Gated Alley Program Pilot Expansion

​​​​​​​​​​​Alleys in Phoenix currently serve as access points for utility companies and solid waste services. Approximately 22 percent of Phoenix households, or about 80,000 residents, receiving City refuse collection have alley service. Recently, there is increased interest from neighborhoods for the City to gate alleys for safety and security reasons as well as illegal dumping concerns in some areas of the city.

On June 27, 2017, the City Council approved a one-year pilot program with the goal to help deter criminal activity and illegal dumping in residential neighborhoods.

The Gated Alley Program Pilot (GAPP) originally was only provided in two specific areas in Royal Palm and Sunnyslope, but recent demand has expanded the eligible areas to reach more neighborhoods. On February 5, 2020,  City Council approved to expand the pilot to include additional alley segments and approved $400,000 in Neighborhood Watch Grant Program funds to cover the costs. On July 1, 2020 city council approved providing an additional $98,100 in Block Watch Funds to fund the installation of 20 gates and secure 10 alleys around the Human Services campus. 

GAPP is an opportunity to install a gate at the end of each residential alley as a new approach to improve security, deter illegal dumping, decrease criminal activity, traffic, and other undesirable activities in your alley.

August 13, 2020 and August 19, 2020 Community Meeting: PRESENTATION (PDF)

For more History: 

For program overview and eligibility criteria: 

For frequently asked questions: 

​For questions regarding the Gated Alley Program Pilot  and to determine if your alley is eligible  please contact​

March 26, 2021 Council District 5 Gated Alley Celebration​

Mayor Kate Gallego and Councilwoman Betty Guardado held a community celebration at one of 16 new gated alleys. The program launched in 2017 and expanded over the past three years. City leaders and residents attended to show their support for the program and what it took to get to this point.​


​Watch the August 19, 2020 Community Meeting hosted by Planning and Development, Public Works and Neighborhood Services.

Check out the video below of the kickoff celebration of the Gated Alley Program Pilot in the Royal Palms Neighborhood.

Gated Alley Program Pilot in the NEWS!


ABC15 December 11, 2018

Phoenix neighborhood begins pilot program to close alleyways

KJZZ October 21, 2019

Phoenix Gated Alley Program

Arizona Republic: February 24, 2020

Phoenix could see more gated alleys to stop crime, illegal dumping in neighborhoods


Watch the below FOX 10 News segment with Planning and Development Director Alan Stephenson and Vice Mayor Betty Guardado talking about the expansion of the Gated Alley Program Pilot. (February 2020.)