Graffiti on Historic Buildings

This publication provides guidance to building owners, conservation professionals, local authorities and estate managers responsible for dealing with graffiti on historic buildings and sites.

It describes the types of graffiti and historic materials affected, the legal context for reporting and prosecuting graffiti crime, general advice on removing graffiti, best technical practice expected of specialist graffiti-removal contractors, and prevention measures.

It also addresses wider cultural developments, notably the increased public recognition and acceptance of ‘street art’, and the consequent need to define the boundaries between street art and unwanted graffiti.

About Historic England

Historic England are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. They champion historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions about this document.

To find out more, visit www.historicengland.org.uk


About Green Heritage Site Accreditation

Green Heritage Site Accreditation is awarded to green spaces that are managed to Green Flag Award standards and also actively understand, identify, manage and promote the elements of their heritage that make that site unique. A Green Heritage Site must also hold the Green Flag Award (although it is possible to apply for both even in the first year).

Please contact the Green Flag Award team here if you are interested in applying: www.greenflagaward.org/contacts/