Murals Motion Heading to Special Joint Meeting

The City’s Arts, Parks and Neighborhoods and Planning and Land Use Management committees will hold a special joint meeting on Wednesday to discuss a resolution redefining artistic murals and permitting processes in the City of Los Angeles.

The City currently defines murals as signs, similar to advertising, and therefore restricts their application onto private buildings.  This has stifled building and business owners from commissioning art and addressing blight issues.

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl introduced a resolution unanimously backed by the Venice Neighborhood Council in June distinguishing murals from signs and commercial advertising, a correlation the city has made since 2002 (Source).

“(Murals) are artistic expressions that are often intertwined with culture and history, and they deserve to be viewed separately from commercial signage,” Councilman Rosendahl told The Argonaut before submitting the motion.

Supported by several members of City Council, tomorrow’s hearing aims to define murals as something other than signs. Motions to establish a city-wide program for permitting future and preserving existing murals, as well as to cease issuing citations for murals on private property until processes are legitimized are also on the agenda.

The preliminary hearing will take place at 3 p.m. on October 12 at City Hall, Room 350, located at 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, 90012.

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