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Commission for Arts and Culture

Art in Private Development Projects

Supporting the Arts through Private Development

San Diego has an art in private development program that requires certain private, non-residential development projects in the city provide a set aside for civic enhancement that equals 0.5 percent to 1 percent of the total building permit valuation. This program is governed by the San Diego Municipal Code and is overseen by the Commission for Arts and Culture. Private developers can satisfy the civic enhancement requirement by integrating artwork into the project, including space in the development that is open and accessible for cultural use, or depositing an in-lieu fee into the City’s Public Art Fund.

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