Requesting Removal of Graffiti

We aim to remove all racist, sexist and hate speech graffiti within 2 working days from council and domestic property.

Where this is not possible, it will be obscured. Other types of graffiti on council-owned structures will be removed or obstructed when operationally possible. Please note it is not always possible to remove graffiti from painted surfaces, and painting over it requires a paint match.

You can use our online forms to request the removal of this kind of graffiti or you can phone 0191 2787878 and ask for "Envirocall."

Standard graffiti on private buildings, property and homes is the responsibility of the owner to remove or obscure. This covers things like tags and images. Please note if you use the online forms incorrectly for this, the work will not be carried out.


Graffiti would be an offence under Section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971

It is a criminal offence to sell an aerosol paint container to anyone under the age of 16 years. Aerosol paint is often used in graffiti vandalism. By banning the spray paint to under 16 year olds it is hoped that the incidents of graffiti will be reduced.

The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (section 54) addresses spray paint graffiti, recognising that graffiti can contribute to the fear of crime. Research has shown that graffiti adds to the degradation of a neighbourhood, affecting people's sense of safety and security.


It is the duty of the City Council's Trading Standards service to enforce the age restriction applicable under the Act. Go to our webpage Spray paints

Without permission of the owner, graffiti is criminal damage. Criminal damage is a crime and should be reported as such; anyone caught committing damage could be arrested.

If you know or suspect anyone committing illegal graffiti you can report it by contacting Northumbria Police on 101 or on the Northumbria Police website.

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Page last updated: 
6 March 2019
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