Community Murals and Graffiti

Murals vs. Graffiti - What's The Difference?

Murals are done with the permission of the property owner.  Graffiti is done without permission on public or private property, and is therefore illegal. South Carolina law states that first offenders receive a fine up to $1,000.00 and/or jail time between 30 and 90 days, and restitution to the victim. A second conviction within ten years results in a fine up to $2,500.00 and/or jail time up to 1 year. You can report graffiti in the City of Charleston by calling the Livability Department at 843-805-3226.

If you wish to apply for a permit for an outdoor mural, you can do so through the City of Charleston. KCB is a strong supporter of community murals. Our past mural projects can be seen at Mitchell Park and Mall Park downtown.

mural painting

Murals Help to

  • 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

How to Help Prevent Graffiti

  • If you see vandals in action, call the non-emergency police at 843-743-7200. 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 lighting near tagged areas.

Graffiti Negatives

  • 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, including homeowners, businesses, schools, and the community at large.