Graffiti can quickly transform a neighbourhood by making it seem unsafe, because graffiti is often associated with other crimes.
Graffiti contributes to a decline in property values, increases citizen fear, and potentially reduces retail sales for businesses. For these reasons, it is important to report and remove graffiti quickly.
Use this VanConnect form to alert us about graffiti.Alert us about graffiti
To address the increasing issue of graffiti in Vancouver and keep the city beautiful, Council has reestablished the Integrated Graffiti Management Program. The program will focus on the getting rid of all graffiti, enforcement of the City's graffiti bylaw along with education and prevention initiatives.
The City of Vancouver is committed to removing graffiti quickly from public property, and in supporting businesses and communities to do the same. Graffiti is a criminal offence and is termed "Mischief" under section 430 of the Criminal Code. To help manage graffiti in the city:
Property owners are responsible for the cost of removing graffiti from their building.
The City does not fine the property owner but if you are served with a notification and fail to remove the graffiti, the City has the right to remove it on your behalf and will recover the cost from the property owner.
Find out how to remove graffiti, or tagging, from your property.
Find answers to your questions around graffiti, tagging, murals, and more.
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.