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

We aim to remove all offensive, racist and sexist graffiti within 2 working days. 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.

Contact the City Council on 0191 2787878. 

If you live in a council-owned home please contact your Neighbourhood Housing Office who will arrange for this work to be carried out.

Graffiti on private buildings is the responsibility of the owner to remove or obscure.

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.

Go to Top

Enforcement

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.

Page last updated: 
7 December 2017
Was this page useful?