Graffiti, the unauthorized writing, mark or design applied to any surface,
is a form of vandalism and a crime. Offenders deface both public and private
property and will be prosecuted when caught. Financially, it is an expensive
burden for the community. Graffiti lowers property values, generates repair
costs and can incite additional criminal activity.
Graffiti abatement is a joint effort between the community, Public Works,
the Police Department, Community Development, and Parks, Recreation, and Community
Services. Please report any graffiti as soon as you notice it. The Graffiti
Hotline, (650) 780-7304, is checked daily. Hot spots, areas targeted by graffiti
vandals, are checked regularly. The overall goal is to remove graffiti as soon
Redwood City’s municipal code requires the timely removal of graffiti.
City staff generally remove graffiti only from public properties. When graffiti
appears on private properties, the owner bears the burden of the removal. If
a property owner receives a graffiti removal notice, the graffiti must be removed
in the time specified (see Municipal
Code Chapter 14, Article VII Section 14.103). The Police Department and
Code Enforcement will enforce this code when necessary.
Please help us keep Redwood City free
of vandalism and maintain our quality of life! Call
the Police Department
at 650-780-7100 during business hours and 650-780-7190
after hours to report any suspicious activity.