Alley Access Change Program
My neighborhood has problems with our alley. What
can we do?
The City of Mesa offers residents a new alley closure program
called the Alley Access Change Program to gate alleys. Gating
your alley requires one or two neighbors to initiate and
complete the process with the Neighborhood Outreach Office.
Some residents wish to limit access to their alley with locked
gates to reduce crime, noise, littering, illegal dumping, and
loitering. The goal of gating alleys is to provide residents
with an alternative to maintaining a safer and better controlled
When a request is made by residents, the City of Mesa may
install gates on alleys for those that qualify, and as funding
allows. When gates are installed, locks will be provided with
each gate. Every homeowner along the alley will receive a key to
the gate and retain access to the alley. Trespassing can be
enforced on all gated alleyways on individuals that do not live
in homes along the alley.
Alleys remain city-owned public rights-of-way for utility
easements when gated. Homeowners are not allowed to move private
walls or fences into the alley area.
Alley maintenance will continue to be the responsibility of the
Mesa homeowner or occupant of the property that abuts the alley
per Mesa Code:
8-6-3(C) all persons owning or occupying land or places
of business within the City shall keep the public places
fronting or bordering their property free of garbage, junk,
obstructions and weeds or grass in excess of nine inches.
8-6-3(D) no owner or occupant of land shall allow or
permit trees, shrubs, or plant growth on that land to
impede, obstruct, or interfere with the passage of any
street, sidewalk, or alley within the City or the visibility
of any traffic control device or signal.
Alley Maintenance Responsibilities
Understanding Alley Access Change Brochure (En
The timeline for the entire alley access change process will be
determined by the number of requests received and available
funding. You may be placed on a waiting list once annual funds
are depleted. Please note, not all alleys a will qualify for
Please contact the Neighborhood Outreach Office to submit an
Alley Access Change request, or to obtain more information,
by Step Process to Gating Your Alley (En
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Mesa, AZ 85211
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