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Below you will find articles related to the impact of current graffiti policy in Seattle.

Additionally we have included articles which cover recent proposals for drastic change in the current Seattle graffiti policy put forth primarily by City Council members Tim Burgess and Tom Rasmussen. Graffiti Defense Coalition stands against these proposed changes which will continue to raise an already enormous tax spending on anti graffiti programs in Seattle. These changes will also continue to put the public’s safety at a low priority by assigning a very qualified and long time homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse detective to a position where he is investigating only graffiti related cases. Finally these changes intend on wiping all forms of expression completely from public property including all stickers. In a city famous for its art, music and other grassroots forms of expression, this abolishes a long standing tradition of Do-It-Yourself advertising as well as a thriving sticker art community. All of this advertising adds up to a huge sticker printing industry that will inevitably suffer if this market is cut off.

Related Media:

Seattle Police Crack Down On Graffiti With 1st Full-Time Investigator

Seattle man fined $2,000 for leaving graffiti up

Seattle man fined for refusing to paint over graffiti on his own property

Redefining Seattle graffiti laws is a sticky issue

Burgess Bill Would Declare Stickers Grafitti

Burgess: Make Stickers a Crime

There Is No Street Art in Seattle, City Report Finds

Suggested Reading:

Assessment of the City of Seattle’s Anti-Graffiti Efforts: Best Practices and Recommendations

The purpose of the audit was to examine how the City of Seattle handles graffitiremoval, prosecutes offenders, and educates the public about graffiti; to compare the City s efforts to best practices; and make recommendations for potential improvements. In the report, the City Auditors Office makes five overarching recommendations and nine specific recommendations for improving the City s approach to preventing and abating graffiti. A Highlights page published by the City Auditors Office – A draft version was originally obtained by The Stranger and posted in the article: There Is No Street Art in Seattle, City Report Finds


Seattle Municipal Code 12A.08.020 : Property Destruction

Seattle’s Property Destruction law states that a person is guilty of property destruction if he or she intentionally damages the property of another or writes, paints or draws any inscription, figure or mark of any type on any public or private building or other structure or any real or personal property owned by any other person. (Note: “stickers” or “glued” “affixed” or “pasted” objects are not defined in the law)


Seattle Municipal Code 10.07.010 : The Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance

The Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner, or the property will be considered a nuisance and the owner will be subject to civil penalties. It was adopted in 1994 to encourage the rapid cleanup of graffiti and to prevent its spread throughout the community. SPU’s Graffiti Prevention Program enforces the ordinance. Violators are subject to monetary penalties of up to $100 per day. Seattle City Council Bill 111122 contains the ordinance that created the law – More information about the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance can be found SPU’s Graffiti Prevention and Removal pages