What is Graffiti?
Graffiti means any mark or marks on any surface including but not limited to writing, inscribing, drawing, tagging, sketching, spray painting, painting, etching, scratching, carving, engraving, scraping or attaching placed on any building, accessory building, fence or other structure or surface by a person other than the owner or someone authorized by the owner.
To Report Graffiti:
Report graffiti immediately. Call the non-emergency number: 1-800-249-0911
Please give the dispatcher the exact address of the graffiti so the police are able to follow-up on it and make a report.
After the police has documented the graffiti complaint, the property owner should remove the graffiti.
"Rapid removal is one of the best ways to prevent future graffiti. Removing graffiti tells the vandals that people care about the community and that their work has little chance of being seen.” (This excerpt is from the brochure, “Graffiti is Everybody’s Problem” from the National Crime Prevention Council. )
NEW - Graffiti Ordinance
In April, 2014, The City of Holland City Council passed a new Graffiti Ordinance with the purpose and intent to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Citizens of Holland by preventing blight, protecting property values and remedying the nuisance.
To learn more about this ordinance, including, removal standards, failure to remove, appeals, etc., read the complete Graffiti Ordinance by clicking HERE or reading the supporting document below.