City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.190
Section 17C.190.100

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.190 Use Category Descriptions

Article II. Residential Categories

Section 17C.190.100 Group Living
  1. Characteristics.

Group Living is characterized by the residential occupancy of a structure by a group of people who do not meet the definition of Residential Household Living. The size of the group will be larger than the average size of a household. Tenancy is arranged on a month-to-month basis, or for a longer period. Uses where tenancy may be arranged for a shorter period are not considered residential. They are considered to be a form of transient lodging (see the Retail Sales and Service and Community Service categories). Generally, Group Living structures have a common eating area for residents. The residents may or may not receive any combination of care, training or treatment, as long as they also reside at the site.

  1. Accessory Uses.

Accessory uses commonly found are recreational facilities, parking of autos for the occupants and staff, and parking of vehicles for the facility.

  1. Examples.

Examples include dormitories, communes, fraternities and sororities, monasteries and convents, nursing and convalescent homes, assisted living facilities, confidential shelters, congregate residences, residential care facility for adults or youth, and alternative or post incarceration facilities.

  1. Exceptions.
    1. Residential structures occupied by persons with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations pursuant to the federal or state law are included in the Residential Household Living category.
    1. Lodging where tenancy may be arranged for periods less than one month is considered a hotel or motel use and is classified in the Retail Sales and Service category. However, in certain situations, lodging where tenancy may be arranged for periods less than one month may be classified as a Community Service use such as short-term housing or mass shelters.
    1. Lodging where the residents meet the definition of “household,” and where tenancy is arranged on a month-to-month basis, or for a longer period is classified as Residential Household Living.
    1. Facilities for people who are under judicial detainment and are under the supervision of detention/incarceration officers are included in the Detention Facilities category.

Date Passed: Monday, May 8, 2006

Effective Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ORD C33832 Section 1