San Francisco spends more than $20 million annually on graffiti cleanup. DPW 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 webpage will help you learn about what the city is doing and what you can do to make San Francisco a graffiti-free city.
Zero Graffiti International Conference 2013: January 16-18, 2013!
- Check out the Zero Graffiti International Conference 2013, which will take place on January 16-18, 2013. This conference is open to all who are forced to deal with unwanted graffiti vandalism, and will consist of discussions, information sharing, innovative presentations, and networking for those dedicated professionals and community members seeking to end graffiti vandalism in their cities and neighborhoods around the world.
- The conference goals are to create a worldwide network of municipalities, neighborhoods and businesses to share ideas, best practices and innovative campaigns aimed at eradicating graffiti vandalism.
- Find out more at zerograffiti.org.
- DPW 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.
- If you have photos of graffiti vandalism and tagging in your neighborhood, DPW 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 along with details about the location and date/time.
Remove it and Prevent it
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 pledge!
- If you would like to help keep your neighborhood graffiti-free, learn about volunteering for Graffiti Watch.
- DPW also hosts monthly neighborhood cleanups and chances to beautify the City. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with DPW.
- DPW, 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.
Clean and Green Trucks
- Support the City of San Francisco’s campaign to eliminate graffiti in our neighborhoods and business districts by removing graffiti vandalism from commercial vehicles.
- During Fiscal Year 2009-2010, DPW, in partnership with General Services Agency's (GSA) Central Shops and with funding from the Community Challenge Grant Program, implemented the Clean and Green Trucks Pilot Program. The program provided City residents and commercial vehicle owners of graffiti-laden trucks and vans the service of a free, professional paint job to cover up graffiti vandalism on their vehicles.
- The Clean and Green Trucks Pilot Program successfully transformed 14 vehicles in nine months. The program reduced overall blight in City neigborhoods and eliminated several tagged up, mobile targets for criminal graffiti vandals. Read the Clean and Green Trucks Pilot Program Report (PDF) (September 2010).
- To report graffiti, call 311 or submit a service request to the City's 311 Customer Service Center.
- DPW and the SF Arts Commission's Where Art Lives is educating children and youth about graffiti vandalism.
- DPW 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
- DPW helps manage the City's Graffiti Advisory Board, which advises the Mayor and Board of Supervisors about graffiti enforcement, cleanup and prevention strategies.