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.070
Section 17E.070.060

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.070 Wetlands Protection

Section 17E.070.060 Emergency Activities
  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or any other laws to the contrary, the director may allow emergency activities if:

    1. the director determines that an imminent threat to public health, safety, or the environment will occur if an emergency activity is not allowed; and

    2. the threat to or loss of wetlands may occur before the normal and usual process can be followed or activities can be modified pursuant to the procedures normally required by this chapter.

  2. The exemption for emergencies should not eliminate the need for later mitigation to offset the impacts of emergency activity. Once the immediate threat has been addressed, any adverse impacts on critical areas should be minimized and mitigated.

  3. Any emergency activity allowed shall:

    1. Incorporate to the greatest extent practicable the standards and criteria required for non-emergency activities;

    2. be limited in duration to the time required to complete the authorized emergency activity, not to exceed ninety days without reapplication; and

    3. require the restoration of any wetland altered as a result of the emergency activity within ninety days following the emergency repair, or during the growing season after the emergency repair.  Procedures otherwise required by this chapter must be followed for restoration efforts required by the emergency repair in accordance with this chapter. 

Date Passed: Monday, June 19, 2017

Effective Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017

ORD C35508 Section 6