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Graffiti Removal Co-Pay Program
The Graffiti Removal Co-Pay Program helps residents and businesses remove vandalism. Fast removal helps dissuade more graffiti.
As a property owner, you may contact us for help removing graffiti from your lot. The cost to you will be a $100.00 flat fee per removal. The City will cover the rest of the contractor's costs. After we review your application, we will reach out to the best contractor for the job.
From November 15 – April 1, removal is on hold. During this time, you will need to temporarily cover the graffiti.
The property owner will need to fill out the Graffiti Removal Application. With the form, include a $100.00 payment (check payable to City Treasurer) and submit to:
Mail: Graffiti Project, Building Inspection, PO Box 2984, Madison, WI 53701-2984
Drop box outside the Doty Street door of the Madison Municipal Building. Please place check and application in an envelope.
We process forms on a first come, first serve basis. Building Inspection stops taking applications when funds run out. We must have your filled out application and fee before we schedule you for a removal project.
The contractor will remove the graffiti you described on the application. If there is new graffiti after the removal date, you will need to submit a new application and fee. The contractor will either trace the graffiti or set up an area that covers the graffiti.
The contractor will remove as much graffiti as they can. Some procedures will result in an etching or cleaning of the surface. Contractors will match the existing paint as much as possible.
The contractor will choose some of the following removal procedures:
- Power water washing
- Chemical removal
- Sand blasting
- Baking soda blasting
- Spray painting
- Brush or roller painting