Public works project

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A completion ceremony for the fountain public works project

A public works project is a structure in Animal Crossing: New Leaf that can be built in the player's town by the mayor. Projects include structures such as decorations, bridges, benches, signs, and buildings.

Public works projects are similar to objects in Doubutsu no Mori e+. In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, public works projects are replaced by the ability to place furniture items outside, and some of the projects from New Leaf are turned into furniture items.

Building a public works project[edit]

Lloid asking for donations for a public works project

Once the mayor receives the development permit, they can view a list of unlocked public works projects at the desk at town hall. Once a project is chosen, the player chooses a location in the town to build it, and a plot is set down containing Lloid, who accepts donations to build the project. The town's villagers donate small amounts each day. Once the donation goal has been met, the project will be built the next day and a completion ceremony can be held.

Only one public works project can be built at a time, and a maximum of 30 projects can be built. Exceptions to the 30-project limit include the café, police station, Reset Surveillance Center, any projects on Main Street, and any town hall or train station renovations.

Completion ceremony[edit]

Completion ceremony for stone bridge project

When a public works project is built, the next time the mayor sits at their desk at town hall, Isabelle asks them if they want to attend a completion ceremony. If they accept, the player, Isabelle, and a few villagers will attend the ceremony at the location of the project. Isabelle will congratulate those who donated to the project, and the mayor will be prompted to deliver of three responses: "We did it!", "Hooray for everyone!", or "On to the next project!". The attendees then pull out and use party poppers. After the ceremony, Isabelle returns to town hall while the villagers and player stay at the ceremony site.

For some major projects, special characters pertaining to them appear at the ceremony. For example, Celeste attends the ceremony for the museum renovation.

Demolition[edit]

Isabelle reacting to the player choosing to demolish a public works project

Once a project is built, it can be demolished for 10% of its build cost. The demolition takes one day, during which the mayor cannot initiate any more projects. Some projects, such as the café and the campsite, cannot be demolished.

Unlocking public works projects[edit]

There are 13 public works projects available by default; the rest must be unlocked. The most common unlock method is from villagers, who can go up to the player and suggest a project. Some projects can only be suggested by certain personality types, while some can be suggested by any villager. Other projects are unlocked after the player completes specific conditions.

List of public works projects[edit]

Major projects[edit]

The following projects cannot be demolished, and only one of each can be built.

Project Preview image Build price Size Unlock method Notes
campsite Campsite.png  59,800 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Available from the start. -
modern police station Mordern Police Station.png  264,000 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by any villager. -
classic police station Classic Police Station.png  264,000 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by any villager. -
café Cafe.png  298,000 Bells 5.0 x 4.0 Suggested by Blathers after 50 items have been donated to the museum and the museum renovation has been open for at least seven days. -
Reset Center Reset Center.png  368,000 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Unlocked after turning off the game without saving. No completion ceremony is held.
town-hall renovation Town Hall Renovation.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after a perfect town status is achieved. Default town hall style; not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in town hall.
town-hall renovation Zen Town Hall Renovation.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after a perfect town status is achieved. Not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in town hall.
town-hall renovation Fairy-tale Town Hall Renovation.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after a perfect town status is achieved. Not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in town hall.
town-hall renovation Modern Town Hall Renovation.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after a perfect town status is achieved. Not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in town hall.
station reconstruction Station Reconstruction.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after having players visit the town 100 times. Default train station style; not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in the train station.
station reconstruction Zen Station Reconstruction.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after having players visit the town 100 times. Not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in the train station.
station reconstruction Fairy-tale Station Reconstruction.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after having players visit the town 100 times. Not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in the train station.
station reconstruction Modern Station Reconstruction.png  498,000 Bells - Unlocked after having players visit the town 100 times. Not available if it is the current style. Lloid appears in the train station.
Fortune-Teller's Shop PWP Unknown.png  340,000 Bells - Unlocked after receiving 20 fortunes from Katrina. Lloid appears in the train station.
Dream Suite PWP Unknown.png  234,000 Bells - Isabelle will be asleep at her desk after the player has been in town for one week and has built at least one public works project. Speaking to her unlocks the project. Lloid appears in the train station.
museum renovation PWP Unknown.png  198,000 Bells - Suggested by Blathers after 20 items, with at least one in each category, have been donated to the museum. Lloid appears in the train station.
Club LOL PWP Unknown.png - - Suggested by Dr. Shrunk after Timmy and Tommy's store has upgraded to T&T Mart. Only appears in the public works projects list if the player declines Shrunk's initial request. Requires six villager signatures instead of Bells, and it is built five days after all the signatures are obtained.

