Driveways, Footpaths & Verges

Street Trees

This year, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will plant approximately 500 new trees as part of the Street Tree program.

The street tree program started in 2002 out at Vivian Street and over the past 15 years has worked its way through the City all the way up to Hannans. Since 2002, there have been thousands of trees planted, for a variety of different reasons, although the primary reason was dust abatement.

Street trees have a cooling effect on the town as a whole, as well as providing a safe haven for native fauna and improving the aesthetics of residential areas.

If you are not in an area where the council is planting trees, you can take advantage of the City’s Street Tree policy, which gives residents two free plants for their verge. This year, we are giving away Callistemon Kings Park Specials, Pin Cushion Hakeas and a selection of low growing Eucalyptus trees.
To request a free street tree, contact the City’s Engineering Services Team on 9021 9600 or email

Driveways and Crossovers


A permit from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is required before construction of:

  •  Crossovers from kerb to property boundary
  • Aprons through the kerb to access the verge 

The City’s engineering team receives applications, approves designs, processes rebates, and conducts inspections to ensure that standards are in line with our Contribution to Crossings (Crossovers) policy, and approves the removal of street trees. This also includes approvals of kerb crossings to ensure they meet the standards outlined in the policy.

Footpaths and Laneways



The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder constructs, replaces and maintains footpaths and kerbing along thoroughfares within the City’s boundaries.

Laneway construction & sealing

The construction and sealing of laneways is usually a condition applicable to developments where the existing laneway is proposed to be used as: 

  • Part of the function of the development, such as vehicles access and/or egress.
  • Stormwater discharge. 

A separate application, including detailed design, is required to be submitted and approved prior to any laneway works commencing. You can download the Application for Activities on Thoroughfares from the quick links panel at the bottom of the page.
Please note, planning approval for the lane way’s construction and sealing is not sufficient approval on its own.


Verge Developments

Before you begin

Before work can begin, owners and developers need to consider the communications, power, water and other services that are located under the verge.
To find out the location of these services, visit or any of the following service providers directly:

  • Telstra
  • Alinta Gas
  • Main Roads WA
  • Water Corporation
  • Western Power

Verge landscaping

Landscaping works on verges, other than reticulation, must have a permit due to safety, access, environmental and maintenance considerations. Reticulated lawns may be installed without a permit, but the control valves must be contained within the owner’s property.
The owner of the property must ensure that any shrubs planted on a verge do not:

  • Exceed 0.75 m in height
  • Pose a hazard to the public (be poisonous or irritating)
  • Obstruct pedestrian access

Download the Residential Verge Landscaping Fact Sheet and Application for Activities on Thoroughfares form for more information under the quick links below. Application forms must be submitted together with detailed development plans.

Verge paving

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder provides financial support to improve the aesthetics and amenities of our verges, particularly those serving commercial areas.
The Contribution to verge paving policy outlines the eligibility criteria and processes for accessing the scheme:

Street furniture

Only approved street furniture may be installed on verges. These includes:

  • Park benches
  • Fairy lights
  • Bollards
  • Landscape structures, such as pots and statues.

To be approved, the products must be:

  • Manufactured explicit for use as street furniture.
  • Installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Construction of Verge Parking Bays

The construction of verge parking bays (on-street verge parking) is usually a condition applicable to developments where the development is unable to meet the parking requirements on-site. A separate application, including detailed design, is required to be submitted to and approved by the City’s Engineering Team via an Application for Activities on Thoroughfares (Engineering).
Please note, planning approval for the verge parking is not sufficient approval on its own and a separate application to and approval from Engineering Services is required prior to the commencement of the works.
On-street verge parking is to be designed in accordance with the appropriate Australian Standards, such as AS2890.5 – On-Street Parking, and further information on the City’s requirements on this subject may be found by downloading the Construction of Lane Ways and Verge Parking Information Sheet.

Application for development on verges

To apply for development and trading activities including verge treatments, please download and submit an Application for activities on thoroughfares.

Development plan

A scale plan of the development must be attached to the application. The plan must provide details on all: 

  • Proposed works
  • Plant species
  • Existing infrastructure, such as property lines, crossovers, paths and existing trees.

Quick Links


Street Tree Policies