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Graffiti Bylaw

The City of North Vancouver enacted the North Vancouver Graffiti Bylaw No. 6696 in 1995, in order to maintain a vibrant and well maintained community, in which the community has come to expect.

This bylaw, specifically Section 4.1, requires that, "Every owner, or occupier, of real property shall at all times keep any wall, fence, building, structure, or thing that is located on such real property free of graffiti".


Why do I care about graffiti?

  1. Graffiti is viewed by the public as a negative image and thus, detracts from people attending businesses or entering neighbourhoods.
  2. Graffiti can convey racist and inflammatory messages that are offensive to the community. These messages, unchecked, can spread and cause larger social issues.
  3. Graffiti, when left unchecked, contributes to increases in other forms of criminal activity.

What is considered graffiti?

Definition: "Graffiti" shall mean one or more letters, symbols or marks, howsoever made, on any structure place or thing.


How do I report graffiti?

To report graffiti in your community please fill out this form. The information will be delivered to a Bylaw Enforcement Officer who will attend the area of reported graffiti and take steps to have it removed.


What do I do if I have graffiti on my residence/ business?

  1. Remove the graffiti yourself as soon as it appears.
  2. Have a professional graffiti company remove the graffiti for you.
  3. Paint and other removal items may be purchased at specially reduced prices through our Anti-Graffiti Paint Program.

General Paint
1882 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Cloverdale Paint
1624 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver

Both stores will provide up to 40% off paint and supplies. This support is available to both residential and commercial property owners. If you have been issued a graffiti notice please bring this with you to show the supplier.

Alternatively, the Lonsdale Community Policing office has a graffiti removal kit that can be signed out to the businesses in the area.

Remember, as a property owner it is your responsibility to remove graffiti from your building. Your cooperation in maintaining the property free of graffiti will enhance the neighbourhood and prevent subsequent vandalism from recurring.

The City of North Vancouver appreciates your assistance in keeping our community safe and vibrant.

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