Graffiti is a public nuisance and destructive of the rights and values of property owners as well as the entire community. Unless residents take action to remove graffiti from public and private property, the graffiti remains.
Public Property manages clean up on surfaces including brick, cement, concrete, wood, asphalt, and vinyl siding, as well as mechanical and traffic control boxes. We cannot abate graffiti on vehicles, traffic signs, or murals. If you wish to report graffiti on traffic signs (ex. Stop sign) please contact the Department of Public Works.
Please note: The city’s Graffiti Squad and the Public Property Department are not responsible for investigating perpetrators. The City of Providence is also not responsible for any damages caused by abating graffiti.
What do we define as graffiti?
We define graffiti as any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting, or another defacement that is written, marked, sprayed, drawn, painted on, or otherwise affixed to a surface (public or private) without the permission of the owner.Report Graffiti Graffiti Ordinance