Vaughan property owners must remove all signs of graffiti from their buildings under a tough new bylaw passed yesterday.

“Graffiti costs us all money and we need to do something about it,” Mayor Linda Jackson said in an interview.

The bylaw requires owners of defaced property to remove graffiti within a certain period
Failing that, the city can do the job and add the cost to the owner’s property tax bill.

Property owners can also be charged with failing to comply with an order if they don’t remove graffiti promptly.

Jackson said the city recently spent $4,000 to sandblast and restain a section of wooden fence on the east side of Highway 400 that had been defaced with graffiti.