Start a Beautification Project in Your Community

The Department of Public Works, Office of Community Beautification provides support for individuals and groups developing beautification projects in their communities. See below for a list of some of the most requested projects and visit our OCB website for additional contact information.

Paint-Out Graffiti

The Office of Community Beautification (OCB) can provide support supplies to eliminate recurrent graffiti on private property to community members. Please note that our office generally carries 5-gallon containers of paint and in generic colors.

For additional information, contact your OCB liaison listed below:

Develop a "People Street"

Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets—into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city.

Visit the People St. website to find out how you can bring Plazas and Parklets to your community.

Plant a Tree

Trees provide shade, clean air, and natural beauty to a neighborhood. The city non-profit City plants offers free trees as well as instructions on care and maintenance so you can help with the development and growth of our urban forest.

Visit the City Plants website for information on how to start a tree planting project in your neighborhood.

Paint a Mural

Murals bring art into the public sphere as well as a sense of place and community. L.A.'s Department of Cultural Affairs oversees the process of selecting a site and installing a mural.

Visit the DCA website for detailed instructions on starting your mural project!

Repair Your Sidewalk

Sidewalks are an important component to making a neighborhood accessible and enjoyable to the public. In an effort to repair broken sidewalks, the City has established the sidewalk repair incentive program.

Visit our new Sidewalk repair website for more information on how to participate in the program or contact Mohammad A. Sharif at mohammad.sharif@lacity.org or 213-978-0233.

Host a Community Clean-Up Event

Community Clean Ups are one of the most popular community beautification projects around. The Office of Community Beautification (OCB) can help make your event a success by providing support with tools/supplies.

Just follow these steps:

1. Find the appropriate OCB contact based on Council District. Search council districts by address.


2. Provide contact with the following information

3. Recruit Volunteers (OCB may wish to promote your cleanup on their event calendar)

Adopt-a-Median

Community groups are encouraged to adopt the "public right-of-way" with the purpose of beautifying and maintaining public spaces. To participate in this program, please download, review, and fill out the application and maintenance agreement listed below. For additional information, contact Gerry Valido at gerry.valido@lacity.org or 213-978-0225.

Note, this process allows for projects to be completed with no fee permit. There is an average 30-day approval process for programs using standardized plans already vetted by Departments. If proposed plans are non-standard, approval can take approximately 2-3 months.

Informational documents:

Adopt-A-Median FAST TRACK:

Plant a Community Garden

Community Gardens are an excellent way to promote healthy habits by providing a source for fresh, locally grown produce. They also have the added benefit of providing educational opportunities for both young and old. Each Community Garden is different and may require specific steps to achieve. Please reach out to your Council Office to begin the process.

These resources can also provide helpful insights on how to begin a community garden: