What to do about graffiti

Let us know about graffiti on public land and offensive graffiti on private property.

Removing graffiti in public places

Graffiti is anything that is written, sprayed or painted on public or private property. It's illegal to do this without permission.

If there is offensive graffiti in public places, our street cleaning team will come and remove or paint over it.

Offensive graffiti contains words or pictures which are:

  • Hate comments
  • Extremist sentiment
  • Anti-faith
  • Swear words

We aim to remove offensive graffiti within 24 hours of it being reported to us. Please tell us about offensive graffiti if you see it.

We are also responsible for removing graffiti on council property, including buildings, benches, signs and street lights.

We are not responsible for the removal of other graffiti problems like tagging - the signing of a name. There are commercial graffiti removal companies in the city that provide this service.

If you are in a resident or community group, we have a community clean-up scheme which could give you supplies to paint over graffiti in your local area.

Graffiti on private property

If graffiti on private property is offensive, let us know about the graffiti and we'll remove it.

If it isn't offensive, we can provide advice, but you will need to contact a private company to remove it. 

If you want to prevent and remove graffiti from private property, you could:

  • apply an uneven wall surface like pebble dash or flint work
  • cover your wall in trellis, iron work or climbing plants
  • paint your own mural on your wall
  • keep spare paint for walls - painting over graffiti is the best way of stopping problems
  • paint over a whole wall, not just the section - walls with patches of paint often get graffitied again

Graffiti on statutory undertakers’ furniture

We are not responsible for removing graffiti or fly postings from bus stops, train stations, railway bridges, underpasses, telephone boxes, post boxes or street cabinets.

  • for train stations and other railway property such as bridges, please phone Network Rail at 0345 711 4141
  • for bus stops please phone Brighton & Hove buses at 01273 886200
  • for telephone boxes please phone BT at 0800 661 610
  • for post boxes please phone Royal Mail at 03457 740 740
  • for Virgin Media street cabinets phone Virgin Media at 0330 333 0444
  • for BT (Openreach) street cabinets phone BT at 0800 023 2023

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