City Cracking Down on Graffiti
The City of Derby has decided that it's time to crack down on the graffiti that mars many facades throughout the city. At the Board of Aldermen's July meeting, the Aldermen adopted a new ordinance that calls for fines of up to $200 per day for ongoing violations. The ordinance also gives the Community Relations Committee the option to offer a reward not exceeding $100 to any person who gives information that leads to the citation of anyone who violates the ordinance.
While there is no reward for filling out this form, you can report graffiti by submitting the following form:
The full text of the new ordinance:
Be it ordained by the Board of Alderman of the City of Derby:
§140.3 GRAFFITI – PROHIBITIED
No person shall write, paint or place any paint, chalk or any other substance or substances or otherwise mark, scratch, place, carve or etch graffiti on the real or personal property of another, whether said real or personal property be publicly or privately owned, unless the owner of such property has specifically consented to the same, prior to the commission of such act or acts. The owner or occupant of such property, or both, shall not permit graffiti to remain on any residential, commercial or industrial property for a period of more than five (5) business days after notification by the Building Official, in accordance with the provisions of §60 of this Code of Ordinances as authorized by the Connecticut General Statutes pertaining to anti-blight.
§140.4 VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES
(A) Fine. In accordance with the provisions of the General Statutes41, any person violating any provision of §140.3 shall be fined not less than Fifty ($50.00) nor more than Two ($200.00) Dollars for each day that a violation continues.
(B) Issuance of Citations. Any police officer or other person authorized by the Mayor may issue a citation to any person who commits violation of §140.3.
(C) The City shall utilize its best efforts to require the offender to pay for the costs of the repair and removal of such graffiti.
The Office of the Mayor upon recommendation of the Community Relations Committee is authorized to offer and pay a reward, not exceeding One Hundred ($100) Dollars to any person who gives information that leads to the citation of anyone who violates §140.3.
The ordinance has been adopted on _____________, 2007, and shall be effective within fifteen days after publication.
Adopted by the
Board of Alderman
Approved by the Mayor