Livermore, California

Livermore, California

Population: 90,295
Type of Requirement: Ordinance

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Contact Information

Physical Address:
Commission for the Arts
1052 South Livermore Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550

Main Contact:
Adam Van de Water, Staff Liaison
Email Adam| 925.962.4000

Program Summary

The Code establishes that all new construction of residential, industrial, and commercial private developments, including office and retail space; and the substantial rehabilitation of private developments that add twenty-five percent (25%) or more square footage to the project are subject to a mandatory public art requirement. The following projects are excluded from the requirement:

  • Remodeling, repair, or reconstruction of structures damaged by fire, flood, wind, earthquake, or other calamity;
  • Seismic retrofit;
  • Fire sprinkler installation projects;
  • All residential remodeling;
  • All commercial alterations;
  • The installation of accessory structures; and
  • Below market rate housing units and structures designated as historic pursuant to the Livermore general plan, Development Code, or the downtown specific plan.

Projects may satisfy the requirement by installing on-site public art that has a value of one third of a percent (0.33%) of the construction costs. Alternatively, developers may pay an in-lieu fee of equal value to the Livermore Public Art Fund. Project applicants shall indicate on their entitlement application that they wish to make a public art in-lieu contribution. Upon approval of the Commission for the Arts, a developer may acquire on-site public art that has a value lower than the program requirement and pay the balance to the Livermore public art fund.

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The Doors (2006). By Maria Alquilar. City of Livermore Collection. Courtesy: Maria Alquilar, Peter Aronson