Code of the District of Columbia

§ 9–204.14. Applications for commemorative works.

(a) Any sponsor may propose the placement of a commemorative work on public space in the District. Any proposal for a commemorative work on public space in the District shall be accompanied by a completed application to the Office of Planning by a sponsor. Each application shall, at a minimum, include:

(1) A conceptual description of the proposed commemorative work;

(2) The proposed location of the commemorative work;

(3) For a commemoration of a person, the primary reason or reasoning that the person is proposed to be commemorated; and

(4) An explanation of how the commemorative work will be funded and maintained.

(b) The Office of Planning shall develop a procedure for receiving applications from a sponsor of a proposed commemorative work and transmitting the applications to the Committee.

(c) The Office of Planning shall accept from any member of the public recommendations for commemorative works to be considered for sponsorship by a District agency and shall share such recommendations with the Committee.

(d) If a District agency is the sponsor of a commemorative work, it shall consult with the Commission on the Arts and Humanities on conceptual design for the commemorative work before submitting an application.


(Mar. 10, 1983, D.C. Law 4-201, § 414; as added Apr. 4, 2001, D.C. Law 13-275, § 2(d), 48 DCR 1660; Mar. 16, 2021, D.C. Law 23-196, § 2(d), 68 DCR 000753.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of the Commemorative Works on Public Space Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-564, January 31, 2001, 48 DCR 1627).

Editor's Notes

For a requirement that the University of the District of Columbia, by December 31, 2021, and subject to appropriations, furnish to the Mayor and the Council a recommending up to 12 proposed commemorative works to honor remarkable diverse native Washingtonians, or persons who made Washington their home, who left positive and indelible marks on American or District culture or history, the individuals reflecting diversity of culture, race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability status, see §§ 3 and 4 of Law 23-196.