What is Graffiti?

Graffiti means any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting, symbol, insignia or other defacement that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted, or engraved on or otherwise affixed to any surface of public or private property by any graffiti implement, to the extent that the graffiti was not authorized in advance by the owner or occupant of the property.

Reporting Graffiti

In general, if you observe existing graffiti contact the Neighborhood and Community Services Department report it as soon as possible via phone at 814-234-7191 or by email to ensure prompt removal. Additionally, you may report graffiti using the Borough's Citizen Request Tracker online, on your iPhone or through our Facebook app. With Citizen Request Tracker service you can submit the location and a picture of the graffiti. The Neighborhood and Community Services Department will send a staff member to investigate the situation and make an official report to the State College Police Department.
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If you see someone in the act of defacing a property, please contact the State College Police Department at (814) 234-7150 to report a crime in progress.

What is the Responsibility of the Property Owner/Occupant?

The Borough is authorized to give notice, by personal service or by United States mail, to the owner or the occupant, or either of them, of the presence of graffiti on the premises and the requirements of the Borough's Graffiti Ordinance, directing and requiring such occupant or owner or both of them to remove graffiti the graffiti promptly.

The full ordinance is available at the State College Borough Administration under the Borough Codification of Ordinances, Chapter IV, Part N.

Why does State College Borough Require Prompt Removal of Graffiti?

Graffiti causes serious defacement of buildings, vehicles and areas, public and private, and contributes to the deterioration of property values, as well as offending the public's right not to have unsightly and unlawful graffiti on, with defacement of, public and private property, and it constitutes a deleterious practice contrary to the public health and welfare. The prompt removal of graffiti is a significant component of a comprehensive anti-graffiti effort and must be required in those cases where voluntary removal is not achieved.

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