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Graffiti Cleanup

The City of Tacoma is committed to providing graffiti removal services that are necessary to prevent property damage, maintain property values, and deter criminal activity. By removing graffiti promptly, we can prevent further vandalism and maintain a clean and safe environment for residents and visitors.


Rapid Graffiti Removal Program

The City is partnering with Graffiti Removal Co. and Safe Streets Campaign to offer graffiti mitigation services citywide to private property owners. Graffiti removal services are offered by Graffiti Removal Co. at no cost to property owners for up to three cleanups per year. Private properties must meet program guidelines to be eligible for graffiti removal services. Safe Streets Campaign offers cost reimbursement for supplies used to remove graffiti from private properties. See "Program Guidelines" below for more information. Program Guidelines are subject to City approval.


This program is intended to act as an additional tool for property owners and does not replace the code compliance process. As a property owner, you are responsible for removing graffiti from your property.


Program Guidelines

Please contact the City's Graffiti Navigator, Safe Streets Campaign, at (253) 272-6824 (Option 6) for more information.


Graffiti Removal Services:

  • Properties must be within the city limits of Tacoma.
  • Must be private property (i.e., WSDOT, Tacoma Public Schools, etc. does not qualify for this program).
  • Properties must have a signed authorization form on file completed by the property owner or an authorized representative.
  • Properties must be occupied (i.e., no vacant buildings/lots).
  • If needed, the property owner must supply water for graffiti removal services requiring the use of a pressure washer.
  • Graffiti throughout the property must meet the contractor’s minimum callout threshold to be eligible for removal. If the graffiti does not meet the threshold, the option for cost reimbursement may be offered.
  • Properties are eligible for up to three removals per year.
  • Removal services are primarily focused on commercial buildings. Exceptions may be made with prior City approval and will consider conditions such as: seniors, individuals with disabilities, or properties that it would not be safe or reasonable for the property owners to remove the graffiti themselves.

Cost Reimbursement: 

  • Properties must be within the city limits of Tacoma.
  • Must be private property (i.e., WSDOT, Tacoma Public Schools, etc. does not qualify for this program). 
  • Must provide before pictures, after pictures, and receipts to receive cost reimbursement.
  • Can provide up to $100 of cost reimbursement (including tax) within a 12-month period.

Authorization Form

To sign up for the program, please submit an online authorization form or mail/email us your authorization form using the link below in your chosen language. If you need assistance completing an authorization form, please call Safe Streets Campaign at (253) 272-6824 (Option 6).

Additional Resources

  • To report graffiti in progress, call 911
  • To report graffiti concerns on private property call 311 when within city limits, (253) 591-5000 when outside city limits, or submit a "Graffiti Concern" request by using this link.
  • For graffiti on WSDOT property (i.e., I-5, SR-16, etc.), please complete a report using this link.
  • If you are a victim of graffiti, please take the following steps:
  1. File a police report online or by calling (253) 287-4455
  2. Take picture of the graffiti (for homeowner's insurance and/or police report)
  3. Contact your homeowner's insurance agent (if you choose to file a claim)

Assistance with graffiti authorization forms and cost reimbursement:


Safe Streets Campaign

(253) 272-6824 (Option 6)


Submit an authorization form online or send authorization forms via email




Mail to:

City of Tacoma

Attn: Graffiti Removal Program

747 Market Street, Room 836

Tacoma, WA 98402


Reporting graffiti concerns on private property:

Call 311 or (253) 591-5000 when outside city limits


City of Tacoma Staff:

 Vicky McLaurin

Systems and Strategy Division Manager

(253) 591-5058


Keegan Buckley

Community Resources Analyst

(253) 591-5634