Richmond VA > Public Works > Graffiti Removal

Last Updated: 2020-08-11


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.

If you see graffiti on public property, call 3-1-1 and report it.

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 will remove the graffiti free of charge. Just fill out the Consent to Enter and Release of Liability Agreement form, sign, and mail to:

    City of Richmond
    Department of Public Works
    900 E. Broad St., Room 704
    Richmond, VA 23219

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.
  • We reserve the right to refuse to remove graffiti from private property

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.

Contact Information:

Dept of Public Works
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Hours: Monday -Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
or (804)646-7000


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If you have any questions, please call the City’s Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000

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