Trees and verges

Obstruction permits

Obstructions of the road reserve such as bins, cranes, cherry pickers, building materials / equipment, scaffolding, safety fencing or vehicles, requires an application for obstruction and incurs a fee of $65.00 inclusive of GST.

A traffic / pedestrian management plan is required for all applications (excluding bins) by an accredited traffic consultant when submitting your application.

A verge protection bond of $2 000 may be required for obstruction permits.

Applications must be submitted a minimum of five working days prior to commencement to works and ten working days in the case of a full road closure.

Permits are essential as infringements may apply.

Please note: credit card payments incur a 0.05% transaction fee and American Express (AMEX) is not accepted.

Verge bonds

When a building or demolition permit has been issued, it is a requirement that a verge bond is payable prior to commencement of works as follows:

  • $2 000 for building permits
  • $3 000 for demolition permits
  • For commercial permits or subdivisions, an assessment of the site determines the amount of the bond.  The applicant will be contacted following submission of the application to discuss the bond requirement.This is to ensure that if any damage occurs during works, verge and road reserve will be reinstated to the satisfaction of the City. This is to ensure that if any damage occurs during works, verge and road reserve will be reinstated to the satisfaction of the City.

An application for verge bond refund can be submitted to the City at the completion of construction works.

Additional permits

For works in the road reserve or verge, parking and hood hire permits may be required.  Contact the customer service centre on 08 9432 9999 for details of how to obtain these permits. Additional fees apply for these permits.

Verge beautification

The City of Fremantle offers the following horticultural services part of our verge beautification program. The greening of the City's verges is aimed at reducing water use and the costs of mowing. For more information, download the Verge Beautification Guidelines brochure.

Low cost ground covers

As part of the verge beautification program, the City offers subsidised native ground cover plants for verges in Fremantle.  Contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999 for more information.

Mulch

Currently the City’s free mulch collection is under review and until further notice mulch is not available to be picked from the depot. 

However, another source of mulch supply can be located online at www.mulchnet.com

Keep mulch well maintained and ensure it does not spill on the footpath or road. Some topsoil might need to be removed from the verge to keep the mulch level with the top of the kerb and footpath.

Free street trees

Fremantle residents can apply to have a street tree planted on their verge at no cost to the property owner.  Once an application for street tree has been received by our parks and landscape team, they will undertake inspections which will include your verge during the following April and May and then talk to you about what is most suitable for your verge.  Planting will only occur between April and July each year to ensure your tree will survive.
To request a tree complete the e-services (Parks & Landscape) request online, or contact us on the details below. 

Chemical free weed control program

The City uses a non-chemical method of weed control on the City's footpaths, medians and road kerbs. This method uses steam to eradicate weeds instead of chemical based sprays. Contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999 for more information.

Overhanging vegetation

Trees, shrubs and vines obstructing pedestrians along footpaths from private property should be reported to the City to reduce risk to footpath users. The City will request for residents to prune or remove vegetation.  Please contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999.

Street tree maintenance

Street tree maintenance such as pruning for sight-line clearances (vision from intersections, driveways etc) and power line pruning are part of the City's pruning program however reasonable requests for extra pruning will be considered. Residents are reminded that they are not permitted to prune verge trees.  Contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999.

Removal of street trees is not permitted without approval from council. Requests for removal of street trees will only be approved where the City's tree planting and preservation policy permits. Contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999 if you require any further information.

Community Gardens

The City recognises community gardening as a sustainable living practice and a valuable recreational activity that builds strong community relationships and provides a wide range of benefits. Community members can be involved in community gardening by joining an existing community garden or by starting their own. For more information click here.

Contact us

City of Fremantle
Town Hall Centre, 8 William Street, Fremantle
Monday to Friday, 8.30 am-4.30 pm
PO Box 807, Fremantle, WA 6959
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9430 4634
TTY 08 9732 9777
info@fremantle.wa.gov.au