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Flyposting and graffiti - reporting and removal

Flyposting and graffiti are illegal, spoil both public and private property and can be very costly to remove.

Graffiti and flyposting are both criminal offences carrying large fines given out by a magistrate, or up to £80 fixed penalty notice issued by the local authority or police. If you see any one doing graffiti or flyposting, you should report it to us using the details below, or to the police.

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We cannot remove graffiti or flyposting from private households and other private property without the owner's permission. 

Flyposting is the unauthorised placing of advertising - usually posters or stickers.

Flyposters usually advertise or promote events and are placed without permission of the owner of the property and can take the form of stickers, signs or posters. Cornwall Council takes flyposting seriously - when you report flyposting, we will make enquiries into the source of the advertisements and take action if possible.

If you wish to report an incident of flyposting, please contact Environmental Management using the details on this page.

Graffiti are words or drawings, that are written, painted, sprayed or scratched on the surface of any property.

We are responsible for removing graffiti from public buildings, street furniture or monuments as well as removing flyposted material.

Other items such as telephone boxes, bus shelters and electricity boxes are the responsibility of the company that owns them. 

However, we have a power to issue a 'defacement removal notice' to the property owner, which requires them to remove the graffiti or flyposting within 28 days. If they fail to do so, we can do the work ourselves and recover the costs.

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