Verge maintenance

A street verge is the portion of a thoroughfare which lies between the boundary of a carriageway and the adjacent property line. The verge provides a safe pedestrian space and vehicle access to properties. The verge also accommodates public service utilities such as street lighting, bus stops, power supply, water, sewerage and telecommunications cables.

The City appreciates the visual amenity afforded by verges that are maintained and improved by residents. While the City is responsible for street trees and enforcing verge requirements, it is the householder’s responsibility to maintain the verge (including corner verges) so that footpaths, roadways and sightlines remain free from obstructions at all times to allow pedestrian access along the verge area, in preference to walking on the roadway, regardless of whether a footpath has been constructed or not.