City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17G
Chapter 17G.060
Section 17G.060.090

Title 17G Administration and Procedures

Chapter 17G.060 Land Use Application Procedures

Section 17G.060.090 Determination of a Complete Application

Within twenty-eight days of receiving a project permit application, the department shall determine if the application is complete (RCW 36.70B.070). Upon receipt of a project permit application the department shall:

  1. Counter Complete.

Conduct a preliminary, immediate review to determine if the application contains the documents and information required by SMC 17G.060.070. If the department determines the application does not contain the required documents and information, the application including fees shall be returned to the applicant.

  1. Component Screening.

If the application appears to contain required documents, the department shall accept the application and within seven days, conduct a detailed review and determine if any additional information is necessary to process the application. If the department determines the application is missing required components, or is inadequate in other ways, the application including any fees shall be returned to the applicant.

  1. Review by Interested Agencies.

If the application, after the detailed review, is found to contain the required components and supporting documents, the application and supporting documents shall be forwarded to (i) interested City departments, (ii) agencies of local, state, or federal governments that may have jurisdiction over some aspect of the application, and (iii) the individual(s) designated pursuant to SMC 4.27.010(D) to receive written notice on behalf of the neighborhood council in which the project is located and to any neighborhood council whose geographic boundaries are located within a 600-foot radius of the project, at the address for such departments, agencies, and neighborhood council designee(s) on file with the department, for review to ensure compliance with state laws, ordinances and concurrency requirements. Interested departments, agencies, and the neighborhood council shall be given fourteen days to provide comments on a permit application. All written comments will be forwarded to the applicant at the end of the fourteen day comment period. Comments submitted after the fourteen day comment period will be forwarded to the applicant, subject to RCW 36.70B.070.

    1. If review agencies require additional information to continue processing the application, the applicant shall be notified in writing.
    1. Required information must be provided within sixty days from the notification by the department. The applicant may submit a written request for additional time to the director; any time extensions shall be in writing. If the information is not received within the sixty days (or as otherwise agreed to), the application and a portion of the fees shall be returned to the applicant, pursuant to chapter 8.02 SMC.
    1. Within fourteen days of the submission of the additional information identified by the review agency, the department shall notify the applicant whether the studies are adequate or what additional information is necessary.
    1. If the neighborhood council submits written comments on an application, the department shall provide a written response to the chairperson, with copy to the applicant, no later than the date on which the application is certified complete pursuant to paragraph D herein below.
  1. Application Certified Complete.

Within seven days of the expiration of the interested agency comment period, if no additional information was required, or the information required under subsection (C) of this section is acceptable, the department shall certify the application complete. Applications requiring review by the hearing examiner are forwarded to the hearing examiner upon being certified as complete.

  1. Vesting.

Applications shall be considered vested at the time the application is certified complete, the vesting date shall be the date of application submission. If the application is not complete when filed or information is not timely provided as set forth in subsection (B) or (C) of this section, the application shall not be considered complete for purposes of vesting or other statutory compliance dates.

Date Passed: Monday, September 21, 2015

Effective Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ORD C35299 Section 3