San Diego, California

San Diego, California

Population: 1,420,000
Type of Requirement: Ordinance

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Contact Information

Physical Address:
Commission for Arts and Culture
1200 Third Avenue, Suite 924
San Diego, CA 92101

Main Contact:
Charles Miller, Senior Public Art Manager
Email Charles | 619.236.6661

Program Summary

The Code establishes that all private, industrial, or commercial development (or any portions thereof) with a total building permit valuation greater than or equal to five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) are subject to a mandatory public art requirement (the Civic Enhancement Allocation).

Projects may satisfy the requirement by installing artwork valued at one percent (1%) of the total valuation on-site. If the value of the artwork, including art consultant fees and the costs for design, fabrication, installation, and documentation, is not equal to or greater than the Civic Enhancement Allocation, the difference shall be paid into the Public Art fund. Maintenance and conservation of the artwork will be the responsibility of the development owner. Projects may also satisfy the requirement by maintaining a portion of the premises which is open and accessible for cultural use. Should the value of the area made available for public use not equal or exceed the required fee, the difference shall be contributed to the Public Art Fund. Alternatively, developers may pay an in-lieu fee equal to one half percent (0.5%) of the total building valuation for the development into the Public Art Fund. Upon applying for a permit the developer shall declare on their Civic Enhancement Allocation Declaration form the means by which this requirement will be met.

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ECTO #02 (2014). By Damon Hyldreth. Casa Mira View Collection. Courtesy: Damon Hyldreth