Road verge landscaping

The road verge, or footpath, forms part of the road reserve between the kerb and the front property boundary, or if no kerb exists it is between the table-drain and the front property boundary, and is controlled and managed by Council.

Guidelines have been developed to inform residents of their obligations and the conditions associated with undertaking plantings or installing artificial turf within the road verge on Council controlled roads. Residents are required to fully comply with these guidelines when creating a new verge garden or using artificial turf.

Council acknowledges that verge gardens and artificial turf installations exist which pre-date the guidelines. It is not intended to require those verge gardens or artificial turf installations to comply with the guidelines unless public safety, pedestrian access or significant amenity issues are raised with Council.

Constructing a verge garden

Review the Road verge planting guidelines(PDF, 1MB) then complete the New community plantings within the road verge checklist(PDF, 175KB).

Note that all responses to the checklist questions must be yes for your proposal to comply.

Verge planting example
An example of a compliant verge planting and how it should be maintained.

Once you have submitted the completed checklist, with accompanying sketch of your proposed verge garden, to Council you may commence construction.

Installing artificial turf within the road verge

Review the Installation of artificial turf guidelines(PDF, 699KB), then complete the Checklist for artificial turf installation within the road verge(PDF, 707KB).

Note that all responses to the checklist questions must be yes for your proposal to comply.

Example sketch of artificial turf installation

An example of an accompanying sketch showing compliant artificial turf installation.

Once you have submitted the completed checklist, with accompanying sketch of your proposed artificial turf installation, to Council you may commence construction.