Graffiti Hurts Everyone!

If you are witnessing graffiti occur, call: 9-1-1

Graffiti has a negative effect on everyone’s feeling of safety in their neighborhood. Graffiti creates a perception that crime is on the rise and gangs are moving into the area. When graffiti is left indefinitely, it creates the “Broken Window Effect”. It sends a signal that people do not care, which in turn attracts other forms of crime and mischief to the area. 

The City of Spokane enforces laws to ensure that Spokane is clean, safe and helps to engender pride and community. Code complaints are a vital part of that process; neighbors see what is happening and can help City staff respond to emerging issues.

The process starts by completing an online complaint form. The case will be assigned to a Code Officer that will investigate the complaint, determine if a violation has occurred and provide notice to responsible parties, if needed. Once a complaint has been submitted, you may check on this case by contacting the Office of Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement at 625-6083.

Citizens and volunteers throughout the city report incidents of graffiti to Code Enforcement.  If you are witnessing a crime in progress, call 911. If you need to report a location that has graffiti, please visit My Spokane or call My Spokane at 509.755.CITY. If you have a digital photograph of the graffiti, this can be submitted electronically via the My Spokane reporting tool.

Removal of Graffiti

Spokane C.O.P.S. and the Spokane Police Department work with the City of Spokane’s Neighborhood Services Department to prevent and remove graffiti, to identify, report and abate graffiti from public and private spaces.   more…


Graffiti Prevention Tips

There are several inexpensive prevention methods to minimize the potential of graffiti on your property. Large blank walls and fences are attractive to a graffiti vandal.  more…