Graffiti on private property

It is the responsibility of the property owner or occupier to remove graffiti on private property (residential, commercial, and industrial premises). If Brisbane City Council receives complaints about graffiti on private property, Council may request the property owner or occupier to remove it within an agreed timeframe.

Council has resolved to make the new Health, Safety and Amenity Local Law 2021 (the local law) on 30 November 2021. The local law commences on 1 February 2022. Check out the Register of Local Laws and Notices for further information.

Brisbane residents and businesses can visit Council or your local ward office to ask for a free graffiti removal kit. Please note graffiti kits are not currently available at the East and West Regional Business Centres.

The kit contains:

  • graffiti remover
  • safety glasses
  • gloves
  • instructions
  • safety information.

Removing graffiti

Rapid removal is the most effective way to prevent graffiti reappearing because it reduces the recognition that graffitists crave. It also shows that the affected area is being monitored and looked after.

Where graffiti is now identified on private property, Council will write to the occupier requesting that they remove the graffiti.

If it is required, a Council officer can meet the occupier of the property to discuss the removal of the graffiti. Techniques and methods on how to remove graffiti and potential long-term solutions will be discussed to help prevent re-occurrence of the graffiti. A free graffiti removal kit may also be offered to the occupier to help with the clean-up.

If the graffiti is not removed, Council may issue a graffiti removal notice. This notice is issued under the Health, Safety and Amenity Local Law 2009 and requires an owner or occupier of a property to remove graffiti. Potential consequences of failing to comply with this notice could include:

  • Council issuing an infringement with a monetary penalty equal to or greater than $609; and/or
  • Council removing the graffiti and invoicing the owner or occupier for all of the costs incurred in removing the graffiti.

Graffiti on private property next to a rail corridor

Where an occupier has independent access to graffiti marking their buildings or structures next to the railway corridor, they will be required by Council to remove the graffiti.

Council will remove graffiti at no cost in situations where graffiti clean-up can only be achieved by working inside the railway corridor.

Last updated: 1 December 2021