Kerb Security Deposits

Find out about Kerb Security Deposits, including how to request a verge inspection and apply for a refund.

What is a Kerb Security Deposit (KSD)?

A Kerb Security Deposit is a bond held by the City to ensure that any damages caused to the City’s verge infrastructure during works or construction, are reinstated to pre-works condition at completion of those works.

A Kerb Security Deposit is required for:

  • Residential and commercial building construction or works valued at over $20,000
  • All demolitions works
  • All swimming pool installations/removals

What does ‘Verge infrastructure’ include?

Verge infrastructure includes the following but is not limited to:

  • Crossovers (Driveway)
  • Kerbs
  • Footpaths
  • Road pavement
  • Drainage infrastructure
  • Street trees
  • Other utility provider assets

How much is the deposit and when is it paid?

The current fee for a deposit is $1900. The property owner or builder is required to pay the Kerb Security Deposit upon lodgement of a building application. The City will take photos of the verge infrastructure prior to the commencement of works or construction for record purposes.  

When and how do I apply for a refund?

  • Upon completion of all works, it is the responsibility of property owner or builder to submit a Notice of Completion (Form BA07) before an application for a refund of the Kerb Security Deposit can be processed.

    Note: - The form BA7 – Notice of Completion is available at the Building Commission website. Also refer to Section 33 of Building Act 2011.
  • It is the responsibility of the deposit payer (property owner or builder) to request a refund of the Kerb Security Deposit by completing a Kerb Security Deposit Refund Application Form.
  • An inspection will be carried out by the City upon receipt of the Kerb Security Deposit Refund Application Form
  • This inspection will only be conducted when all the building construction/demolition and associated works (including verge clean-up) are completed.
  • The deposit can only be refunded to the original payer to the City, following inspection and approval that the verge has been returned to pre-works condition.

Note the application will be assessed against the City's records for approval.

How long does the process take?

The refund will be completed within five (5) weeks if the inspection is passed. You will be kept informed along the way of the progress of your refund by email.

What happens if the verge does not pass the inspection?

For a declined refund application, the applicant will be provided with an opportunity to make good any damage. Upon completion of the repairs, the applicant will be required to resubmit a new Kerb Security Deposit Refund Application Form.

Failure to make good any damage may result in the City undertaking the necessary reinstatement works and use the deposit amount to recover all or part of these costs. If the deposit is not sufficient to cover the cost, the City will issue an invoice to the property owner/ builder/ applicant to recover the remaining cost. This includes rectification works for damage to City assets by service authorities connected with the building/demolition work (e.g. gas, water, electricity and other providers). If damaged City assets are not reinstated within the specified timeframe, a penalty may apply.

Refund applications which are declined due to the above conditions not being met will incur a reinspection fee of $100 which will be deducted from the Kerb Security Deposit.