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Graffiti Removal

Graffiti Reporting Tips

  • Provide the exact address and zip code of the graffiti
  • Indicate what kind of structure was tagged (house, wall, sidewalk etc.) and where (front, side, back of property)
  • Specify what kind of removal method is preferred: painted surfaces can be repainted – we need to know what color. Unpainted surfaces such as natural brick, stone, and metal can be power-washed.
  • Be proactive – report graffiti as soon as it appears in your neighborhood.

Graffiti is a crime that generally occurs when vandals deface properties for destructive purposes, hate crimes or to indicate drug and gang activity. Other misguided individuals vandalize properties to showcase their tags and "pieces" on your homes, businesses, vehicles, etc. The results of which are a nuisance to property owners, many of whom are unable to afford the repeated clean up costs. 

Graffiti also contributes to the perception of blight, discourages economic development and lowers property values in the affected areas. 

In the last ten years, GAT has removed graffiti from over one million properties and street fixtures in Philadelphia. This is a free service available to all residents in the city.

Anti-Graffiti Agencies

If you see Graffiti on the following locations in your neighborhood, call these numbers to have it removed:

Homes and Businesses
Street Signs and & Traffic Signals
Public Schools
News Stands
Newspaper Boxes
Septa Bridges
PGW Property
PECO Property
(800-494-4000 Press 0)
Municipal Buildings
Center City District (map)