New Graffiti Laws In New York City

Maybe Liverpool will follow suit. I hate the defacing of public buildings as much as anyone but there’s a few problems with these laws. Who decides whether its graffiti or art, the police? Under-21s not allowed to by ‘graffiti instruments’ i.e. paint! What if they’re art students? Why only under 21s, all the graffiti artists I know are over 21.

New Graffiti Law Orders Property Owners To Clean Up

NEW YORK — A new graffiti law in New York City orders commercial property owners and owners of apartment houses of six units or more to clean graffiti from their buildings or face fines.

The fines can be up to $300. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says property owners will not face any penalty if they inform the city through the 311 hotline of the graffiti on their property and sign a waiver allowing the city to clean it.

The law also says no one under the age of 21 can buy graffiti instruments such as spray paint, broad tip markers or etching acid.

Stores are also prohibited from selling graffiti instruments to people under the age of 21.

The law says anyone convicted of a graffiti-related crime will perform community service in a graffiti removal program as their punishment.