Footpaths and nature strips
It's really important that the area in front of your property is clean and tidy so it's safer for the community. Here are some tips for maintaining your naturestrips and footpaths
Vegetation near footpaths and laneways
Council inspects local footpaths every few months for vegetation encroachments (overgrown plants/trees) and other hazards. We just want to make sure there aren't any trees or bushes restricting public movements, reducing sight distances for vehicles, or presenting a hazard to public safety.
If we do find a property that has vegetation encroaching over the footpaths or laneways, we'll send out a letter and a photo to the property owner asking them to address the issue within 14 days.
Guidelines around the trees, bushes and other vegetation on your property
In URBAN areas:
- There should be at least 2.5 metres clearance above a pathway.
- There should be at least 3.6 metres clearance above a road or laneway.
- No vegetation can extend more than 10cm beyond your boundary line into a pathway, road or laneway. (That's the length of two AA batteries!)
In RURAL areas:
- Vegetation to be cleared to provide at least 4.9 metres clearance above a road or laneway.
- No vegetation can extend beyond the roadside guide posts.
Parking on naturestrips
Pay attention to all signs in the shire; if it's marked a no parking area, you could get a fine.
If a vehicle parked on a naturesrtip is blocking pedestrian access or causing a sight obstruction, contact Ranger Services via our online request form.
You can read about parking and road rules on the Vic Roads website.
Please let us know if there are any hazards in any footpath in the shire:
If you give us your contact details when making a request, we can send you a Customer Request for Maintenance (CRM) number in case you'd like to follow up.
Building works involving naturestrips
If you'd like to build a crossover or have other works that will impact on your naturestrip or other road reserve, you'll need to complete the Works within a Road Reserve form.
In some cases, including any time you need a building permit, you also need an Asset Protection Permit. Find out about Asset Protection Permits and apply.
Get all the details about Works within a road reserve
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