• Current through October 23, 2012

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) "Abate" means to effectively remove or cover.

(2) "Abatement costs" means the reasonably estimated costs incurred by the District to abate graffiti.

(3) "Deputy Chief Financial Officer" means the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Tax and Revenue or his designee.

(4) "Graffiti" means any inscription, writing, drawing, marking, or design that is painted, sprayed, etched, scratched, or otherwise placed on structures, buildings, dwellings, statues, monuments, fences, vehicles, or other similar objects that are on personal property located outdoors, or placed on trees, rocks, or other natural features, without the consent or authorization of the property owner, without regard to when that consent or authorization was given, and the graffiti is visible from a public right-of way.

(5) "Owner" means a property owner or the property owner's designated agent unless otherwise specified.

(6) "Reply" means the response provided by the owner under § 42-3141.03(c).

(Sept. 18, 2010, D.C. Law 18-219, § 2, 57 DCR 4353.)


Emergency Act Amendments

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2 of Anti-Graffiti Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-389, May 5, 2010, 57 DCR 4332).

Legislative History of Laws

Law 18-219, the "Anti-Graffiti Act of 2010", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 18-69, which was referred to the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary and the Committee on Public Works and Transportation.  The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on March 2, 2010, and April 20, 2010, respectively.   Signed by the Mayor on May 7, 2010, it was assigned Act No. 18-396 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.  D.C. Law 18-219 became effective on September 18, 2010.