Project Status: When you need to do this
What you need to do
Read our definition of 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.
Determine if a DA is required
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, approval is required.
You can download a map we’ve prepared to help you identify the properties where street art may be exempt development.