In answer to your questions:

1.       No, public art requirements are not part of land use codes. 

2.       Yes, we need to have public art and its infrastructure  permitted same as any city structure and the same codes apply.  Sometimes our work is wrapped into the building permit for the larger building, but not always and we have to pay for the permit.


Susan Pontious

Civic Art Collection and Public Art Program Director

San Francisco Arts Commission

401 Van Ness Ave. #325

San Francisco, CA 94102

Direct: (415) 252-2241

FAX: 415-934-1022


From: <> On Behalf Of Vink, Mandy
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2019 11:43 AM
Subject: Public Art: Definitions in Land Use and Permitting?



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Greetings Pan Pals


I’m interested in collecting a quick survey of permitting and land use definitions as they relate to public art, and will happily share responses once I’ve received them.  My questions for you are:


  1. In your municipality or where you’ve received commissions, is public art defined in any capacity within the municipality’s land use code?
    1. If yes, please provide the language.
  1. In your municipality or where you’ve received commissions, do public art commissions require city permitting?
    1. If yes, is there a public art permit?
    2. If yes, what permits do you need to obtain?
    3. If yes, who shoulders the permit costs?


Thanks in advance for your feedback!





Mandy Vink

Public Art Program, Office of Arts and Culture





Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program

Library & Arts Department

1001 Arapahoe Avenue | Boulder, CO 80302






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