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 17F
Chapter 17F.070
Section 17F.070.240

Title 17F Construction Standards

Chapter 17F.070 Existing Building and Conservation Code

Section 17F.070.240 Fire Escapes
  1. An existing fire escape may be used as one means of exit, subject to approval, if:
    1. maintained in a safe condition;
    1. the pitch does not exceed sixty degrees;
    1. the width is at least eighteen inches;
    1. the treads are at least four inches wide;
    1. it extends to the ground or has counterbalanced stairs which reach the ground.
  1. An opening giving access must have a minimum net clear opening of nine square feet, the smallest dimension being at least twenty-nine inches.
  1. A window giving egress or rescue must have a finished sill height of no more than thirty-six inches above the floor.

Date Passed: Monday, February 28, 2005

Effective Date: Saturday, April 2, 2005

ORD C33594 Section 6