Verges & Crossovers


URBAN VERGES & LANDSCAPING

The maintenance and upkeep of verges immediately adjacent to properties in urban areas is the responsibility of property owners.

To protect the safety of motorists and pedestrians it is essential that all verge treatments and landscaping are approved by the Shire of Dardanup.

The Shire’s residential verge policy provides instructions and all the necessary information regarding verge treatments.

> Residential Verge Policy (Eng 17)


URBAN TREES

Trees on verges may have been planted by developers, property owners or are simply remnant native vegetation from before the area was developed.

Native trees are protected by legislation and can only be removed or pruned under particular circumstances and conditions.

Failure to follow legislative requirements could lead to significant fines.

Trees planted by developers were planted at the expense of the developer and to a landscaping theme designed to provide character to the area.

Removal of these trees is generally not allowed, unless replaced by another tree however it is essential residents contact the Shire of Dardanup to discuss what can be done in regards to a tree on a verge and obtain approval prior to undertaking any works.


RURAL LANDSCAPING

Due to the higher speed of vehicles on rural roads and the risks associated with pedestrians and equipment being located in rural road verges, property owners and residents are strongly encouraged not to undertake landscaping along rural road verges without the appropriate clearances and safety precautions.

It is essential that the Shire of Dardanup is contacted to discuss the requirements and seek approval for any landscaping that is considered for a rural road verge.


RURAL TREES

Native trees are protected by legislation and can only be removed or pruned under particular circumstances and conditions.

Failure to follow legislative requirements could lead to significant fines.

Residents must contact the Shire of Dardanup to discuss what can be done in regards to a verge tree and obtain approval prior to undertaking any works.


FALLEN TREES

Shire staff will attend to the removal of trees that have fallen across a road in order to protect the safety of motorists and other road users.

The Shire may only remove the portion of the tree affecting the road and may require the adjoining property owner to make arrangements to remove the remaining portion depending on the circumstances.

The Shire has a policy which defines the responsibilities of the Shire and property owners for the removal of trees which have fallen within or adjacent to a road.

> Trees on Roads – Responsibility for the Removal of Fallen Trees (Eng 26)


CROSSOVERS

Crossovers provide access from a constructed road across the road verge to private land.

Nearly all properties require a crossover for access from the road via a driveway to the house and/or building.

The Local Government Act and Regulations stipulates the requirements associated with crossovers and the Shire has a policy outlining the specification and inspection requirements for the construction of crossovers.

Shire approval must be obtained before a crossover is constructed.  An application package, which includes an application form is available and provides instructions and all the necessary information regarding crossovers.

Apply for a Crossover