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.

As part of the City's response to the current COVID-19 situation the verge bond was reduced to $500, this will be increasing 01 August 2021. Please see Fee table below for additional information as there are also changes to the street tree bond (effective immediately).

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.

Work undertakenTotal inspection feeRefundable bond
All demolition, building works, swimming pool installations, front fences, retaining walls, no street tree$200$1,000
All demolition, building works, swimming pool installations, front fences, retaining walls and largest street tree* with a diameter breast height 100mm or less$200$2,000
All demolition, building works, swimming pool installations, front fences, retaining walls and largest street tree* with a diameter breast height 101mm or larger. $200$4,000

* Please note if there are multiple street trees the bond amount will be based on the largest tree, no extra cost for additional trees.

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?

$500 rebate and 40 Waterwise native verge plants for irrigated grass verges or hardstand verges 80m2 or above

$250 rebate and 20 Waterwise native verge plants for:

  • irrigated grass verges smaller than 80m2
  • irrigated grass area on private property less than 20m2 
  • non-irrigated verges 80m2 and above
  • hardstand verges less than 80m2

$125 rebate and 20 Waterwise native verge plants for non-irrigated verges smaller than 80m2


Eligible participants include City of Stirling residents who:

  • have not participated and claimed the rebate previously
  • are either landowners or tenants with approval from their property manager
  • live in all property types, including strata properties

Applications are now closed for this year's program as all places have been taken. Applications for next year's program will open in November 2021 - subscribe to the City's Living Green eNewsletter to keep updated.

Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Verge Permit Application Form159.5KB (PDF)
Verge Treatment Policy182.0KB (PDF)
Verge Treatment Application Form531.2KB (PDF)
Verge Treatment Guidelines4.9MB (PDF)