Graffiti

We will only remove: 

  • racist, offensive or abusive graffiti
  • graffiti from our own property

Make a report using the map

If you see graffiti, you can report it by using the map below. 

You can:

  1. use the search bar on the map to search for a location, address or street
  2. click on the map to place a pin
  3. proceed to fill in the short form

Or make a report using the form

If you have accessibility requirements or difficulties using the map you can make a report using the form. Note that the form will be reviewed manually and may take longer to action.

Accessible Report Graffiti form

Graffiti on our own property

For example, underpasses, buildings and other public areas (unless owned by Transport for London).

For non-offensive graffiti we will inspect the location within 5 working days and if appropriate remove the graffiti.

If the graffiti is racist, offensive or abusive graffiti we will remove it within 1 working day.

Graffiti on private property

Businesses and shops are responsible for removing graffiti from their own property.

We will not remove graffiti found on:

  • Private properties
    Unless it is racist, offensive or abusive
    However, the Council can and will remove graffiti that is on residential, business, private or commercial property if the property owner has completed a Graffiti Removal Disclaimer Form and paid a small charge and only if the graffiti is visible from the public highway.  If we do not receive consent and payment from the property owner we can not carry out removal works.
  • Railway property that is inaccessible without trespassing
    This should instead be reported to Network Rail by calling 0845 711 4141 or reporting online using their Community and Support website page
  • Street utility boxes
    This is the responsibility of the relevant telecom or electricity company. If you are not sure who owns it and there is no contact details available, you will find that most boxes have a manhole cover in front of them that will show the name of the company that owns the box. You can then report this directly to the company to remove. 
  • Bus shelter
    This can be reported using the Transport for London website
  • Phone box
    This can be reported using the BT website

Tips for preventing graffiti

  • think about using anti-graffiti paint
  • plant shrubs or climbers next to walls and fences if possible
  • keep a small tin of matching coloured paint to hand for painted surfaces
  • remove it quickly and often - vandals are less likely to target you then