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.130
Section 17C.130.510

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.130 Industrial Zones

Section 17C.130.510 Ground Floor Windows – Building Design
  1. Purpose.

Blank walls on the ground level of buildings are limited in order to:

    1. provide a pleasant, rich and diverse view from neighboring commercial and residential zones and from arterial streets;
    1. encourage observation or viewing opportunities by restricting fortress-like facades; and
    1. avoid a monotonous pedestrian environment.
  1. Required Amounts of Window Area.

These provisions apply to building facades between two feet and ten feet above the level of the adjacent sidewalk, walkway or ground level. When this building design element is chosen, windows equal in area to a minimum of fifteen percent of the wall area shall be provided

Date Passed: Monday, November 7, 2005

Effective Date: Thursday, December 15, 2005

ORD C33757 Section 1