Blue Mountains City Council


Graffiti Management

Blue Mountains City Council is highly committed to the removal of graffiti across the Blue Mountains local government area.

Blue Mountains City Council, through its crime prevention committee, engages with community groups, public authorities, utility providers and the NSW Police to ensure a coordinated approach to the prevention and removal of graffiti.

Graffiti is a costly Crime
  • Graffiti is the illegal defacement of public and/or private property, with markings or graphics without the owner's consent.
  • Graffiti can take many forms including designs, words or images using paint, permanent markers, scratching or other materials such as stickers and bill posters.
  • In the 2011/12 financial year the cost of removing graffiti from Council property was $330,000. This cost to the Council and to rate-payers does not include the hidden costs of administration (registering work requests etc), hire of specialised equipment and replacement of unrepairable assets.

In NSW, graffiti is a crime (vandalism) and is punishable by fines, community service orders, clean-up orders, driver licence orders, or imprisonment. 

For graffiti on Council property, you can contact Council directly on:

  • (02) 4780 5000 (if you are calling from the Upper Mountains)
  • (02) 4723 5000 (if you are calling from the Lower Mountains)
  • Complete an online Customer Service Request
  • Email - Council

Examples of Council property include: 

  • Bus shelters
  • Signs, such as street signs, tourism signs etc.
  • Council buildings such as libraries, civic centres
  • Parks and playground equipment
  • Roads and footpaths

You can report any incidence of graffiti by contacting:

  • NSW Graffiti Hotline 1800 707 125

(This number is best for graffiti on railway property, phone boxes, electricity substations, highway infrastructure etc, however any incidence of graffiti can be reported on this number.)

Community Volunteers can also remove graffiti from private property. Graffiti on Commercial / Private Property

To report any crime (including graffiti) contact:

What BMCC is doing:
Graffiti Removal Statistics (currently being updated)

Prevention by Design Project