Graffiti Abatement

Help keep South Bend beautiful!

The Graffiti Abatement Program is designed to prevent and control the spread of graffiti within the City of South Bend. This program is a comprehensive approach aimed at linking members of the community with the various departments of the city.

In order to prevent and limit graffiti activity, a joint task force consisting of South Bend Police, Neighborhood Code Enforcement, and the Parks and Recreation Department have been assembled. Through the combined efforts of city departments, volunteer groups, and local residents, we can successfully control the spread of graffiti.

What If You See Graffiti?

If you see graffiti or someone in the act of spraying graffiti, contact the South Bend Police Department at 574-235-9201 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.  Once graffiti is reported to the police department, all abatement concerns pertaining to graffiti on abandoned, public, private, and commercial property can be addressed by contacting the Director of Graffiti Abatement at the South Bend Venues Parks & Arts Maintenance Building, 1020 High Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601. You may also email your concerns to or print the waiver, and fax it to 574-235-5540. Contact the Director of Graffiti Abatement at 574-235-9414 for more details.

South Bend’s Joint Task Force

Code Enforcement

In an effort to better facilitate the City’s abatement activities, inspectors from the Code Enforcement Department will report the location of graffiti activities as part of their neighborhood inspections. Code Enforcement can be contacted at 574-235-9486 or by email at

Venues Parks & Arts

Crews will inspect neighborhoods and public properties to report all graffiti related activities. Park crews will also be in charge for the removal of graffiti. VPA can be contacted at 574-235-9414 or by email at

South Bend Police

The Police Department will take all calls and track graffiti activity throughout the city and will forward all site locations. The South Bend Police Department will be participating in graffiti removal throughout the summer months, and educating youth about the benefits of a community that is graffiti free.


Help us by reporting all acts of graffiti throughout the community. In an effort to better facilitate the neighborhood abatement initiative, you can volunteer to help us remove graffiti. For more information on how you, or a group of volunteers can help, please contact the Graffiti Coordinator at 574-235-9414.

Indiana Laws for Graffiti

Definition of Graffiti:

Definition of Community Service:

Criminal Mischief/Penalties:

Defacement or Damage to Property

Graffiti Awareness

Graffiti Hurts!

Graffiti FAQs

Graffiti Removal Video