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Decision details

Graffiti Removal Policy

Decision Maker: Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Purpose of Report: A recent Council Decision to increase funding to tackle graffiti has been approved to focus on private land. Therefore a review of the strategy needs to be undertaken. This strategy will
•Determine how we will work with external partners to prevent incidents of graffiti
•Outline how graffiti will be removed from Public Land and in what circumstances it will be removed from Private Land
•Define how quickly graffiti will be removed
•Set out who is responsible for removing graffiti from Public, Private and Statutory Undertaker property.

The Executive Member will be asked to approve the strategy.


Decision due date for Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change changed from 07/10/2019 to 11/11/2019.  Reason: Further work is needed on this report before it can be presented to the Executive Member for a decision.




(i)           That the Graffiti Policy be approved, and the set of parameters and expectations for the team to operate within, be agreed.


(ii)         That the use of a consent form for signing by property owners for graffiti removal from private property be noted. Without written consent from the property owner, City Of York Council would not remove graffiti from private property (except where, in exceptional circumstances, the Council may have chosen to serve a notice on the owner requiring removal of offensive graffiti using statutory powers and the owner had not complied with such a notice). 


(iii)        That the proposed charging structure, which will be built into the fees and charges for consideration in budget setting, be noted.


Reason: To give effect to the Council decision to fund graffiti removal from private property. 

Report author: Bill Manby

Publication date: 12/11/2019

Date of decision: 11/11/2019

Decided at meeting: 11/11/2019 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change

Effective from: 14/11/2019

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