Graffiti Removal

MissionGraffiti Removal

Graffiti, unfortunately, is a common urban crime that blights property and neighborhoods. Public Works is always ready to start cleaning up to help keep our city graffiti-free.

Please report all Graffiti through RVA311!

Graffiti Removal on Private Property

If graffiti is on your property and visible from a public right-of-way, such as street, sidewalk, or alley, the city has the authority to remove the graffiti. Please report all Graffiti through RVA311.  DPW will investigate and determine proper course of action.  In order to investigate graffiti on private property the property owner will be required to fill out the Consent to Enter and Release of Liability Agreement form, sign, and mail to:

    City of Richmond
    ATTN: D.P.W. Graffiti
    1654 Commerce Road
    Richmond, VA 23224

Due to limitations and or the nature of the graffiti, DPW reserves the right to refuse the removal of graffiti on private property.  The way we remove the graffiti will depend on the surface and type of material used. Painted surfaces may require repainting and you may need to supply us with the paint. Unpainted surfaces like brick or concrete walls may be blasted with high pressure water/sand or water/baking soda.


  • The removal processes can leave shadowing

  • The blasting process can etch the original surface

  • Repainting may require more than a one coat application

  • Either process is directed specifically at graffiti, not the entire structure

Reporting Graffiti to Richmond Police

If you find graffiti on your personal property and think you may know who made it, please report it to the Richmond Police Department by calling (804)646-5100. This report can be made whether your property is visible from the public right-of-way or not.