Maintaining a graffiti-free City has always been a point of pride for Duarte. Keeping Duarte clean of graffiti remains a priority for the City as it is for residents. As one of many cost savings measures adopted by the City for fiscal year 2012-2013, the annual graffiti removal contract was reduced from $48,000 to $25,000, which necessitated some changes in the procedure in which graffiti problems are reported and addressed. Graffiti removal service is now provided on an as needed basis rather than the previous process where the contracted graffiti removal service provided regular patrols to identify and remove graffiti. Instead of seven days a week and after-hour service, graffiti removal is now conducted Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
Duarte Field Services processes requests for graffiti removal only on public property, including traffic signs, bus and park benches, and City buildings. The Public Safety office will continue to address graffiti removal on private property. It remains the responsibility of the private property owner to remove graffiti from their property. To report graffiti within the Los Angeles County jurisdiction, call (800) 675-4357.
When reporting graffiti please be ready to provide the following information:
- Specific Address or Location. (Make sure you can identify if it is private or public property and if it is in the City of Duarte or in the LA County area)
- Description of Graffiti.
- Caller's Name and Phone Number.
Public Property Graffiti Removal in the City of Duarte
Public Property Graffiti Removal in LA County Areas
To report graffiti on public property in County Territory, please contact LA County Graffiti Removal at (800) 675-4357 or click here to go to the on-line reporting page.
Private Property Graffiti Removal - It is the owner's responsibility to remove graffiti from their property.
City Ordinances regarding graffiti are enforced and are as follows:
It is declared to be a public nuisance for the owner of any property, public or private, to permit graffiti to remain thereon for more than forty-eight hours. Abatement proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to the appropriate section of this code if not removed or contracted for removal by the city.
City funds may be used to remove graffiti or other inscribed material from public or privately owned permanent structures located on public or privately owned real property within the city. (Ord. 463 § 1 (part), 1979)
9.18.060 Graffiti removal--Limitation
Such funds shall be used only to remove the graffiti or other inscribed material itself, and not for the painting or repair of a more extensive area. (Ord. 463 § 1 (part), 1979)
9.18.070 Graffiti removal--Finding
Such removal with city funds may be performed only after a finding by the city manager that the graffiti or other inscribed material is obnoxious, and, in the case of a publicly owned structure, only after securing the consent of the public entity having jurisdiction over the structure, and in the case of a privately owned structure, only after securing the consent of the owner. (Ord. 463 § 1 (part), 1979)
9.18.080 Graffiti--Property owner responsibility
The property owner shall supply any paint required for graffiti removal pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The property owner shall also pay to the city the actual cost of the labor required for the graffiti removal. (Ord. 463 §1 (part), 1979)