Reporting Graffiti

  • Graffiti is vandalism without permission.
  • Graffiti is created to be seen by others, so the best thing you can do if it appears on your property is to report it, document it, and then clean it up thoroughly and immediately.
  • The graffiti nuisance ordinance requires that you remove graffiti from your property or have it removed in a timely manner.
  • If the graffiti seems to be related to hate speech, or specific criminal/gang activity, be sure to mention this when you call 9-1-1.

Graffiti on YOUR property

  • If the act of graffiti or vandalism is in progress, call 9-1-1.
  • Otherwise, you can report graffiti to the non-emergency number 206-625-5011.
  • Or file a report online (you are required to upload photos)

Graffiti on PUBLIC property or someone else's property

  • Report it to the City of Seattle Hotline at (206) 684-7587

You can also make a graffiti report through the Find It, Fix It App.


Sue Rahr, Interim Chief of Police
Address: 610 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104-1900
Mailing Address: PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA, 98124-4986
Phone: (206) 625-5011
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