Graffiti can range from someone's initials written on a wall in pen to a whole painted mural covering the side of a building. It is illegal to graffiti on any surface without the owner's permission. Graffiti can also encourage further antisocial behaviour including flyposting and the dumping of waste.
- Report graffiti
- Contact us about anything else related to graffiti - for more information and further advice on graffiti and our graffiti projects
Offensive graffiti includes any words or images which are:
- swear words
We will remove offensive graffiti on both public and private property. Call us on (01273) 292929 so we can remove it as quickly as possible. Offensive graffiti is cleaned off or painted over within 24 hours, but more often within 2 hours, of it being reported.
What we do
The council is responsible for removing any graffiti on public property. This includes council offices and council owned street and park furniture such as lights, signs and benches. We also work in partnership with businesses and utility companies who have street furniture. This includes Virgin Media with their green exchange boxes.
We work closely with the police to ensure people vandalising the city are stopped and prosecuted. In March 2010 two graffiti offenders were sentenced to 15 and 18 months in prison. In partnership with the police we presented a record of over 250 Syloe and Posh 'tags', the spray painted names they used.
Our graffiti and jet washing team use a variety of methods to clear graffiti from across the city. This includes the use of chemicals, high pressure water jets and cherry pickers. They work on a schedule, clearing graffiti from one area of the city at a time.
You can find out here more information on what enforcement action we have taken this year.
Graffiti on private property
We are not responsible for clearing graffiti on private property. This includes private households and business premises. We do however try to help where we can and work with property owners, local action teams and community groups to prevent and remove graffiti from wherever we can.
If you have graffiti on your property, we ask that you please report it online and include as much detail as possible. We will then respond to you with any advice and help we can provide.
When looking to prevent and remove graffiti from your property, please consider the points below.
- use uneven wall surfaces like pebble dashing or flint work
- cover any exposed walls in trellis, iron work or climbing plants
- paint a mural or landscape piece on your walls
- ensure you have spare paint for any exposed walls, painting over graffiti quickly is the best way of stopping further problems
- paint over graffiti and try and paint the whole wall, not just the small section. This is because walls with patches of paint often get further graffiti on
- follow the instructions carefully if using chemicals or a pressure washer to remove any graffiti. These can damage your surfaces if not used correctly
Below are also two local companies which remove graffiti in the Brighton & Hove area. More can be found in local directories.
MPM: Graffiti Solutions
Unit 3 Riverside Business Centre, Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 6RE
tel. (08456) 780068
Please note that Brighton & Hove City Council does not approve or promote any specific companies for graffiti cleaning.
Our graffiti officer and team work with organisations, charities, educational schemes and council departments such as the Environmental Improvement Team. With these we organise projects which help remove and stop graffiti across the city. Examples of these are included below. If you are interested in any of these projects please fill in our report form.
A new project for February 2011
We are currently working with New England House to find street artists to take part in a new mural project. It's hoped the mural will be a celebration of up and coming street art whilst at the same time giving New England House a much needed revamp.
Murals and landscape pieces
We work with a number of artists, charities, clubs and businesses in dealing with large graffiti hot spots. By painting large murals or landscape pieces anti social behaviour and further graffiti is often stopped.
An excellent example of this is the project in Kensington Street, pictured here. This project was completed in 2006 and still proves successful at reducing anti social behaviour and attracting attention from residents and tourists.
Adopt a box scheme
This scheme is in partnership with Virgin Media and encourages businesses, residents and resident groups to keep an eye on green exchange boxes near them. We supply the paint and brushes for anyone who would like to adopt a box and keep it graffiti free. This in turn often helps reduce the amount of graffiti, litter and flyposting in the area. At the moment over 200 boxes are adopted across the city, if you would like to adopt one please contact us through our report form.
This project is organised in partnership with the Youth Offending Service. It encourages young offenders to give something back to the community by helping to paint green exchange boxes which are often graffitied on. This again helps stop further graffiti in the area. If you have a suggestion of a box which may be suitable for this project please fill in our report form.
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