It is illegal to draw or paint graffiti on public or private property without permission. Those caught can be prosecuted and if found guilty can be fined up to £5,000.
We don’t remove graffiti from:
- bus shelters (contact Transport for London)
- telephone boxes (contact BT or call 0800 661610)
- railway bridges (contact Network Rail)
- electricity sub stations (contact UK Power Network)
We will remove graffiti if:
- it’s offensive; or
- it’s on property owned by the council
Graffiti on private property
Southwark Council offers a free graffiti removal service to private residents and businesses, for graffiti facing the highway and not situated higher than 2.5 metres from ground level on the building. There may be occasions when the only means of dealing with the graffiti is to paint over it, in such circumstances we will endeavour to match the paint colour as closely as possible but we cannot guarantee a complete match.
If you’d like us to remove graffiti from your property, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page. We can only remove graffiti from private property if it faces the public highway and we have written permission from the property owner.
Page last updated: 18 February 2019