Councils and Policies

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Posted 10 hours ago

Council supports the planting of verge gardens which make a positive contribution to the local streetscape, provided property owners receive consent from Council and maintain...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales / New

Posted 1 week ago

Permits are required before planting. Organic garden practices only (no snail bait or chemical sprays). Emphasis on protecting the street trees. Ensure mulch doesn’t spill onto...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 1 week ago

This council is clearly not keen so staying well within the guidelines. Nature Strip Modification Permit and fee required before planting. Applicable only to nature...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 1 month ago

If you stay within the guidelines you don't need a permit. See Nature Strip Amendment Conditions in their GreenStreets Streetscape Strategy  page 43. This is...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 2 months ago

Excellent policy and guidelines with lots of tips to assist residents in establishing their verge gardens, particulary with native plants. "The City encourages the use...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 2 months ago

Street trees are cared for and maintained by Wyndham City. Contact the council and ask for one. The common restrictions are there re maintaining sightlines,...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 3 months ago

All the usual restrictions re clearances for pedestrians and cars.  Request a street tree from council and residents can plant "low growing (less than 0.5m),...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 3 months ago

Another council who sees verge gardens as an important part of the Urban Forest. This is a fairly low-key policy where you can proceed providing...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 3 months ago

"To plant on your nature strip needs Council or VicRoads approval. This requires submitting your application and plan for approval. To streamline the approval process...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 3 months ago

Broken Hill's policy, "To allow residents and property owners the opportunity to beautify their nature strips by various landscaping works which comply with Council Regulations",...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 3 months ago

No approval is necessary if you stay within the guidelines. Maximum plant height 700mm. Contact the council to request street trees. Native plants preferred. Guidelines,...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 4 months ago

We’ve officially launched our Verge Garden Program! Residents and local businesses can now plant on suitable “nature strips” near them, after 3 simple steps: Check...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 5 months ago

The Street Garden Guidelines are for gardens on nature strips and median strips. Residents need to pay to apply for a permit, and pay a...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

This policy has been in place for some years. It's not particularly encouraging but if you follow the guidelines, you should be able to plant...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 5 months ago

This is a cautious policy. Permits are required. Food gardens and fruit trees are prohibited. Permits are required. You will need to ensure that your...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

The policy for Nature Strips is at the bottom of the page about Community Gardens. This is the first policy I have seen state explicity...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 5 months ago

No written approval is required for verges containing natural lawn, garden or organic mulch. ​For any other materials acceptable under their policy, you must submit...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 5 months ago

This council requires landscaping plans and public liability and seems aimed at large projects rather than individual gardeners. You cannot change a naturestrip without Council approval. Recommend...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

Recommended plants are native and indigenous wildflowers, ground covers and low growing shrubs. A soil contamination report before edible plants such as vegetables, herbs or...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

Permits are required for all projects. Plants are to be no more than 400mm high, 1 metre clearance against the road for car passengers, 1...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

Excavation and cultivation must be by hand. Low growing plants, no weeds, fine gravel or organic mulch. Prune plants so they do not protrude onto...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

'Residents are permitted to plant ground covers and low-growing shrubs and grasses as an alternative to grass. Indigenous plants are preferred as they provide habitat...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

When selecting low growing plants for your proposed design Council encourages you to use native/ indigenous plants that are local to your area. The Frankston...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 5 months ago

Plants must be maintained at a maximum height of 500mm. Ground cover plants are required to be set back 500mm from back of kerb to...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 6 months ago

Moreland City Council encourages residents to plant native plants or vegetables in their nature strip in line with their Nature Strip Guidelines. See https://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/living-in-moreland/parking-and-roads/nature-strips/ There is a...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 6 months ago

You need to apply for approval if garden beds or landscaping are beyond 900mm of the front boundary or your property; you want to install...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 6 months ago

"Residents, through the Nature Strip Landscaping Guidelines are supported to develop landscapes." This is a light policy with many of the standard features - space...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 7 months ago

Very basic details and difficult to find information on website. Permits are required. "There is also an excellent opportunity for more verges to be planted....

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 12 months ago

This council encourages residents to get together with neighbours to transport their verges to increase biodiversity and reduce water usage. Rebates are available. You need...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 12 months ago

Permits are required. Payment with application. Use plants less than 500mm in height and should not be environmentally invasive, prickly, climbers or a weed species....

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 12 months ago

This policy assumes that you are going to plan your garden upfront and complete the planting within 14 days from date of approval - and...

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 1 year ago

Some verge planting is allowed on nature strips: low-growing, non-invasive, less than 50cm high.  Access required for pedestrians and people alighting from parked cars. Non-arterial...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 2 years ago

"Council has developed guidelines to assist residents who are keen to plant and maintain indigenous vegetation on their nature strip. Planting indigenous plants on nature...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 2 years ago

Extensive and prescriptive policy, includes option to apply online. Requires resident to have public liability insurance.

