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Original Art Mural Permits

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What is an Original Art Mural?

Now is the Time by Isaka Shamsud-Din

 

Original Art Murals permitted under Title 4 (Original Art Murals) and the accompanying Mural Administrative Rules are defined as a hand-produced work of visual art that is tiled or painted by hand directly upon, or affixed directly to an exterior wall of a building. A mural permitted under Title 4 does not include: 

  • mechanically produced or computer generated prints or images, including but not limited to digitally printed vinyl;
  • murals containing electrical or mechanical components; or
  • changing image murals.

 

Murals that do not fit within this definition and do not receive an Original Art Mural Permit are considered signs and regulated by Title 32 (Signs and Related Regulations)  

 


Before Applying for My Permit

Musicians Union by Joe Cotter 

Before starting your mural permit, you’ll need to gather information about your site and the permit process. Contact the Planning and Zoning staff at (503) 823-7526, visit the Development Services Center, or review the documents under Applications and Handouts (below) to learn more about:

  • What types of plans you will need to submit with your permit application;
  • Basic standards and requirements that apply to Original Art Murals;
  • Additional requirements based on the location of your site; and
  • Steps in the mural permit process.

Getting Started

 

An Original Art Mural Permit is required for murals that are installed using the standards included in Title 4 (Original Art Murals) and the Mural Administrative Rules. On-site work on the mural cannot begin until the permit is issued..

 

Use the Mural Permit Application to apply for the installation of an Original Art Mural.

 


Plan Review Process

 

Scrap by Bruce OrrPlanning and Zoning staff reviews all Mural Permit applications. In limited cases, structural review may be required.

 

Upon submittal of the mural permit application, a Planning and Zoning staff planner will complete an initial review of your application. The planner will contact you within five working days of the date the application was submitted to let you know if your application is complete, or if additional information is needed.

 

Before a mural permit can be issued, the applicant must hold a neighborhood meeting on the proposed mural. Notice of the neighborhood meeting must be posted on the site at least 21 days prior to the date of the meeting. Information on how and when to provide notice for the meeting will be provided when the mural permit application is submitted.

 


Inspection Process

 

Planning and Zoning staff will conduct the inspections for murals. If structural review is required, a separate structural inspection will take place.

 

When the mural is completed and ready for inspection, the applicant contacts the assigned Planning and Zoning staff planner.

 

It is important to call for the inspection as the mural permit expires if no inspection has taken place within 12 months of the permit being issued. A one-time extension of the permit may be allowed.

 


Applications & Handouts

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