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The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) is the regulatory agency overseeing the operations of all County Assessors. For a link to the DOR's Property Tax Division,
Fees for all permits are based on Spokane County Building and Planning's "Cost Recovery Fee Methodology."
The adopted fee schedules reflect the costs to the Department for processing the permit, providing land use review, plan review and inspections for the project. Please refer to the current fee schedules or consult with department staff.
County Ordinance requires property addresses to be conspicuously displayed on a residence or place of business, or adjacent to the driveway or access road serving the building so that it readily identifies the specific property.
Numbers should be a minimum of four inches in height and be displayed against a contrasting background. Addresses for buildings more than 100 feet from the public way need to be placed on a sign or post between 3 and 6 feet above the ground and within 25 feet of the right-of-way.
To obtain an address for your property, send us your nine-digit parcel number (found on your property tax statement), along with a site plan indicating the location and dimension of all property lines and all existing and proposed structures on the property. Also, indicate the location of the driveway intersection with the county road. Be sure to send us your mailing address and phone number so we can send you the new address or call you if we have any questions. Our address is Spokane County Department of Building and Planning, Attn: Addressing, 1026 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane, WA 99260-0050. View More info property addressing.
The County Clerk's Office (Clerk of the Superior Court) is located in Room 300, County Courthouse at: 1116 W Broadway Avenue Spokane, WA 99201.
The office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays.
Be sure each document contains the Superior Court case number, full title of the case, and complies with court rules, form and pleading standards (GR 14, RCW 26.18.220).
For fees and new cases, please see the Filing Court Documents page.
911 call receivers do not dispatch the calls for service and cannot guarantee a response. They relay your information to dispatchers. It is very important that you call 911 back if your situation changes so they can update the information to the dispatchers. Dispatchers need current information to determine appropriate response. Do not call only to ask when officers will arrive.
There are several locations, including, the Washington State Patrol office and website, the lobby of the Public Safety building, a staffed COPS/SCOPE station, or a staffed fire station as well as some public libraries.
*When a violation of your sentence has occurred and you are requested to appear at a court hearing that you are wanting to be represented by a public defender.
** The Bench Warrant will still be active until you appear at the court date given by the Court Clerks. At the hearing date the Judge will then make the decision to quash the Bench Warrant.**
The Spokane County Fair and Expo does offer on-site camping. For more information regarding pricing and availability, please contact 509-477-2770.
The Treasurer's Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., including the lunch hour. See our current
The Treasurer's Office is located on the 1st floor of the Spokane County Courthouse, which is located at:
1116 West Broadway Avenue
Spokane, WA 99260
They can also be delivered to Room 200, Guardianship Monitoring Program, Spokane County Courthouse.
They can also be delivered to Room 200, Guardianship Monitoring Program, Spokane County Courthouse. The court has a protocol by which the complaint will be addressed. Guardianship Report Extension Page
The notice of hearing should be consulted to ensure that you obtain accurate information about the time and place for an upcoming hearing. If there are questions about the schedule or location for a hearing, you can also call the Hearing Examiner's office for more information.
The hearing procedure for a land use application will typically be as follows:
1. Introduction of hearing by Hearing Examiner.2. Report of County Department.3. Presentation by Applicant.4. Testimony of Public concerning the application (for or against).5. Rebuttal, if any, by Applicant and County Department.6. Final arguments (optional).7. Adjournment of the hearing.
All hearings are open to the public. Except in appeal hearings, any member of the public may participate. In appeal hearings, participation is generally limited to the witnesses called by the parties to the appeal, and the appealing party will make their presentation before the applicant.
Testimony will usually be taken under oath. An electronic recording is made of the hearing proceedings, a copy of which may be obtained by request or used to produce transcripts for the appellate body on appeal. To be heard on the recording, each person must speak into the microphone. When first testifying, please spell your last name and provide your mailing address for the record. When speaking again, simply provide your name.
Testimony at public hearings is less formal than in a court proceeding. The cross-examination of witnesses is usually allowed on expert testimony or key evidentiary points. To communicate most effectively:• Testify or submit written evidence on specific project issues.• Focus on how the project does or does not meet applicable standards or codes.• Offer alternatives.
Presenting information directly and succinctly, and avoiding repetition, is preferred. Written statements and reports, and visual aids may be used. If agreeing with testimony previously given, a brief statement of support is preferred over a restatement of the testimony. If you have a power point or numerous exhibits to present, please contact the Hearing Examiner's staff assistant on how to use audio visual equipment in the hearing room and to premark exhibits.
The time frame for the issuance of the Hearing Examiner's decision depends upon the complexity of the decision being made, the size of the record, and other matters the Hearing Examiner may be working on. In the majority of cases, the Hearing Examiner's decision will be issued within ten working days after the conclusion of the public hearing, pursuant to the County Code. If the Hearing Examiner decides to hold the record open for a period of time after the conclusion of the hearing to receive additional evidence, documentation or arguments, the Examiner's decision will usually be issued within ten working days of the closure of the record.
