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Graffiti Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the best way to prevent graffiti?

A: Rapid and continual removal is the best way to eliminate the problem. Studies show that removal within 24 to 48 hours results in a lower rate of recurrence. Commercial and residential property owners in Renton are responsible for graffiti removal on their property.

Q: How do I report graffiti in my neighborhood?

A: For new and existing graffiti, report the location of the graffiti to Renton Code Compliance. You can call the 24-Hour Reporting Hotline at 425-430-7373. If you see "tagging" in progress (ie, you can see people actively painting at the moment) call 911 immediately and report the issue.

Q: Is it really okay to call 911 for graffiti?

A: Yes. The Code Enforcement Reporting Hotline is a message line that is not monitored 24 hours a day. For immediate response, please call 911.

Q: Once I report graffiti, how long will I have to wait until the City comes out to clean it up?

A: Per City of Renton Ordinance No. 5429, commercial and residential property owners are responsible for graffiti removal on their property.