On August 3, 2009, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) began accepting permit applications for the new Original Art Murals program. The Original Art Murals program allows murals to be permitted separately from sign regulations, and complements the existing Regional Arts and Culture Council’s (RACC) Public Art program.
An Original Art Mural is defined specifically 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. Murals permitted under this process must stay in place without alterations for a period of at least five years, with the building owner receiving no compensation for the display of the mural.
Permits issued under this program will be reviewed using regulations contained in Title 4 (Original Art Murals) of the City Code, and the accompanying Administrative Rules. To be considered an Original Art Mural, a permit must have been issued under the Title 4 regulations. Murals that are not approved through Title 4 (or are not part of the RACC Public Art program) will be classified as signs.
For a copy of the Original Art Mural permit application, and for more information on the mural program, go to www.portlandonline.com/bds/muralpermit, or contact Kristin Cooper (503-823-7547) or Jean Hester (503-823-7783).