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Nature strips

Maintaining the nature strip outside your property, and ensuring it is in a safe and tidy condition is the responsibility of the resident/owner.

Maintenance activities must ensure that a nature strip continues to be fit for purpose, meets design requirements and does not deteriorate into a public eyesore.

If the nature strip outside of your urban property currently features anything other than grass and a Council-planted street tree, you may need to make changes to it from 1 January 2015.

Although we prefer the traditional nature strip, you are able to modify it by using the following materials, as long as the nature strip meets our guidelines:

  • compacted toppings
  • plants
  • crushed rock or granitic sand with a maximum particle size of 10mm

All urban nature strips must comply with the guidelines regardless of when any modifications were completed.

You must obtain a Nature Strip Modification Permit before you modify your nature strip. Please note that a fee of $29.60 applies. 

Please note: several organisations (such as gas and electricity providers) have the authority to access services within the nature strip and they do not need to reinstate your modifications.

For more information on the guidelines, call us on 9217 2006.

Parking on a nature strip

It is illegal to park any part of a vehicle on a nature strip as declared under Victorian Road Safety Road Rule 197. Vehicles parked on nature strips obstruct the view of drivers and pedestrians entering and exiting driveways. They can cause damage to utility connections and tree roots under the nature strip and prevent access to these utilities as well as being detrimental to the look of the area.

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