Culver City, California
Type of Requirement: Ordinance
Public Art and Historic Preservation
9770 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Christine Byers, Cultural Affairs, Public Art and Historic Preservation Coordinator
Email Christine | 310.253.6003
The Code establishes that all new or remodeling residential development projects of five (5) or more units, new commercial and industrial projects with a valuation exceeding five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00), and remodeling of existing commercial and industrial projects with a valuation exceeding two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00), excluding earthquake rehabilitation, are subject to a mandatory public art requirement. Low and moderate-income housing, senior citizen housing, and buildings which are designed and dedicated primarily to nonprofit performing arts spaces are excluded from the requirement for as long as the building is used for that purpose. The requirement for a development that includes low or moderate-income or senior citizen residential units shall be reduced by the value of the square footage of the units and associated spaces (such as parking).
Projects may satisfy the requirement in one of the following ways:
- Pay an in-lieu fee of one percent (1%) of the valuation to the Cultural Trust Fund. Projects with a public art allocation of seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00) or less must pay the fee;
- Place an approved artwork with a value of at least one percent (1%) of the valuation on-site. Maintenance and conservation of the artwork will be the responsibility of the property owner;
- Donate artwork with a value of at least one percent (1%) of the total valuation to the City, subject to approval;
- Incorporate a Cultural Facility into the development project;
- Have architecture (or an architectural component) that satisfies the artwork requirement.
The Lion’s Fountain (2021). By Douglas O. Freeman. City of Culver City Public Art Program. Courtesy: Franklin Londin