The Maintenance Division in the Public Works Department is committed to ensuring an optimal quality of life by providing a safe, attractive and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Thus, the Division relies on a collaborative partnership with its citizenry and businesses to maintain the City's image by promptly removing graffiti. Prompt graffiti removal maintains the health, safety and welfare of the community.
The Lake Forest City Council adopted Ordinance No. 225 amending the Lake Forest Municipal Code 6.14, Article II regarding graffiti and amending Article I regarding nuisances on February 15, 2011. This Chapter provides the City's policy of covering graffiti and determines if the placement of graffiti on public or private property is a public nuisance. When graffiti has been determined to be removed by our contractor, the City attempts to have the graffiti removed within 24 hours of notification during working hours.
Thus, the City has established a zero tolerance policy for graffiti vandalism. The City recognizes that its hard working residents do not deserve, or want to see, graffiti in their community. Therefore, Lake Forest Municipal Code Section 6.14.102 prohibits the placement of graffiti on both public and private property and declares any placement a public nuisance. Per California Government Code Section 38772, holding each person, including parents or guardians having custody of a minor, who places graffiti to be held accountable and liable for all costs in connection with the graffiti's removal, the City actively pursues restitution on behalf of its taxpayers for all graffiti vandalism within its jurisdiction.
Per City policy, graffiti is promptly removed. The City asks its residents not to paint over any graffiti areas, thus allowing our professional vendor company to match the existing colors.
Graffiti located on Orange County (OC) property or trails is removed by the appropriate County agencies: OC Parks, OC Public Works, and OC Flood Control.
These county agencies have routine weekly and biweekly routines to inspect and remove graffiti throughout Lake Forest.
The homeowner is responsible for contacting his or her homeowner’s association for graffiti removal. The City’s Code Enforcement Division is available as a resource for assistance with the commencement of a nuisance abatement action.
For assistance with graffiti removal from private property, residents, homeowner’s associations, and utilities are eligible to use the City’s graffiti abatement contractor Superior Graffiti Solutions, at their own expense.
For assistance with victim restitution, please see the resources available through the Orange County Probation Department’s Victim Services.
If you see someone spraying graffiti, call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (949) 770-6011 and provide as much detailed information as possible about the suspects and location.
The City has three resources available for residents to report graffiti on public property. Residents can call the Graffiti Hotline at (949) 461-3583, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a request via Ask Lake Forest. When possible, please submit a photo of the graffiti incident via email or through Ask Lake Forest as this assists us with identification and location to verify that the graffiti is on public property versus private (utility, County of Orange, HOA, etc.) and having the graffiti removed promptly.
More than half of the City’s graffiti abatement requests are on private property. To report graffiti directly to the responsible outside agency, please reference the Utility Resource Guide (PDF) , see below:
|Outside Agency||Phone Number/Email|
|AT&T California||(866) 243-6122
|County of Orange -
Public Works/Flood Control
|County of Orange -
|Cox Communications||(888) 566-7751
|El Toro Water District||(949) 837-0660
|Irvine Ranch Water District||(949) 453-5535
|Municipal Water District of Southern California||(213) 217-6000|
|Orange County Transportation
Agency (Public Right-of-Way)
|Southern California Edison||(866) 421-4688|
|Trabuco Canyon Water District||(949) 858-0277
|United States Postal Service||(949) 837-1976|