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Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica, California

Population: 92,306
Type of Requirement: Ordinance

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Contact Information

Physical Address:
Cultural Affairs
1437 4th Street, #310
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

Main Contact:
Shannon Dault, Cultural Affairs Manager
Email Shannon | 310.458.8350

Program Summary

The Code establishes that any development project with a new gross floor area of seventy-five hundred (7,500) square feet or more; commercial remodels or tenant improvements of twenty-five thousand (25,000) square feet or more that require approval by the Architectural Review Board; and residential projects of five (5) or more units, with the exception of affordable housing units, are subject to a mandatory public art requirement. Exceptions to this requirement can be found in the code referenced above. In mixed developments, those portions of project for uses specifically excluded from requirement shall not be included in the calculation of the average square foot cost of construction.

Projects may satisfy the requirement by constructing or installing freely accessible on-site public artwork or including on-site cultural facilities, with a value of two percent (2%) of the average square foot cost of the development. Maintenance and conservation of artwork will be the responsibility of the property owner. Alternatively, developers may satisfy the requirement by contributing one percent (1%) of the average square foot cost of construction of the development to the Cultural Arts Trust Fund. The expenditure of money to satisfy the requirement may be reduced by the amount spent to preserve a historic resource listed in or determined eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources or the City’s local register of historic resources.

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Digital Divide (2009). By Dan Corson. City of Santa Monica, CA, Collection. Courtesy: William ShortDigital Divide (2009). By Dan Corson. City of Santa Monica, CA, Collection. Courtesy: William Short