The verge is the area of public land located between a street kerb line and the boundary of an adjoining property.

Verges play a significant role in our community by establishing an area for street trees, lawns and gardens which soften the landscape. Verges present an opportunity to establish Waterwise gardens and increase native flora across the City for local wildlife. They also accommodate overhead and underground utilities such as power, water, gas and communications infrastructure.

The City acknowledges the care that residents take in maintaining verges, which improves the overall appearance of the street and their properties. The City's street trees however must not be interfered with under any circumstances.

Verge permit

A verge permit is required for any building or demolition work on the adjacent property regardless of material being stored on the verge.

The permit enables the City to monitor the use of the verge, minimising the damage and disruption to the surrounding area.

Please note that as a result of the current COVID-19 situation the $200 verge inspection fee will be waived for a period of 6 months effective
17 April 2020. During this 6 month period the verge bond will be reduced to $500.

There is no change to the street tree bond.

Apply for a verge permit

Apply for a verge/street tree bond refund

There are no fees associated with a verge permit. However, there are costs associated with verge inspections before and after any works as well as the payment of a refundable bond. Please note, a street tree bond is also required where there is a street tree on a verge.

Work undertakenTotal inspection feeRefundable verge/tree bond
All demolition, building works, swimming pool installations, front fences, retaining walls$200$1,500
Minor works valued under $20,000$200$1,000
One street tree on verge up to a Helliwell - value of $6,000n/a$1,500
One street tree on verge over a Helliwell - value of $6,000n/a$4,500
More than one street tree on the vergen/aTo be advised

Did you know?

If you live within a heritage protection control area, a formal development approval is required for a verge treatment. Hardstand materials are strictly prohibited in these areas.

Verge modification

Verge modifications

Verge changes and modifications are referred to as verge treatments. The City allows residents to plant or install lawn, plants and/or organic mulch on the verge without prior approval.

Materials which require approval include paving, synthetic turf and in-situ concrete. A verge treatment application form must be submitted and approved before any work using these materials takes place.

All works must comply with the verge treatment policy, the City of Stirling Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law 2009 and the verge treatment guidelines and specifications.

Verge treatment application form

Grass to Natives rebate

Thinking of creating a native, Waterwise verge full of wildlife? Rebates up to $500 are available each year to help you achieve your goal.

What support is available?

  • $125 rebate and 20 Waterwise native verge plants for non-irrigated verges smaller than 80m2
  • $250 rebate and 20 Waterwise native verge plants for irrigated verges smaller than 80m2 
  • $250 rebate and 40 Waterwise native verge plants for non-irrigated verges of 80m2 or more
  • $500 rebate and 40 Waterwise native verge plants for irrigated verges of 80m2 or more

The program is fully subscribed for 2020. To be advised when registrations reopen for 2021 please subscribe to our Living Green eNewsletter 

Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Verge Treatment Policy182.0KB (PDF)
Verge Permit Application Form496.3KB (PDF)
Verge Treatment Application Form531.2KB (PDF)
Verge Treatment Guidelines4.9MB (PDF)