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Graffiti Management in Kelowna



Tagging is vandalism


Graffiti is the unauthorized writing or drawing on any surface, building or structure. Graffiti can be painted, drawn, etched or scratched into a surface. One of the most prevalent forms of graffiti in Kelowna is “tagging”. “Tagging” is a simple, quick style of graffiti, involving the marking of the tagger’s initials, symbol or alias. 

The City of Kelowna recognizes the social and economic consequences of graffiti vandalism. Graffiti costs the community hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in painting and removal costs. Money allocated to graffiti clean up is no longer available to other valuable community initiatives and programs. In 2014, the City spent more than $280,000 for graffiti removal off public property. On average, the City receives more than 550 service requests per month for graffiti removal.

Graffiti impacts our city’s image, deters patronage of commercial areas and negatively impacts on investment potential and maximum return on residential real estate. If not immediately removed, graffiti serves as an invitation to littering, loitering, additional graffiti, and other forms of crime and acts of violence. Graffiti on public and private properties, without property owner permission, is vandalism.

More information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Further information is available in the Graffiti Bylaw.

Turn in a Tagger

 Don't let graffiti become
the face of your community

The City of Kelowna in partnership with Crime Stoppers is now offering a $500 reward for tips that lead to an arrest for graffiti vandalism. Tips can be reported by calling 1-800-222-8477, texting ktown to CRIMES (274637) or leaving a tip online at

News Release: Crime doesn't pay, but reporting it does

Use our Service Request System to report graffiti on private or public property.

Contact Us

Graffiti Hotline
250 469-8600



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