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.060
Section 17E.060.780

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.060 Shoreline Regulations

Article VII. Shoreline Development Standards by District: Part II. Shoreline Development Standards

Section 17E.060.780 Building Articulation

  1. Purpose.
    To reduce the visual and physical effect of larger buildings.
  2. Building facades exceeding fifty feet shall be visually separated into smaller units through the use of offsets, recesses, staggered walls, stepped walls, pitched or stepped rooflines, overhangs, and other elements of the building’s mass. Simply changing materials or color is not sufficient to accomplish this.

  1. Articulation shall be provided along facades visible from streets, as well as from the shoreline.

Balconies, terraces, and recesses break down the façade mass.


Date Passed: Monday, November 3, 2008

Effective Date: Monday, July 26, 2010

ORD C34326 Section 2