City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17D
Chapter 17D.060
Section 17D.060.070

Title 17D City-wide Standards

Chapter 17D.060 Stormwater Facilities

Section 17D.060.070 Enforcement Authority – Implementation

  1. In accord with SMC 17A.010.070(A)(5), the term “director” in this chapter means the director of wastewater management. The director of wastewater management has overall enforcement authority for this chapter, but may delegate functions to other departments as desired. Actions of other officials listed in this chapter is subject to the overall approval of the director of wastewater management.
  2. The engineering services department may enforce stormwater design standards and other applicable specifications relating to design and installation of onsite stormwater facilities for commercial developments. Issuance of any permit or approval for commercial developments is conditioned upon acceptable documentation by a civil engineer licensed by the State of Washington of the following statements under penalty of perjury on such forms as may be supplied by the department:

    1. That the engineer is familiar with all current City of Spokane onsite stormwater facility requirements.

    2. That the engineer has personally inspected the stormwater facility site and that it fulfills the requirements applicable to the pending development; and

    3. That the development meets or exceeds all applicable municipal requirements relating to onsite stormwater facilities and applicable stormwater and drainage control, as designed, installed and functioning.

    4. In lieu of such certification, the director may require an inspection for stormwater by municipal staff, services billed at an hourly rate of fifty dollars per hour, with a minimum charge of one hundred dollars, anticipating two inspections will be needed.
  3. The building services department may enforce stormwater design standards and other applicable specifications for residential development. In addition to other applicable fees, a building permit applicant for residential development must pay full costs of services. It is anticipated that at least two inspections will be needed.
  4. The wastewater management department enforces maintenance requirements for onsite stormwater facilities after installation and determines any questions relating to proper functional level and efficiency of said facilities. Said department develops a record of onsite stormwater facilities locations and takes any enforcement action needed to keep them fully and efficiently functioning. Said department reviews plans or design specifications on file or otherwise accessible to determine the nature and extent of onsite stormwater facility requirements applicable to any specific premises, and may conduct further inquiry and/or site inspections as deemed necessary to enforce said requirements and this chapter.
  5. In evaluating decisions under the chapter, the enforcing official may elect to submit any information available to an outside consultant or civil engineer licensed to practice in the State of Washington selected by the City for review at the City’s expense. An applicant may likewise have such opinion further reviewed by an independent civil engineer licensed to practice in the State of Washington selected by applicant at the applicant’s expense. All final decisions shall be at the enforcing official’s sole discretion.

Date Passed: Monday, March 8, 2010

Effective Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010

ORD C34564 Section 3