Graffiti on a brick wall

Remove graffiti on private property

For graffiti management to be effective, graffiti needs to be removed quickly. The Integrated Graffiti Management Program provides free paint and helps to coordinate community paint-outs to remove graffiti.

Removal tips

  • Use the gentlest cleaning methods possible on bare surfaces such as wood, concrete, masonry, stone, retaining walls, and decorative concrete.
  • Previously painted surfaces can simply be repainted.
  • Use a protective coating. Check with your local paint store for more information.
  • Hire a professional graffiti remover.

Heritage properties

Is your home a designated heritage site? If so, follow these tips to ensure the integrity of your building: 

  • Avoid methods that erode surface material, such as sandblasting or pressure washing.
  • Previously painted surfaces can simply be repainted.
  • Protective coatings must not be used on any heritage surface.
  • If the cleaning will alter the heritage surface, you must get a development permit.
  • Hire a professional graffiti remover.

Answers to graffiti questions

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

Free Paint Program

Thanks to a partnership with Dulux Paints, Vancouver property owners can receive free paint for the removal of existing graffiti up to two times in a calendar year.

Step 1: Request your voucher

Complete the online form to request your paint voucher. You will need to provide your name, address, contact information, and notification letter from the City (if you have one).

You will be given a case number and asked which Dulux Paints store location is most convenient for you to pick up paint.

Step 2: Go to a Dulux Paints store

When you pick up your free paint, bring your personal identification and the case number.

Step 3: Provide a colour sample

If you require colour matching, bring a 1” x 1” chip of the original paint colour to the Dulux Paints store. They will scan and match the colour as closely as possible. There will be a wait of one day to produce a custom match of your paint sample.

Request paint voucher online

Host a community paint-out

Community paint-outs are a great way to manage graffiti, promote education, and build community. 

Gather friends, coworkers, and neighbours for a day of painting, fun, and team building.

Find an area or wall to paint and get owner permission to wipe out their graffiti. 

Supplies and paint will be provided by the Integrated Graffiti Management Program.

If you are interested in organizing or volunteering for a community paint-out, complete our online form.

Request paint-out

Report graffiti on public property

Use this VanConnect form to alert us about graffiti in public spaces.

Murals and public art

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

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.