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A verge is the portion of land that lies between the edge of the road and the adjacent property line.

This area can include a footpath, parking space, nature strip, trees, bus stops, and a variety of street furniture and signage.

Verges are classified as public land as the Local Government Act provides that a road extends from property boundary to property boundary and includes the carriageway and verge.

Verge Maintenance

Many residents prefer to manage and maintain the verge in front of their residences to a higher standard than the service level provided by the council.

Where residents choose not to or are unable to maintain the verge adjacent to their property, the City of Holdfast Bay will provide basic maintenance services to ensure the verge area does not present an unacceptable risk to the community.

Redeveloping your verge

We encourage residents to develop and maintain their nature strips to beautify the street and help cool the environment. If you would like to alter the nature strip outside your property (not including the footpath or paved areas), please complete and submit a Section 221 Verge Application Form.

Permitted nature strip treatments include

  • lawn, mulch
  • small plants under 500 mm in height;
  • and permeable surfaces such as dolomite.

We encourage the planting of resilient local native species and have provided a list of acceptable and appropriate local Adelaide species below, which can be used safely in nature strips.

Impermeable paving and new installations of artificial turf are not allowed to be used on verges. The City of Holdfast Bay will not allow removal or damage to street trees on the verge.

More details are available in the verge policy and after you submit a verge application, we will confirm that your planned verge meets the required standards.

Weed spraying

We regularly spray weeds on the footpaths and on verges across the City of Holdfast Bay. If you don't want us to spray on the verge outside your home, you can request to be on the No Weed Spray List by contacting our customer service team. If your verge is visibly well maintained, we will not undertake weed spraying.

Contact Us

All post should be sent to:

Name of Contact Officer/Department
City of Holdfast Bay
PO Box 19
BRIGHTON
SA 5048