Get planting in your street
If you and your neighbours are keen to make your street a little greener, we’re here to help.
The City's footpath gardening policy, available for download below, makes it easy and simple for residents and businesses to start a garden on public footpaths.
Footpath gardening is a great way to meet your neighbours, get out in the fresh air and to be healthy – it's about taking the patch of the City out the front of your house or business and making it beautiful.
You need to make sure that your footpath gardening project is respectful of the needs of others – it must be well-maintained and safe, and must keep the footpath accessible for everyone. To make sure your garden meets City of Sydney requirements, we ask that you fill out a simple checklist before you start your project.
You must be able to answer ‘yes’ to all relevant questions in the checklist. Depending on the scope of your footpath garden project choose between:
You can also download the forms below.
Once you’ve submitted your checklist you can start your garden – you don’t need confirmation from the City. If you have trouble filling out the checklist or would like to discuss your project with a City staff member first, please contact us on the details below.
Cash grants for planter boxes
The City offers partial grants for residents and businesses to buy footpath planter boxes.
You can apply for the grant if you have read the footpath gardening policy and submitted the checklist for your planter box on the street. You can then buy your planter box and install it, fill out the application form, also available for download below, send it to us with a photo and your receipt for reimbursement.
We will reimburse 50% (up to $150) of the cost of 1 planter box per property for pensioners and 25% (up to $75) for residents and local businesses.
Parks and Recreation Planner
02 9265 9333
|Footpath gardening policy||PDF 1.2 MB||Download|
|Planter box checklist - print version||PDF 1001.6 KB||Download|
|Garden beds checklist - print version||PDF 940.8 KB||Download|
|Planter box grant application form - print version||PDF 142.9 KB||Download|
Last updated: Tuesday, 3 December 2013