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 along key city thoroughfares, where berms are too dangerous for residents to manage, and around our reserves and playgrounds.
If you're worried about an overgrown section - you'll find more information here
Take a look at our Tree and vegetation policy
Please note - under Porirua City bylaws it’s an offence to park on a grass berm.
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.
If a resident is unable to mow their berm, they may wish to employ a contractor at their own personal cost.
Residents who are physically incapable of mowing their lawn and the berm outside their property may be eligible for an allowance from Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) to assist with the cost of a contractor. Please contact WINZ for more information or take a look at the Work and Income website.
Where a berm area is too steep or too dangerous for residents to safely mow, Council will infrequently cut the grass at a maximum frequency of twice a year.
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.
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.