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Graffiti Removal Responsibility

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The City of Longmont has an ordinance in place to deal with unsightly graffiti in the community. The City of Longmont has adopted the International Property Maintenance Code. Section 302.9 of the code prohibits the defacement of public or private property, by marking or carving graffiti. It is the property owner’s responsibility to promptly report defacement of private property and to cooperate with city officials in restoring the surface to a graffiti-free state.

It is important to remove graffiti as soon as possible because if left in place, graffiti adds to the deterioration of neighborhoods and may invite a response from rival gangs or taggers. When an individual or neighborhood becomes involved in active and frequent removal of graffiti, it sends a message to offenders that their destructive graffiti and other activities will not be tolerated.

Report Graffiti Not On Your Property

Please submit a report online through ServiceWorks or call the graffiti hotline at (303) 774-4327. Calls will be responded to Monday through Friday within 48 hours. your report will assist Public Works to find the graffiti, and locate a property owner (in some cases this may be the City) to inform them of their responsibility to remove the graffiti in a timely manner.

Graffiti On Your Property

You may hire a contractor to remove graffiti or you may choose to remove the graffiti yourself (see General Tips for Removal) in a manner you deem most appropriate to your situation.

If you fail to remove the graffiti within 10 days, the City will hire a private contractor on your behalf to remove the graffiti assessing you the property owner all costs plus a 20 percent administrative service charge. Such costs for removal will be certified as a charge and lien against the property.


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