Graffiti and fly-posting

The Council is committed to tackling graffiti so that the Royal Borough is an attractive place to live and work. We will remove some types of graffiti free of charge.

The Law

Graffiti is criminal damage under the Criminal Damage Act 1971. There are no legal sites for graffiti within the Royal Borough, and those caught in the act of graffiti or with intent to undertake graffiti within the borough will be prosecuted.

Graffiti and fly-posters attached to your property are criminal damage and should be reported to the police. Please contact your local station on 020 7376 1212 or visit one of the police stations listed below:

Notting Hill Police Station - 99-101 Ladbroke Road, W11

Chelsea Police Station - 2 Lucan Place, Chelsea, SW3

Kensington Police Station - 72-74 Earls Court Road, Kensington, W8

Graffiti removal

The best way of reducing graffiti and further acts of vandalism is by removing it as quickly as possible.  The Council offers a free graffiti removal service for council owned street furniture and some types of public property.

We employ a specialist graffiti and fly-poster removal contractor who uses a combination of methods to remove graffiti and fly-posters. All chemicals used are environmentally friendly and all paint is good quality polyurethane gloss, always chosen to match the existing paint colour as closely as possible.

Prevention

Those who write graffiti and erect illegal posters look for ideal sites to display their tags and posters. See our advice to find out what they are and how you can prevent graffiti and fly-posting on your property. The graffiti and fly-poster team also runs education initiatives to try to reduce the amount of grafitti in the borough.

Why tackling graffiti is important

The presence of graffiti and fly-posters often coincides with other problems like litter and abandoned cars, and is often the catalyst for a downward spiral of neglect in an area. 

Graffiti can create an impression that an area is poorly managed and unsafe for those who live there or visit.  Fly-posting can also encourage other more serious criminal activity or a perception that other more serious criminal activity might take place. The Graffiti and Fly-poster Initiative was set up in November 2000 as a result of residents concerns and a recognition that the number of graffiti and fly-posting instances were increasing.