The ClickUp Hierarchy is at the heart of the platform.

It provides an organized way of breaking down your work into easily managed portions that your whole team can collaborate on. 

This article will go over the levels you'll find working in ClickUp.


Teams are the top level of our hierarchy, and represent everyone within an organization. Teams are also the hosts for Spaces. This structure allows a company to assign Spaces to certain members of the team and eliminate bulkiness within a specific Space.


These form the second level of our hierarchy, and are where you'll find our most interesting customizations. Each Space has its own settings, which admins can arrange as they see fit.

Organizing your Clients with Spaces

Spaces provide an excellent way to work with clients in ClickUp, since you can customize them to be public or private. With private Spaces, you never have to worry about your clients' data being accessible to uninvited users.

Separating Departments with Spaces

Many users also like to separate their company's departments into different Spaces. For example, you might have different Spaces for "Sales", "Client Success", and "Accounting". 

This solution is much simpler than creating different Teams for each department, because it allows you to get an overview of your entire workflow all in one place. Plus, you can always keep departments separated by implementing private Spaces!


Projects exist within your Spaces. They act as folders, which group and organize your Lists of within a Space.


Lists act as containers for your tasks and order them into folders, such as timeframes (sprints), locations (geographic), or really anything that helps you stay organized.


Tasks are at the bottom of the hierarchy, yet they are the most important part of ClickUp. Tasks inherit traits from Spaces, and are organized within a specific List. Tasks also can contain subtasks and assigned comments, and checklists.

For more information on the ClickUp Hierarchy, check out this doc.

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