Graffiti is a form of criminal damage: report it.
It is illegal and anti-social. Graffiti can cause residents to lose pride in their area and make a neighbourhood feel unsafe.
The best way to deal with reducing graffiti is to remove it as quickly as possible.
We employ a specialist contractor who uses a combination of methods to remove these acts of vandalism. All chemicals used in the process are environmentally friendly.
Graffiti is criminal damage under the Criminal Damage Act 1971. There are no legal sites for graffiti within the Borough. People caught in the act of graffiti or intending to cause graffiti can receive an on-the-spot fine called a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £80. If a person is taken to court the fine could be up to £2,500, or even a prison term.
If the graffiti is on a private house or small business (such as a corner shop or small independent office) we will remove it for free.
If the graffiti is on property belonging to a larger business, we will make a charge. The charge is based on the length of time taken to remove the graffiti.
The council tries to have graffiti removed within an average of 2 working days. If the graffiti is above 2 metres from the ground or in a place that is more difficult to access this sometimes takes longer.
If the graffiti is abusive, obscene or racist it will be removed within 24 hours.
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