A verge is the area between the road and the boundary of a property. It provides a safe pedestrian space and vehicular access to properties. It also accommodates public service utilities such as street lighting, power, street trees and underground utilities like water, sewerage and phone cables.

Verge maintenance

The City is responsible for all street trees on verges. The maintenance of lawns and gardens on verges is the responsibility of the householder of the property adjacent to the verge. Residents are encouraged to look after their verges.

Verge policy and guidelines

Under the City’s Policy P210 Street Verges, you do not need permission for:

  • A natural lawn
  • Reticulation
  • Verges mulched with organic mulch
  • Low growing water-wise verge gardens.

Provided your verge garden meets the Street Verge Landscape Guidelines and will not interfere with vehicular and pedestrian sight lines and access.

You do need permission to install these treatments:

  • Paving or other hardstand (i.e. brick and concrete paving etc)
  • Synthetic or artificial turf.

A written Application for Verge Treatment Approval is required and approval must be granted by the City prior to installation. A fee is payable at the time of application as detailed on the form.

The following verge treatments are not permitted:

  • Inorganic mulches such as gravel, stone or crushed brick or rock
  • Particular items that protrude above the natural level of the verge.

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