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

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

Verges are public land, and the Local Government Act provides that a road extends from the property boundary to the property boundary, including 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 cannot 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.

Creating a Nature Strip

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

Permitted nature strip treatments include:

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

We encourage planting resilient local native species. Below is a list of acceptable and appropriate local Adelaide species that can be used safely in nature strips. Council offers a rebate of 50% up to $40 if you purchase plants indigenous to the area (those on the list supplied) from an indigenous plant supplier. Please see the Green Living Rebates page for more information about our rebates.

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

The Verge Management Policy provides more details. After you submit a verge application, we will confirm whether it meets the required standards.

Verge 221 Application form

Please ensure you have the following documents ready to upload before completing the form:

  • The contractor’s Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency (if applicable).
  • A plan or diagram indicating the proposed works.
  • Safe continuous pedestrian access along the verge area is provided with a minimum width of 1.5 metres, regardless of whether or not a footpath has been constructed.
  • There is no obstruction to traffic sight lines, once vegetation is fully established.
  • The existing ground level is maintained.
  • There is access for Council and Service Authorities for the installation of new infrastructure and maintaining existing infrastructure (underground and above ground).
  • Provision is made for a street tree(s) as per Council’s Tree Management Policy. Council may plant street tree(s) at any time at their discretion.
  • Permeable surfaces are strongly preferred and encouraged. Compacted quarry sand, or similar, is not preferred and can only be used when permeable options are not considered appropriate. Street trees are protected, and permeable material is placed in the vicinity of trees.
  • The property owner understands that the ongoing maintenance rests with them and that any alterations may be removed by Council.
    If the verge plan changes to what was proposed in the application, then an amended approval is required.

Weed Spraying

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

Contact Us

All mail should be sent to:

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