The Mayor-appointed Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory board responsible for the review and approval of all architecture and artwork on, or over, City property. The Commission assists the City by final and conceptual approval in achieving great civic design and public art.

For general assistance with submissions, please contact DCA Review at dca.review@lacity.org, or (213) 202-5500.

For a list of the approved meeting minutes and agendas with downloadable PDFs visit the commission meeting page.

Download the required submission materials and supporting documents for Cultural Affairs Commission approval below.


Notice to Department of Cultural Affairs Industry Professionals

If you are compensated to interact with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City law may require you to register as a lobbyist and report your activity.  Any individual may qualify as a lobbyist, regardless of occupation, education, training, or professional title.  A lobbyist may hold a position that includes but is not limited to attorney, CEO, consultant, government liaison, business owner, permit applicant, urban planners, expediters, land developers, various real estate specialists and others.

More information is available online through the Ethics Commission’s lobbying program and publication pages.  For assistance, please contact the Ethics Commission.


Cultural Affairs Commission Architectural Submission Materials Checklist
(AS IT APPLIES TO YOUR PROJECT; ADDITIONAL MATERIALS MAY BE REQUESTED) Conceptual and Final Approval may be combined 


Please find enclosed a set of Project Design and Review Guidelines which proposes new standards and seeks to reinvent the way that the Cultural Affairs Commission is involved in design review and city planning and development.


What gets reviewed and why: 

The design of any public building, bridge, approach, fence, retaining wall, lamp, lamp post, or other similar structure proposed to be erected by or under the authority of the city upon any land or in any place belonging to or under the control of the city shall be adopted by any board or officer having charge, superintendence, or control of the design or construction thereof, unless such design shall have been first submitted to and approved by the Board of Cultural Affairs Commissioners by a majority vote thereof. 


Application for Design Review of Buildings, Bridges, and other Major Structures


Design Review Resubmittal Form
(Fill out and submit subsequent to initial conceptual review)


Application for Design Approval of Minor Projects
(Small Additions, Fences, Canopies, Marquees, Signs, AGF’s, Etc.) 

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