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The City of Waterloo is an active participant in a regional Anti-Graffiti Strategy that combines education, removal and enforcement initiatives.

The strategy has several aims:

  • To reduce the incidence of graffiti in Waterloo and the region
  • To raise awareness about preventative actions that can be taken
  • To highlight the costs and consequences of vandalism

Graffiti is the etching, painting or placing of a mark on public or private property - it is an act of vandalism and against the law.

Reporting graffiti

If you witness any form of graffiti vandalism in progress, please call 911 immediately and report the crime to the police.

When you see graffiti on property in the city, you are encouraged to report it by phone to the graffiti busters hotline at 1-855-TAG-FREE (1-855-824-3733) or by email.

The faster graffiti is reported and removed, the less likely it is to spread or reappear. Please provide as much information as possible about the graffiti's location.

We will use the information to contact the appropriate property owner or agency and call for the graffiti to be removed as soon as is reasonably possible. With your help, we can reduce this kind of vandalism in our city and enjoy a cleaner, graffiti-free Waterloo.

Visit the Anti-Graffiti Strategy website for more information.


Enforcement officers may enter and inspect any property - without a warrant - to determine whether or not it conforms with the graffiti by-law (no. 2010-094). Convictions for violations may come with a fine of $400 to $100,000 on the first offence.