Graffiti Abatement Program

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The City of Santa Cruz Graffiti Abatement Program has 3 easy ways of reporting graffiti on public or private property:

  • Call the Graffiti Hotline at (831) 420-5303
  • Send an email to                  
  • Report online at

Please provide a description of the tag on the object or surface and the location with the nearest address or cross street and if possible a photo.

Helpful Tips

The City of Santa Cruz Municipal Code Chapter 6.75 states that graffiti is prohibited and removal is the property owner's responsibility. Rapid and continuous removal within 24 to 48 hours is proven to be the most effective way to deterrent against graffiti vandalism. Taking preventive measures can deter further graffiti vandalism, for example:

  • security cameras
  • motion-activated lights
  • planting thorny plants or vines
  • non-sacrificial or sacrificial anti-graffiti coatings
  • fences and barriers to control access onto property

Call 911

If you see someone "tagging" or suspect vandalism is going to take place, do not hesitate to call 911. Your quick reporting will help us catch criminals and keep Santa Cruz graffiti free. 


Do you keep seeing the same pole on your street getting tagged? Become a volunteer and get a free graffiti removal kit for your home or work. To receive a free standard graffiti removal kit, please stop by our office, Economic Development Department at 337 Locust Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed for lunch between 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Volunteer Agreement


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