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Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Private Developer Cultural Arts Requirement

The City of Santa Monica’s cultural requirement for development is both innovative and flexible. The ordinance contributes to the built environment, expands residents and visitors access to a broad array of cultural resources and enhance Santa Monica’s identity as a cultural destination.  The ordinance calls for developers to allot 2% of their building permit valuation to on-site arts and/or cultural uses or to make a contribution of 1% of the project costs to a Cultural Arts Trust Fund. The Santa Monica governing body voted unanimously to adopt this groundbreaking ordinance, declaring that it was essential to balance the development and revitalization of private property with the development of cultural and artistic resources. The Council’s goal is not only to preserve but also to improve the quality of life within the City.  


Last updated: 1/28/2014
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“Pursuing Green Office Certification”

To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.