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1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204


1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 110
Portland, OR 97204

Graffiti Program, 503-823-4824

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Recognizing Graffiti

There are many different types of graffiti and the City of Portland responds to each type differently.

Hate graffiti: Hate graffiti is any graffiti representing a known hate group, or that threatens or discriminates against a person or group based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The Graffiti Program takes hate graffiti very seriously and will remove it quickly and at no cost. If you have been the target of a hate incident, you can contact Portland United Against Hate to report the incident, get counseling and find other support resources.

Gang graffiti: Gang graffiti is any graffiti representing a known gang and include abbreviations of gang names, and numbers and symbols connected to the gang. Examples of gang graffiti include STC 13, 18, 18th Street, Brood, Norteño, Sureño, Crips and MS13. The Graffiti Program will remove most gang graffiti in a reasonable amount of time and at no cost.

Moniker tagging: Tagging is a highly stylized form of graffiti in which an individual paints their name, nickname or initials. Tags are often colorful and look like bubble letters or interlocking letters. These are placed in high-visibility areas to gain reputation and recognition and are generally not gang-related.

Public Art Murals: Commissioned murals, also known as street art, are NOT considered graffiti. They are authorized by the property owners.

There are multiple ways to report graffiti, please see links below.