City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.190
Section 17C.190.270

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.190 Use Category Descriptions

Article III. Commercial Categories

Section 17C.190.270 Retail Sales and Service
  1. Characteristics.
    Retail Sales and Service firms are involved in the sale, lease or rent of new or used products to the general public. They may also provide personal services or entertainment, or provide product repair or services for consumer and business goods.
  2. Accessory Uses.
    Accessory uses may include offices, storage of goods, manufacture or repackaging of goods for on-site sale, and parking.
  3. Examples.
    Examples include uses from the four subgroups listed below:
    1. Sales-oriented: Stores selling, leasing or renting consumer, home and business goods including art, art supplies, bicycles, clothing, dry goods, electronic equipment, fabric, furniture, garden supplies, gifts, groceries, hardware, home improvement products, household products, jewelry, pets, pet food, pharmaceuticals, plants, printed material, stationary and videos; food sales, and sales or leasing of consumer vehicles including passenger vehicles, motorcycles, light and medium trucks and other recreational vehicles.
    2. Personal service-oriented: laundromats and dry-cleaning; photocopy and blueprint services; business, martial arts and other trade schools; dance or music classes; taxidermists; mortuaries; kennels limited to keeping of animals under observation, with no breeding, so long as the kennel is contained entirely within a soundproof building; and animal grooming.
    3. Entertainment-oriented: Restaurants, cafes, delicatessens, taverns and bars; indoor or outdoor continuous entertainment activities such as bowling alleys, ice rinks and game arcades; pool halls; indoor firing ranges; theaters, health clubs, gyms, membership clubs and lodges; hotels, motels, recreational vehicle parks and other temporary lodging with an average length of stay of less than thirty days.
    4. Repair-oriented: Repair of TVs and electronics, bicycles, clocks, watches, shoes, guns, appliances and office equipment; photo or laundry drop-off; quick printing; recycling drop-off; tailor; locksmith; and upholsterer.
  4. Exceptions.
    1. Lumber yards and other building material sales that sell primarily to contractors and do not have a retail orientation are classified as Wholesale Sales.
    2. Bulk outdoor sales of landscape materials, including bark chips and compost, is classified as Industrial Service.
    3. Repair and service of consumer motor vehicles, motorcycles, and light and medium trucks are classified as Vehicle Repair. Repair and service of industrial vehicles and equipment, and heavy trucks is classified as Industrial Service.
    4. Sales, rental or leasing of heavy trucks and equipment is classified as Wholesale Sales.
    5. Hotels, restaurants and other services that are part of a truck stop are considered accessory to the truck stop, which is classified as Industrial Service.
    6. In certain situations, hotels and motels may be classified as a Community Service use, such as short-term housing or mass shelter. See Community Services.
    7. Kennels or other animal boarding places are classified as an Agriculture use.

Date Passed: Monday, July 23, 2012

Effective Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012

ORD C34888 Section 11