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.230
Section 17C.230.300

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.230 Parking and Loading

Section 17C.230.300 Loading
  1. Purpose.
    A minimum number of off-street loading spaces are required to ensure adequate areas for loading for larger uses and developments. These standards ensure that the appearance of loading areas will be consistent with that of parking areas.
  2. Loading Standards.

    1. Number of Loading Spaces.
      The number of loading spaces required is determined by the following table.


      Building Uses Include

      Number of Loading Spaces Required for Amount of Each Use

      Less than fifty dwellings units


      Fifty or more dwelling units


      Less than twenty thousand square feet of non-residential use


      Twenty thousand square feet to fifty thousand square feet of non-residential floor area


      More than fifty thousand square feet of non-residential floor area



    2. No loading spaces are required on a lot in the congested district, as defined in SMC 16A.04.010, which does not abut an alley.
  3. Size of Loading Spaces.
    Required loading spaces must be at least twenty-five feet long, ten feet wide, and have a clearance of fourteen feet, unless the director of building services waives the height requirement for good cause.
  4. Placement, Setbacks, and Landscaping.
    Loading areas must comply with the setback and perimeter landscaping standards stated in chapter 17C.200 SMC, Landscaping and Screening. When parking areas are prohibited or not allowed between a building and a street, loading areas are also prohibited or not allowed.
  5. Paving.
    In order to control dust and mud, all loading areas must be paved.

Date Passed: Monday, November 10, 2008

Effective Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009

ORD C34333 Section 20