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Graffiti Busters

A Service provide by the City of Phoenix, Neighborhood Services Department

Click here to download Graffiti removal request form

Helping Keep Phoenix Neighborhoods Graffiti-Free


ImageGraffiti is costly and destructive, and sends a message that the community is not concerned about the appearance of its neighborhoods. Graffiti is against the law.

The Phoenix Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance requires that all sidewalks, walls, buildings, fences, signs be free from graffiti. You can take control of your neighborhood by quickly removing graffiti. Prompt removal reduces the chance of graffiti reappearing and helps maintain a safe, secure and attractive environment.  To help in the effort, the city created the Graffiti Busters Program.


The goals of the program are:

  • Remove graffiti within 48 hours of receiving a report from any resident
  • Support a zero tolerance approach to graffiti in our neighborhoods.


Note To Retailers:

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase any "vapor-releasing substances" such as spray paint. It is also illegal to sell such items to minors. For more information call Neighborhood Preservation at 602-262-7844.


Graffiti removal

Graffiti Busters crews remove graffiti reported through the hotline and also coordinate with other public and private agencies to remove graffiti. The Graffiti Busters remove graffiti for free, but need a written, signed Graffiti Busters permission slip from the property owner or other responsible party.


Graffiti vandal Catching / Reward program. (602) 262-7327

This is a special Police Department graffiti hotline. If you believe you can provide information leading to the arrest of a graffiti vandal, call this number to make a report. You don't have to give your name or other identification, and you could receive an award up to $250. For more information on this program visit the Police Graffiti Hotline site.

Attention Property Owners!:

If you have been the victim of graffiti vandalism, please contact the Crime Stop hotline at 262-6151 and report the crime! The report may be taken over the telephone OR an officer may be sent to your location, depending on the type of incident. It is important to file police reports on all crimes that occur, no matter how minor they may seem at the moment. Filing a report helps us develop a true picture of what is happening in your neighborhood.

Help with graffiti removal and neighborhood clean-ups

Any neighborhood group or Block Watch listed with the Neighborhood Services Department may receive paint, and borrow supplies and clean-up tools to improve their neighborhood. Tools available for loan include: paint rollers, brushes, wire brushes with scrapers, buckets, hedge shears, hoes, ladders (three-step), loppers, weed eaters, pole trimmers, rakes, shovels, brooms, water coolers and wheelbarrows. Garbage bags and gloves also are available.

Sign up to volunteer with Make A Difference!

Make A Difference is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteers, develops and manages innovative programs and cultivates service leaders to create strong and vibrant communities.


By clicking on the Make A Difference logo above, you will be taken to the Make A Difference website where you will be able to read about the organization and all the great things they are doing for Phoenix neighborhoods, as well as sign up for volunteer projects in your neighborhood! Sign up today and Make A Difference!

Free Paint Sprayer Training!

Graffiti Busters also has paint sprayers for loan. Graffiti Busters will deliver and pick up the paint sprayers to any neighborhood group who has a member that is certified with the program. Residents of a neighborhood group interested in borrowing the equipment first must attend a free training session to become certified. Call the Graffiti Busters to get paint, reserve a paint-sprayer, sign up for the next training class or reserve tools for your next neighborhood clean-up. Call (602) 495-0323 for more info.

Contact Numbers

  • Graffiti Busters 24-Hour Removal Hotline  (602) 495-7014
  • ALLTEL and Verizon cell phone users dial FREE  #GONE (#4663)
  • Graffiti in progress  9-1-1 
  • Send site locations using email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
  • Free paint for graffiti removal  (602) 495-0323 
  • Tools for neighborhood clean-ups  (602) 495-0323 
  • Need a paint sprayer? (training provided)  (602) 495-0323  
  • Retail (non-access to paints by juveniles)  (602) 262-7844
  • Vandal Catching/Reward Program  (602) 262-7327  
  • Crime Stop Hotline  (602) 262-6151

Graffiti Busters Permission Slip  

Graffiti Busters wants to help residents keep their private property graffiti free. We will remove the graffiti for FREE. In order to do this, Graffiti Busters needs written, signed permission by the owner or responsible party. The attached permission slip can be filled out on-screen, printed, signed and returned to the Graffiti Busters by one of the following methods:


Graffiti Busters
Neighborhood Revitalization
64 N. 48th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85043
Fax: (602) 495-0645
E-mail: Scan completed permission slip with signature to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The permission slip will be added to the Graffiti Busters' database and it can only be removed by a written request. This allows the Graffiti Busters to return to properties without waiting for additional authorization.

Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department

200 W. Washington St., 4th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003-1611
(602) 495-0323
TTY (602) 495-0685
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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