At the end of the decision, after the Hearing Examiner's signature, there is a paragraph that states the deadline to file an appeal and who to file the appeal with. Most land use decisions of the Hearing Examiner are appealable to Spokane County Superior Court. A limited number of decisions are subject to appeal to the Board of County Commissioners or the State Shoreline Hearings Board. It is the responsibility of the appealing party to review the applicable procedures (statutes, local ordinances, administrative regulations, etc.) to ensure that the appeal is timely and properly filed. The appealing party may wish to consult with an experienced attorney for guidance. The Hearing Examiner's office cannot provide legal advice.
During a hearing, you can raise procedural questions before the Hearing Examiner. Before and after a hearing, such questions should be submitted to the Hearing Examiner's staff, rather than directly to the Hearing Examiner. This is necessary to avoid violating the prohibition on communicating with the Hearing Examiner outside the actual hearing. Such communications are referred to as "ex parte contacts" and are prohibited by law. Please see County Resolution No. 96-0294.
The Hearing Examiner is appointed by the Spokane County Sheriff as a hearing officer to hear and decide drug forfeiture claims under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
On-site urinalysis tests are given to youth for multiple substances for immediate results and immediate consequences, including immediate detention, if appropriate. We can test for THC (marijuana), amphetamines, methamphetamines, opiates, and cocaine.
The Level System is made up of 5 levels: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Honor Level (4), and Senior Honor Level (5).The moment that you are assigned a bed in detention, you are a Level 1. You will remain a Level 1 until you have received Orientation, seen the nurse, and completed an entire day without any behavior problems or rule violations. You will then move up to a Level 2 for 4 days, and then a Level 3 for 5 days. After 5 days as a Level 3 is completed without any zeros, you will become eligible for Honor Level status. Eligibility does not guarantee Honor Level Status. As long as you follow staff instructions and stick to the rules (avoiding Special Programs and Zeros), you will move quickly through the level system.
The library's collection contain samples of forms that you may need for your lawsuit. Some forms are not readily available for filling out. You will need to create a court accepted form.
Also there are local, state, and federal forms that can be accessed online at the library's two public computer terminals.
Copies of the death certificate are often needed to make insurance claims, transfer titles, and to finish other financial business. Most funeral homes will help you get copies of the death certificate or you can call the Spokane Regional Health District, Vital Records at 509-324-1524. You may also visit their website below.
The Medical Examiner’s Office does not have the ability to issue copies of Death Certificates. Only Vital Records and/or the Funeral Home can provide these to you.
Spokane County's Noxious Weed Control Program focuses on education, notification, technical assistance and control of noxious weeds through voluntary compliance and enforcement. During the months of April through August, when the weeds are actively growing, the Weed Board employs a field staff with natural resource, horticulture and agriculture backgrounds to survey public and privately owned lands for noxious weeds and to work with landowners to achieve weed control.
Approximately 25% of the inspections come from citizens who report noxious weed locations to our office, the remainder are inspections made by the field staff as they travel the county.
Landowners control the majority of weed infestations voluntarily. The Weed Board controls approximately 2% of the known infestations.
Everyone benefits when noxious weeds are controlled. Prevention of new infestations is a top priority for the Spokane County Noxious Weed Control Board.
Elk prefer native forbs and grasses and will starve to death on ranges infested with Spotted knapweed and Leafy spurge. Doves readily eat and distribute Leafy spurge seeds. Leafy spurge can be grazed by sheep, but is toxic to cattle and horses can eat Musk thistle blooms, while Russian knapweed is toxic to them.
It is important to keep in mind that biological control is a slow process and will not eradicate noxious weeds. However, they do have their place in an integrated pest management plan. When used in conjunction with mechanical, cultural and/or chemical control methods, bio’s can improve the overall control efforts. The use of bio’s alone does not comply with the Spokane County Noxious Weed Control Board’s Policy or the WA State Noxious Weed Law.
Go to the Foreclosure Section or call 509-477-2073. For more information you can also use our
Contact the Treasurer's Office or call 509-477-2073 for real estate or 509-477-5746 for personal property and mobile homes. For more information use our
Yes. The recording department records the national form with the standard document fee of $74 for the 1st page and $1 for each additional page, as of June 26, 2009.
Spokane County Environmental ServicesP.O. Box 2355Spokane, WA 99210-2355
Spokane County Environmental Services1026 West Broadway Avenue, 4th FloorSpokane, WA 99260
The Waste to Energy Facility drop-off and disposal of all items will continue to operate on the same hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
The North County and Valley transfer stations' seasonal hours (from April 1 through October 31) are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and normal hours (November 1 through March 31) are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., open 7 days a week for Garbage, Yard/Food Waste and Recycling. Household Hazardous Waste will be accepted on Saturdays and Sundays only at the North County and Valley transfer stations.
