There is a big difference between graffiti as an art form and graffiti vandalism, primarily known as “tagging”. Street art is planned, has permission from the property owner and takes the form of intricate and beautiful murals.
Let's work together to bring more art and less vandalism.
There is a big difference between graffiti as an art form and graffiti vandalism, primarily “tagging”, however, graffiti can come in many forms like stickers, throw-up, piece, characters or letters. Street art is planned, has permission from the property owner and takes the form of intricate and beautiful murals.
Let’s work together to bring more art and less vandalism to Edmonton
Graffiti vandalism can be reported to 311 for removal by the City or the owner of the property
Capital City Clean Up offers up to $750 worth of professional graffiti cleaning assistance to property owners in Edmonton per each calendar year. Professional Graffiti Cleaning Applicants will be contacted through email and once notified graffiti vandalism should be removed within 7 days depending on weather.
If property owners are applying for professional graffiti cleaning, it is very important not to attempt to remove the graffiti first, as this may hinder the effects of the professional cleaning.
Have pictures of the graffiti available to upload as it is required for the application.
Capital City Clean Up provides grant funding to non-profit organizations, community leagues and licensed businesses for the installation of murals on exterior building walls or assets. Murals are an effective way to deter graffiti vandalism alongside creating a sense of belonging, animation and character in neighbourhoods.
Protect Your Property — Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies can make your property more secure and prevent acts of vandalism.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design — is a multi-disciplinary approach to crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments. CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants, so they can gain territorial control of areas, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime. View the CPTED Brochure.
Report It — Using the Edmonton 311 App, report graffiti tagging on public and private property so it can be removed.
Remove It Fast — By removing graffiti tagging quickly, the less likely it is that taggers will return. Paint over the graffiti or apply for the Professional Graffiti Cleaning Program as soon as graffiti tagging appears.
Keep it Clean — Broken fences, graffiti vandalism, parking lot litter, overgrown landscapes and poor lighting invite delinquent behaviour. Keeping your property clean and maintained has a positive effect on the community and helps deter graffiti vandalism.