Graffiti Removal Program


The County has examined rates of graffiti cases in unincorporated communities and found a disproportionate number of cases in certain communities.  Graffiti is typically a code violation that a property owner does not initiate or want on their property.  It can contribute to blight, crime, and impact community character.  To help address this impact in communities, the County of San Diego is developing a program where the County could remove graffiti on private properties at no cost to the property owner. 


Project Background

The County of San Diego conducted a Community Needs Assessment to examine how some code violations are more prevalent in some communities than others, and how these violations can disproportionately impact communities.  Planning & Development Services (PDS) Code Compliance division analyzed five years of case data and determined that graffiti violations are more common in several communities. Presently, it is the responsibility of a property owner to remove violations, including graffiti, and if the property owner does not remove the violation the cost of abatement falls on the victim of a graffiti violation.  To help reduce the impact of graffiti on communities that are disproportionately impacted by it, staff is proposing a project to have the County remove graffiti at no cost to a property owner versus requiring private property owners to remove the violation themselves. The changes can remove the graffiti and associated impacts faster, reduce costs to property owners, and improve quality of life and public safety in communities.  To implement the program, staff will need to amend the County abatement procedure to allow the option not to recover County costs associated with the abatement.   


Public Engagements

We want to hear from you! Planning & Development Services is interested in receiving stakeholders' input. Below are our upcoming public engagement webinar events to receive input for the proposed Graffiti Removal Program. These webinars will cover project background and objectives and will provide an interactive forum to answer questions and gather public input. All webinars will cover the same information but are offered multiple times so you may select the date and time that is most convenient for you. Please use the links provided below to access the webinars. Please note that the meetings can be joined using the Microsoft Teams app on your computer or mobile device, or through a web browser on your computer.

Tuesday, June 28, 6:00pm-7:00pm  

Thursday, June 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm 

Wednesday, July 6, 6:00pm-7:00pm 

Monday, November 7, 6:00pm-7:00pm Click here to join the meeting

Wednesday, November 9, 6:00pm-7:00pm Click here to join the meeting


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Kenneth Melton | Email:    | Phone: (858) 761-8993