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Community Murals and Graffiti
The difference between community murals and graffiti is that murals are done with the permission of the property owner. If you wish to apply for a permit for an outdoor mural or art piece you may do so through the City of Charleston. Keep Charleston Beautiful is available to help with public mural projects. KCB is a strong supporter of community murals. Our murals can be seen at Mitchell Park and Mall Park downtown. 

Murals:
  • Prevent graffiti
  • Encourage local artists to create sanctioned public art     
  • Empower citizens to take an active role in their community   
  • Increase the public's access to art  
  • Beautify the community 
                                                           
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                                                                          Have an idea for a mural?
                                                      Contact KCB for help with planning and permitting!

Graffiti:

Graffiti is any unsanctioned material posted/painted on public or private property. Graffiti is vandalism, not art. SC law states that first offenders receive a fine up to $1,000.00 and/or jail time not less than 30 days and up to 90 days and restitution to the victim. A second conviction in ten years calls for a fine up to $2,500.00 and/or jail time up to 1 year. You can report graffiti by calling 958-1500.

Ways to prevent graffiti:

  • If you see vandals in action, call the non-emergency police at 577-7434 immediately.
  • If you know someone that does graffiti, encourage them not to do it to other people's property, including public property. Encourage them to file for permits so their art will not be removed.
  • Remove graffiti quickly and without drawing attention to it to discourage continued tagging.
  • Plant trees or other greenery near a graffiti-plagued wall.
  • Create a sanctioned mural in an area hit with graffiti
  • Install lightning near tagged areas.
Why graffiti hurts:
  • Graffiti lowers property values
  • Graffiti discourages shoppers
  • Graffiti scares away tourists
  • Graffiti costs a lot of money to remove
  • Graffiti causes damage to historic buildings and monuments
  • Graffiti lowers the morale of the community
  • Graffiti shows a lack of concern and encourages other crimes


Graffiti hurts everyone: homeowners, businesses, schools, and the community at large.