Bellevue is committed to the prevention of graffiti and its swift removal. In response to an increase in reported graffiti incidents over the last couple of years, the Bellevue City Council amended the city code and added graffiti as a public nuisance.
The ordinance, part of the "Keep Bellevue Beautiful" initiative launched in 2023, requires the removal of graffiti by the property owner. The city provides educational materials about how to remove graffiti when it is reported, and the city's Code Compliance team works with property owners on removal strategies and mitigation.
What is graffiti?
Graffiti is any marking (writing, paint, drawings, inscriptions, etc.) made on property without the owner's permission.
What can be done about it?
- Report - Take a picture, note the location and fill out the complaint form in the MyBellevue app
- Remove - Paint over it, use an approved remover, power-wash it off or hire a professional
- Prevent - Use a clear finish to protect painted and unpainted surfaces. Cover surfaces with graffiti-resistant paint and place protective films on windows. Keep your property well-lit and install motion-detecting lights and/or cameras
Reporting and quick removal of graffiti are the best ways to prevent it from recurring. Assistance for graffiti removal may be available from local non-profit organizations.
Removing and preventing graffiti helps keep Bellevue a livable, inspiring and vibrant community.