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Graffiti Removal

The best graffiti removal method depends on the surface you're trying to remove graffiti from. "Graffiti Hurts" has some good removal tips, but prevention is the most important step you can take. Read our Prevention and Removal Tips fact sheet for more information.

You can also get free paint from ourPaint Bank.

Report Graffiti for Free Removal

Reporting graffiti on your property:

  1. Report the graffiti to the police. Reporting the incident to the Denver Police Department helps them track graffiti incidents, which makes it easier to prevent graffiti in the future. Please click here to fill out an online police report or call the police non-emergency line at 720-913-2000.
  2. For removal, please submit a 311 Help Request
  3. Removal: We must have a signed Authorization Form to assist in removing graffiti from your property.
    If you have not previously signed a release form (or if you are unsure), download one (available to the right) and return it by fax or mail before completing the online report form

To report graffiti on someone else’s private property:
Please provide the exact address(s). The City will notify the responsible party and may assist in its removal.

Enter the information as in the following example:

  • Street Number: 123
  • Street Name: Main St.
  • Location of graffiti: On garage door in the alley

To report graffiti on public property (such as on traffic signs, poles, dumpsters):
Tell us the structure where graffiti is located – again, traffic signs, poles, private trash receptacles. Also, tell us the location by identifying the cross streets. 

Enter the information as in the following example:

  • Structure: Stop Sign
  • Location: Southeast corner of First and Main St.
 

Graffiti Removal Authorization Forms

We must have a signed Authorization Form to assist in removing graffiti from private property. If you have not previously signed a release form (or if you are unsure), download the form and return it by fax or mail. This form should also be used to decline this free City service.

English Authorization Form
Spanish Authorization Form

Mail To:
Neighborhood Inspection Service
201 W. Colfax Ave, #303
Denver, CO 80202-5332

Fax To:
720-865-3287

Graffiti Ordinances

Quicker graffiti cleanup turnaround time after notification (once posted, 48 hours for non-residential property and 72 hours for residential property) from previous 10 days

  • Free graffiti-removal assistance from the City, upon request
  • Free graffiti-removal supplies (paint, etc.) from the City
  • Shared responsibility for graffiti abatement
  •  to remove graffiti from private property

  • Decrease the time graffiti vandalism is present in a community
  • Decrease the incidents and frequency of repeat vandalism on a property
  • Make nearby properties less vulnerable to graffiti vandalism
  • Support the efforts of conscientious owners and tenants who maintain their property
  • Improve City abatement team response time