Graffiti vandalism can quickly transform a neighbourhood. It harms local residents, organizations, businesses, and property owners.
The faster graffiti is removed, the less desirable your property becomes to vandals. If graffiti vandalism is not removed, it can lead to more damage.
The best way to stop the spread of graffiti is to remove it as soon as it appears.
What is graffiti vandalism?
Graffiti includes one or more letters, symbols, or marks made on public, private, or other surfaces without permission.
Graffiti is a criminal offence and is termed "Mischief" under section 430 of the Criminal Code.
Use this VanConnect form to alert us about graffiti.Alert us about graffiti
We're committed to removing graffiti quickly from public property and to supporting businesses and communities to do the same.
The Integrated Graffiti Management Program focuses on graffiti removal, enforcement of our graffiti bylaw, and education and prevention initiatives.
Property owners are responsible for the cost of removing graffiti from their building.
We do not fine you if graffiti is not removed. However, if a property is served with a notification, and graffiti is not removed, we have the right to remove it and will recover the cost from you.
We provide resources to help you remove graffiti in a timely manner, such as the Free Paint Program.
Find out how to remove graffiti, or tagging, from your property.
Find answers to your questions around graffiti, tagging, murals, and more.
A mural is a painting, mosaic, or relief artwork applied to exterior walls, facilities, or structures. Both the City and the Park Board have guidelines for the successful creation of murals. If you want to create a mural, start by contacting them.
The graffiti bylaw requires property owners to have graffiti removed within 10 days of being served a notice from the City. Graffiti is considered vandalism under the law when it is painted on private or public property without permission, with a minimum fine of $500.