Graffiti is a problem in many communities across Calgary. It can take the form of figures, letters, drawings or stickers on the surface of a premises, structure or piece of property. Graffiti is not applied with just paint or markers; it can also be etched, scratched or applied (like in the case of a sticker) to a surface.
The longer graffiti remains, the more likely it is that more will appear at that location and spread throughout the community. If it is removed within 24 hours, it reduces the chance that more graffiti will appear and it is easier to remove.
Section 19 of the Community Standards Bylaw 5M2004 is used by Bylaw Officers to serve remedial notices when existing graffiti is reported through 3-1-1. A remedial notice gives an owner 14 days to remove the graffiti from their property.
If your property has been tagged with graffiti there are graffiti prevention measures that you can use to prevent it from happening again. Some private property owners that are victims of graffiti may not be able to remove the graffiti on their own, so Council has provided funding through the Corporate Coordinated Graffiti Abatement Program (CCGAP). This program requires the property owner to sign a waiver authorizing city employees, contractors and/or agents to enter their property and provide graffiti removal services.
If you see graffiti in progress, please phone 9-1-1 to report it.
If you find existing graffiti, please report it to 3-1-1.
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