Local Regulations and Licences

Graffiti and tagging

Let’s keep our city looking lovely. If you’ve spotted some tagging, let us know as we may be able to remove it for you or give you a discounted paint voucher.

We believe graffiti has a significant impact on how the city is perceived by its residents and visitors, and take a reactive approach to removing graffiti from public and private property. If you have tagging or graffiti on your property, we can help you remove it, or remove it for you under certain circumstances.

We remove all graffiti from Council-owned property. Where there is tagging on private property, the most appropriate way to manage this is by talking with the property owners.

Criteria for removing graffiti

We can remove graffiti or tagging if it’s on exterior walls or fences of residential properties fronting arterial roads: Main Street, Pioneer Highway, Rangitikei Line and Fitzherbert Avenue. We will also remove graffiti from any property in the CBD and suburban shopping centres. We contact property owners for approval before removing any graffiti.

If a tag doesn’t meet Council criteria the owner will receive a 50% discount voucher to buy paint from Dulux Trade Centre in Main Street. To qualify for this discount, you need ensure your complaint has been lodged with Council.

How to report tagging

We need everyone’s help to maintain a clean and friendly looking Palmerston North. If you have tagging on your own property, see it on someone else's property or on public property, call us on 06 356 8199.