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Graffiti and Unauthorised Posters and Flyers

The City of Adelaide is committed to maintaining a clean and attractive environment.

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Our policy is that all graffiti is removed as soon as possible once it has been brought to our attention. If the graffiti is racist or offensive, or it is on our property, which includes council buildings, street furniture, traffic signals, pavements etc. our aim is to have it removed as soon as possible within it being reported.

Other instances of graffiti are removed as soon as possible and where the graffiti is on private property, the cooperation of the building owner is required. Assistance may be given to remove instances of graffiti.

In most instances graffiti is recorded and photographed and kept for future reference.

Report Graffiti

For reporting graffiti within the City of Adelaide, North Adelaide and the Park Lands there is a 24 hour Graffiti Hot Line: 8203 7100 or you can report online here

Our Graffiti Management Officer can be contacted on 8203 7203 and is available to assist in giving advice on appropriate methods of prevention and removal.

The officer will also liaise with community and service groups, schools and businesses and advise on the cost of graffiti removal and the issues associated with instances of graffiti. 

Unauthorised Posters and Flyers (Bill Posting)

Otherwise known as ‘bill posting’, it’s the display or placement of advertising material on property (buildings, vehicles, street furniture, road-side and railway infrastructure) without the permission of the owner or occupier whether it be councils, corporations, companies, small businesses or individual persons. 

The Act describes a bill as including:

  • Flyers
  • Brochures
  • Posters containing promotional material
  • Anything else declared by regulation to be a bill

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Regulations 2016 prescribes a moveable sign as per  the Local Government Act 1999 (including an election sign) that is placed or maintained on a road in a manner authorised under Section 226 of Local Government Act 1999 is NOT a bill.

Report Unauthorised Bill Posting

To report illegal bill posting, please contact the City of Adelaide Customer Centre on 8203 7203 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with as much information as possible.

What are the Impacts of Bill Posting?

Bills frequently become litter or cause unsightly situations, with the cost of clean-up ultimately borne by the community.  The illegal posting of bills and other advertising can have a range of significant impacts such as

  • the potential to cause brochures, flyers or deteriorating posters to end up polluting streets and waterways through the stormwater system
  • it can cause property and other areas look uncared for and derelict – it also has the propensity to attract other litter and subsequent bill posting
  • it can cause unnecessary expense to councils related to the effort required in cleaning up and removing the postings

What is the law with regard to bill posting?

It is illegal to conduct any bill posting without the consent of the owner or occupier of the property where the bill is to be posted, whether it be councils, businesses, government or individual persons.

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