Streets & Verges
The City does not have formal guidelines for landscaping street verges, as some councils do, because our suburbs are predominantly built up.
If you're interested in developing your nature strip or verge area, we'll assess requests on a case by case basis. If you live in areas of Nedlands or Subiaco that have transitioned from the City of Subiaco or the Town of Nedlands, there are more specific guidelines available to you to be creative while maintaining the character of the area.
The City is responsible for the maintenance of street trees, pavement and crossovers (drive way entrances). If your property has a nature strip, you're responsible for keeping the area tidy.
Verge trees are valued for their aesthetics, shade and health, and are protected under the city's Street Tree Framework. If you want to move, remove or plant a new tree on your verge you need permission from council.
If you want to move or redevelop your driveway, you need permission from council. To find out specifications, requirements and to complete an application, visit Crossover Applications.
Soft landscaping, such as small ground cover plants, and mulch may be permitted when landscaping your verge, however you'll need to seek council approval. Hard landscaping, such as adding planter boxes, or tree houses to your verge will not be accepted.
If you have a legitimate need for verge parking and no reasonable alternatives, you can apply to pave a portion of your verge.
Obstructions such as sea containers are not permitted on verges without a building permit, even if you just need them temporarily. This is a requirement of the Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law 2017.
Applying for Approvals
Contact our Customer Service team to find out what development and landscaping is permitted in your area. Call (08) 9461 3333.