Public Works Projects (known by players as both projects and PWPs) are a feature in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a continuation of the Town Decoration feature in Dōbutsu no Mori e+. They are one of the player's responsibilities as Mayor in their town, along with enacting Town Ordinances. These projects allow the Mayor to customize their Town by adding new buildings, upgrading existing buildings, or by placing landmarks and features in areas around the town proper or on Main Street. Several Public Works Projects initially appeared as Town Decorations in Dōbutsu no Mori e+.
Public Works Projects become available after the Mayor achieves 100% approval from the town's citizens. Public Works Projects are similar to Community Projects seen in Animal Forest and Dōbutsu no Mori e+, as well as Town Fund projects in Animal Crossing: City Folk which allowed the player to add new features such as the Windmill, Lighthouse, Water Fountain, and a new Bridge, but many more options are available in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Each town can feature 30 projects at maximum, and only one project can be under construction at any given time. Lloid is in charge of taking donations for projects, and will stay onsite of the project 24/7 until it is complete. Villagers in the town may donate small amounts each day, but the majority of the funding will have to come from a player or it will take a long time to complete. Once the project is funded, it will be fully constructed the next day at 6 AM. If the Mayor player chooses to participate, Isabelle will host a completion ceremony with villagers present to commemorate completed project.
Cancellation and Demolition
Projects can be canceled while under construction; discontinuing a project forfeits any donations put toward it up to that point. Upon the cancellation of a project, no further projects can be commissioned that same day.
Demolishing a finished project requires paying a fee of 10% of the project's original cost. Projects can be demolished on the same day another is being commissioned as long as the demolition is requested after the other project is commissioned. If the demolition is requested first, the construction of new projects will be unavailable for that day. Furthermore, projects under construction cannot be demolished if the commissioned project has met its donation goal on that day.
A trick can be used to instantly remove one (or several) of any removable projects, without paying the fee. This is done by creating a new player character, and building their house inside a project's no-build zone, or directly top of it. Demolishing the house afterwards will remove the project. This will, however, also remove any plants, patterns, flowers, and grass in that spot.
Projects cannot be requested on event days, but if an event coincides with a celebration for completing a project, the celebration will be held the next non-event day. Some events "end" after midnight; if the host of the event (Isabelle, Pavé, Zipper, etc.) are no longer in the plaza, Isabelle might be able to be accessed in the Town Hall.
Much like trees, town projects cannot be built next to water edges, cliff edges, rocks, and buildings. Each project is also surrounded by a 1-tile buffer zone that prevents them from being built too close to each other or other buildings. Projects with doors also have an additional row of buffer tiles to accommodate the entrance, with an extra tile beyond the door where patterns cannot be placed. This makes placement around projects such as the the police station tricky, as the building appears to have a 3-tile buffer stretching downwards.
Main Street, and permanent town projects are requested by special characters such as Isabelle and Blathers. Main Street projects do not have a model in the Public Works Projects list, instead appearing as a rotating question mark, and cannot be demolished once completed. Lloid will take donations from inside the Train Station rather than the location where the project would be built. The celebration will also take place in front of the Train Station, with the building's inhabitant as a guest.
While a few basic projects are available from the beginning, most must be requested by villagers from one's own town before they appear on Isabelle's list. Talking to villagers repeatedly will not trigger a public works request; rather, a villager must give off the "surprised" expression and approach the player in order to trigger the possibility of a request. As far as is known, public works requested in this way occur randomly, though anecdotal evidence suggests that requests come come in "spurts", i.e., it is possible for a player to receive few or no requests for several weeks and then receive requests on a daily basis without having made any major changes to the town.
Caution: Once these buildings are fully constructed, the location is permanent and cannot be demolished.
Size: 5x5 (including door)
The Café costs 298,000 Bells. It is requested as a project by Blathers one week after the Museum's second floor has been built if the player has donated at least 50 items to the Museum. After one week, Blathers can be seen thinking. Upon talking to him, Blathers will tell the player about the Café and it will be unlocked as a public work project.
