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The sale of spray paints and other materials commonly used to do graffiti is restricted by the Graffiti Control By-law

Frequently Asked Questions

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As a retailer, what am I required to do?
  • Post the required sign notifying the public about the Graffiti Control By-Law near where spray paint is sold.
  • Restrict sale of spray paint to persons 18 years of age and older.
  • Store spray paint and related materials in a secure storage space that is locked or otherwise inaccessible to the public.
Where can retailers get the sign that needs to be posted near where spray paint is sold?
  • Standard sized signs (8 ½” x 11”) can be downloaded from the City’s website at:
Are retailers required to check ID when selling spray paint?
  • Yes, retailers must ensure they are not selling spray paint to minors.
What are the requirements for a secure storage space for spray paint?
  • Requirements will vary from store to store. The City has provided picture examples showing a number of suitable secure storage spaces. Retailers may develop alternate storage spaces that are locked or otherwise effectively restrict public access to these areas.
How will retailers know if their lockup is acceptable?
  • If an individual can access spray paint without assistance from a retailer or clerk, the storage space would not be considered secure.
How do I report a concern or problem concerning graffiti?
  • To register a complaint, contact the Graffiti Control Hotline at 311
Last update: February 1, 2019