If you live in San Rafael, and wish to beautify or enhance your
neighborhood, this page describes the basic process to follow. Local
leaders have made a significant impact on the quality of life in their
neighborhoods by coordinating cleanup days, tree plantings, median
landscaping projects, park improvements, and the like.
Contact the Public Works Department to determine if your project
lies within the City right-of-way by calling 485-3375. Note that a
minimum of 4 weeks lead-time is necessary to coordinate new projects,
and often more. Start early with your planning and communication to
If so, fill out the following Project Planning Worksheet. Or print out a
worksheet, complete it and mail to Public Works Printable
The Volunteer Program & Public Works Departments will review the
project proposal with other departments necessary to determine if the
project can be accommodated.
Once a project is approved, one neighborhood representative will need
to commit to being the official liaison/point-person for the project.
The Volunteer Program will draft an agreement to be signed by this
liaison and Public Works representative.
Then we'll schedule the work together; identify resources, tools,
safety considerations, and anything else necessary to accomplish the
All volunteers will need to sign our Volunteer
before commencing with the project (youth
will need their parent's
Remember to have snacks and beverages available if the project is
longer than a few hours. In addition, assign someone to take photos -
sometimes the newspaper will print a short article, and occasionally
we'll feature it on our web site.
Please note that work done in medians and adjacent to streets or other
safety hazards requires extensive planning to comply with Cal-OSHA
safety requirements. Sometimes this means significant alterations to
the proposal, and sometimes it limits the scope of work we can
Questions? Feel free to call the Volunteer
Program at 485-3407.
Visit the City of San Rafael Neighborhood Directory