Graffiti Removal


Graffiti Removal

This page explains types of graffiti and the proper channels of reporting in order to have it removed.

The Council recognises that graffiti has a negative impact on the environment, is illegal and is the most common type of property vandalism contributing to people's fear of crime. Graffiti is typically broken down into two categories:

Non-Offensive Graffiti

Non-offensive graffiti can include drawings, scribbles, messages or 'tags' that are sprayed, written, painted or etched onto any surface.

Epping Forest District Council has a duty to remove non-offensive graffiti from its own property only, and we aim to do so within seven working days of any sighting or report.

Any non-offensive graffiti on privately owned buildings or street furniture is the responsibility of the property owner.

Offensive Graffiti

Offensive graffiti may contain some or all of the following elements:

  • Offensive language
  • Language of a political, racial, religiously insulting or inciting nature
  • A graphically explicit image
  • A statement of hate

The Council can remove offensive graffiti from all property regardless of ownership or responsibility, and we aim to do so within 3 working days.

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Please note that in most cases we cannot remove graffiti from non-council property such as post boxes, bus shelters, BT boxes, private houses/buildings etc. Please contact the following organisations directly:


All Epping Forest District Council property or offensive graffiti

Agency - EFDC Graffiti Hotline
Telephone 01992 564608 (Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm)

Private Property (Please note that there will be a charge for using this service)

Agency - Graffiti Hotline (Private graffiti removal contractors)
Telephone 0845 3303103

Energy Substations (usually large brick buildings)

Agency - EDF Energy (please note the sub station number - found on the door - before reporting)
Telephone 0845 120 1277 (24 hour service)

Buses that run from Epping to Waltham Cross, and also some Epping Schools

Agency - Regal Busways
Telephone - 01245 249 001

Arriva Buses

Agency - Arriva Buses
Telephone 01622 697 000

Cable Boxes

Agency - Virgin Media Cabinet Hotline
Telephone 0330 333 0444

Post Boxes

Agency - Royal Mail
Telephone 0845 774 0740

Tube Stations and Bridges

Agency - Transport For London (TfL)
Please contact the train station in question

Green Electrical Boxes (With BT symbol on floor panel next to box)

Agency - British Telecom (BT)
Telephone 0800 800 151(24 hour service)
Report via website

Telephone Boxes

Agency - British Telecom (BT)
Telephone 0800 661 610 (Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm)
Report via website

Road warning signs, Route signs (i.e. M11 or M25 etc), Traffic islands, bollards, Public Libraries, some road bridges

Agency - Essex County Council (Highways Department)
Telephone - 0845 743 0430

Phone Contact us....

Telephone: 01992 564608

Or write to us at: Safer Communities Team, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street,,  Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE - if your complaint relates to abandoned vehicles, rubbish, fly-tipping or other environmental issues please email To report defects in roads, pavements or lighting please contact Essex County Council Highways.

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