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.070.480

Title 17F Construction Standards

Chapter 17F.070 Existing Building and Conservation Code

Section 17F.070.480 Administrative Responsibilities
  1. The director is the building official or a designated employee.
  1. The director has the responsibility, jointly with the fire official as to some functions relating to the structural and fire containment requirements of hotels and apartments having more than two stories, to:
    1. inspect and investigate all buildings and premises for compliance with the existing building and conservation code;
    1. review and approve plans and specifications for building permits;
    1. make and promulgate rules, regulations and interpretations;
    1. initiate proceedings, including the preparation, service and posting of complaints and notices, and including prosecutions, to enforce the existing building and conservation code;
    1. process, conduct and hear departmental appeals;
    1. process appeals to the appropriate hearing officer or to the city council;
    1. keep records of all inspections, proceedings and other administrative activities;
    1. provide technical and clerical assistance to the construction review board as provided in chapter 4.06 SMC and the hearing examiner.
  1. The fire official has responsibility, along with the director, with respect to hotels and apartments having more than two stories, in regard to:
    1. approving fire warning systems;
    1. making rules, regulations and interpretations for structural and fire containment requirements;
    1. inspection and serving of reports and notices;
    1. hearing appeals from departmental decisions;
    1. processing appeals to the appropriate appeal board or to the city council;
    1. approving building permits and plans.
  1. The hearing officer pursuant to SMC 4.06.070 determines appeals from rulings of the director and fire official which are of a technical nature.
  1. The hearing examiner, with respect to unfit and substandard buildings:
    1. reviews and hears appeals from proceedings and orders of the director, not of a technical nature;
    1. makes rules and regulations;
    1. recommends procedures and legislation.
  1. Except for those matters of a technical nature which are appealed to the hearing officer under SMC 4.06.070, the city council hears appeals from rulings of the director and fire official regarding hotels and apartments having more than two stories.

Date Passed: Monday, February 28, 2005

Effective Date: Saturday, April 2, 2005

ORD C33594 Section 6