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Neighborhood Enhancement Team

Building Neighborhoods from the Inside Out

Community Based Services (CBS) works to facilitate safe, clean and attractive neighborhoods through sustainable and co-produced partnerships with citizens and neighborhood groups. City services are aligned with community priorities and citizens are actively engaged in the maintenance, enjoyment and improvement of their neighborhoods.

The Community Based Services program offers the following services to help improve your neighborhood:

  • Support to community groups
  • Crime prevention through environmental design
  • Adopt-a-Spot
  • Community cleanups
  • Landlord-tenant issues and inspections
  • Crime-free housing training

Support to Community Groups

The City's Community Based Services team is available to help you resolve issues in your neighborhood from installing speed humps to eliminating a derelict house.

Our staff is also available to attend your community meetings or assist with arranging presentations by City staff on a range of topics.  To request attendance or have staff assist you with a community project please call (253) 591-5000.

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

If you need help making your property or neighborhood safer, CBS is available to evaluate properties for ways you can reduce potential crimes through a program called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.

If you would like a CPTED survey of your property or a presentation to your group, please contact us by phone at (253) 591-5119 or send us an email.


Adopt-a-Spot Program

Adopt A Sign LogoThis litter reduction program gives citizens the opportunity to lend a hand to help keep our public spaces clean. Our CBS team provides adopters supplies to help with your efforts. Your civic stewardship will be recognized with an attractive sign bearing the Adopt-a-Spot logo and the name of the sponsoring group or organization.  

The City of Tacoma appreciates the efforts of the community to keep spaces clean in the interest of public health and wellness. For more information on the Adopt-a-Spot program, call 311 or submit a request here to let us know you want to adopt.

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Community Cleanup Program

As cities grow, neighborhoods require concentrated revitalization efforts in order to maintain a viable Tacoma.

Through the City's free Community Cleanup Program, we provide the tools you need to help maintain the beauty of your neighborhood. To find out more about the community cleanup program or to apply for a clean-up for your neighborhood, please call us at (253) 591-5000.

Neighborhood Clean-up Resources

Community groups and individuals can receive help to clean-up debris and garbage from their neighborhood rights-of-way through the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.  Residents can request bags and gloves for this use.  Residents can also request a pass to take the bags to the Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center, 3510 South Mullen Street for free.  Please contact Neighborhood & Community Services at (253) 591-5026 to request bags, gloves and the pass.


Contact Us
Call 311
(within Tacoma)


(253) 591-5000
(outside Tacoma)

Neighborhood Resources (Brochures)

What is Your House Telling You?

Fight Crime at Home

Burglary Prevention


Twelve Ways to Improve Your Neighborhood

Park Legally and Safely