San Francisco spends more than $20 million annually on graffiti cleanup. Public Works with local agencies and community partners to prevent graffiti, helps people remove it quickly, and provides programs and rewards for people who want to get involved. Remember, rapid removal is your best defense against graffiti vandalism. This page will help you learn about what the city is doing and what you can do to make San Francisco a graffiti-free city.
- Public Works will paint out graffiti on public property and notify other agencies and private property owners, so they can quickly remove it. Call 911 to report graffiti in progress, or call 311, or report graffiti online here.
- Use the mobile SF311 app to report graffiti, street or sidewalk cleaning, streetlight repairs and other deficiencies directly to 311!
- If you have photos of graffiti vandalism and tagging in your neighborhood, we can upload them into our database and forward them onto the San Francisco Police Department. You can upload your images here, by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with details about the location and date/time.
Remove it and Prevent it
- Read some tips on the best way to remove graffiti from a variety of surfaces or download our Graffiti brochure. Public Works also maintains a list of vendors who abate graffiti.
Take the Pledge
- Help make San Francisco a graffiti-free city by committing to reporting graffiti and participating in the fight against graffiti. Take the Giant Sweep pledge!
- If you would like to help keep your neighborhood graffiti-free, learn about volunteering for Graffiti Watch.
- We also host monthly neighborhood cleanups and chances to beautify the City. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.
- The City's Graffiti Ordinance requires that private property owners abate graffiti from their buildings within 30 days. The details of the Graffiti Ordinance are laid out in the San Francisco Public Works Code, Article 23, Section 1300: Graffiti Removal.
- Learn what to do if you receive a graffiti notice.
- Visit the San Francisco Police Department's Webpage and the District Attorney's Webpage to see what they are doing about graffiti.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Graffiti Notice of Violation (NOV)
- Graffiti Blight Notice
- Public Works, the District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco Police Department have joined together to offer a reward to residents who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals.
- Public Works and the SF Arts Commission's Where Art Lives is educating children and youth about graffiti vandalism.
- Public Works and the SFAC are facilitating the StreetsmARTS program, connecting artists with private property owners to create beautiful murals and deter tagging in our neighborhoods.
Read the latest Zero Graffiti Newsletter
- This newsletter will keep you informed of the City's progress in preventing and removing graffiti. Join the mailing list to receive each edition. Also, do you have an idea for the newsletter to submit? Let us know.
- Public Works helps manage the City's Graffiti Advisory Board, which advises the Mayor and Board of Supervisors about graffiti enforcement, cleanup and prevention strategies.