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.070.400

Title 17F Construction Standards

Chapter 17F.070 Existing Building and Conservation Code

Section 17F.070.400 Substandard Buildings

In determining whether a building is a substandard or unfit for human habitation so as to require its owner to repair and rehabilitate the building, the building official and the hearing examiner consider the number and extent of the following factors:

  1. Dilapidation:  Exterior decay, water damage.
  2. Structural defects:  Foundation, wall and roof framing.
  3. Unsanitary conditions:  Waste accumulation, health hazards.
  4. Defective/inoperable plumbing.
  5. Inadequate weatherproofing: Siding, roofing and glazing.
  6. No activated utility service for one year.
  7. Inoperable or inadequate heating system.
  8. Hazardous electrical conditions.
  9. Structure has been boarded more than one year and no approved rehabilitation plan.
  10. Structure used in the manufacture of methamphetamine or any other illegal drugs and has been condemned by the Spokane county health district and the owner has failed to abate the nuisance condition.
  11. Fire-damaged structure.
  12. Defects increasing the hazards of fire, accident or other calamity.

Date Passed: Monday, March 12, 2007

Effective Date: Monday, March 12, 2007

ORD C33989 Section 1