Graffiti is words or images that are written, painted, sprayed or scratched on the surface of any property.

It is a criminal offence that can result in a large fine given out by the magistrates’ court, or an £80 fixed penalty notice issued by the council or the police.

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You can report graffiti anonymously.

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Offensive or racist graffiti

We will remove offensive or racist graffiti from:

  • private buildings within one working day once we have the owner’s permission
  • council owned buildings within one working day of it being reported to us

All other graffiti

The council is responsible for removing graffiti from public buildings, street furniture or monuments and we will do this within 7 working days.

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Private premises

We will remove graffiti from private households and other private property only after the owner has given their permission.

The council has the power to issue a “defacement removal notice” to the property owner, which requires them to remove the graffiti within 28 days.

If they fail to do so, the council has the right to carry out the removal and recover the costs from the owner of the property.

Graffiti on commercial premises 

Use our secure online payment system to pay for graffiti removal.

Graffiti on bridges (road and foot) on the A406 or A12 should be reported to Transport for London on 0845 305 1234.

Graffiti on railway property that is not accessible without trespassing should be reported direct to Network Rail on 0845 711 4141.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

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Public Realm

London Borough of Waltham Forest Low Hall Argall Avenue 
E10 7AS