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City of Melbourne Street Garden Guidelines

The Street Garden Guidelines are for gardens in planter boxes on nature strips and median strips. Residents need to pay to apply for a permit, and pay a bond to cover restoration should they not maintain the garden.

Note that this is only the centre of Melbourne, not the greater Melbourne area.

What will a street garden look like?

All street gardens must be installed above the ground in raised planter boxes on nature strips or medians.

The raised planter can be constructed in two sizes:

  • square: 1 x 1 x 0.4m high
  • rectangle: 1 x 2 x 0.4 m high.

The only acceptable materials for your planter box are treated pine and recycled black plastic. This is for safety reasons and to ensure that there is an aesthetic consistency across the City of Melbourne.


Local Government Area
City of Melbourne
Council Allows Verge Gardens?
Verge gardens allowed, Permits required