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Graffiti Enforcement & Co-Pay Graffiti Removal Program

The Co-Pay Graffiti Removal Program helps residents and businesses quickly remove vandalism. Fast removal helps dissuade more graffiti.

How does the program work?

An owner may contact us for help removing graffiti on their lot. The cost to the owner will be a $100.00 flat fee per removal. The City will cover the rest of the contractor's costs.


The removal contractor will contact you after Building Inspection receives your finished application. They will arrange a meeting with you at the property. If do not want a meeting, you can state on the form that no further contact is necessary. For forms received November 15 - April 1, contact will depend on the weather. The weather must allow for clean up.

How do I apply?

The property owner will need to fill out the Graffiti Removal Application. With the application, 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

  • In Person: 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 served basis, or by lottery if need exceeds funding. 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.

How does the graffiti removal process work?

The contractor will remove all graffiti on the property. 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.

Removal will take place within that area. The contractor will blend the edges as much as possible. This blending will make a transition to untreated areas. Still, "ghosting" may exist. Some procedures will result in an etching or cleaning of the surface. Contractors will choose paint match the existing as much as possible.

The contractor will also choose some of the following removal procedures:

  1. Power water washing
  2. Chemical removal
  3. Sand blasting
  4. Baking soda blasting
  5. Spray painting
  6. Brush or roller painting

Owners can request other specific arrangements ahead of time.

Last Updated: 08/31/2021

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