The City of Williams Lake plans to begin issuing notifications next week to residents and business owners who have graffiti on their properties, reminding them of the provisions of the new City graffiti bylaw.
The notices inform property owners that they have 14 days to remove graffiti from their properties. If the property owner fails to remove it, the City will enter onto the property and remove it, without cost to the owner.
However, the City will not colour-match paint when covering over graffiti on property.
The City says that when communities take an immediate and consistent approach to address graffiti, the incidents of graffiti decline significantly.
‘We have seen an increase in graffiti in recent months, and this is a significant and growing problem,” says Mayor Kerry Cook. “We are issuing these notices to remind property owners that we all must take responsibility for fighting graffiti. We cannot ignore the disrespect that graffiti represents, and that is why we are taking swift action to address it.”