Graffiti Rewards Fund

The Graffiti Rewards Fund offers $250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals. The program is a collaboration between Public Works, the District Attorney's Office and the Police Department. If you see a graffiti act in progress, call 911. Never approach a graffiti vandal.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply for the reward?

Community Preservation and Blight Reduction Act

Residents may call 3-1-1 to make a report, or make an online 311 service request.


What is a blight ordinance?

In December 2008, Mayor Newsom signed the Community Preservation and Blight Reduction Act. The Community Preservation and Blight Reduction Act reduces the number of blighted properties in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Graffiti on Private Property

In 2004, the City's Graffiti Ordinance was amended requiring private property owners to remove graffiti from their property within 30 days of a notice by Public Works. 

If you receive a graffiti notice:

Graffiti Abatement Tips

The following tips will help you as you remove graffiti from various types of surfaces. Additional information about removal and removal materials is available at the Graffiti Hurts website and paint manufacturers' websites. We also recommend that you talk to a graffiti removal contractor. We maintain a partial list of local resources for residents.

Before you get started, remember:

  • Prompt removal works best. If you don't remove it quickly, it will attract more tags.

  • Use the gentlest means of removal to avoid harming the surface.

Graffiti Abatement Resources

For your convenience, We have provided a partial list of graffiti abatement companies. The City cannot recommend or endorse any vendor, supplier or service provider. This list is being provided to you solely for your convenience.


Graffiti Removal Services
Including removal of graffiti on raw brick and other masonry surfaces

2265 Revere Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 348-9700


San Francisco spends more than $20 million annually on graffiti cleanup. Public Works with local agencies and community partners to prevent graffiti, helps people remove it quickly, and provides programs and rewards for people who want to get involved. Remember, rapid removal is your best defense against graffiti vandalism. This page will help you learn about what the city is doing and what you can do to make San Francisco a graffiti-free city.


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