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New graffiti laws

New graffiti laws

New graffiti laws under the Graffiti Control Amendment Act 2014 came into effect on the 14th May 2014. The new laws:

  • introduce a new offence of aggravated marking for graffiti that can’t be readily removed by wiping, water or detergent which carries a 12 month jail sentence and fine of $2,200,
  • clarify that courts can include a community clean up order as part of a graffiti offender’s sentence even if hasn’t been specifically sought by the prosecutor or offender, and
  • include an exemption to prevent a person from being prosecuted for chalking on a public pavement in NSW, technically an offence since at least 1988.