2001 City Hall Date Received By Commission:
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, New York 14201 __________________
Application for the Acceptance of Public Signage and/or Banners
1. Must be fully completed prior to presentation at a Buffalo Arts Commission
2. The Buffalo Arts Commission requires a 60 day period to act on an item
3. No banners/signs may be installed until the written street light inspection
report is issued designating what light poles the banners/signs can be affixed to.
4. No official contract with a vendor should be done prior to approval
5. Installations must be approved by the Department of Public Works.
6. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Date ____________________________________
Contact Information
Group or Organization _________________________________________________________________
Address ___________________________________________________
City _______________________ State _______ Zip code __________
Telephone number _______________________________________
Email address ________________________________________________________________________
Contact Name _______________________________
Title or role in project ___________________________________________________________________
Contact phone number(s)_
Nature of Request
Addition of a banner to an existing streetlight pole
Installation of freestanding signage
Block Club Signage
Relocation of signage
Details of the Project
Feel free to attach additional sheets as necessary
For the application to be considered you must present accurate technical drawings of the proposed signage or
banner, including:
1. measurements
2. materials and type of paint to be utilized
3. multiple views of the artwork as well as
4. a digital photographic representation of how the signage or banner would appear in the
proposed location.
Name of Fabricator _______________________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________________________
City ____________________ State _______ Zip Code __________
Website Address ____________________________________________________
Will the fabricator do the installation? Yes
If no, please name the person doing the installation
Name __________________________________________
Telephone ___________________ Email ___________________________________________
Name of Artist Designing the Signage or Banner ______________________________________
Telephone ___________________ Email ___________________________________________
Where is the specific location of the proposed signage or banners?
Please include:
1. a photograph and description of the proposed location
2. if attached to light poles, please include the pole numbers
3. as well as a map of the area (a printed map, such as one obtained from the internet, is preferable).
If there is more than one potential choice, please include all locations that are under consideration.
Who is the owner of the site?
City of Buffalo
Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency
Other __________________
Is the site in a designated preservation district? Yes
If yes, please contact the City of Buffalo Preservation Board at (716) 851-4064.
Will the project require lighting, water service or other utility connections? Yes
If yes, please contact the City of Buffalo Traffic Engineering at (716) 851-5366.
Is the site in a public street, sidewalk or right of way? Yes
If yes, please contact the City of Buffalo Traffic Engineering at (716) 851-5366.
Is the site in the City of Buffalo parks system? Yes
If yes, please contact the City of Buffalo Division of Parks at (716) 851-5553.
Is the site in a City of Buffalo building or structure? Yes
If yes, please contact the City of Buffalo Division of Buildings (716) 851-5850.
All specifications for signage and banner installations are subject to the approval of the applicable City of Buffalo
departments, boards and agencies.
If from the Preservation Board, please provide the meeting date of approval. Also, Preservation Board approval
may be acquired after the Arts Commission has approved the design.
If approval has been given from the Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets please include signature. Also,
DPW approval may be acquired after the Arts Commission has approved the design.
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1. Timetable for the execution of the project
Design finalization ____________________________
Execution of the design ____________________________
Installation ____________________________
Dedication ____________________________
2. An estimate of complete costs associated with the work , be sure to include monies for the ongoing
maintenance of the proposed donation (10%) _____________________________________
3. Source of funding ______________________________________________________________
4. How are the funds being raised ? (grant, donations) ____________________________
5. Is there a deadline for the expenditure of funding? ________ If yes, by when? __________
Banners and Liability Insurance
Liability insurance, in the amount of one million dollars, to hold the City harmless must be filed with the Law
Department before a banner can be hung from a City street light standard. The City of Buffalo must be named
“additional insured” on the policy.
Memorial Signage
The City of Buffalo Charter empowers the Buffalo Arts Commission to regulate the process of the installation of
commemorative objects on City of Buffalo property.
The Buffalo Arts Commission supports the strategic installation of memorial signage to commemorate people,
places and events significant to Buffalo’s history and unique identity.
Unless they are of exceptional importance to the City of Buffalo as a whole, the Buffalo Arts Commission will not
approve memorial signage for people, places and events before 30 years after.
Along with your application for memorial signage please include:
1. A written statement on the significance of the person, group, organization, place or event to the City
of Buffalo.
2. Provide historical evidence of significance to the City of Buffalo via a bibliography citing sources such
as books, newspapers articles, medals and citations.
Buffalo Arts Commission Application Checklist
2001 City Hall Buffalo, New York 14202 716.851.5027 ebarr@city-buffalo.com
The Buffalo Arts Commission has provided this checklist of the following items to ensure that your application will
be complete and eligible for review by the Commission. If there are questions, please contact Emerson Barr at
716.851.5027 or ebarr@city-buffalo.com.
Completed all components of the application
Provided measurements and technical drawings
Provided a digital photographic representation of the signage at the location
Contacted all applicable City departments
Informed the Commission of the time and place of the dedication ceremony