Graffiti is an illegal or unauthorised defacing of a building or other structure by painting or marking it with words, pictures or symbols. "Tagging" is a popular form of graffiti whereby the perpetrator leaves a signature/autograph so that they become recognised and they repeat these tags around the area as a form of trademark. Graffiti is a criminal offence for which you could get a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.
Sedgemoor District Council are responsible for removing graffiti from its public buildings and land. If the graffiti is of an offensive or racist nature, the Council will remove it within 24 hours of being reported. Other non-offensive graffiti will be removed within 5 working days.
Where graffiti is reported on private property and structures we will encourage the owner to make arrangements to remove it and we can advise of contractors that specialise in this work. Alternatively, and only if staff resources permit at that particular time, the Council can offer to do the removal work on a rechargeable basis. However, in cases where the graffiti is offensive or racist, we will prioritise our resources to ensure its removal as soon as reasonably possible.
Other agencies who are responsible for removal of graffiti on their property