Graffiti Abatement

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When graffiti is reported in the City, Public Services staff will work to immediately remove the graffiti within 24 hours. The following information will assist residents when reporting graffiti:

1.  How does a resident report graffiti?
Residents can call the Public Services Department at (619) 522-7380 to report graffiti on both public and private property.

2. Once reported, when can a resident expect the graffiti to be removed?
When graffiti is reported on public property, Public Services staff will remove the graffiti within 24 hours.

3.  Does the City remove graffiti from private residences?
If graffiti is reported on private property, City staff will first notify the resident or business owner of the graffiti and request that the property owner remove the graffiti within 24 hours. If the private property owner is unable to remove the graffiti within the prescribed time period, the City will do so by either removing the graffiti or painting over it with a reasonably matching color. The private property owner must first, however, sign a "Graffiti Liability Waiver" granting the City right of access to the property to remove the graffiti.

4.  Who does a resident call after hours for graffiti removal?
The resident can call the Public Services Department at (619) 522-7380 and leave a detailed description of the location of the graffiti. If the graffiti is obscene, the resident should contact the Police Department at (619) 522-7350, who will then dispatch the notification to Public Services staff for immediate response.