Standard projects[edit]

Project Preview image Build price Demolition price Size Unlock method Notes
cobblestone bridge Cobblestone Bridge.png  128,000 Bells  12,800 Bells 2.0 x 4.0

4.0 x 2.0

Available from the start. -
suspension bridge Suspension Bridge.png  128,000 Bells  12,800 Bells 2.0 x 4.0

4.0 x 2.0

Available from the start. -
brick bridge Brick Bridge.png  224,000 Bells  22,400 Bells 2.0 x 4.0

4.0 x 2.0

Suggested by any villager. -
modern bridge Modern Bridge.png  224,000 Bells  22,400 Bells 2.0 x 4.0

4.0 x 2.0

Suggested by any villager. -
wooden bridge Wooden Bridge.png  298,000 Bells  29,800 Bells 2.0 x 4.0

4.0 x 2.0

Suggested by cranky villagers. -
fairy-tale bridge Fairy-tale Bridge.png  298,000 Bells  29,800 Bells 2.0 x 4.0

4.0 x 2.0

Suggested by peppy villagers. -
yellow bench Yellow Bench.png  30,000 Bells  3,000 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Available from the start. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
blue bench Blue Bench.png  42,500 Bells  4,250 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by jock villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
wood bench Wood Bench.png  42,500 Bells  4,250 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
metal bench Metal Bench.png  42,500 Bells  4,250 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
log bench Log Bench.png  38,000 Bells  3,800 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
modern bench Modern Bench.png  52,800 Bells  5,280 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
fairy-tale bench Fairy-tale Bench.png  52,800 Bells  5,280 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by normal villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
zen bench Zen Bench.png  52,800 Bells  5,280 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by cranky villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
flower bed Flower Bed.png  26,400 Bells  2,640 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by normal villagers. Flowers can be planted on it.
drinking fountain Drinking Fountain.png  39,800 Bells  3,980 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by normal villagers. Can be interacted with to dispense water.
instrument shelter Instrument Shelter.png  42,000 Bells  4,200 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by jock villagers. Can be interacted with to show what the weather will be the next hour.
sandbox Sandbox.png  36,000 Bells  3,600 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. Flowers can be planted on it.
garbage can Garbage Can.png  53,000 Bells  5,300 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by normal villagers. Can be interacted with to dispose of items.
pile of pipes Pile of Pipes.png  79,800 Bells  7,980 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
water well Water Well.png  148,000 Bells  14,800 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Available from the start. -
fountain Fountain.png  99,800 Bells  9,980 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Available from the start. -
tire toy Tire Toy.png  49,800 Bells  4,980 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
jungle gym Jungle Gym.png  69,800 Bells  6,980 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. Can be interacted with to make in spin.
park clock Park Clock.png  29,800 Bells  2,980 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Available from the start.
modern clock Modern Clock.png  78,000 Bells  7,800 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. Lights up in rainbow colors on the hour.
fairy-tale clock Fairy-tale Clock.png  78,000 Bells  7,800 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by normal villagers. A soldier appears on the hour.
zen clock Zen Clock.png  78,000 Bells  7,800 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by cranky villagers. A figure appears on the hour.
street lamp Street Lamp.png  39,800 Bells  3,980 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Available from the start. Lights up at night.
round streetlight Round Streetlight.png  39,800 Bells  3,980 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by peppy villagers. Lights up at night.
streetlight Streetlight.png  42,800 Bells  4,280 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. Lights up at night.
modern streetlight Modern Streetlight.png  64,000 Bells  6,400 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. Lights up at night.
fairy-tale streetlight Fairy-tale Streetlight.png  64,000 Bells  6,400 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by normal villagers. Lights up at night.
zen streetlight Zen Streetlight.png  64,000 Bells  6,400 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by cranky villagers. Lights up at night.
balloon arch Balloon Arch.png  86,000 Bells  8,600 Bells 3.0 x 1.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. -
flower arch Flower Arch.png  87,000 Bells  8,700 Bells 3.0 x 1.0 Suggested by normal villagers. -
picnic blanket Picnic Blanket.png  39,800 Bells  3,980 Bells 2.0 x 3.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
hammock Hammock PWP.png  32,000 Bells  3,200 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. Can be lied down on by the player
fire pit Fire Pit.png  46,000 Bells  4,600 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by jock villagers. A fire pit also appears in the campground in the Welcome amiibo update.
camping cot Camping Cot.png  32,000 Bells  3,200 Bells 1.0 x 2.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. Can be lied down on by the player.
outdoor chair Outdoor Chair.png  23,400 Bells  2,340 Bells 1.0 x 2.0 Suggested by normal villagers. Can be lied down on by the player.
torch Torch.png  29,800 Bells  2,980 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by jock villagers. -
zen garden Zen Garden.png  148,000 Bells  14,800 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by cranky villagers. -
hot spring Hot Spring.png  98,000 Bells  9,800 Bells 3.0 x 2.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. -
geyser Geyser.png  98,000 Bells  9,800 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. Occasionally erupts with water.
statue fountain Statue Fountain.png  88,000 Bells  8,800 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. -
