Maintaining your property

Tenants and owners are responsible for keeping their property clean and preventing it from impacting others' land. Issues can be reported to Council.

Residents and owners are responsible for keeping their property clean.

Building materials on roads or footpaths

Public roads and footpaths should be kept free of mud, dirt, sand and other materials at all times. All building materials should be kept on your private property.

Overhanging trees and branches

Residents must ensure the boundaries of their property remain clear of obstructions, and that overhanging tree branches are no lower than 2.4 metres. Council can issue notices to property owners requesting the removal of obstructions near footpaths, and may issue a fine if a request is not actioned.

Read the Obstruction from Private Property fact sheet.

To report overhanging foliage or obstacles on the footpath contact Customer Service at the bottom of this page.

Unsightly premises

Property owners are required to keep their land free of any items that may be deemed unsightly or detrimental to the amenity of the neighbourhood.

Read the Unsightly Properties fact sheet.

To report an unsightly property, contact Customer Service at the bottom of this page.

Parking on nature strips

Parking cars, trailers, boats or other vehicles on nature strips or reserves is not permitted. Park within your property or on the road against the curb.

Fire hazards

You don't have to live in the country to be at risk from a grassfire or bushfire. Suburban homes can come under threat, especially when they are close to our parks, reserves and creeks. Being fire ready is a shared responsibility between government, emergency services and the community.

Council's Fire Prevention Officers makes yearly inspections across all Darebin properties from November to March to ensure that they are maintained to a fire safe condition.

Property owners can reduce the risk of fire by clearing anything that could fuel a fire, including:

  • regularly mowing the grass and raking up leaves
  • removing weeds and pruning bushes and trees
  • keeping garden beds moist through mulching or other non-flammable ground covers like pebbles
  • regularly clearing leaves from gutters, roofs, downpipes and around the base of trees
  • maintaining a well-watered lawn (complying with water restrictions)
  • storing flammable or combustible materials such as woodpiles and rubbish away from your house

When a property is identified as being a fire hazard or maintained to a fire safe standard, a Fire Prevention Notice will be issued to each owner of the property. Owners have 14 days to clear the property (no extensions can be permitted). The property will be re-inspected after the expiry of the notice.

If the property is still deemed a fire hazard, Council will clear the property and all charges for the clean-up are passed on to the property owners to pay. A fine is also issued to all owners of the property for failing to comply with the Notice.

Read the Fire Hazard fact sheet.

More information

Burning off

Lighting incinerators or burning in the open air is prohibited in Darebin to promote a cleaner environment. An on-the-spot fine of $500 may be issued to anyone found breaking this law.

Fires may only be lit outdoors when cooking food. Residents are asked to advise neighbours and Council prior to cooking food outdoors. For complaints or concerns about smoke caused by indoor heating or cooking, contact Council on 8470 8888.

It is illegal to have an outdoor fire of any kind during Total Fire Ban days. Ask your local fire brigade for more information about declared Total Fire Ban days. Further information is also available from the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

More information:

Customer service
Call: (03) 8470 8888