Verge Maintenance

What is a Verge?

A verge is the area of land that lies between a property boundary and a road.

Verges are a shared resource and are used in a number of ways:  

  • Verges enable utilities to service residential, commercial or private lots — telecommunications, electricity, gas, water and sewage
  • A crossover (also known as a driveway), is established to connect a property to the road and is the responsibility of the property owner
  • Verges enable the City to plant street trees to create aesthetically pleasing streetscapes and mitigate the impacts of the “heat Island effect”
  • Verges provide the frameworks for the installation of a footpath either adjacent to the kerb or in close proximity to the property boundary
  • Verges have the potential to serve important ecological functions in urban environments.
Verge maintenance

Verge maintenance responsibilities

Property owners, property managers or residents whose property is connected or adjacent to the verge are responsible for verge maintenance including mowing, weeding, pruning, mulching and maintaining any approved structures or furniture in a safe condition.  

The City will provide a minimum service to ensure unkempt verges are maintained. Depending on the condition of the verge, this is generally up to four times a year upon request and if the grass exceeds 150mm in height. For further information, please refer to Public Open Space Strategy.


Weeds along footpaths and kerbs are sprayed when they become a problem. The chemical used is Glyphosate, which is non-residual and kills the weed by absorption through the leaves and transferring to the root system.

Verge Improvement Guidelines and Applications

Verge improvement applications and treatment supported

The City supports verge improvements made by property owners directly adjacent to a front or side verge.
Permissible verge treatments include approved trees, mulched gardens, edible gardens, drought tolerant lawn, low groundcovers and mid-level shrubs.
Unacceptable verge treatments include signs, fences, barriers, lighting, unsafe materials that produce a loose or slippery surface, rocks, stakes, synthetic turf and impermeable surfaces.
The City may ask property owners to undertake remedial works to meet requirements should the verge treatments present a hazard or substantial risk.
Any improvement outside the permissible treatments will require the submission of a verge landscape design. Please complete the following online form

 Verge Landscaping Application Form

Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme and Applications

This scheme offers residents a rebate of $500 to $750 (dependent on size of verge frontage) to create a WA native Waterwise verge.

The Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme Design Application Form must be submitted and approved prior to installing the Waterwise verge.

Verge makeovers along with the rebate form need to be completed prior to 30 September 2019, to be eligible for your rebate this year.

To access this rebate, please follow the process below.

Step 1: Consider changes you wish to make to your verge that can be achieved before the end of September 2019.

Step 2: Complete application form with your design (a simple sketch) and attach images of your existing verge.

Step 3: City staff review application and inform you of the result.

Step 4: Upon approval, start and implement your verge design. Then, take pictures of the completed installation and keep a copy of all receipts for recouping your investment.

Step 5: If a street tree is required, this may be planted by the council in the following year. Please allow space for this whilst completing your verge makeover.

Step 6: Complete rebate form to recoup you pre-approved rebate amount.

Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme Rebate Form

Terms and Conditions

1. Eligible verge treatments include: mulching, planting Western Australian, native waterwise plants

2. Scheme is open from 1st July – 30 September 2019
3. All applications, expenses (invoices) and rebates need to be submitted within this timeframe, before 30 September 2019.
4. Rebates available;
  • Blocks with verge frontage up to 30m are eligible for a rebate up to $500.
  • Larger verges, over 30m of frontage, such as corner blocks can be reimbursed for up to $750 due to increased requirements for materials.
  • Any expenses over these are the responsibility of the home owner
5. All designs need to confirm with Water Corporation Waterwise Verge Requirements and the City's Street Verge Improvement Policy.
6. Limit to one funding approval per 3 year period

Waterwise Verge Incentive enquiries and design applications may be emailed to

This program is proudly funded by Waterwise Council Incentive Scheme from Water Corporation​.

Waterwise Verge Guidelines and Tips:

More information and contact

For more information or to request verge maintenance please call us on 08 9411 3444 or email

Street verge Improvement

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Street Verge Improvements PDF document
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Spearwood 6163

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

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