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 alley.
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:

  • Section 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.

  • Section 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 Español)
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 gating.
Please contact the Neighborhood Outreach Office to submit an Alley Access Change request, or to obtain more information, 480-644-5700.
Step by Step Process to Gating Your Alley  (En Español)


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