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Graffiti vandalism is a concern for cities around world and a growing challenge both in Vancouver and regionally. Graffiti can quickly transform a neighbourhood. It harms local residents, organizations, businesses, and property owners.
Graffiti is vandalism under the law and includes one or more letters, symbols, or marks made on public, private, or other surfaces without permission. Even if done with permission, it must conform our mural guidelines for acceptable forms of art and public notification.
It’s important to report graffiti on public or private property to ensure that it’s removed in a timely manner.
There are several clean-up options available to you, including:
There are several ways to deter graffiti. Some suggestions are:
The City of Vancouver is responsible for removing graffiti from public places such as City buildings, light poles, signs, and other public amenities. If you see graffiti on public property, phone 3-1-1 to report it.
There are many features on or around public property that do not belong to the City but are the responsibility of external organizations. For example, the removal of graffiti on a telephone pole or box is the responsibility of Telus. We are working to develop a streamlined and accessible process to report graffiti to these organizations.
Delays in removal tend to encourage graffiti vandals to expand the graffiti to adjacent properties. In this way, graffiti can act as a magnet and attract more graffiti to the area. Graffiti may still re-occur a few times, be persistent.
Graffiti vandalism is more than just words or symbols sprayed on a wall. If graffiti vandalism is left to spread in our communities it can:
There are many types of graffiti vandalism. It is estimated that less than 1% of all graffiti vandalism in Vancouver is associated with gangs. The most common type of graffiti vandalism is “tagging”, which consists of hand scribbles and sometimes bubble lettering or complex words.
In the past, Murals served as a major deterrence to graffiti in Vancouver. However, in the last couple of years, many of our city’s murals have been vandalized. Integrated Graffiti Management Program staff will work with local businesses and property owners to address the damaged art works.
A mural is a painting, mosaic, or relief artwork applied to exterior walls, facilities, or structures.