Graffiti

Brisbane City Council defines graffiti as any drawing, painting, writing, symbol or mark applied to or marked on property by spraying, writing, drawing, marking, scratching, etching or otherwise applying paint or another marking substance that is done without the property owner’s permission. It does not include chalk drawings on footpaths.

Graffiti includes (but is not limited to):

  • scratchings
  • etchings
  • paintings
  • pen markings
  • tags
  • artwork
  • stickers
  • posters
  • fliers

There is a difference between graffiti and legal street/urban art (murals etc). Graffiti is undertaken without the permission of the property owner; therefore, it is vandalism and is unlawful. Legal street art, urban art and murals are applied with the permission of the property owner. At present there are no Council owned or endorsed legal graffiti walls in Brisbane.

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More information

If you require more advice, information or support, phone Council's Taskforce Against Graffiti on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated: 1 June 2022

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