Stream Flow Mitigation Certificates (mitigation certificates) allow an exempt well user to use a well for domestic use and not be subject to the Little Spokane River Instream Flow Rule.
The Department of Ecology has not issued a water right permit in the Little Spokane River Basin (WRIA 55) in the last 20 years because the Little Spokane River does not meet the minimum flow criteria in the Little Spokane River Instream Flow Rule (WAC 173-555). The Hirst Decision made it clear that permit exempt wells are subject to the same criteria, and required Counties to apply that criteria at the time of a building permit application.
Any owner of a parcel that is within the approved mitigation area and plans to get a building permit within the next two (2) years.
Yes, along with meeting the setback requirements from existing wells that are in use.
You can use SCOUT, Spokane County’s online parcel mapping application, to see if your parcel is in the approved mitigation area.(1) Use the link above to go to the SCOUT dashboard.
(2) Enter and search for your parcel number or address.
(3) Click on the map.
(4) Using the Layers icon (), choose Critical Areas, then check Watershed Bounderies (WRIA) AND Water Bank Approved Mitigation Area. This will show you which WRIA you're property is in as well as the area where properties qualify to apply for mitigation certificates in the Little Spokane River watershed (WRIA 55). It can take some time to load the map layers so give it several seconds to load.
You are eligible for a mitigation certificate as long as the well serving the residence is located in the Approved Mitigation Area.
A one-year extension can be granted if a written request is submitted prior to the end of the two-year period. After the two-year period, or three-year period with an extension, Spokane County refunds the amount paid for the certificate minus administrative costs and returns the water back to the Little Spokane Water Bank.
The mitigation certificate allows reasonable indoor and incidental outdoor water use for the number of people in the household for one residence and a specific area of outdoor noncommercial irrigation of landscaping and/or garden.
Domestic use at one single-family residence includes water used for drinking, bathing, sanitary purposes, cooking, laundering and other incidental household uses. Incidental uses must minimize the consumptive use of water. Examples of incidental household uses include, but are not limited to: washing windows, car washing, cleaning exterior structures, care of household pets, and watering potted plants
When purchasing a mitigation certificate the applicant must also sign a property covenant limiting the amount of water use on the parcel from the onsite well to the amount of the mitigation certificate. To comply with our agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology to offer mitigation certificates, Spokane County must report the actual amount of outdoor irrigation based on a review of aerial photography. The applicant must also grant an avigation easement so that Spokane County can utilize aerial methods to determine compliance with limitations on outdoor irrigation from onsite sources if an aerial photo is not sufficient.
Spokane County has also enacted an ordinance that governs the operation of the Little Spokane Water Bank. The ordinance specifies fines for exceeding the outdoor irrigation use allowed by the mitigation certificate. Spokane County will make every attempt to work with the property owner to comply with the limitations of the mitigation certificate before issuing a fine.
Livestock watering is not covered by this Mitigation Certificate. Keeping livestock is not associated with any Spokane County permitting activity. Water use associated with keeping livestock is regulated under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Consult the Washington Department of Ecology for questions related to livestock watering in Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 55.
The process includes the following steps:
1. The applicant completes an online application.
2. Spokane County Environmental Services staff reviews the application. If additional information is required staff will contact the applicant.
3. After review, staff will email a completed and approved application along with the property covenant and avigation easement to the applicant.
4. The applicant will print and sign the application and property covenant, bring hard copies down to Spokane County Building and Planning along with payment.
5. Staff will generate the mitigation certificate and record the certificate, covenant, and easement with the Spokane County Auditor.
6. Staff will email the recording number and mail the hard copy of the recorded certificate to the applicant.
7. The applicant will provide the recording number along with information related to the setback requirements to Building and Planning staff when applying for a building permit.
You can call to schedule an appointment for staff to work with you to complete the application.
There are two available mitigation packages:
1. Indoor use and incidental outdoor use and 2,000 square feet of irrigated noncommercial landscape and/or garden: $3,000.
2. Indoor use and incidental outdoor use and 6,000 square feet of irrigated noncommercial landscape and/or garden: $5,000.
The mitigation certificate runs with the parcel and transfers to the new owner.
A mitigation certificate is specific to a parcel and can only be moved to another location under limited circumstances upon approval of Spokane County.
Spokane County is working hard to acquire rights that will allow issuance of mitigation certificates in additional areas. As soon as we have rights to add to the bank we will move quickly to make certificates available in those areas.
Spokane County does not provide weather monitoring services. You can go outside, look out your window, or check an online weather forecast service.
When our crews are cleaning the sewer mains they are using high-pressure hoses that spray water in the sewer main. This can cause high air pressure or negative air pressure in the sewer main and sewer service lines that connect to the house plumbing. If a house does not have adequate sewer vents, which are usually vented through the roof, the excess air pressure can cause water to be blown out of the toilets or p-traps in the home. If your toilet is blown, please contact the equipment operator or call 509-477-1984.