How can I manage graffiti vandalism?

Report graffiti online

Quick reporting for graffiti in public spaces

Use this VanConnect form to alert us about graffiti.

Report graffiti on public property

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. 

Integrated Graffiti Management Program

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.

Help manage graffiti

Report

Record

  • Document the graffiti by taking a picture of the entire tag or word from directly in front of the surface and include any small initials or markings around the edges of the tag.
  • Make a note of the date and time.
  • Forward a copy of the picture to the police with your contact information.

Remove

  • Your building is less likely to be targeted again if the graffiti is removed quickly.
  • Do not wait for a notice to be served to you if you are a victim of graffiti.
  • In order to control graffiti, property owners who have been served a notice by the City must have graffiti removed within 10 days.

If you do not remove graffiti from your property

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.

More tips for managing graffiti vandalism on your property

  • Apply protective coating on your walls to help with future graffiti removal
  • Install motion detector lights to discourage vandals
  • Move vehicles, dumpsters, and other items away from walls
  • Cover pipes to prevent access to the roof or upper levels of a building
  • Keep your property tidy
  • Commission a mural on a persistently targeted wall

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.

View the Graffiti Bylaw

Graffiti FAQ

Answers to graffiti questions

Find answers to your questions around graffiti, tagging, murals, and more.

Art to deter graffiti

Make an outdoor mural

A mural is a painting, mosaic, or relief artwork applied to exterior walls, facilities, or structures.

See the regulations

Graffiti Bylaw

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.

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