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 17E
Chapter 17E.030
Section 17E.030.060

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.030 Floodplain Management

Section 17E.030.060 Establishment of Development Permit
  1. Development Permit Required.

A development permit shall be obtained before construction or development begins within any area of special flood hazard established in SMC 17E.030.050(B). The permit shall be for all structures including manufactured homes, as defined in chapter 17A.020 SMC and for all development, including fill and other activities also as defined in chapter 17A.020 SMC.

  1. A pre-development conference as set forth in chapter 17G.061 SMC is required for all development proposed in areas identified as potential critical areas within the City of Spokane, including areas of special flood hazard established in SMC 17E.030.050(B).
  1. Application for Floodplain Development Permit.

Application for a floodplain development permit shall be made on forms furnished by the City and may include, but not be limited to, plans in duplicate drawn to scale showing the nature, location, dimensions and elevations of the area in question: existing or proposed structures, fill, storage of materials, drainage facilities and the location of foregoing. Specifically, the following information is required:

  1. Elevation in relation to mean sea level, of the lowest floor (including basement) of all structures recorded on a current elevation certificate with Section B completed by the Floodplain Administrator;
  1. Elevation in relation to mean sea level to which any structure has been floodproofed;
  1. Where a structure is to be floodproofed, certification by a registered professional engineer or architect that the floodproofing methods for any nonresidential structure meet the floodproofing criteria in SMC 17E.030.130;
  1. Description of the extent to which a watercourse will be altered or relocated as a result of proposed development;
  1. A completed critical areas checklist as established at chapter 17G.061 SMC;
  1. A completed environmental checklist, unless the Floodplain Administrator as designated in SMC 17E.030.070 has determined that the project is categorically exempt from chapter 17E.050 SMC;
  1. Where development is proposed in a floodway, an engineering analysis indication no rise of the Base Flood Elevation; and
  1. Any other such information that may be reasonably required by the Floodplain Administrator in order to review the application, including all studies, reports and information required by reviewing departments or agencies to fully disclose potential environmental impacts of the proposal. These studies are required to demonstrate acceptance by the applicable department or agencies prior to the application being certified complete.
  1. Fee Processing.

Floodplain development permits shall be processed as set forth in chapter 17G.061 SMC.

  1. Fee Schedule.

The fees for processing a floodplain development permit are set forth in SMC 8.02.066(F).

Date Passed: Monday, October 25, 2021

Effective Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021

ORD C36118 Section 3