The Campsite costs 59,800 Bells to build and is available from the beginning. It allows a non-resident villager to visit occasionally, and the player can interact with the visitor by playing mini-games. If the town has fewer than ten villagers, constructing it will reserve a spot for a convinced camper to move in. This project cannot be demolished, so choose its location carefully.
Club LOL is a Main Street upgrade and available in the Public Works Projects list only if the town's Mayor declined Dr. Shrunk's original offer to build a club in the town. Unlike other Public Works Projects, Club LOL does not require a specific amount of Bells be donated in order for construction to begin. Instead, the player is given a clipboard and asked to collect signatures from six villagers. Once the clipboard is returned, Club LOL will open on Main Street between the Dream Suite and Nook's Homes five days later.
The Dream Suite is a Main Street upgrade and costs 234,000 Bells. It is the originally boarded-up shop with stone columns located to the left of Club LOL and Nook's Homes. It is run by Luna, and is available one week after the first Project has been completed. The player must also have connected online at least once and has found Isabelle sleeping in the Town Hall. Upon talking to Isabelle, she will mention that a visitor has suggested building the Suite in Main Street. After this conversation, the player will find the Dream Suite project in the project list.
Fortune Teller Shop
The Fortune Teller Shop is a Main Street upgrade and costs 340,000 Bells. It is available once Katrina has given 20 fortunes from her tent at the Plaza. The completed shop occupies the building between the Dream Suite's site and Photo Booth.
|Fortune Teller Shop|
The Museum Renovation is a Main Street upgrade and costs 198,000 Bells. It is requested by Blathers once the player has spoken to him on 14 different days and donated at least 20 items, with at least one item in each of the four exhibit categories (fish, insects, fossils, and art).
The renovation opens up a second floor in the Museum that features a gift shop which sells several Silver Tools (if the player has donated enough items in the related category) and various museum related items, a locker not unlike the one found in the Train Station, and four 8 by 8 exhibit rooms run by Celeste which cost 10,000 Bells each to open. The player may use these rooms to display their own exhibits.
The Police Station costs 264,000 Bells and is requested by any villager type. There are two designs for the Police Station, but only one can be chosen for the town. It serves as a lost and found center, where the player can consult the officer inside for reports regarding current town visitors.
| Modern Police Station:|
| Classic Police Station:|
Reset Surveillance Center
The Reset Center costs 368,000 Bells and is available once the player has first quit the game without saving. Upon completion, it will appear as a manhole that will remain closed on most days, but allows the player to visit the Reset Surveillance Center, where Resetti and his brother Don can be found. It will also unlock Resetti's rants when the player loads the game after quitting without saving. Unlike other projects, the Reset Center does not hold a standardized project completion ceremony once it has been built and will not be counted as one of the 30 public work projects.
The player may choose to remodel existing buildings to change their exterior designs. All of these cost 498,000 Bells each.
Town Hall Remodel
- Town Hall (Default)
- Town Hall (Zen)
- Town Hall (Fairy-Tale)
- Town Hall (Modern)
Train Station Remodel
The Train Station can be remodeled into 3 other styles once the player has been visited at least 100 times. The visitors do not all have to be different people; in fact, this project can be unlocked by having the same person visit 100 times. After this, the player must talk to Porter.
- Train Station (Default)
- Train Station (Fairy-Tale)
- Train Station (Zen)
- Train Station (Modern)
These projects provide a variety of useful functions that encourage socializing, or further enhance the town. Projects with multiple designs cannot be remodeled; instead, they must be demolished and rebuilt in order to switch to another style.
There are three different types that can be built, and the player can rest on them.
|Camping Cot||Outdoor Chair||Hammock|
- Camping Cot (1x2) - 32,000 Bells - requested by Lazy villagers
- Outdoor Chair (1x2) - 23,400 Bells - requested by Normal villagers
- Hammock (2x1) - 32,000 Bells - requested by Lazy villagers
There are two kinds that cost 86,000 Bells each. The player can ring the bell by pressing A.
