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Report graffiti

If you see graffiti in your community, you can request its removal for free. The Graffiti Abatement Team can usually remove or cover up graffiti in 4-5 days, except in cases of adverse weather.


When you report graffiti, you may be asked:

  • The address and ZIP code where the graffiti appears.
  • What kind of structure the graffiti is on.
  • The type of surface the graffiti is on. If you own the surface, and you want it repainted, you will pick a color for repainting. Surfaces like natural brick, stone, or metal can be power-washed.
  • Where the graffiti is on the structure.
  • Your name, address, and phone number. This information is confidential.

The Graffiti Abatement Team will not remove graffiti above the first floor of a building.


You can request this service by filling out the online Graffiti Removal Form. You can also call to ask for its removal.

If the graffiti is on a home, business, municipal building, street sign, or traffic signal outside of Center City, call 311. If you are calling from outside of the City limits, call (215) 686-8686.

If the graffiti appears elsewhere, use the table below to find the right contact information.

Graffiti location Contact number
Structure in the Center City District (Map) (215) 440-5500
Public school (215) 400-6434
Mailbox (215) 895-8610
Newsstand (610) 800-6455
Newspaper box (610) 292-6322
PECO property (800) 494-4000 and press 0
PGW property (215) 684-6288
Rail corridor Contact the corridor’s owner.
SEPTA bridges (215) 580-7800