The verge area is the portion of land between the edge of the road and the front property boundary. As a valued public space and to achieve its maximum potential for the community, your valued contribution in landscaping and maintaining the verge is encouraged. At the Town of Bassendean, we are supportive of the development and maintenance of environmentally sustainable verge treatments. The following will provide some practical information and examples for the design and implementation of your new verge garden.

Town of Bassendean Activities on Thoroughfares and Trading in Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law 2010

Council Policy 1.9 Verge Treatment Policy

Street and Reserve Trees Policy

Verge Treatments Guidelines for Enhancing Your Verge

Making changes

Residents can make changes in line with the Verge Treatments Guidelines without the need to apply for a permit. Where a verge is 'common property' between two or more owners or occupiers, the owner or occupier proposing to install a verge treatment must obtain written agreement from all other owners or occupiers prior to commencing a verge treatment. The site plan should indicate all assets within the verge (such as footpaths, street trees, road, drainage lids and property boundaries) and the proposed crossover works (including dimensions and construction materials).

Verge Treatments Guidelines

Residents wishing to install a verge garden which is outside of these requirements will require prior written approval from the Town before carrying out any works within their verge. To assess your application, the Town will require a satisfactorily completed Application for Permits form and a site plan indicating all assets within the verge and the proposed verge treatment. Applicants may wish to include a written proposal or justification..

Application for Permits

Verge Permit

Under the verge permit scheme, all works that require a building or demolition permit will also require a verge permit from the Town before any work commences. The verge permit application must contain a satisfactorily completed form and a site plan. The site plan should indicate all assets within the verge (such as footpaths, street trees, road, and crossover) and the proposed works on the property or verge. Applicants may wish to include a written proposal or justification for the verge permit. Works must not commence until the applicant has received and paid for their verge permit.

As per Town of Bassendean Fees and Charges of the current financial year 2023/2024 

Verge Security Deposit (Refundable) $3500 or $120per lineal meter of kerb (whichever is greater)

Verge Permit Administration fee (non-Refundable Fee) $160.50 for the supervision and inspection of the development site.

Application for Permits

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please put all queries in writing to [email protected].