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 2 years ago

Logan City is between Brisbane and the Gold Coast in Queensland. Council does permit gardens on footpaths if they are constructed in accordance with: Standard...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 2 years ago

Guidelines for establishing a verge garden in Brisbane are at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/clean-and-green/natural-environment-and-water/plants-trees-and-gardens/verge-gardens "Residents are encouraged to use native or water-wise plants where possible." You cannot include...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 2 years ago

Approval is not required for low shrubs and groundcovers, mulch, organic and some surface treatments but the installation must meet the Guidelines A Waterwise Verge...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 2 years ago

Joondalup have a fairly basic set up guidelines - low growing plants to maintain visibility, clear access for pedestrians, no trees.  Options for hard landscaping....

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 2 years ago

City of Vincent council is a leader in verge gardening. Not only do they allow gardens, they include a verge garden category in their annual...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Sunshine Coast guidelines and planting list are at Plant a self-assessable verge garden They provide an approved plant list. To be eligible for planting under...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 3 years ago

"To make sure your verge garden meets the City of Marion Council requirements, residents are encouraged to read the attached Verge Garden and Development Guidelines....

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Prior to any works commencing, complete and submit the Landscaping a Verge Application Form and have it approved. This council also has a No Weed...

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Darwin have verge guidelines and help residents set up their verge. They have a nature strip assistance program and provide materials to get started on...

 Councils and Policies /  Northern Territory

Posted 3 years ago

As the land owner, the City of Adelaide needs to assess and approve your proposal. We do this by way of a simple nature strip...

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Council website includes what is and isn't allowed as well as plant lists and an Indigenous Plant Guide https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/looking-after-your-nature-strip See also Council's Gardens for Wildlife...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 3 years ago

Verge gardens are encouraged but permits are required. https://www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au/VergeGardens

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Review the Road verge planting guidelines and then complete the New community plantings within the road verge checklist All responses to the checklist questions must...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 3 years ago

Very restricted planting is permitted in Geelong "Where a footpath exists, residents have the choice to use gravels, synthetic turf or ground covers below 10...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 3 years ago

You do not need approval for: a low growing water wise garden reticulation verges mulched with organic mulch lawn You do need approval for: paving...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Limited planting for verge gardens is permitted without a permit. "The landscaping must be adjacent to the property boundary and no wider than 500mm." Anything...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 3 years ago

"In the interest of our future wellbeing, the Town wishes to encourage verge gardens that are water wise, aesthetically pleasing and that reflect our natural,...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

The Shire encourages the residents to plant drought tolerant verge treatments Link to policy "Road Verge Development" is available on the Council's policies page https://www.esperance.wa.gov.au/council-policies

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

This council also has a Water Wise Verge Incentive Scheme that offers residents a rebate of up to $500 on creating a WA native waterwise...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Local native plants encouraged. See the website for guidelines and application form.

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

You do not need permission for low growing water-wise verge gardens. An application form is available for alternative gardens. See the City's Street Verge Landscape...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

The City allows residents to plant or install lawn, plants and/or organic mulch on the verge without prior approval. See their website for guidelines and...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

See the council website for policy and Verge Garden Tips booklet. Low growing local natives are recommended. The City’s Bushcare officers can provide advice on...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Permits required. See the website for guidelines and application form.

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 3 years ago

"The City encourages the planting out the verge with ground cover, grass, small shrubs or an edible garden. Where the verge is adjacent to a...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

"The City encourages residents to take pride in their street verges to enhance the visual and economic value of their properties and the streetscape as...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Information on website is sparse. Council policy updated in February 2021 is at https://www.campbelltown.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/236524/Road-Verge-Development-and-Maintenance-Policy-effective-23-February-2021.pdf

 Councils and Policies /  South Australia

Posted 3 years ago

The City of Subiaco encourages residents to establish and maintain the verge adjacent to their property. The city encourages landscaping that uses low water use...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

"The City encourages residents to grow water-wise, native, or edible gardens on their verges. Converting verge lawns to water wise gardens is estimated to save around...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

Council has a new Street Garden policy which allows residents to have a garden in the nature strip out the front of their home. The...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 3 years ago

"The City of Mandurah encourages soft landscaping treatments and supports the Water Corporation’s initiative of Waterwise verges." See https://www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/live/trees-and-verges/street%20trees%20and%20verges and follow the links for detailed...

 Councils and Policies /  Western Australia

Posted 3 years ago

There are the usual concerns about safety and visibility but this is the only council I have seen with a requirement like this: "...need to...

 Councils and Policies /  Queensland

Posted 3 years ago

"Nature strips are to be grassed between the property boundary and the kerb. Compacted granitic sand can be used in non-heritage overlay areas. If you'd...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 3 years ago

Bendigo have quite a restrictive policy and discourage verge gardens claiming that they are much more work and much more expensive than grass. They do...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 3 years ago

"Well maintained nature strips add value to adjoining private properties and contribute neighbourhood character.  Landscaping in nature strips should also enhance and reinforce neighbourhood character."...

 Councils and Policies /  Victoria

Posted 3 years ago

"Verges, also known as nature strips, are important areas of public land that have the potential to provide ecosystem services and help create more liveable...

 Councils and Policies /  New South Wales

Posted 3 years ago

Planting guidelines are similar to other councils - street trees are done by the council, residents can only plant low growing plants. Their guidelines are...

 Councils and Policies /  Canberra

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