Street tree planting FAQs

The City of Stirling is committed to increasing the tree canopy cover on both private and City-owned land for future generations.

Information relating to commonly asked street tree planting questions can be found below. 

Can I request additional trees?

Where space allows and the City’s street tree placement guidelines are satisfied, the additional trees can be requested.

If you’d like to request an additional tree, please select 'additional trees’ as the enquiry type on the street tree planting enquiry form.

Can I request a species of tree?

Consistent avenues of street trees have been found to add value to properties and also create a sense of character and uniformity. 

A tree species is typically determined by the dominant tree species within the streetscape. However, in some instances the City can offer flexibility on the species to be planted.

If you would like to enquire about a different species of tree, please select ‘tree species’ the street tree planting enquiry form.

Can I change the tree’s location?

When enquiring about a change of location, please note: 

  • There is a set alignment in which street trees are planted in accordance with the Utility Service Providers Code of Practice
  • The standard alignment runs 2.4 – 3 m from the front property boundary (typically 2.7m)  in line with existing trees and above ground power services
  • A distance of 2m from driveways and 3m from property lines (neighbors) is typically maintained

There is some flexibility on planting locations to accommodate accessibility, practicality and personal preferences where practicable – including verge parking and access, and vegetation.

However, reticulation, turfed verges and paving/synthetic lawns are not considered a reason not to have a street tree planted on your verge.

Reticulation

Whilst effort is always made to avoid damage to reticulation in the installation process, sometimes it can occur. In the event that damage to reticulation does occur, residents can contact the City to assess and address where deemed appropriate.

Turfed verges

Property owners are encouraged to consider moving away from turfed and reticulated verge spaces and towards water smart (and low maintenance) plantings instead.

More information on verge gardens can also be found on the sustainability initiatives page.

Paving and synthetic lawn (surface treatments)

Where a hardstand verge treatment such as paving, synthetic turf or concrete has been placed on the verge, it is a condition of the City’s verge treatment policy that a street tree must be planted.

Currently hardstand verge treatments are restricted within the City and may only be applied to a maximum of one third of the verge area. Prior to mid-2013 the total verge area could have a hardstand treatment applied, though provision needed to be made to plant a street tree. 

Where verge treatments have been installed before the 2013 policy change or by a previous owner, the City will make the necessary modification at no expense to current owners to enable the planting of a street tree.

To find out further information relating to Tree Wells and verge treatments within the City:

There is some flexibility on tree well locations. Detail on location requirements can be found in the street tree placement guidelines and in the location adjustment section above. 

If you’d like to request an adjustment to the location of your street tree, please select 'tree location adjustment' as the enquiry type on the street tree planting enquiry form.

We also require you to place a marker (such as a garden stake or spray paint) in the preferred location described in the form.

If your nominated position does not meet the guidelines, it will need to be adjusted to the closest compliant location. 

The City marks its planting locations one week prior to installation. If no alternate location has been nominated (as per above), trees will be installed in the original location.

 

What about developments?

To avoid jeopardising young trees during the construction phase, locations with pending or current developments are excluded from block planting programs.  

The City will make contact in regards to planting once construction is complete.

Where tree planting has been set as a condition for the development, fees and conditions (as set out in the development approval) apply.  

To find out more, please visit the trees and development page.

If you would like to apply for exemption due to a pending development, please select ‘development’ as the enquiry type on the street tree planting enquiry form.

My enquiry is not listed here

Please select ‘other’ on the street tree planting enquiry form and add your comments in the boxes provided.