What is the definition of graffiti?

Any unauthorized inscription, word, signature, symbol, design or other marking which is etched, written, painted, drawn or applied to any structure, building or property or to any portion or element without the property owner’s permission.

Does graffiti mean gangs are in my neighborhood?

Not necessarily. Surveys in other cities have shown that less than 10% of graffiti is gang related. The rest is called “tagging”, and is unrelated to gangs. Taggers sometimes work individually and sometimes form “crews”, who put their tags on as many places as possible.

Why do people create graffiti?

Some are seeking fame or recognition. Some just want to destroy property. Others are marking their territory to let people know who lives in that neighborhood.

What should I do if I see someone creating graffiti?

Call 9-1-1 if it is in progress.
Call Code Compliance 817-459-6777 if you see if after it is complete.

Who is responsible for removing graffiti?

Property owners, both residential and commercial, are responsible for the timely remove of graffiti. Graffiti not only makes our neighborhoods and commercial areas look unattractive, it affects our property values, business sales, and the community’s image. Ignoring graffiti gives the impression that it is acceptable and invites more.

Will the City remove the graffiti for me?

Property owners with a signed graffiti waiver form on file, will receive the removal of graffiti, at no charge. Beginning October 1, 2009, property owners without a graffiti waiver on file, who do not remove graffiti in a timely manner, will be subject to the assessment of a graffiti abatement fee of $150.

What if I know someone who creates graffiti?

You can report graffiti vandals anonymously to the Police Department at 817-459-5628 or at policeadmin@arlingtontx.gov.