Graffiti is not only unattractive; it lowers property values and can lead to increased vandalism and other types of crime in neighborhoods. The purpose of the Graffiti Abatement Program is to eliminate graffiti on public and private property as quickly as possible to minimize its negative impact.
It is a well-known fact that prompt and persistent removal of graffiti is the most effective means for discouraging future episodes. When graffiti is allowed to remain on a property, it does not take long for additional graffiti to appear in the same area. Homes and businesses that are clean and well maintained are less likely to be the target of vandals.
How The Graffiti Abatement Program Works
The City of Richardson is committed to eliminating graffiti on public and private property in a timely manner and at no cost to its residents and business owners.
Any residential or commercial property owner can take advantage of the City’s free graffiti abatement service by submitting a request for service to Community Services. The graffiti request for service can be found here. Please call 972-744-4180 for additional information.
Owners who wish to utilize the free service will be required to sign an authorization form granting the City and its contractors permission to enter onto the property to inspect and eliminate the graffiti.
Abatement techniques include soda or sand blasting, power washing, or in the event these techniques prove ineffective, painting over the graffiti with a color-matched paint. Methods of elimination will vary depending upon the type and condition of the affected surface as well as the type of damage inflicted by the graffiti. The elimination method that will restore the affected surface most closely to its pre-graffiti condition will be used. Regardless of the method, every attempt will be made to remove the graffiti without damaging the surface it is on.
If an owner chooses not to utilize the City’s free service, they will be required to remove the graffiti within 15 days.
How You Can Help
It is a crime for any person, group, organization or club to apply graffiti on any property in the City. If you see graffiti being applied to property, call 9-1-1 and report it to the Richardson Police Department.
If you see graffiti located anywhere in the City, report it to Community Services by calling 972-744-4180 or clicking on Report Graffiti.
Graffiti Abatement Authorization Form
Online Request for Graffiti Service