As part of several strategic initiatives designed to combat visible deterioration, the City of Irvine has adopted a "Zero Tolerance Policy" regarding graffiti. Responsibility for the Graffiti Removal Program is shared between the Public Works and Public Safety Departments.
The process of graffiti removal occurs in the following way: Your telephone call is logged and evaluated for severity and urgency of the problem. Based on this assessment, City maintenance staff, a contractor, or an outside agency will be dispatched to the site to eradicate the graffiti.
Contact the Graffiti Hotline at 949-724-7196.
Public Works reports the incident to Public Safety if appropriate. Cases that might be referred for enforcement would be if the caller requests police be notified, if the damage to property is severe, or if recovery of evidence seems likely.
To Report a Crime from your smart phone, use the Access Irvine App.
Public Works staff attempts to contact owners of defaced private property to inform them of their responsibility to remove graffiti immediately. Owners of non-City public property (schools, special districts, etc.) are contacted to provide eradication. The owners are offered the option of providing their own eradication, or approving the use of the City's contractor to complete the work, at their expense.
Eradication of graffiti on public and private property is generally completed within 48 hours of discovery.