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Graffiti Abatement Program


Call the Graffiti Hotline at (831) 420-5303 or email

  • 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Report graffiti tagging on public or private property within the City of Santa Cruz 
  • Provide an accurate description of the tag on the object or surface and the location of the vandalism with nearest address or cross street.

Quick removal within 24-48 hours is proven to be the most effective deterrent against graffiti vandalism. The longer the graffiti remains the greater the chances the vandals will return. If you see graffiti on public or private property, please report it to the 24-hour hotline. 

Report Graffiti Online

We've created a mobile-friendly online form to allow you to report graffiti using your computer or internet connected device. Use the Report Graffiti button below to access the form.


Call 911
If you see someone tagging or suspect vandalism is going to take place, do not hesitate to call 911. Police will always prioritize life-threatening calls. Your quick reporting helps us to catch criminals and keep Santa Cruz Graffiti Free. 

Do you keep seeing the same pole on your street getting tagged? Get a free graffiti removal kit as a volunteer for your home or work place. You can make a direct difference in your community with the convenience of a no-hassle volunteer program.

Call the hotline at (831) 420-5303 for more details about getting the free graffiti removal kit or stop by the Economic Development Department at 337 Locust Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 5:00PM, closed for lunch between 12:00PM - 1:00PM daily.

Image of graffiti technician removing graffiti from traffic sign in the Downtown Area
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