Grazing animals on the road berm is allowed as long as all animals are securely fenced and permission has been granted by Council.
Be suitable and appropriate to ensure relevant stock are secure
Not impair the visibility or safety for road users
Planting on the road berm
The road berm is often used for services such as power poles and underground pipes/wiring, therefore, planting on the berm is not permitted. Under exception circumstances Council may allow planting but Council permission must be given.
Things to consider before you approach Council seeking permission are:
Shading that could cause damage and/or injury to road users
Lack of visibility
Planting will not damage the road or surrounding area
Planting will ensure the road’s integrity is maintained
Planting adjacent to the road berm
Landowners can mistakenly use land adjacent to the road berm thinking it is private land. This may not necessarily be the case.
If, however, the land is private, then planting must not cause the following:
Root damage to footpaths
Less visibility for road users
Tree roots penetrating drains
Landowners will be responsible for the costs should this type of damage occur.
Storage on the road berm
Storage on road berms is not allowed. This includes (but not limited to):
Under exceptional circumstances permission may be given by Council. Contact the Roading team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +64 3 689 0000 for assistance.
Permanent fencing in the road berm is allowable, however, permission must be sought from Council. The fence must avoid drains, channels, and underground services.
Roadside fixtures such as large rocks, ornamental enhancements, and elaborate mailboxes are not permitted if they are deemed to be a hazard and could cause harm or injury to road users.
Private services on road reserve
Any private services on public land, including the road reserve, are not permitted without Council permission. For example, water pipes must not be put through culverts.