. Outdoor work activities including the sales of motor vehicle fuels, and car washes, when these uses are allowed.
  1. Outdoor Activity Area Improvements.
    1. Outdoor activities shall be screened and landscaped according to the provisions of chapter 17C.200 SMC, Landscaping and Screening.
    1. In order to control dust and mud, all vehicle circulation areas must be paved.

Date Passed: Monday, December 14, 2009

Effective Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ordinance C34522 Section 1