Graffiti on public land

Graffiti is a criminal offence punishable with possible imprisonment and fines that reflect the real cost of the damage caused and can run into thousands of pounds. In the event of prosecution, serial ‘taggers’ can be fined a sum that takes into account  all incidences for which they are proven responsible, not just the offence for which they were initially apprehended.

We have a specialist reactive team that has been trained to remove graffiti or fly posting quickly and efficiently from your neighbourhood. We have the most up-to-date equipment and materials to remove graffiti effectively and with minimum impact on the environment.

The council’s area-based street cleansing teams are also equipped with environmentally friendly graffiti wipes to deal with small-scale graffiti they find while carrying out their routine work. Graffiti wipes are also used by the council’s Neighbourhood Wardens to deal with easily removable graffiti they come across during their patrols. These can be issued on request to individuals and groups within the local community keen to keep their neighbourhood clean.

The council aims to deal with racist, obscene or ‘hate crime’ graffiti within one working day of report. Other types of graffiti will be removed within two weeks.

Report graffiti on land, buildings or structures owned or managed by the council

Please note: At a few appropriate locations, the city council has permitted local artists and young people to produce attractive murals or ‘street art’ in areas or on buildings that have previously acted as ‘graffiti magnets’. This approach has been demonstrated to minimise subsequent damage, and enhance perceptions of public safety.


Graffiti on private land

The council does not have the funding or resources to deal with reports of graffiti on private or commercial property as part of the core service. We can however advise affected owners or businesses on the measures they need to take to quickly resolve the problem.

If your own property has been targeted by graffiti vandals, we recommend that you report this to the police as an incidence of criminal damage. Make sure you obtain a crime reference number and check with your Insurer to see if criminal damage is covered under the terms of your buildings insurance policy.

Private property owners or businesses can request assistance from the city council’s specialist graffiti removal team by contacting us.
Email: parksandstreetcleansing.services@southampton.gov.uk

Please note: Graffiti on utility company property such as BT or Virgin Media boxes or on structures such as bus shelters or railway bridges should be reported directly to the company responsible for the asset rather than the council.