Structural Repairs reveals graffiti incidents & removal costs across the UK.

Originally released: 06/10/2020 Updated: 26/10/2020

Report on Graffiti in the UK

6 figure sums were spent on graffiti removal by councils across the UK.

Between August-October 2020, Structural Repairs requested data from 379 councils in the UK. By using Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulation requests, the councils were asked to provide the number of graffiti incidents recorded, and the amount spent on graffiti removal, in 2019.


Top 10 Councils with the Highest Number of Graffiti Incidents:


Council # of Incidents
Hackney 29,236
Leicester 16,144
Camden 7,246
Bristol 6,322
Greenwich 5,774
Glasgow 5,642
Oxford 5,221
Islington 4,207
Enfield 2,915
Westminster 2,855

*Full results are available here


Top 10 Councils with the Highest Spend on Graffiti Removal:


Council Expenditure
Glasgow City £649,914
Hackney £300,000
Hounslow £204,700
Greenwich £188,749
Doncaster £167,130
Lewisham £165,497
Wandsworth £164,158
Leicester £160,321
Lambeth £150,000
Ealing £145,000

*Full results are available here


The Response from Councils:

Out of 379 councils that were surveyed for information 242 councils provided the number of graffiti incidents, 127 councils provided the amount spent on graffiti removal. 37 councils do not record the number of graffiti incidents and 46 councils do not record the cost to remove graffiti.

130 councils include graffiti as a part of their overall street cleaning service/contract and a result cannot extract either the graffiti incidents or costs, or both. At the time of publication 107 councils are yet to provide a response.

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About Structural Repairs:

We provide a full range of structural repairs and building renovation solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential customers. We have a range of solutions for all aspects of damp from rising damp to penetrating damp. Our larger works that we undertake include piling, waterside repairs, ground anchor systems, concrete levelling, and leak seal repairs.

We also provide graffiti removal service, please check out our brick & stone cleaning page.



Daniel Jones

Graffiti UK Report Infographic