A verge is the area of land that lies between the road edge and the property boundary. This land is for service utilities, public pathways and future road works.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the verge adjacent to their property. This will provide a safe environment for pedestrians and other users of the road reserve.
For further information on maintaining or developing your verge, please refer to our street verge development information sheet.
The City maintain verges in public areas, verges adjacent to reserves and high visibility areas. It is intended that weeds are removed and lawn is mowed twice a year to reduce the risks involved with vision or fire hazards.
Trees located on the street verge are only to be pruned or removed by the City or its contractors. Watering of the tree is the responsibility of the owner.
Pruning is periodically undertaken by the City to ensure that trees located under overhead power lines are maintained to meet guidelines in accordance with Western Power requirements and their schedule.
Residents can contact the City to request an inspection or maintenance should they have concerns regarding the health, location or safety of a tree.
Please note: The City is not responsible for the maintenance of new estates. For queries contact the relevant developer.
Property owners can request a tree to be planted on the verge next to their property by completing our online street tree request form or downloading the street tree request application form, however as tree stocks are limited, supply cannot be guaranteed.
The City does not support the removal of healthy, stable and viable trees and will not consider the removal of trees for reasons such as; to reduce leaf litter or to improve or create views. Upon receipt of a request for a tree removal form, City officers will inspect and consider removal in accordance with Councils policy for tree removal.
City of Mandurah street tree pruning schedule for 2020 will commence on Aug 3 and will continue until end of December 2020. To see when works will be happening in your area see the street tree pruning map.
Issues relating to trees on private properties is a matter between adjoining property owners and do not generally involve local Councils. The City of Mandurah will become involved if the tree is a danger to the person or property and the ratepayers concerned have taken all reasonable steps to come to an amicable agreement.
The City’s Neighbouring Trees Legal Implications information sheet details the recommended procedure for property owners to follow with concerns and issues regarding neighbouring trees, branches or dangerous trees.