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The Difference Between Graffiti and Art is Permission

Report Graffiti

You can report graffiti using any of the following options

  • Graffiti Hot Line: 416-2400
  • E-mail:
  • Online: graffiti nuisance form »

In order to keep Fort Collins graffiti-free, community members must be the eyes and ears for reporting defaced property. Graffiti is a crime, and when left unchecked, can contribute to the deterioration of our neighborhoods and the beauty of Fort Collins. So if you observe graffiti anywhere in the city, whether it is at a park, bike trail, on a street sign or even on a neighbor's fence, don't assume that someone else has reported the incident, take one minute to contact us and help keep Fort Collins beautiful.

Fort Collins is fortunate to have both a 24 hour, 7 day a week, Graffiti Hotline – (970) 416-2400 where citizens can call to report graffiti and an online application that now has smart phone interface capabilities.  By reporting graffiti, you can be assured that the Graffiti Abatement Team will contact the private property owner, business or city department as soon as possible about the issue and/ or assist with the removal. Every effort will be made to see that the graffiti is abated within two (2) business days.

If you find graffiti on your property it is extremely important to remove it as soon as possible. If it is left up for even a few days, others will add to it.

Note: Graffiti removal is the responsibility of the property owner. If a police report is wanted or needed, then you must contact the Fort Collins Police Services at 221-6540 to file a report.

To report graffiti in progress, call 9-1-1.


If you would like to register as a volunteer for the next clean up event please contact the Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, at either 416-2400 or


If your group or organization would like to arrange for a 15-20 minute presentation regarding Graffiti in Fort Collins, please contact the Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, at 416-2400 or

Additional Information

Tips for Preventing Graffiti

Tips for Removing Graffiti

FREE recycled paints and stains are available through Larimer County Solid Waste Department at the Drop "N" Swap shop located at the Larimer County Landfill – 5887 S Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
For more information see: Larimer County Landfill Information.

Don't Want to Clean Your Brushes Every Time?

If you are working on a continual problem, you can put the roller or brush in a plastic bag, or wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator. It will last for months. If you are using a 5 gallon bucket and the roller will fit, leave the roller in the bucket and reseal it.

Historical Locations pose a unique challenge concerning graffiti abatement. Often specialty companies that are equipped with certain equipment such as dry ice or soda pressure washing equipment have to be contracted. Refer to internet or phone book to locate these types of companies.
For more information see: