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Naturestrip Landscaping Guidelines



In suburban streets, landscaping is restricted to planting additional street tree and/or low ground cover plants which do not block vehicle and pedestrian vision, restrict pedestrian access or cause any public safety hazards. Where possible, planting of indigenous plant species is recommended.

For a list of indigenous plants for Maroondah, please see the Indigenous Flora List brochure available at Council’s service centres.

Submitting a plan and application

All proposed works should be described on a plan submitted to Council for approval prior to commencing the work.

The plan must clearly show all site features including:

  • street furniture
  • signage
  • footpaths and utility services i.e. electricity, water, sewage, stormwater drainage, gas and telecommunications, both overhead and underground.

These features must be incorporated into the landscape design so that there is no interference to them and access to them is not restricted.

In some instances, neighbours will need to be contacted to inform them of the proposed works and allow for their comments.

Public liability insurance

The owner/ occupier should arrange, if applicable, the appropriate public liability insurance as determined by Council’s Risk Manager while the landscaping work is in progress.

Damage to utility services may result in the owner/ occupier being liable for disruption costs arising from claims by affected customers.

Safety fencing and signage

Where applicable, the ’work site’ should be signed and barricaded to ensure public safety while the landscape work is in progress.


At the time of application Council will specify the correct planting clearances from intersecting roads, adjoining properties, driveways, power poles, signs and other street furniture, and the correct clearance distances from overhead power and telecommunications lines.

Dial before you dig

It is the responsibility of the owner/occupier to locate all existing services prior to the commencement of works.

Contact ‘Dial Before You Dig’ on telephone 1100 for location of existing service details.

If during landscaping works, services are suspected of being damaged, the relevant utility provider and Council must be notified immediately for the purpose for public safety and to ensure early resumption of services.

The owner/occupier will be responsible for any damage caused to the utility services by the works.

Public safety and access

Council’s requirements for public safety and access must be complied with. The landscaping should not interfere with public assets and the following should be considered:

  • the effect on neighbouring properties
  • access for people with disabilities
  • access for people with young children in prams or strollers
  • access to public telephone booths and bus stops.

Infrastructure protection

All proposed works should consider the impact of the landscaping on the existing Council and utility services infrastructure, such as:

  • potential damage to underground services by supporting tree stakes
  • the projected growth of existing trees
  • roots that may block drains and disrupt telecommunication services
  • tree branches that can interfere with street lights and overhead power lines
  • tress that may restrict roadside visibility and obstruct footpaths.

The owner/occupier will be responsible for any damage caused to the infrastructure by the works.

Sprinkler systems

To promote water conservation and overcome maintenance problems, the use of in ground sprinkler systems is discouraged.

The approval of any sprinkler system will be dependant on site specific requirements, including impact to existing and planned utility infrastructure.

Hard landscaping

The following is prohibited on your naturestrip:

  • using hard landscaping features such as railway sleepers or rocks
  • constructing letter boxes
  • constructing gate entry pillars
  • erecting fences
  • changing soil levels
  • creating mounds or excavate holes
  • constructing formal or informal car parks.

In special circumstances, such as stabilising embankments, the use of some hard landscaping features may be approved, but only if access to utility services is not affected.

Prohibited plants

Plant species which are known to cause problems due to invasive roots, sharp spikes or leaves, suckering growth habit, identified bushland invaders or allergic, poisonous or weed species will not be approved.

For a detailed list of weed species in Maroondah, please see the booklet Pest Plants – Guide To Identification and Management of Environmental Weeds in Knox and Maroondah at our service centres.


The ongoing maintenance of the naturestrip and landscaping will be the responsibility of the owner/occupier.


Council and other public service providers retain the right to prune, modify or remove any landscaping at any time, without obligation, compensation or reinstatement to the owner/ occupier to ensure the continuing provision of their services to the community.

If an owner/occupier alters the landscape to the extent that access to a utility or Council asset is difficult, the cost of any extra works to achieve both temporary and permanent access will be paid by the owner/occupier.

Further information

Download the Naturestrip Guidelines:

 Naturestrip Guidelines (PDF, 1.4 Mb)

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