Spokane County
1116 W. Broadway Ave
Spokane, WA 99260
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Hearing Examiner

The Spokane County Hearing Examiner conducts public hearings on various land use applications, appeals of land use determinations made by divisions of the County Public Works Department, and certain other quasi-judicial matters. This includes applications for rezones, preliminary plats, variances, conditional use permits and shoreline permits. Decisions by the Hearing Examiner are subject to appeal to Superior Court, the Board of County Commissioners or the Shorelines Hearing Board, based on the record established before the Examiner. The Hearing Examiner is an attorney appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Hearing Examiner's Office is not part of the Public Works Department.


Hearings are typically scheduled every Wednesday at: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise posted.

Hearings are held in the Commissioners' Hearing Room in the lower level of the Spokane County Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway Avenue (just East of the County Courthouse). All hearings will be conducted in facilities that are accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

Contact Information

Chief Examiner: Michael Dempsey
Staff Assistant: Kristine Chase
Public Works Building
1026 W. Broadway Ave.
Spokane, WA 99260

Phone: (509) 477-7490
Fax: (509) 477-7478