The bench allows villagers and players to sit down around the town. If a villager is sitting on a bench, the player can sit down next to them and have a conversation. However, if two villagers are occupying the bench, the player will not be able to join them, but can still have a conversation with them.
|Yellow Bench||Blue Bench||Wood Bench||Metal Bench||Fairy-Tale Bench|
|Zen Bench||Modern Bench|
There are 7 official bench designs, as well as a few community projects that can be sat on.
- Yellow Bench - 30,000 Bells - available from the beginning
- Blue Bench - 42,500 Bells - requested by Jock villagers
- Wood Bench - 42,500 Bells - requested by Uchi villagers
- Metal Bench - 42,500 Bells - requested by Peppy villagers
- Fairy-Tale Bench - 52,800 Bells - requested by Normal villagers
- Zen Bench - 52,800 Bells - requested by Cranky villagers
- Modern Bench - 52,800 Bells - requested by Snooty villagers
Other projects that can be constructed and allow the player to sit on them also include the following:
|Log Bench||Picnic Blanket||Tire Toy||Pile of Pipes||Chair Sculpture|
- Log Bench (2x1) - 38,000 Bells - requested by Uchi villagers
- Picnic Blanket (2x3) - 39,800 Bells - requested by Uchi villagers
- Tire Toy (2x1) - 49,800 Bells - requested by Lazy villagers
- Pile of Pipes (2x1) - 79,800 Bells - requested by Lazy villagers
- Chair Sculpture (2x2) - 265,000 Bells - requested by Smug villagers
Size: 2x4 / 4x2
There are 6 different bridge designs that can be placed in the player's town. There can only be 3 bridges present at any given time. When 3 bridges are present, villagers will not request new types. Bridges cannot be built over the pond or on the beach.
|Cobblestone Bridge||Wooden Suspension Bridge||Brick Bridge||Modern Bridge||Fairy-Tale Bridge||Wooden Bridge|
- Cobblestone Bridge - 128,000 Bells - available from the beginning
- Wooden Suspension Bridge - 128,000 Bells - available from the beginning
- Brick Bridge - 224,000 Bells - requested by any villager type
- Modern Bridge - 224,000 Bells - requested by any villager type
- Fairy-Tale Bridge - 298,000 Bells - requested by Peppy villagers
- Wooden Bridge - 298,000 Bells - requested by Cranky villagers
Costs 136,000 Bells and is requested by Uchi villagers. The light will occasionally attract moths.
Size: 1x1 or 3x3 depending on type
There are six different types of clocks that can be built.
|Park Clock||Zen Clock||Fairy-Tale Clock||Modern Clock||Flower Clock||Illuminated Clock|
- Park Clock - 42,000 Bells - available from the beginning
- Zen Clock - 78,000 Bells - requested by Cranky villagers
- Fairy-Tale Clock - 78,000 Bells - requested by Normal villagers
- Modern Clock - 78,000 Bells - requested by Snooty villagers
- Flower Clock - 87,000 Bells - must have Perfect Town rating
- Illuminated Clock - 146,000 Bells - requested by Peppy villagers
Costs 39,800 Bells and is requested by Normal villagers. Water will dispense if the player interacts with it.
Costs 49,800 Bells and is available from the beginning. The player can plant flowers in this area.
Costs 32,600 Bells and is available from the beginning.
Costs 42,000 Bells and is requested by Jock villagers. It can be checked to see what today's weather will be in the next hour.
