Can my community get a planter box in our street?
Some streets in Yarra have enough space for a planter box on the footpath or in unused parts of the road. You must consult us before starting a community growing space.
To determine if your street is suitable for a planter box, there are a few things that you need to consider:
- pedestrian movement
- street sweepers
Things to consider
Distance from services
A planter box must be located a minimum distance of 0.5m from service infrastructure, such as:
- street cleaning
- rubbish/recycling collection
- emergency services (fire hydrants, emergency panels)
A planter box must not be located between infrastructure and a property or boundary line, for example between a public seating bench and the property line.
Distance to intersection
A planter box cannot be installed within 7m of an intersection. This maintains visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists entering an intersection.
Distance to kerb/footpath
A footpath planter box must maintain a 0.4m buffer to the edge of any kerb and maintain a minimum footpath width of 1.5m from the property line directly across the footpath, clear and unobstructed.
A planter box in a road reserve
The legal requirements for planter boxes on the road reserve are different for each location.
Please consider the following:
- Have you maintained clear lines of sight for other road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists when locating your planter box?
- Will the combined height of your planter box and plants reduce visibility for other road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists?
- Have you left enough space between your planter box and the back of kerb to accommodate street cleaning?
A planter box next to parallel parking
As a guide, the following heights and setbacks will apply:
- Minimum width of 1.5m from the property line is clear for the footpath.
- Minimum height of 1.1m for planter boxes (including plants) for visibility when parking.
- Minimum clearance of 0.4m between your planter box and the back of kerb to allow car doors to open and accommodate street cleaning.
- Minimum length of 6m is retained for each car space.
A planter box next to angle parking
As a guide, the following heights and setbacks will apply:
- Minimum clearance of 0.4m between your planter box and the back off kerb to allow car doors to open and accommodate street cleaning.
- Maximum height of 1.0m for planter box (including plants) to enable visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
We carefully consider site selection prior to the granting of the Urban Agriculture Agreement.
For specific site considerations speak directly with the Urban Agriculture Facilitator.
How do I apply for a planter box?
1. Attend a workshop
If you would like to apply for a planter box please attend a workshop prior to submitting your application.
Workshops are generally held twice a year and will include a review of the application process, and a talk from an expert in the field, as well as an opportunity to meet with your fellow gardeners.
Dates will be announced on our What's On calendar several weeks prior to the event.
2. Seek approval
Once you have established if your location is suitable, consult with your neighbours and seek their permission for your proposal.
All of your neighbours within 25m of the proposed planter box must be consulted with a minimum of 85% in agreement with your application.
Any objections over this threshold will be considered on their merit.
As a part of this process you can also encourage your neighbours to join your project and start their own garden.
3. Submit your agreement application
Applications for planter boxes, nature strip gardens and fruit and nut trees are required to submit an online application.
- Download the application form. You will need to draw the diagram and complete the neighbourhood survey sections and scan and save to your hard drive to upload when submitting your application.
- Read our application user guide to help with submitting an online application, creating a new login and resetting your password.
- Submit your application online
- You will receive an application number and it will be sent directly to our Urban Agriculture team for processing.
- You will be notified once your application has been processed and if approved you will be invoiced for the fee.
- A copy of the agreement with council will be sent to you and will be valid for 12 months. A renewal will be sent to you at the end of that period.
Once your agreement application has been submitted your project will be formally assessed by our team for suitability of the proposal.
Your agreement will last 12 months. After the 12 months, you will be contacted by us to see whether you would like to continue.
What does it cost?
There is an annual fee for all planter boxes which contributes to administration, monitoring, materials and insurance for the program. Please contact us to find out more.
There is no fee for unsuccessful applications.
We provide public liability insurance, but if there is a claim against the planter box you will be responsible for paying the excess.
What are my responsibilities?
We will provide you with a planter box as part of the agreement, however, you will need to provide the soil and plants to go into the box.
All participants must maintain their planter boxes and the area immediately surrounding them.
It is your responsibility to consider the public amenity of your garden and ensure that it contains plants, whether they be cover crops or edibles, at all times (we acknowledge that there may be some brief done times between seasons).
If the planter box and the surrounding area is not maintained your planter box may be removed.
Edibles for a shady or sunny position
Herbs and flowers for shady or sunny position
Edibles for a sunny position only
Herbs and flowers for sunny position only