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. They also accommodate overhead and underground utilities such as power, water and 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. Residents must not interfere with the City’s street trees under any circumstances.

Verge permit

A verge permit is required for any building or demolition work on the adjacent property.

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

Apply for a verge permit

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 undertakenInspection 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

Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Verge Treatment Application Form99.7KB (PDF)
Verge Permit Application Form99.7KB (PDF)
Verge Treatment Guidelines2.1MB (PDF)
Verge Treatment Policy1.6MB (PDF)