What is graffiti?Graffiti is defined as any informal or illegal marks, drawings or paintings that have been deliberately made by a person or persons on any physical element in the outdoor environment. Graffiti is illegal, anti-social, degrades the local environment and is costly to remove.
In April 2007, Camden council launched a free graffiti removal service.
We will remove graffiti if:
- the graffiti is accessible from the public highway at ground level
- the graffiti is visible from the public highway or public open spaces
- the property owner, leaseholder or authorised representative gives permission for removal
In agreeing to our terms and conditions residents and businesses accept the following:
- graffiti on brickwork or fencing will usually be removed using pressure washing
- any graffiti on a painted surface will be painted over - we will not re-paint the whole surface
- we will patch paint over graffiti using standard colours (black, white, magnolia or brick red) but cannot guarantee an exact colour match with original paintwork
- where non-standard colours are used property owners will need to provide the graffiti removal team with suitable paint of the correct colour
- wherever possible residents and businesses should remove minor graffiti and tagging from their own property Graffiti on privately owned street furniture
- BT phone boxes - www.bt.com
- graffiti on railway lines and bridges - www.networkrail.co.uk (08457 11 41 41)
- graffiti on canals and waterways - www.britishwaterways.co.uk
Graffiti and enforcementThose found writing graffiti in Camden can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or be prosecuted, and could face a fine of up to £5,000. We will work closely with our community to ensure that Camden is graffiti-free and work in partnership with those affected by graffiti vandalism to remove it.
We will use relevant powers to prosecute any person (which includes businesses) found to be responsible for fly posting or benefiting from unauthorised advertisements within Camden.
Clean streets in Camden
photos by danblahblahblah seen here giving Banksy's Maid a hand