City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.200
Section 17C.200.140

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.200 Landscaping and Screening

Section 17C.200.140 Unauthorized Removal; Damage or Destruction; Penalty
  1. No street tree shall be removed without the adjacent owner first obtaining a street tree permit obtained pursuant to SMC 12.02.960.

  2. No person shall intentionally cause or suffer to be caused to any street tree any act or effort to destroy, kill, injure, mutilate, or deface a street tree by any means.

  3. Any person responsible for a violation of SMC 17C.200.140(B) must pay the cost of repairing or replacing any tree or shrub damaged by the violation and may be subject to treble the amount of damages assessed in any enforcement action brought by the City, pursuant to RCW 64.12.030. The value of trees and shrubs is to be determined in accordance with the latest revision of the Guide for Plant Appraisals as published by the International Society of Arboriculture.

  4. In addition to the other remedies required by this section, violation of this section is a class 1 civil infraction. The director has the discretion to issue a warning for a first-time violation.

Date Passed: Monday, December 2, 2019

Effective Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

ORD C35844 Section 9