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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.

The first Zero Graffiti International Conference was held right here in San Francisco on January 16-18, 2013!

  • The first Zero Graffiti International Conference took place in San Francisco on January 16-18, 2013. This conference is open was well attended by committed individuals representing cities from around the U.S., Cannada, and Europe, who deal with unwanted and costly graffiti vandalism.
  • The conference agenda consisted of discussions, information sharing, innovative presentations, and networking for those dedicated professionals and community members seeking to bring an end to graffiti vandalism in their cities and neighborhoods around the world.
  • Attendees also enjoyed a Mission Mural Tour, guided by Tyra Fennell of the San Francisco Arts Commission.
  • The conference goals were to create a worldwide network of municipalities, neighborhoods and businesses to share ideas, best practices and innovative campaigns aimed at eradicating graffiti vandalism. Please check out the photo's of the 2013 conference.
  • The next conference is going to be held in Arizona on April 22 - 25, 2014. Find out more at zerograffiti.org.  

Report it

  • 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 to zerograffiti@sfdpw.org along with details about the location and date/time.
  • NEW: there is now a mobile SF311 app (Apple and Android versions) you can upload to your smartphone and use to report graffiti, street or sidewalk cleaning, streetlight repairs, and other deficiencies directly to 3-1-1!!

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 Giant Sweep pledge!

Volunteer removing graffiti


  • 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.

The Law


Rewards Fund

  • 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.

Engaging Kids

  • DPW and the SF Arts Commission's Where Art Lives is educating children and youth about graffiti vandalism.Artist painting a mural

Engaging Artists

  • 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

Advisory Board

  • DPW helps manage the City's Graffiti Advisory Board, which advises the Mayor and Board of Supervisors about graffiti enforcement, cleanup and prevention strategies.

The Huddle

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Last updated: 6/10/2015 10:29:50 AM