Green Benefit District Formation Process

The Green Benefit District formation process is broken into three phases, which includes Phase 1: District Feasibility, Outreach, and Planning , Phase 2: Legal Review and Legislative Process, and Phase 3: District Establishment.


Phase 1: District Feasibility, Outreach, and Planning

  1. Convene Meeting of interested property owners 

  2. Form Steering Committee representative of the neighborhood 

  3. Hold an initial Steering Committee meeting to set vision and elect leadership 

Urban Harvesting Program

Urban Harvesting Factsheet and Application

We are working with San Francisco residents and businesses to help collect and distribute food grown from trees and community gardens for distribution at shelters, food banks and other places of need. You can participate by registering your fruit trees and working with our Urban Harvesting Program.

Increase access to healthy and nutritious food in the community
The goal of this program is to:

Graffiti Watch

Join Graffiti Watch and get the supplies and training needed to help fight graffiti vandalism in your neighborhood. You can email us for more information!

Community Clean Team

Community Clean Team is San Francisco Public Works’ longest-running and largest volunteer program that keeps San Francisco beautiful through landscaping and gardening projects, graffiti removal and litter cleanup in our neighborhoods. Community Clean Team, in partnership with the Giant Sweep anti-litter campaign, needs your help to keep our city clean and green in 2017. Join us and volunteer!

2017 Community Clean Team Schedule:

Upcoming event: November 18 - District 9 at John O'Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St. (poster attached)

Adopt-A-Street Program


The Adopt-A-Street Program is a partnership between the City and its merchants and residents. Groups or individuals agree to adopt an area and take responsibility for keeping the street, sidewalk, and storm drain clean. In return, we provide free street cleaning supplies, and litter and compostable leaf bag pickup.

Street Parks Program

The Street Parks Program is a partnership involving Public Works, the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the residents of San Francisco, with the common goal of creating community-managed spaces on City-owned land.  The Street Parks program transforms Public Works-owned parcels into green open space, gardens, neighborhood gathering spaces and more.  Since the program’s inception in 2004, more than 100 Street Parks have been developed and more are in progress.

Green Benefit Districts

The Green Benefit District program seeks to improve the quality of the public realm – the City’s streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces – within residential and mixed-use neighborhoods. 

San Francisco’s first Green Benefit District, the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District was approved by 76% of property owners in July 2015. 


What is a Green Benefit District?


The Public Works’ grant program, in partnership with the Department of the Environment, is focused on making San Francisco a beautiful, livable, and sustainable city. Public Works enhances the quality of life in San Francisco as a responsible steward of the public’s physical assets by providing outstanding service in partnership with the community.

Apprenticeship Programs

San Francisco will invest nearly $9 billion in improving and maintaining the City’s infrastructure through the Ten-Year Capital Plan and create tens of thousands of jobs. Public Works is committed to helping San Franciscans attain the skills and experience they need to be part of this growing workforce.  In partnership with Human Services Agency, JOBSNOW and local unions, our apprenticeship programs provide training to hundreds of participants.