Report graffiti

Overview

Graffiti is words or drawings which are written, painted, sprayed or scratched on the surface of any property. Graffiti is illegal, spoils both public and private property and can be very costly to remove.

Graffiti is a criminal offence carrying large fines given out by a Magistrate, or up to £80 fixed penalty notice issued by one of our community protection officers or the police.

Graffiti removal

We are responsible for removing graffiti from public buildings, street furniture or monuments.

Graffiti sprayed on private property is the responsibility of the property owner who has a duty to remove it. If we receive complaints, we will request it is removed by the property owner.

Other items such as telephone boxes, bus shelters and electricity boxes are the responsibility of the company that has placed them there and you should report it to the owner.

Reporting graffiti to us

So that we can deal with your report as quickly as possible, it's important to consider the following information and have it ready to give us:

  • Details of the graffiti, including whether it's offensive or racially motivated
  • The location of the graffiti
  • Any electronic evidence you may have (a photo or video)

Please note all details received will be treated in the strictest of confidence and not disclosed to the target of your complaint. We may need to contact you for more information.

What happens next?

A community protection officer will investigate your report.

If the graffiti is on council maintained property, a job will be raised for this to be removed.

If the graffiti is on private property, contact will be made with the owner to request its removal. If this is not successful, a community protection notice will be issued requiring the work be carried out to remove the graffiti or the council will carry out the works and reclaim the cost.

Offensive graffiti (for example racist, sexual or homophobic) will be removed within 7 days.

Other types of graffiti will be removed within 21 days.