Division staff will inspect the location of the graffiti, and will either remove the graffiti (as long as it falls under the City Guidelines) or notify property owners if they are unable to remove.
Graffiti may reported using these methods:
24-Hours A Day
Community Development Department
Regular Business Hours
7:30 am to 5:30 pm
8 am to 5 pm
*Note: City Hall is closed every other Friday due to a 9/80 work schedule
(818) 898-1229 | CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org
Do not try to approach or apprehend the person; provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible, description of the person or persons involved, a vehicle license plate if possible, and your exact location.
Again, call Police Dispatch at 9-1-1. This allows police to record the criminal activity, obtain the direction of travel of the person leaving, get their accurate description, and possibly develop suspects in this or other similar cases.
Call our graffiti hotline at (818) 898-7315. Try to provide as much information as possible, such as car license plate, description of the person or persons involved, where they live (if it is known), and a description of the person’s tag or moniker, if that is known. Callers may remain anonymous.
Parents of minors who are caught defacing property are responsible for paying the fees. In addition to administrative fees, taggers are subject to criminal prosecution which could include fines and or jail.
Once graffiti or tagging is observed by City staff or called in by residents, property owners are notified of the situation by the Code Enforcement office. If the graffiti is on public property, City Crews will remove the graffiti within 72 hours. If on private property, the property owner has 72 hours to remove the graffiti. If after 72 hours the property owner has not complied with the City Ordinance, a citation will be issued.
To learn about a Neighborhood Watch meeting near you or to start a new one, call the San Fernando Police Department at (818) 898-1267 and ask to speak to the Watch Commander.
Be aware of your kid’s activities, particularly in the early morning hours. Be aware if your child begins using tagging monikers or nicknames. Notice if they are writing graffiti type lettering on walls, clothing or notebooks. If your kids are minors and are caught tagging, or in possession of tagging tools, you will be responsible for any citation issued, as well as any corrective action to have the property cleaned up.
Take concern in your children’s lives, it will make a difference in yours!