The 602 and Graffiti Waiver Programs

The goal of keeping our community safe, clean, and preventing crime is a community-wide effort that requires cooperation and partnership between businesses, residents, and City staff.

  • A Graffiti Eradication Release allows our Graffiti Team to remove graffiti from private property within the City at no cost to the property owner. (more info below under the about waivers)
  • A Property Authorization Letter (602) allows the Escondido Police Department to enforce trespassing laws on the owner’s behalf even when they’re not there. (more info below under the about waivers)

Process to Opt In

Via Business License Applications and Renewals

  • Applying or renewing online: Click the Yes option(s) to opt in after reading the below information
  • Applying or renewing by mail: Check the box(es) on the form to opt in after reading the below information, and mail it in

Via Online Services

The web-based sign up form through Online Services is available in English and Spanish.
The goal of keeping our community safe, clean, and preventing crime is a community-wide effort that requires cooperation and partnership between businesses, residents, and City staff. Graffiti is an act of violence and vandalism that costs property owners and cities hundreds of thousands of dollars to remediate every year. It also negatively affects economic development, property values, and the perception that residents and visitors have about the community.
 
The City has an aggressive and effective graffiti eradication program, but with increased support from the community and business owners, the program can be even more successful. This short video describes how staff are utilizing smart technology to efficiently fight against graffiti.
 
What Can I Do to Help?
  • Complete a Graffiti Eradication Waiver available here: English / Spanish OR
  • Opt in through your business license application or business license renewal.
  • Renew this Waiver annually.
  • Download the City's "Report It!" app onto your smartphone to quickly and easily communicate issues to City staff that need to be addressed including graffiti, abandoned shopping carts, potholes, and more
How Does This Work?
  • Completion of the Graffiti Eradication Waiver represents a formal request by the business owner, property owner, or legal custodian to allow the City of Escondido's Public Works Department to enter the premises to eradicate graffiti within the public view that has been reported through the City’s "Report It!" app
  • The City of Escondido will remove graffiti on private property at no cost to the property owner when the graffiti is visible to the public and no higher than ten feet off the ground.

The goal of keeping our community safe and preventing crime is a community-wide effort that requires cooperation and partnership between businesses, residents, and law enforcement. By authorizing a 602 Trespass Authority waiver, you are taking an active role in protecting your business and ultimately preventing crime.

What is a 602 Waiver?

  • A formal request by a business owner, property owner, or legal custodian to allow the Escondido Police Department to act as an agent on their behalf of the private property, with or without a call for service, of enforcing laws after proper warning has been issued against any person(s) found on the property without the owner's consent or without lawful purpose;
  • An extremely useful tool that greatly improves the City’s and the Escondido Police Department’s ability to take appropriate action on undesirable trespassers;
  • Strongly recommended for vacant properties, vacant lots, businesses, or any properties upon which public nuisance activity and/or crime problems, including transient activity, drug activity, prostitution, graffiti, or general trespasses are occurring when the staff is off-site or the location is closed;
  • Must be renewed every 12 months to be effective per Penal Code section 602.

What are the Benefits of Authorizing 602 Waiver?

  • Allows law enforcement to detain and discourage loitering and trespassing on your property.
  • Gives law enforcement permission to enforce trespassing laws in your absence.
  • Expedited response to calls for service.
  • Reduced pressure on employees.

How Do I Participate?

  • Complete the online form located here: English / Spanish
  • Opt in through your business license application or business license renewal.
  • A requirement of the 602 Trespass Authority is that property owners and/or property representatives are still required and expected to sign a Private Persons Arrest Form and follow through with the prosecution/court process in all incidents.

What Else Can I Do to Protect My Property?

In conjunction with this form, it is strongly suggested, although not required, that the property be posted with a sign indicating:

  • Trespass Authority 602 has been filed with the Escondido Police Department;
  • The address of the property; and
  • The words "No Trespassing"

The sign should be no less than 18" X 24", ideally have a font legible from the nearest public street and not be readily accessible to vandals. Signs should be evenly spaced throughout the surrounding property boundaries covered by the Letter of Agency. View a Sample Sign

Penal Code 602 PC - California Trespassing Laws

Penal Code 602 PC is the California statute that defines the crime of criminal trespass. A person commits trespassing when he or she enters -- or remains on -- someone else's property without permission or a right to do so.

California trespass law sets out literally dozens of situations in which the offense of trespass may take place...some that are common, and some that are highly unusual.

Here are some examples of behavior that can lead to criminal trespass charges:

  • Refusing to leave another person’s property upon the owner’s request;
  • Unlawfully occupying another person’s property;
  • Because of a personal grudge against a restaurant's owner, entering the restaurant and creating a disturbance that drives other patrons away; and
  • Entering another person's unused garage without their consent, setting up a sleeping bag, and sleeping there for several nights.

Penalties

In most cases, California trespass is a misdemeanor. This means it can lead to penalties of up to six (6) months in county jail and/or a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000).

However, certain kinds of trespass in California law may lead only to infraction charges -- with penalties consisting only of a small fine.

Someone who commits "aggravated trespass" -- in which the person threatens to injure someone physically and then enters their home or workplace without permission, as in the third example above -- they may face felony trespass charges. This could mean a jail sentence of sixteen (16) months, or two (2) or three (3) years.