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 Maintainance

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

The City will provide a minimum service to ensure unkempt verges are maintained, please refer to the Puplic Open Space Strategy for more information.


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

Street trees

Detailed information on street tree species, planting, pruning, maintenance and removal may be found on the City's Street Trees webpage.

Verge Improvement Guidelines

Verge improvements and treatment supported

The City supports verge improvements made by property owners directly adjacent to a front and/or side verge.
Permissible verge treatments include approved trees, mulched gardens, edible gardens, drought tolerant lawn, low groundcovers and mid-level shrubs (under 600mm high).
Unacceptable verge treatments include signs, fences, barriers, lighting and unsafe materials that produce a loose or slippery surface including 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.

Application Forms and Verge Permits

Verge Improvements

Verge Improvement Application Form

Any verge improvements outside the permissible treatments listed in the City of Cockburn Street Verge Improvement Policy opens in a new window will require the submission of a Verge Landscaping Application.

How to apply

Please complete the following online form.

 Verge Landscaping Application Form

Sea Containers and Skip Bins

The verge adjoining your private property

For the temporary placement of a sea container or skip bin on the verge the City may upon request provide a free assessment to property owner’s for traffic and road safety.

Sea containers

Sea Containers are permitted to be located on the verge adjacent to the property where the request has been received by the Engineering Directorate subject to the following:
1. Sea Containers size – 6m (20 foot) (max)
2. 14 day period (max)
3. Not to be located on a footpath (where possible)
4. Not to impede the vision of adjacent property owners
5. Not to impede the street tree (where possible)

Skip bins

Skip Bins  are permitted to be located on the verge adjacent to the property where the request has been received by the Engineering Directorate subject to the following:
1. Skip Bin Size – 8m3 (max)
2. 14 day period (max)
3. Not to be located on a footpath (where possible)
4. Not to impede the vision of adjacent property owners
5. Not to impede the street tree (where possible)

How to apply

A Sea Container and Skip Bin Application Form opens in a new window may be sent to the City of Cockburn's Customer Service Team for a full assessment.
Please allow for a minimum 5 business days for a full assessment.
Building Materials and Man-Made Structures

Verge Permits

Building materials and man-made structures including portable toilets, work sheds and waste containment structures are generally required to be contained within a building sit, development or lot private property and should not be located on the verge or road reserve. This is to maintain traffic line of site requirements, accessibility and reduce anti-social behaviour. Storing select materials on the verge for a short period of time may be considered and approved by the City subject to Engineering Department approval and applicants may required to provide an approved Traffic Management Plan.

How to apply

All verge permit applications must be submitted in writing to the Engineering Department via the City of Cockburn’s Customer Service Team. Please include a copy of your site plan (or image of the verge) with all requested structures and items marked clearly.

For an assessment to be made the site plan or verge image submitted would required to include:

  • All items (building materials or other) to be marked out clearly with provided clearance measurements from the footpath, kerb, and side or front lot boundary.
  • The duration each items would be on the verge (start and finish date).

Please also consider that a traffic management plan may be required for a verge permit but this doesn’t guarantee approval from the City.

Water Wise Verge Incentive Scheme

Water Wise Verge Incentive Scheme

Early opening for 2020

This scheme offers residents a rebate of $500 to $750 (dependent on size of verge frontage) to create a WA native Waterwise verge. Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme Design Application Form must be submitted and approved prior to installing the Waterwise verge.

Extended time for waterwise verge scheme – 15 May until 31 October 2020

Verge makeovers along with the rebate form need to be completed prior to 31October 2020, to be eligible for your rebate this year.
Follow this process to your new improved waterwise verge:

Step 1: Consider changes you wish to make to your verge that can be achieved before the end of October 2020.

Step 2: Complete application form with your design (a simple sketch)

Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme Design Application Form

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

Step 4: Upon approval implement your verge design, take “before and after” photos of and keep a copy of receipts for recouping your investment.

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

Step 6: Complete rebate form to recoup you expenses from $500 to $750

Waterwise Verge Incentive Scheme Rebate Form

Terms and Conditions

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

2. Scheme is open from 15 May – 31October 2020

3. All applications, expenses (invoices) and rebates need to be submitted within this timeframe, before 31October

4. Rebates available

​   a. Blocks of regular sized verge up to 30m of frontage value of $500.

   b. Larger verges, 30m or over of frontage, such as corner can be reimbursed for up to $750 due to increased requirements for materials.

   c. 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. Rebates apply to purchases made after approval granted by Council Officers.

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



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Western Australia, 6965

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