Maintaining Berms

A berm or verge is usually a grass area between the road and your property or business. You'll find information on this page about how Porirua City maintains its berms.

A berm or verge is usually a grass area between the road and your property or business. In most parts of Porirua City, we encourage the property owner or resident to maintain the berm outside their property. Council does maintain some berm areas in the city, such as reserves, the city centre and playgrounds.

If you're worried about an overgrown section - you'll find more information here

Urban Berms

Residents generally maintain the berms in front (and beside) their properties because they want their street to look smart and well-cared for.   This approach is taken to reduce the demand on rates and it recognises that it is the resident who benefits from a tidy and clean front berm.

Where a resident does not maintain their berm, Council will cut the grass at a maximum frequency of twice a year.   

If a resident is unable to mow their berm, they may wish to employ a contractor at their own personal cost. 

Work and Income can help with the cost of lawn mowing (including berms) through a Disability Allowance, if you need some help with this because of your health. There’s more information about the Disability Allowance on the Work and Income website.

Urban steep banks

Where a berm area is too steep for residents to safely mow, Council will infrequently cut the grass at a maximum frequency of twice a year.  

Rural berms mowing

Rural berms are mowed at least two times a year. This will only be increased if the berm becomes a hazard, such as blocking sightlines.

Mowing is done two metres from the edge of the seal where possible.

Planting on berms

Road reserve berms should be kept free of vegetation to ensure safe use of the road for all road users.  If any planting is deemed to be a hazard, Council can require that it be trimmed or removed.  This is for public safety reasons; to ensure clear slight lines and clearance from footpaths, roads, streetlights and drainage.