Graffiti-Free Indy

The Graffiti-Free Indy initiative allows Indy residents to take graffiti removal into their own hands. KIB provides free resources to neighbors and residents in a citywide effort to combat vandalism.

  • Why abatement is important
    Why abatement is important

    A graffiti-free neighborhood is a neighborhood that is well maintained and looked-after, which drives property values and quality of life up.

    If your neighborhood has significant graffiti throughout, KIB could also explore or support your efforts in planning a blitz day with a corporate or other volunteer group, and connect you with other Adopt-A-Block Coordinators who may be able to connect you with others who can help abate the graffiti.

  • How we can keep graffiti 'off the wall' together

    Kits and vouchers for the program can be obtained from KIB by using the paint program application form below. KIB can provide a Lowes Home Improvement graffiti abatement kit, which includes a gallon of standard Valspar grey or white paint, one paint roller and one paint brush. Also available on separate distributions it Green Concepts Graffiti Remover Spray.

    The kit will also include a discount for tinted paint if any is needed for covering a wall that needs special attention. To get started, apply below or contact Matt Wakefield at 317-264-7555 x 122 for more information.

    Apply Here
  • Your Committment
    Your Committment
    • Planning and scheduling a clean-up event. By applying above to receive free resources you can take the first steps in a citywide effort to combat vandalism.
    • Gather volunteers to help abate the vandalism in your community. Encourage your neighbors to help in this part of the process.
    • Help us keep Indy beautiful. By sharing your experience with KIB with friends, family and co-workers you can become an ambassador for our work, and help people and nature thrive!
  • What KIB provides
    What KIB provides
    • Graffiti abatement kit (1 gal. of grey or white paint, 1 paint roller, 1 paint brush) or (1 QT of Graffiti Remover Spray)
    • Discount for tinted paint
    • Event coordination assistance for areas significantly affected by graffiti

    If you are planning a Neighborhood Blitz Day to abate graffiti or wish to assist an owner to remove the graffiti on their property, KIB recommends that you secure the permission of the property owner. You can do this by having the property owner sign the KIB Graffiti Release Form.

    • The Next Distribution Days for Green Concepts Graffiti Remover will be July 25th  from 12:00 – 1:00 at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, 1029 E Fletcher Ave. Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46203  Please complete the Graffiti Free Indy Application Form in order to request supplies for abatement. For additional questions, please contact Matt Wakefield.
  • how to keep indy graffiti free
    • What is Graffiti (as defined in the City Ordinance Section 575-202)?
      Graffiti means any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, design, painting, writing, drawing or carving that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted, or engraved on or otherwise affixed on a component of any building, structure, or other facility by any graffiti implement, visible from any public property, the public right-of-way, or from any private property other than the property on which it exists. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that such inscription, word, figure, painting, or other defacement is unauthorized. This article does not apply to easily removable chalk markings on the public sidewalks and streets.
    • I received a notice from the City regarding graffiti on my property. What resources can KIB offer?
      KIB can provide a Lowes Home Improvement graffiti abatement kit, which includes a gallon of standard grey or white paint, one paint roller and one paint brush. The kit will also include a discount for tinted paint if any is needed for covering a wall that needs special attention. You are also encouraged to join Adopt-A-Block, a KIB program that helps encourage litter prevention and community building. Through Adopt-A-Block Inviting your neighbors to become involved, keeping eyes on the street and helping to create a space that is visually cared for is one piece to the answer.If your neighborhood has significant graffiti throughout, KIB could also explore or support your efforts in planning a blitz day with a corporate or other volunteer group, and connect you with other Adopt-A-Block Coordinators who may be able to network and help connect you with others who can help abate the graffiti.
    • How much will the City’s graffiti removal service cost me?
      The service and supplies through KIB are free, though donations are encouraged to help continue the program. If you need additional paint or more supplies for other volunteers, you will have to cover the cost for those supplies. Lowes Home Improvement will also be providing discounts to tinted paint.
    • I received a notice about graffiti on my property, but the graffiti is not on my property (it is on a neighboring property and/or there is no graffiti in sight), what do I do?
      You should contact the Department of Code Enforcement who sent you the notice.
    • I see graffiti on a neighbor’s property, do I need permission to go onto their property to abate the graffiti?
      KIB recommends that unless the property is abandoned, that you secure permission from the property owner to paint over the graffiti. You can do this by downloading the  KIB Graffiti Release Form to secure the owner’s signature to enter their property and help remove the graffiti.
    • My property is in a locally designated historic district, what should I do?
      You should contact the IHPC prior to commencing any painting or graffiti removal work. The work may require additional review. Need to find out if you are in a historic district? Check here!                                                                                               Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission
      200 E. Washington Street, Suite 1801
      Indianapolis, IN 46204 |317-327-4406
      www.indy.gov/ihpc
    • How can my community group get paint supplies to clean graffiti in my neighborhood?
      Complete the Graffiti Abatement Request Form, and be sure to list the properties that you wish to abate. You can work with KIB to plan a blitz day to address multiple properties with your group in your neighborhood or even another neighborhood who is seeking support.
    • How do I have my property cleaned if I am not involved with a civic group?
      You can submit a Graffiti Abatement Request Form to receive the Lowes Home Improvement Supply Kit that will help you clean your home or building. You can also request an extension from the Department of Code Enforcement to have additional time to mitigate the graffiti.
    • How do I report graffiti in progress?
      You can report all violations to the Mayors Action Center http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Mayor/MAC/Pages/home.aspx. All violations will be sent to the Department of Code Enforcement for review.