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 $63.00 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 is 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 use and infrastructure protection permit be obtained. A verge use and infrastructure protection permit incurs a fee of $130 (inc GST).

The bond payment cost is 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

The City has a limited supply of mulch to City of Fremantle residents. Contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999 to lodge your request or keep an eye on the City's website and local newspapers for notices about when mulch becomes available.

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.

Worm factory

Worm factories are available and Fremantle residents are entitled to a subsidised cost. The Reln Worm Factory comes with four molded plastic legs and an information and instruction manual.  Worms incur an additional charge. Contact our city works team on 08 9432 9999 for more information.

Green cones

Green cones are a home composting kit that can take all household food waste, including vegetable scraps, raw and cooked meat or fish, bones, dairy products and other organic kitchen waste eg - tea bags and bread.  They are available for sale to Fremantle residents at a subsidised rate. The green cone is delivered and comes with an instruction manual and a 400 g sample pack of accelerator powder. Please complete and submit an application for green cone form with the fee at the City's customer service centre, located at the Town Hall Centre, 8 William Street, Fremantle. Contact our city works team on 08 9432 9999 for further information or click here for more information about how the green cone works.

Compostabin

Fremantle residents can purchase a 220 L Compostabin which is a dry composting system designed for outdoor use. It can be used to compost most kitchen food waste (except meat, dairy and bones), dry paper, cardboard, and garden waste such as lawn clippings and leaves.

The Compostabin can be delivered to your door, is made of 100% recycled plastic and comes with a seven year manufacturer guarantee.

Please complete and submit an application for compostabin form and and pay the fee at our customer service centre located at the Town Hall Centre, 8 William Street, Fremantle. Contact our city works team on 08 9432 9999 for more information about Compostabins.

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.

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