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.

Host a Graffiti Paint-Out Event

One way to help beautify a community is by eliminating unsightly blight such as graffiti. The Office of Community Beautification (OCB) can provide support such as tools and supplies to make your event a success.

Just follow these steps:

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

2. Provide the following information to the OCB contact

3. Recruit volunteers (OCB may offer to promote your paint-out on the OCB event calendar)

4. Report back to you OCB coordinator about your experience such as number of volunteers and community reception

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.

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 equipment and pick-up.

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)

4. Make sure you've communicated a specific pick-up time and location for collected trash at the end of your cleanup with OCB coordinator.

5. Report back to your coordinator on your experience with feedback such as total number of bags collected, number of volunteers, etc.

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.

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.

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: