On June 12, 2011, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office began providing all inclusive law enforcement services under contract for the City of Half Moon Bay.
Half Moon Bay Sheriff Substation
537 Kelly Avenue HMB CA 940019
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
HALF MOON BAY GRAFFITI ABATEMENT PROGRAM
The mission of the Graffiti Abatement Program is to beautify the City by preventing and removing graffiti. The involvement by Half Moon Bay residents in the anti-graffiti movement is key to the long term success of the program.
Have information Ready:
- Location: The address, or closest address. Include cross roads and directional clues (NE,SE,SW,NW).
- Type: Ie. walls, curbsides, telephone pole. etc. If located on utility please include the company name (PG&E, Comcast, etc.)
- Business Name: Permission must be obtained from the property owner to clean private property.
- Contact Information: name and phone number. Your contact information will not be shared.
- Photos: Photos should be emailed to
- Remove on private property as soon as you have photographed it and reported it.
- Put a primer coat over the graffiti and follow up with a coat of exterior paint.
Municipal Code Section 15.26.030 B makes it unlawful for an owner of a lot or parcel to allow graffiti to remain on any structure upon the lot or parcel within fifteen (15) days after notification by cleaning, painting or other method.
If the graffiti is not removed after 15 days, City staff will remove the graffiti from the property and all costs will be charged to the owner of the property.
There are many things residents and business owners in Half Moon Bay can do to prevent graffiti.
- Report suspicious behavior
- Question teens who try to obtain spray paint
- Teach responsibility and respect
- Teach community pride
- Protect your own property by installing landscaping that covers walls, etc., painting murals (graffiti vandals like clean canvases for their work), and building fences with board gaps or lattices, not flat surfaces
- Plant thorny or thick bushes in front of large walls to make it harder for access
- Cover downspouts and move trash bins away from walls of businesses to make it harder to get access to roofs
- Increase lighting or use motion-activated lights around your property
- Consider applying an anti-graffiti solution (protective coating) over paint
- Organize neighborhood groups to help fight graffiti