Footpath gardening

Footpath gardening

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, 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.

Getting started

You need to make sure 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:

  • garden beds checklist
  • planter box checklist

You can download the forms.

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.


Mark Driver
Parks and Recreation Planner
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Tuesday, 26 November 2019