The City of Sanford’s Public Art Commission encourages the participation of private property owners in the display of public art.
The side of your building is an ideal location for a mural. The Art Commission and city staff are here to walk you through the application process for murals.
- The City Commission has waived the application fees for murals.
- The Art Commission has a list of mural artists for you to interview for creative ideas.
- Applications can be filled out on-line. Visit sanfordfl.gov/Publicart.
- A Public Art easement will be required once approval of art works are given.
If your mural location is located within the Historic District, a Certificate of Appropriateness will also be required. Contact the Historic Preservation Planner or phone 407-688-5145 for more information. In addition, you must comply with the following requirements of Schedule S (S-38), of the Land Development Regulations of the city of Sanford.
As to applications for COA that relate to murals, only the following matters shall be considered when evaluating whether the application should be approved or denied and such applications shall be considered after approval of a public art application by the Public Art Commission.
- Murals may only be installed on previously painted structures.
- Murals may only be installed on the side and rear walls of buildings.
- Murals may not cover or detract from the significant or character-defining architectural features of a structure.
- Murals must complement and enhance the structure.
- Walls on which murals are located must be in good repair with roof, flashing and parapets in good condition.
- Walls on which murals are located must be cleaned using gentlest means possible and primed with appropriate paint.
- Paint utilized in the installation of mural must be intended for exterior use and not compromise the integrity of the materials to which it is applied.
- The use of paint which is reflective, neon, or fluorescent installing a mural is prohibited and unlawful.
- Murals must be located and sized to engage and encourage pedestrian interaction.
- Murals must exhibit skilled application standards consistent with sound and generally accepted artistic practices and principles.