Permits To Paint

As of June 3, 2007 every person painting in the Venice Art Walls area will be required to have a permit. If you paint or mark any surface in the Venice Art Walls area without a permit you will be given a ticket for vandalism by the LAPD or the Park Rangers. You may apply for a permit in person (on-site), over the Internet or via fax. The physical permit itself will be issued by the On-site Supervisor the day you will be painting. Permits are free of charge, and are issued only by ICU Art. Permits are valid for one day only and must be returned at the end of the day.

For a complete list of rules related to the area and the Painting Permits, please go to the Rules page.

In order to obtain a Painting Permit, artists must fill out an Artist Agreement and you must submit a valid form of government issued picture identification. The I.D. card will be held by ICU Art staff as a deposit until you return the Painting Permit. This agreement can be downloaded on this site or may be obtained at the Venice Art Walls on weekends and City of LA holidays between 10 AM and one half hour prior to sundown. You may request an Artist Agreement form to be sent to you via fax as well.

People under the age of 18 must have the signature of their parent or legal guardian as well as their own signature on the Artist Agreement in order to obtain a Painting Permit.

Once you have been approved to receive a Permit, you will receive two laminated and numbered Painting Permits on a lanyard that you hang around your neck. One Permit must be worn in the front and the other in the back so that you can be clearly identified as a permitted artist by area staff, LAPD and Park Rangers.

Permits in no way allow anyone to paint on any surface east of the bike path.

Contact Information

Artist contact information will be kept confidential by ICU Art staff. ICU Art is a privately owned, arts advocacy organization and is not a branch of City government. ICU Art will not divulge information on the Artist Agreement to any government agency except by order of subpoena or other court order. However, ICU Art will indicate to any party that inquires whether or not a specific individual did indeed have a valid permit to paint on any given day.

Artists are not required to leave contact information, and we do not request nor record the address on your I.D. card. We do request phone and e-mail information so that in the event that a company or individual would like to film in the area, you may be contacted in order to get permission to film or reproduce your work. It is possible that for a commercial film project that you could negotiate a licensing agreement for the use of your art in a film. If we are not able to contact you for such a project, we will do our best to stop a commercial film project from including your work, by requesting that they temporarily cover your work or avoid shooting it.

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