Graffiti is a form of vandalism and is illegal. Graffiti costs the community directly through clean up response and insurance premiums. It also leads to public perceptions of neglect, disorder and concerns about safety.
Council works with Queensland Corrective Services to remove or paint over instances of unwanted graffiti.
Graffiti on Council property
Council is responsible for removing graffiti from community assets and infrastructure owned and/or managed by Council. This can include roads, footpaths, street signs, litter bins, parks and gardens and buildings such as libraries and community halls.
Council has a prioritised rating for removal of graffiti. Obscene, offensive, racist or defamatory graffiti and vandalism on prominent sites or sites of significance is aimed for removal within 24 hours. Extensive tagging in highly visible areas has a target removal of 10 working days. In low profile or low visibility areas, Council will program removal over a longer period to prioritise resources toward removal of offensive material and high profile sites.
Graffiti on private property
Private property owners or occupiers are responsible for removing graffiti on their premises. Under the Queensland Government's Summary Offences (Graffiti Removal Powers) Act 2008, Council can remove publicly visible graffiti from private property where the graffiti can be removed without gaining entry to the property.
Council can also leave a graffiti removal notice for the owner/occupier or seek the owner/occupier's consent to access the property in order to remove the publicly-visible graffiti.
To report any graffiti issues
To report graffiti damage either call Queensland Police on (07) 4030 7000, call Council on 1300 69 22 47 or make an online customer request.