Street art

Street art

Making creativity visible and accessible

The artistic and social value of street art is recognised by the City. It is a highly accessible form with increasing acceptance in public areas. Museums around the world exhibit street art. 

We support creative practices and aim to make creativity visible and accessible. Street art is a visible and accessible art form and we support lawfully created works in appropriate locations. 

What is street art? 

Street art is commissioned with the landowner's consent, which is painted, marked or otherwise affixed to the outside of a building and visible from a public place. It may be art in the form of words, figures, shapes or lines but doesn't include re-painting.

Any street art without owners consent is illegal and will be removed promptly.

Is a DA required for street art? 

The City's approval is not required if street art meets specific criteria – referred to as exempt development.

To be exempt development, street art must:

  • be approved by the landowner
  • not project more than 30mm from a wall or other surface
  • not be a sign or advertising 
  • not be located on a heritage item or in a heritage conservation area or special character area
  • not contain material that discriminates against or vilifies any person or group, or is offensive or sexually explicit. 

You can check the relevant local plans for exemption criteria and heritage and special character maps. 

If the street art site is proposed on a heritage item, in a conservation area or special character area, or does not meet any of the criteria listed, the City's approval is required. 

You can download a map we've prepared to help you identify the properties where street art may be exempt development.

Contacts 

If you need a development application, please contact the City or make an appointment to speak to a planner about your development application.

If you have further questions about street art that is exempt development, please contact:

Last updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2018