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Call 911 to report graffiti or vandalism in progress.

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You can report graffiti. How the report is handled depends on the location of the graffiti.

Graffiti Removal Status Check

If you have already reported graffiti on a residential or commercial building, you can check the status of the graffiti removal job.

You can report graffiti done within the past seven days or repeatedly at the same location. Officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations.  

You can also request that the responding officers issue a police report for insurance or other purposes. If you request a police report, you cannot remain anonymous and you must be available to meet the responding police officers.

This service does not result in removal of the graffiti.

You can ask the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to remove graffiti from the outside of buildings for free.

DSNY removes graffiti year-round, depending on the weather. Specific dates for cleanup are not available. 

DSNY may not be able to clean graffiti from the second story or above, and does not accept requests to remove graffiti inside buildings or on streets and sidewalks.

Vacant Lots

The program is for graffiti on buildings.  An exact address is required in order to file a request.

Property Owner Notification

When you report graffiti, DSNY mails the building owner a Notice of Intent to Remove Graffiti.

The Notice of Intent to Remove Graffiti tells property owners to call 311 within 35 days if the graffiti was already removed or they want to keep it. If DSNY has not heard from the owner within 35 days of mailing the Notice, they will remove the graffiti within the following 35 days, weather-permitting.

You can report graffiti on New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property to the NYCHA Customer Contact Center.

Before filing a complaint, you should try resolve the issue with the NYCHA Maintenance Office.

  • Agency: New York City Housing Authority
  • Division: Maintenance Hotline
  • Phone Number: (718) 707-7771
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Staff is available at all times to handle emergencies and schedule routine maintenance repairs for Mon - Fri: 6:00 AM - midnight. Automated assistance is also available in Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish.

You can report graffiti on United States Post Office blue collection mailboxes and green drop boxes. The United State Postal Service (USPS) takes these reports as maintenance complaints for the local post office.


Contact the United States Postal Service (USPS).

By Phone

  • Agency: United States Postal Service
  • Division: United States Postal Service Hotline
  • Phone Number: (800) 275-8777
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 8:30 PM; Saturday: 8 AM - 6 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours. Automated assistance is also available in Spanish. Additional languages are available through a staff person.

You can report graffiti on a public library.

You can report graffiti on a highway. 

To report graffiti on a highway sign, go to the Highway Sign Complaint page.

You can report graffiti in a City park.

To report graffiti carved into a City tree, go to the Tree Destruction page.

The New York Police Department accepts tips about graffiti and vandalism. You may get a cash reward of up to $500. You can remain anonymous.

Call 311 for assistance.