Sydney Black (left) and Amber Santos of the International Nelson Mural Festival are shown here with a small fraction of Vancouver artist Sandeep Johal’s mural entitled One Day, which she created in 2020 on the parkade in Nelson. (This mural is not slated for decommissioning.) Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Sydney Black (left) and Amber Santos of the International Nelson Mural Festival are shown here with a small fraction of Vancouver artist Sandeep Johal’s mural entitled One Day, which she created in 2020 on the parkade in Nelson. (This mural is not slated for decommissioning.) Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson council to require decommissioning plans for murals

Requirement will be written into mural development permit guidelines

Nelson City Council, at its July 12 meeting, agreed there should be a process for decommissioning murals on the walls of the city.

The city’s development permit guidelines for murals will now require a decommissioning plan, to be agreed on when the mural is commissioned, by the artist and the building owner. It will include details on who is responsible for the decommissioning.

This requirement will be added to the existing permit guidelines, which already include detailed stipulations on such things as application procedure, upkeep responsibilities, budget, proof of insurance, location requirements and design guidelines.

City council does not decide on mural development applications, but delegates those decisions to its Cultural Development Committee.

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