Mural Application Process

To paint or apply a mural on a building in Saanich, the design must receive Council or public art jury approval.

To paint or apply a mural on a building in Saanich, the design must receive Council approval (Option 1) or public art jury approval (Option 2). The mural approval process is supported by the "Comprehensive Arts Policy" and we encourage the private sector to follow the public jury process to choose a mural design.

For more information, see the Planning a Mural in Saanich brochure [PDF - 4 MB].

Option 1: Council Approval Process

For application guidelines for the Council approval process, contact Brenda Weatherston, Community Arts & Public Art Programmer, at 250-475-5557 or

Option 2: Public Art Jury Process

Saanich’s Comprehensive Arts Policy outlines a public art jury process for the selection of any civic public art. This ensures we choose artwork through an equitable process. We also want the art to bring value to the neighbourhood, the arts community and the property owner.

Please see Section 7.2 of the Comprehensive Arts Policy [PDF - 1.9 MB] for details on the jury process.

Here is a brief outline:

  • Select a project jury including:
    • 3 artists.
    • 1 member from the local community association.
    • 1 land owner or commissioning agency representative.
    • Prepare a project brief or terms of reference including judging criteria.
    • Advertise a ‘Request for Proposals’ based on the project brief.
    • Artists submit entries.
    • The project jury chooses a winning submission.
    • We the send a copy of the project brief, list of
      jury members and images of winning proposals to the Planning Department.

Wall signs

In contrast to a mural, a wall sign is painted on an exterior wall and may only cover a maximum of 15% of the wall (see Sign Bylaw). A wall sign requires a Sign Permit.

Murals in Saanich

Rudd Park
Located at Boleskine Road & Irma Street

Lumber World mural
Located at Quadra Street & Reynolds Avenue
Artist – Paul Archer

Quadra street art
Located at Quadra Street & Tattersall Road
Saanich Garry Oak woodland overlooking the Salish Sea
Artist – Steve Milroy

Rogers Elementary School
Located at 765 Rogers Avenue
Gary oak woodland and meadow
Artist – Joanne Thomson. 
Painted with the assistance of Rogers Elementary School students.

Craigflower Elementary School
Located at 2766 Admirals Road
Coast Salish First Nations Welcome
Artists – Morgan Macaulay, Butch Dick and Darlene Gait.
Painted with the assistance of Craigflower Elementary School students.

Peninsula Runners mural
Located at 3659 Shelbourne Street
Artist – Steve Milroy

Bicycle sports mural
Located at 1092 Cloverdale Avenue
Artist – Steve Milroy

Gorge Tillicum Community Association mural
Located at 100 Burnside Road West 
Artist – Paul Archer