The Graffiti Abatement program removes graffiti from private and public property anywhere in the City of Austin.
Graffiti is markings, such as initials, slogans or drawings, that are written, spray painted or etched in any manner on property such as a sidewalk or wall of a building without consent of the owner.
Graffiti is a crime punishable under the Texas Penal Code as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the level of damage. Call 9-1-1 if you see anyone in the act of graffiti. City Ordinance requires the city to provide free assistance to property owners with graffiti removal. The ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti within 30 days. The City is responsible for its own property (e.g., city buildings, street signs and retaining walls).
Call 3-1-1 or download the free 3-1-1 mobile app to report graffiti on private or public property. If you do not own the property, we will contact the property owner to make arrangements for clean-up.
Who Removes Graffiti?
The Austin Youth Development Program employs young adults ages 17-22 to come to your property and remove graffiti at no charge, under the supervision of City employees. The AYD program provides youth development services around personal development and employability skills for those who may have had limited opportunities and/or who are considered at risk, such as for not completing high school. The program's design includes educational and developmental activities within the year-long City work experience.
Contact the program at 512-854-4591 to request presentations to neighborhood or community groups, to volunteer with the program, or to organize your own volunteer clean-ups.