There are two types of graffiti. Graffiti art adds to the street culture of a community or neighbourhood. Graffiti vandalism, on the other hand, involves the “tagging” or marking of property without the owner’s consent. In Toronto, graffiti vandalism must be removed within 72 hours, while hate graffiti must be removed within 24 hours.

Map of Approved Graffiti in Toronto

If you have been issued a Notice of Violation, requiring you to remove graffiti from your property, you may apply to have it re-categorized as graffiti art.

For information about applying for a Graffiti Art Exemption, the differences between graffiti vandalism and graffiti art, or to complaint about graffiti on private or public property, contact 311:

Phone within Toronto: 311
Phone outside Toronto: 416-392-CITY (2489)
TTY: 416-338-0TTY (0889)