Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In

Skip Navigation LinksGraffiti-Abatement Graffiti Abatement Program

Graffiti Abatement Program

This program combines removal, enforcement and educational initiatives to reduce the amount of graffiti in Barrie. The anti-graffiti campaign encourages the public to report graffiti, abate it quickly, and volunteer for the City’s anti-graffiti efforts.

Graffiti — writing, drawing, symbols or etching applied to any property without permission — is a serious problem within communities as it reduces property values and the appearance of neighbourhoods. The City's objectives: maintain an aesthetically pleasing environment, beautify Barrie through the prompt removal of graffiti, and deter further graffiti vandalism.

This program is funded from base operating budgets and led by the Engineering department’s Right of Way Activity (ROWA) group, in coordination with operations & maintenance staff in other departments: Environmental Services; Roads, Parks & Fleet; and Facilities & Transit. 

In general, the approach involves:

  • Building close relationships with utility companies and the community.
  • Identifying graffiti locations.
  • Cleaning up graffiti (by utility companies within the Right of Way or by City operations & maintenance staff in parks and at facilities).
  • Proactively painting anti-graffiti coatings and murals on surfaces prone to graffiti.
Anti-Graffiti Strategy

To implement measures to facilitate the timely removal of graffiti and to encourage the increased reporting of graffiti.

Public Education

To raise awareness in the community about the negative impact and cost associated with graffiti, the importance of timely removal, and to encourage the active participation of community members in the prevention and eradication of graffiti.


To promote initiatives to better protect private property and City property from graffiti vandalism.

Identification of Tags & Deterrence

To implement measures aimed at identifying vandals and to hold them responsible for their actions.

Community Involvement

City staff work with representatives from the community who show pride in the positive aesthetic appearance of their communities and take an active interest in maintaining it. Neighbourhood “captains” have come forward and actively patrol their areas for vandalism to report to City staff. This approach fosters pride in one’s neighbourhood and is a successful means of tracking progress.

Murals as Graffiti Deterrent

There is an unspoken rule among artists that, respectfully, you don't tag other artists' work. The City has had success with murals throughout Barrie as they've proving to deter tagging.

Bell Box Murals Project
In summer 2015, the City teamed up with Bell Canada and local artists Renee Sukie and Willow Neill to paint murals on select Bell utility boxes to deter graffiti and help showcase Barrie’s history and culture.

Bell box mural at Worsley & Bayfield Bell box mural at Collier & Bayfield    Bell box mural at Collier & Bayfield Bell box mural at Collier & Bayfield

Traffic Signal Controller Box Murals Project
In fall 2016, the City worked with local artist Jordan Sookwah-Ragobeer, who painted murals on selected traffic signal controller boxes throughout Barrie, with which there has been graffiti challenges.

Traffic Signal Controller, Duckworth St & Bell Farm Rd Traffic Signal Controller, Livingstone St and Stanley St Traffic Signal Controller, Dunlop at 5 Points Traffic Signal Controller, Dunlop St and High St
Frequently Asked Questions
What is graffiti?
Graffiti is writing, drawing, symbols or etching applied to any property without permission.
Whose problem is graff​iti?
It's a community concern that affects all residents of Barrie.
Why is it important to remove graffiti as soon as possible?
Graffiti left unattended encourages the spread of graffiti to adjacent properties.
What is the City doing about graffiti?
  • Removing or covering graffiti within 72hrs on public property.
  • Implementing a graffiti deterrent mural program.
  • Working closely with property owners, local BIA'S and community groups to coordinate community efforts that effectively deal with graffiti abatement.
How can we stop graffiti vandalism?

Report graffiti as soon as possible through Service Barrie Online or by contacting (705) 726-4242 or for removal.

When necessary, City staff retains the services of a graffiti removal service to remove tagging and other graffiti. Once identified, particularly offensive graffiti is removed as soon as practical, or obscured if this can’t be done within 24 hours. Other non-offensive removals are identified and grouped to take better advantage of the service provider’s minimum call out time. 

Looks like your screen is a bit too small

The page you are attempting to view is not currently compatible with the dimensions of your device. Please visit this page on a larger screen.