Town of Chelmsford, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Chelmsford 10-24-1996 by Art. 26. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Graffiti is hereby determined to constitute a public nuisance and be injurious to neighborhood property and the public health, safety and welfare. It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership or corporation owning any premises to permit, allow to remain or fail to remove any unsightly condition commonly referred to as "graffiti."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any unauthorized defacing, marring or damaging by the spraying of paint or marking by paint, chalk, dye or similar substance on any building, motor vehicle, bridge, rock, culvert, pole, sign or playground which is in public view.
Whenever the Chelmsford Police Department becomes aware of graffiti on any structure or improvement within the town, it shall give notice to remove any such graffiti therefrom. Such notice shall be sent registered mail, return receipt requested, to the owner of record in the Assessor's office and have substantially the following form:
Notice to Remove Graffiti From Structure or Improvement To the Owner Hereinafter Described
Your attention is hereby directed to the provisions of Chapter 57 of the Code of the Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, on file in the office of the Town Clerk in the town offices.
Pursuant to the provisions of said chapter, you are hereby notified that graffiti exists on premises specifically described at _____________________________ which injures neighboring property and the public health, safety and welfare. You are therefore notified at once, and in any such event within 30 days from the date of this notice, to remove said unsightly conditions from the property and thereafter to keep said property free therefrom.