City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.200
Section 17C.200.070

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.200 Landscaping and Screening

Section 17C.200.070 Screening and Impact Abatement

Screening and impact abatement is required where necessary to reduce the impact of service, storage, loading, and trash areas.

  1. In residential, commercial, center and corridor, downtown, light industrial, and planned industrial zones, all garbage collection, dumpsters, recycling areas, loading, and outdoor storage or activity areas (including but not limited to areas used to store raw materials, finished and partially finished products and wastes) shall be screened from view of persons on adjacent properties and properties that are located across a street or alley. (See development standards for mini-storage requirements.) Screening may be accomplished by any one of the following techniques or their equivalent:
    1. An L1 visual screen.
    1. A six-foot high solid masonry wall or sight-obscuring fence five feet inside the property line with an L2 see-through buffer between the fence and the property line.
    1. A five-foot tall earth berm planted with L3 open area landscaping.
    1. Storage areas are not allowed within fifteen feet of a street lot line; and
    1. Screening shall comply with the clear view triangle requirements defined in SMC 17C.110.230(G) for Residential Zones, SMC 17C.120.310(E) for Commercial Zones, SMC 17C.122.135(E) for Center and Corridor Zones, SMC 17C.124.310(E) for Downtown Zones, and SMC 17C.130.310(E) for Industrial Zones. The director of engineering services may further limit the height of plantings, structures, and other site development features within the clear view triangle or may expand the size of the clear view triangle as conditions warrant.




  1. In heavy industrial zones, garbage collection, loading, and outdoor storage areas that are abutting or across the street from residential zones are subject to all of the requirements of this section.
  1. In the industrial zones, all uses in the commercial categories area subject to the standards for uses in the general commercial zone.

Date Passed: Monday, July 23, 2012

Effective Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012

ORD C34888 Section 12