Up to eight signs may be displayed at a time.
|Do-Not-Enter Sign||Caution Sign||Yield Sign|
- Do-Not-Enter Sign - 43,500 Bells - available from the beginning
- Caution Sign - 43,500 Bells - requested by any villager type
- Yield Sign - 43,500 Bells - requested by any villager type
Turns on at night and emits light, which attracts moths.
|Street Lamp||Round Streetlight||Streetlight||Fairy-Tale Streetlight||Modern Streetlight||Zen Streetlight|
- Street Lamp - 39,800 Bells - available from the beginning
- Round Streetlight - 39,800 Bells - requested by Peppy villagers
- Streetlight - 42,800 Bells - requested by Snooty villagers
- Fairy-Tale Streetlight - 64,000 Bells - requested by Normal villagers
- Modern Streetlight - 64,000 Bells - requested by Snooty villagers
- Zen Streetlight - 64,000 Bells - requested by Cranky villagers
Costs 82,000 Bells and is requested by Jock villagers.
Costs 148,000 Bells to build and is available from the beginning.
These buildings are decorative to further customize the player's town. They have no interactive elements.
There are three types that can be suggested by villagers.
|Balloon Arch||Flower Arch||Illuminated Arch|
- Balloon Arch - 86,000 Bells - requested by Lazy villagers
- Flower Arch - 87,000 Bells - requested by Normal villagers
- Illuminated Arch - 148,000 Bells - requested by Snooty villagers
Costs 265,000 Bells and is requested by Peppy villagers.
Costs 265,000 Bells and is requested by Smug villagers.
Costs 40,000 Bells and is available from the beginning; a maximum of 10 can be built.
Face Cut-Out Standee
Costs 50,000 Bells and is available from the beginning; a maximum of 8 can be built.
Costs 46,000 Bells and is requested by Jock villagers. The light from the fire attracts moths.
Costs 98,000 Bells and is requested by Snooty villagers.
Costs 136,000 Bells and is requested by Peppy villagers.
Costs 128,000 Bells and is requested by Peppy villagers.
Costs 69,800 Bells and is requested by Lazy villagers. It can be interacted to make it spin. In the UK, this project is known as the climbing frame.
Rack of Rice
Costs 17,400 Bells and is requested by Cranky villagers.
|Rack of Rice|
Costs 36,000 Bells and is requested by Lazy villagers.
Costs 22,400 Bells and is requested by Uchi villagers.
Costs 236,000 Bells and is requested by Jock villagers.
Costs 88,000 Bells and is requested by Snooty villagers.
|Circle Topiary||Square Topiary||Tulip Topiary|
There are three kinds that cost 93,000 Bells each. They are available to build if there are no weeds by 6 AM on Weeding Day.
- Circle Topiary (1x1)
- Square Topiary (1x1)
- Tulip Topiary (2x1)
Costs 29,800 Bells and is requested by Jock villagers.
Costs 248,000 Bells and is requested by Jock villagers.
Costs 42,000 Bells and is requested by Lazy villagers.
Costs 124,000 Bells and is requested by Uchi villagers.
Costs 148,000 Bells and is requested by Cranky villagers.
Same as Public Art, but more exotic and expensive.
Costs 98,000 Bells and is requested by Uchi villagers. Water will occasionally erupt from the site.
Costs 372,000 Bells and is requested by any villager type. It can only be placed on land, not on the beach, and only one can be present at any given time.
Costs 538,000 Bells and is requested by Smug villagers.
Costs 148,000 Bells and is requested by Smug villagers.
Costs 698,000 Bells and is requested by Smug villagers.
Costs 126,000 Bells and is requested by Jock villagers.
Costs 698,000 Bells and is requested by Smug villagers.
Costs 39,800 Bells and is requested by any villager type.
Costs 698,000 Bells and is requested by Smug villagers.
Costs 538,000 Bells and is requested by Smug villagers.
Costs 726,000 Bells and is requested by Snooty villagers.
Costs 372,000 Bells and is requested by Uchi villagers.
Costs 156,000 Bells and is requested by any villager type. Only one can be present at any given time.
- When listening in to a conversation between two Cranky villagers, one may remark that they had suggested a drive-in theater to Isabelle as a Public Works Project, but Isabelle rejected their idea as she did not understand what a drive-in theater was.
- An extra bridge, the Windmill, the Fountain and the Lighthouse were available in Animal Crossing: City Folk when the player contributed to the Town Fund.