The borough of CÃ´te-des-Neigesâ€”Notre-Dame-de-GrÃ¢ce is relaxing the rules of a proposed graffiti bylaw. City councillor Susan Clarke announced on Sept. 23 that owners of small commercial and residential buildings who find their properties defaced by graffiti will not be billed the costs of removal. The initial plan stirred up controversy when it called for all owners in the borough to foot the bill for any graffiti on their property. Now, if you own a residential building with six or fewer dwellings, or a commercial/mixed purpose building smaller than 300 square metres that has been branded with graffiti that is less than five metres above the ground, you are spared the costs of removing it. The graffiti bylaw is slated for adoption later in 2011. Clarke was not available as of press time to comment on whether Concordia University’s Loyola campus would be impacted by this law. Photo by Navneet Pall.