Making Verge Improvements

Permitted verge treatments

The City supports verge improvements made by property owners directly adjacent to a front and/or side verge.

Approval not required

Permitted verge treatments, that do not require approval, include:

  • Approved trees
  • Mulched gardens
  • Edible gardens
  • Drought tolerant lawn
  • Low groundcovers 
  • Mid-level shrubs (under 600mm high)
  • Rain gardens that act as water catchments and stormwater retention.

Prior approval required

Structures such as fruit and vegetable planters and other street furniture items are permitted, although approval by the City is first required to ensure public safety.

Approval is also required for street furniture, play equipment and hard surface treatments where more than 25% of the verge is paved.

To apply for approval, please complete the form below:
Verge Improvement Application Form

Verge treatments not permitted

The following verge treatments are not permitted:

  • Signs
  • Fences and barriers
  • Lighting
  • Unsafe materials that produce a loose or slippery surface e.g. rocks, stakes, synthetic turf and impermeable surfaces.

Important note: The City may ask property owners to undertake remedial works to meet requirements, should the verge treatments present a hazard or substantial risk.

Waterwise Verge Rebate

To assist the City’s residents to reduce water needs in the garden, we are offering the Waterwise Verge Rebate.  This scheme offers residents a rebate of $500 to $750 (dependent on size of verge frontage) to create a native plants water wise verge.

Find out more about the Waterwise Verge Rebate, including how to apply.

More information and contact

For more guidance on verge improvements, please refer to the documents below.

For more information please contact the City on 08 9411 3444 or email us.

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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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