Footpath gardens can help beautify our streetscapes, make walking more appealing for pedestrians and reduce the amount of grass to be maintained. However, your footpath gardening project must be respectful of the needs of others. It must be well-maintained and safe and must keep the footpath accessible for everyone without negatively impacting the environment and surrounding infrastructure.

We have strict requirements around the creation and maintenance of footpath gardens to ensure the garden doesn't impact the safety of your local community, the environment, surrounding infrastructure or visibility for car drivers.

Footpath garden requirements

To make sure your garden meets our requirements, please follow these steps:

  1. Review the Alteration or improvement to Council area or road self assessment checklist (PDF for print) before you start your project.
    1. If you're able to meet all the requirements, you will not be required to submit an application. It is recommended that you keep a copy of the completed checklist for your records.
    2. If you're unable to meet all the requirements, submit an Alteration or improvement to Council area or road application form (PDF for print).


The homeowner must ensure that all requirements are met and the footpath garden is regularly cleaned and maintained to remain aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic with the image of the local area. Priority must always be given to utilities access such as water and sewerage, power, gas, phones and cables. Adequate access for pedestrian movement is also important.

The homeowner must promptly reinstate the footpath to its former condition should the garden be removed.

Recommended plants

A list of recommended footpath garden plants has been compiled for your convenience. This list is intended as a guide only as the planting location, soil type and sunlight available will influence the suitability of the plant species planted.

  • Agapanthus
  • Clivias (shaded footpaths)
  • Lavender species
  • Rosemary
  • Geraniums
  • Bulb species
  • Bergenia (shaded footpaths)
  • Gaillardias
  • Gazanias
  • Salvias
  • Erigeron Karvinskianus (seaside daisy)