A berm or verge is usually a grass area between the road and your property or business. In most parts of Porirua City, the property owner or resident is responsible for its upkeep. Council helps maintain some berm areas in the city, such as reserves, city centre and playgrounds.
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.
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 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. Owners are responsible for the rest.
Planting is allowed in some instances, and generally done by Council but in general it should be kept free of plants or shrubs 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, such as footpath, road, streetlight and drainage clearance.