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.
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 undertaken||Total inspection fee||Refundable 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 $6,000||n/a||$1,500|
|One street tree on verge over a Helliwell - value of $6,000||n/a||$4,500|
|More than one street tree on the verge||n/a||To be advised|
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
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