Graffiti Abatement

Graffiti removal

The City’s Response to Graffiti


In 2003, the City recognized the need for a proactive graffiti abatement program. To address the graffiti problem, the city contracted with a professional graffiti contractor to abate graffiti on private property. The contractor surveys the city and removes graffiti when it is observed. The contractor has color matching capabilities and a guaranteed 24-48 hour response time. An effort is made to remove vulgar and profane graffiti from private property within two hours of it being reported.

Graffiti in the public right of way is removed by the City’s Public Works Division. Public property consists of City of San Gabriel street lights, traffic signs, street signs, directional signs, park facilities and equipment, city buildings, and sidewalks. Graffiti is a crime that can lead to a misdemeanor conviction or in some cases a felony conviction.

Reporting Graffiti

To report graffiti on private property, call the City’s Graffiti Hotline at (800) 794-7384. To report graffiti on public property such as utility poles and streets signs, contact Public Works at (626) 308-2825.

For more information, please contact Clayton Anderson, Neighborhood Improvement Services Manager, at (626) 308-2806 Ext. 4636.