Murals Now Allowed on Single-Family Homes in Certain Areas in LA

Venice area City Council member Mike Bonin has asked city staff to explore an "opt-in or opt-out" program for other city neighborhoods.

Murals adorn many a building in Venice.
Murals adorn many a building in Venice.

Murals can now be painted on single-family homes in northeast Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and parts of South Los Angeles under a pilot program given final approval Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

The council previously approved an ordinance that allows non-commercial artwork to be splashed across commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings, but not on single-family homes.

The pilot program will allow murals on single-family homes in the 1st, 9th and 14th districts, represented by City Council members Gil Cedillo, Curren Price Jr. and Jose Huizar, respectively.

In addition to the pilot program, the amended ordinance also would allow murals on roll-down security doors on commercial and industrial buildings.

Venice-area Councilman Mike Bonin last week also requested that city staff explore an "opt-in or opt-out" program that would allow other communities to petition for murals to be allowed on single-family homes.

R&B singer Chris Brown had a mural painted on a wall outside his home in the Hollywood Hills this past summer. But the mural, featuring brightly colored characters about 8 feet tall, caused such a stir among  neighbors that Brown, who challenged the city ordinance banning residential murals, eventually had the artwork painted over.

- City News Service

Should non-commercial murals be allowed on single-family homes in your neighborhood?

carolyn rios December 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM
We need to OPT IN on residential murals. Venice needs more murals like the old days. Murals on garages, concrete fences, liven things up a bit. This is the Venice I moved to a long time ago
Emily Winters December 11, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Yes, we need single family dwellings to be able to have murals on them if they want to. Venice, an art community, should definately be a part of the mural pilot program. A proposed mural should be approved in the area by the residents who live there and will be looking at it everyday.
Scott December 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Respectfully, no thank you.


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