Graffiti is an illegal practice, as it spoils both public and private property and can be very costly to remove. There is no excuse for this type of behaviour, as the practice causes criminal damage to private property.
Graffiti is classed as anything which is written, scratched, painted or sprayed on the surface of any property. It ranges from the simple act of tagging a location with initials through to elaborate paintings.
How to report a graffiti problem
To report a graffiti problem complete the following form:
What happens if someone is caught graffitiing?
Graffiti is a criminal offense, which is investigated by the police and local authority. Anyone who is found to be responsible for acts of graffiti can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.00. Offenders also face arrest by the police and could face large fines or imprisonment if the matter is dealt with in court.
Removal of graffiti
We are usually responsible for removing graffiti from public buildings, street furniture or monuments.
Privately owned property and other items such as telephone boxes, bus shelters and electricity boxes are the responsibility of the owner or company that has placed them there.
We cannot remove graffiti from private households and other private property without the owner's permission. There may be a small charge for this service.
We operate a specialist cleaning vehicle which is equipped with a wide range of chemical cleaners and cleaning equipment. The graffiti removal officers can deal with the majority of all types of graffiti.
When graffiti is reported to us we aim to clear it as soon as possible. Any graffiti which is classed as racist or offensive in nature should be removed within 2 working days.
Graffiti removal is normally free for domestic property and public owned areas or buildings. There may be a charge for repeat removal or removal from commercial property.