Development Services Dept
Code Enforcement Unit
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, Texas
Outside: (210) 207 6000
Phone: (210) 207 7881
FAX: (210) 207 0199
San Antonio treats graffiti as a crime, not a prank. There were 1,743 graffiti related police reports filed in 2010. During the first 6 months of 2011, there have been 744 filed reports. If you are caught defacing property expect to face the law.
There are also penalties for contributors to graffiti, whether that person is a parent of an offender or a business owner. Click the link below to view the most recent ordinance approved by City Council in May 2007. Also, see a general summary of state and local anti-graffiti laws and ordinances.
Texas Penal Code §28.08makes it a crime to intentionally or knowingly make markings with aerosol paint, indelible marker or an etching or engraving device on tangible property without consent of the owner. Markings can include inscriptions, slogans, drawings or paintings. Penalties are assessed based on the amount of loss suffered by the property owner and may range from fines up to $2000 and/or confinement for up to 180 days, up to fines of $10,000 and/or confinement for 5 to 99 years.
City Code §21-32makes it a crime for retailers to sell or transfer spray paint to any person under the age of eighteen (18). Violators may be fined up to $500.00 per offense.
City Code §21-37 makes it a crime for retailers to openly display or store aerosol paint from a counter or other location open to the public. Violators may be fined up to $500.00 per offense.
City Code §21-6 makes it a crime for any person to have a graffiti implement in their possession while on public grounds or public buildings when such locations are closed to the public or on private property when that property is not open to the public. Parents of children under the age of seventeen (17) may be cited for allowing a child to violate this provision of the code. Violators may be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00 dollars for each violation. Second and subsequent offenses may not be fined less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 per violation.