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.
Murals Help to
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 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.