stone tablet Stone Tablet.png  39,800 Bells  3,980 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by any villager. -
water pump Water Pump.png  42,000 Bells  4,200 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by lazy villagers. Can be interacted with to dispense water. A water pump also appears in the campground in the Welcome amiibo update.
wisteria trellis Wisteria Trellis.png  124,000 Bells  12,400 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. -
bell Bell.png  86,000 Bells  8,600 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by peppy villagers. Can be interacted with to make it ring.
zen bell Zen Bell.png  86,000 Bells  8,600 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by cranky villagers. Can be interacted with to make it ring.
scarecrow Scarecrow.png  22,400 Bells  2,240 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. -
rack of rice Rack of Rice.png  17,400 Bells  1,740 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by cranky villagers. -
fence Fence.png  49,800 Bells  4,980 Bells 5.0 x 4.0 Available from the start. -
bus stop Bus Stop PWP.png  136,000 Bells  13,600 Bells 4.0 x 2.0 Suggested by big sister villagers. Lights up at night
fire hydrant Fire Hydrant.png  32,600 Bells  3,260 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Available from the start. -
traffic signal Traffic Signal.png  82,000 Bells  8,200 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by jock villagers. -
custom-design sign Custom-design Sign.png  40,000 Bells  4,000 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Available from the start. A design can be placed on it.
face-cutout standee Face-cutout Standee.png  50,000 Bells  5,000 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Available from the start. A pro design can be placed on it. Only eight can be constructed at a time.
caution sign Caution Sign.png  43,500 Bells  4,350 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by any villager. -
do-not-enter sign Do-not-enter Sign.png  43,500 Bells  4,350 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Available from the start. -
yield sign Yield Sign.png  43,500 Bells  4,350 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by any villager. -
cube sculpture Cube Sculpture.png  265,000 Bells  26,500 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by smug villagers. Rotates clockwise.
archway sculpture Archway Structure.png  265,000 Bells  26,500 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by peppy villagers. -
chair sculpture Chair Sculpture.png  265,000 Bells  26,500 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by smug villagers. Can be sat on by the player and villagers.
illuminated heart Illuminated Heart.png  136,000 Bells  13,600 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by peppy villagers. Lights up at night.
illuminated arch Illuminated Arch.png  148,000 Bells  14,800 Bells 3.0 x 1.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. Lights up at night.
illuminated clock Illuminated Clock.png  146,000 Bells  14,600 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by peppy villagers. Lights up at night.
illuminated tree Illuminated Tree.png  128,000 Bells  12,800 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by peppy villagers. Lights up at night.
stadium light Stadium Light.png  236,000 Bells  23,600 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by jock villagers. -
video screen Video Screen.png  248,000 Bells  24,800 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Suggested by jock villagers. Cycles between three static images.
drilling rig Drilling Rig.png  298,000 Bells  29,800 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by cranky villagers.
parabolic antenna Parabolic Antenna.png  148,000 Bells  14,800 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by smug villagers. -
solar panel Solar Panel.png  126,000 Bells  12,600 Bells 3.0 x 2.0 Suggested by jock villagers. -
wind turbine Wind Turbine.png  156,000 Bells  15,600 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by any villager. -
windmill Windmill.png  372,000 Bells  37,200 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by big sister villagers.
lighthouse Lighthouse.png  372,000 Bells  37,200 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by any villager. Only one can be constructed at a time.
tower Tower.png  726,000 Bells  72,600 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by snooty villagers. -
Stonehenge Stonehenge.png  698,000 Bells  69,800 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by smug villagers. -
totem pole Totem Pole.png  538,000 Bells  53,800 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Suggested by smug villagers. -
moai statue Moai Statue.png  538,000 Bells  53,800 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Suggested by smug villagers. -
pyramid Pyramid.png  698,000 Bells  69,800 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Suggested by smug villagers. -
sphinx Sphinx.png  698,000 Bells  69,800 Bells 3.0 x 2.0 Suggested by smug villagers. -
round topiary Round Topiary.png  93,000 Bells  9,300 Bells 2.0 x 2.0 Unlocked by Leif on Weeding Day if there are no weeds in the player's town. -
square topiary Square Topiary.png  93,000 Bells  9,300 Bells 1.0 x 1.0 Unlocked by Leif on Weeding Day if there are no weeds in the player's town. -
tulip topiary Tulip Topiary.png  93,000 Bells  9,300 Bells 2.0 x 1.0 Unlocked by Leif on Weeding Day if there are no weeds in the player's town. -
flower clock Flower Clock.png  87,000 Bells  8,700 Bells 3.0 x 3.0 Unlocked after perfect town status is achieved. -

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • If the player listens in on a conversation between two cranky villagers, one may claim to have made a public works project suggestion to Isabelle for a drive-in theater. According to the villager, it did not pass because Isabelle did not understand what a "drive-in" was.
  • The ceremonies that trigger when completing projects such as the school in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer resemble public works project completion ceremonies.

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