Graffiti Removal Program

Board of Supervisors Approval

On January 11, 2023, PDS introduced an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors that would allow public funds to be used for the graffiti removal program. On January 25, 2023, the Board of Supervisors approved this ordinance, which became effective on February 17, 2023.


How the Program Works

In an effort to assist the citizens and business owners in our communities, the County of San Diego implemented a program to remove graffiti from private property without cost to the owner.

With authorization, a County contractor can remove the graffiti by repainting, power washing, or other appropriate graffiti removal technique. If painting is necessary, we will try to match the existing color as closely as possible.

A completed Graffiti Removal Authorization Form is required for this service to be provided. Property owners are not required to utilize this service; however, if the graffiti is visible from the outside of their property, they are responsible for ensuring its removal, either through their own efforts or through providing authorization to the County to remove it.


How to Report Graffiti

Graffiti on private property within the unincorporated County can be reported to the Code Compliance Division in several ways:

By phone 24/7 at (858) 694-2705

By Email at

In person at the County Operations Center - 5510 Overland Ave Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92123

Using the Tell Us Now App (downloadable from the Apple Store or Google Play Store)


If you would like to request help with graffiti removal on your property, please also submit a completed Graffiti Removal Authorization Form