The public art unit within the planning department also offers advice to developers, architects, and others on public art commissioning as part of pre-application and full application planning submissions to ensure the early involvement of artists in the design process. This includes provision of advice on suitably qualified art consultants, artists, budget allocation, and more.

Bristol City Council’s primary role is the implementation of the City’s public art policy and strategy using the development control process within planning. However the Local Authority also functions as a commissioner of public art works within a range of developments, most notably BCC schemes, or where the authority is the lead commissioner using s106 funding from developments.

Bristol City Council offers a consultancy service which covers every aspect of commissioning art in the public realm from guidance to developers and their design team through to a full commissioning service. Our services cover:

  • Advice on securing suitably qualified art consultants
  • The preparation of art strategies and plans for developments and masterplans
  • Artist research
  • Artists contracts
  • Funding advice: percent for art (PFA), planning conditions and other forms of funding
  • Planning process and securing permissions
  • Advising on ownership, maintenance and ongoing care
  • A full commissioning service from inception through to successful completion


For further information on the Public Art Policy, and our consutancy services for public art please contact the Senior Public Art Officer within the City Design Group on 0117 922 3064 or see our contact page.