12/08/2011 06:15 pm ET

Los Angeles Mural Ordinance Would Legalize New & Vintage Murals

Story comes courtesy of The City Maven.

Artistic murals on private property would be legalized and permitted under a proposed ordinance released today by Los Angeles city planners in an effort to separate the issue from the tangled sign ordinance that attempts to regulate billboards.

The release of the proposal triggers a 60 day comment period.

“Our new mural ordinance is designed with the artists and Los Angeles’ diverse communities in mind,” said Councilman Jose Huizar, whose eastside district has twice as many murals as any other district in the city. ”We want to create a document that allows art to happen and create an environment where murals can flourish once again and Los Angeles can reclaim its rightful place as the mural capital of the world.”

Under the proposed ordinance, murals would be defined as “an original work of visual art that is tiled or painted directly upon or affixed directly to an exterior wall of a building.”

Permits would be issued for new and existing murals under the proposed ordinance. The fees associated with those permits — $199 for an original mural — would cover whatever administrative costs are incurred by the city. Violations of the new law would be handled via code enforcement rather than the current criminal penalties.

The release of today’s ordinance follows October’s lengthy hearing on the difficulties associated with regulating and preserving murals.

Also on the Huffington Post: a taste of Southern California's murals.

Los Angeles Murals