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New Residents
to Burns Beach

As a new Purchaser of land, a home, or a Lessee, we would like to make you aware of a few important bylaws of the City of Joondalup.



Verge Maintenance Responsibility Although the verge does not belong to the property owner (verges are owned by the Crown and managed by the City), it is the householders/ property owner's responsibility to maintain the verge in accordance with the City of Joondalup’s Guidelines. Verge Guidelines The verge is the portion of land extending between the Lot boundary and the adjacent road. Please note:

  • Many properties only have front verges, however, there are some properties with front and rear verges, which are both the responsibility of the homeowner.

  • For corner blocks, the responsibility for verge maintenance includes the side verge irrespective of whether the property has a high wall on the side boundary.

  • The small gardens in front of cottage blocks between the pathway and the road are also the responsibility of the homeowner.


Verge Trees

Residents are encouraged to green their streets by planting trees on their verges. These are supplied free of charge by the City of Joondalup or residents can choose to supply and plant their own verge trees, but it must be done with the approval of the City. In both instances the tree species is selected from the City's Preferred Tree Species List. Street trees that are to be planted by the City are planted during the winter and all application forms need to be received by 31st March of each year to ensure stock availability. Street Tree Planting Once planted, it is the responsibility of the resident to water their verge tree(s). Street trees (i.e., trees on verges) are the City of Joondalup assets (even if they were planted by homeowners). As such, the maintenance of street trees is the responsibility of City of Joondalup. If a street tree on your verge requires pruning, or has been damaged by vandalism, traffic collision, or has died, the property owner should report this to City of Joondalup for their action, via: or by completing the application form: 3 Maintenance Request Form Removal of trees from the verge or damage to trees by anyone other than City of Joondalup is an offence and offenders may be prosecuted. The City of Joondalup will only remove a tree if it is considered dead, dying, diseased, structurally unsound or causing structural damage to surrounding infrastructure.


Treatment of Verges

Property owners may wish to pave, concrete, or use aggregate over their verges to make them easier to maintain and create extra parking. Please be aware of the City of Joondalup’s strict restrictions on the treatment of verges to avoid a costly mistake. If a property owner plans verge treatment that complies with the Street Verge Guidelines set by the City of Joondalup, there is no need for the property owner to seek approval from the City of Joondalup. If a non-compliant verge treatment is planned, the property owner must apply to the City of Joondalup in advance and await approval in writing (point 4): Verge Guidelines.


Footpaths and Parking of Vehicles on Verges

Where the verge includes a footpath, it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the footpath remains free from obstructions (e.g., parked vehicles, caravans, boats, trailers, overhanging tree branches, excessive vegetation, rubbish bins). It is not uncommon for cars to be parked on verges from time to time (e.g., when a resident is hosting a party). Cars should not be parked on the verge without obtaining prior approval from the property owner/resident. Best efforts should be made to avoid vehicles temporarily parked on verges becoming a significant safety hazard. Note that the occasional parking of cars is quite different from the parking of caravans, boats, and trailers on verges. Verge parking of caravans, boats and trailers is not permitted at any time. This includes encroachment of such vehicles onto verges (e.g., where a caravan is parked on a driveway, but part of the caravan extends to the verge) and no time encroach onto a footpath. Residential Street Parking


Waste Removal

Please place your bins on the verge for collection by 5.00am on your collection day and return all bins to within your property line within 24hrs. All detail related to household waste can be found here: Waste Let’s keep our suburb beautiful by following these important by-laws whilst adding value to our homes.

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