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Philadelphia Art Commission

Approving the design and location of construction projects and public art on City property, including streets, or funded with City money.

Philadelphia Art Commission

Notice: The Art Commission offices are not open for walk-ins. Plans may be submitted by email, by post, or by scheduling an in-person appointment. To learn how to participate in our remote meetings, see our public meetings page.

What we do

As part of the Department of Planning and Development, the Art Commission is Philadelphia’s design review board. It ensures that development in Philadelphia is beautiful, orderly, and appropriate so that the City is a desirable place to live, visit, and do business.

As part of its duties, the commission reviews the designs of:

  • All construction projects located on City property or funded with City money.
  • Anything constructed or installed on or over the public right-of-way.
  • All public art to be acquired by the City or placed on public property.

The commission was created in 1911 as the Philadelphia Art Jury. It became the Philadelphia Art Commission with the adoption of the Home Rule Charter in 1952. After more than 100 years, the Art Commission’s mission is much the same as when it was founded.

Read sections of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter that establish the powers and responsibilities of the Art Commission.


1515 Arch St.
13th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
TTY: (215) 683-0286