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.230.310

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.230 Parking and Loading

Section 17C.230.310 Exterior Design of Parking Structures – Building Design
  1. Purpose.

To reduce the visual impact of structured parking located above grade.

  1. Exterior Design of Parking Structures Implementation.
    1. The street-facing facades of parking levels within a building shall be treated in such a way as to seem more like a typical floor, rather than open slabs with visible cars and ceiling lights. This may be accomplished by two or more of the following. (P)
      1. Square openings, rather than horizontal.
      1. Planting designed to grow on the façade.
      1. Louvers.
      1. Expanded metal panels.
      1. Decorative metal grills.
      1. Spandrel (opaque) glass.
      1. Other architectural devices may be proposed that will accomplish the intent.
    1. Free-standing parking structures shall incorporate the above features on portions of the façade above the ground level. At ground level, they shall comply with guidelines addressing ground level details, transparency and weather protection. (R)




Date Passed: Monday, December 19, 2005

Effective Date: Saturday, January 21, 2006

ORD C33775 Section 6