Nature strips

The nature strip is the land between your property boundary and the road kerb (excluding the footpath, driveways, utility pits and fire hydrants). You cannot change a nature strip without our approval.

We own the nature strip but it is the responsibility of the resident or landowner to maintain it by:

  • weeding
  • mowing
  • removing rubbish, fallen leaves, sticks and tree bark
  • trimming edges. 

Other assets on a nature strip are maintained according to the table below.

Nature strip asset responsbilities
Asset Maintained by
Street trees Council aborist
Garden beds (developer installed) Developer until it is handed over to Council
Utilities (such as street lights, utility pits, fire hydrants) Utility provider

If the nature strip outside your property is not kept safe and tidy, you may be asked to fix the issue. If you do not take action as requested, you may be liable for a fine or be required to pay to restore the nature strip to good condition.

View our nature strip guidelines

Use our online service request form to report a nature strip that has long grass, is not being looked after, or is dangerous.  

You can make changes to a nature strip (such as planting a garden) if:

A permit will allow you to change the nature strip by putting in:

  • grass
  • a permeable surface (like mulch or gravel)
  • approved garden beds.

Note: you cannot remove or change your street tree. Contact our arborist on 1300 787 624 to discuss any issues you have with street trees.

Apply online to make changes to a nature strip

Download a printable application form