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Who maintains what?

Find out who to contact about maintaining specific road, footpath and drainage infrastructure.

We maintain

Local roads
Blocked drain pipes owned by Council only

We don't maintain

Nature strips
Vehicle Crossings
House storm water pipes and Legal Point of Discharge pipes
Main arterial roads
Street lighting

We maintain


You can report an area where concrete, asphalt or brick paved footpath panels:

  • are raised
  • are broken or damaged from tree roots
  • are showing natural wear and tear causing surface to break up
  • have damaged pit surrounds or lids
  • have any other footpath maintenance issues.

To report a footpath that is damaged or raised, please fill out the report a raised or damaged footpath form.

Local roads

We maintain all roads within the municipality apart from the main arterial roads below. If you see a pothole, please use our contact us form.

A Register of Public Roads is a list of public roads and associated infrastructure which are managed and maintained by a Victorian road authority. All road authorities must make this list publicly available in accordance with the Road Management Act 2004.

Bayside Register of Public Roads 2022

Blocked drain pipes

We carry out an annual program of high pressure jetting, root cutting and cleaning of drainage pipelines. Every line is required to be visited at least once in a three year period. Certain areas in Beaumaris and Brighton have been identified as requiring visiting on a more regular basis due to capacity issues.

We don't maintain

Nature strips

Nature strips in front of private properties are the responsibility of the property owner or occupier.

We run a tree planting program where you can request a nature strip tree.

Vehicle Crossings

The cost of construction and maintenance of vehicle crossings is the full responsibility of the property owner. The responsibility extends from the boundary line of the property to the edge of the road pavement, excluding the footpath section of the vehicle crossing.

If an existing vehicle crossing is damaged or impacted by either Council works, the maintenance of Council assets or tree root incursion from a Council tree, Council will undertake the necessary investigations and respond accordingly.

Most of the responsibility for vehicle crossing maintenance falls to the property owner. This includes where the crossing widens and curves to facilitate turning into and out of the property, also known as the splay. Where the splay meets the normal street kerb is the end of the property owner’s responsibility. Owner responsibility also includes the section of guttering along the front of the crossing. Any footpath that traverses the vehicle crossing is Council’s responsibility.

pink = property owner, green = council

Apply for a vehicle crossing permit

House storm water pipes and Legal Point of Discharge pipes

Are the responsibility of the property owner from within the property to the Council drainage pipes/pits or Kerb and Channel. The Legal Point of Discharge (LPD) pipes are either in the easement of the property or under the footpath and nature strip. Properly constructed and maintained pipes are designed to withstand normal tree roots and traffic loadings.  Poor or failed joints makes it possible for fine roots to enter a cracked pipe and expand inside the pipe as root growth occurs.  Cleaning the roots out of the pipe is only a temporary solution.  The problem can be permanently resolved if the damaged pipes are replaced or repaired.

Where excavation is required to be undertaken within the road reserve, a Bayside City Council Road Opening Permit must be obtained. Road Opening permits can be obtained here.

Main arterial roads

Department of Transport, DoT (formerly VicRoads) manages all maintenance on the main arterial roads in Bayside. This includes:

  • road signs
  • kerb and channel
  • drains
  • road opening permits on the arterial road surface
  • dead animals
  • all trees on the central median (except on South Road).

The roads managed by VicRoads in Bayside are:

  • Balcombe Road, Black Rock to Beaumaris
  • Bay Road, Sandringham to Cheltenham
  • Beach Road, Brighton to Beaumaris
  • Bluff Road, Hampton to Black Rock
  • Centre Road, Brighton East
  • Cummins Road, Brighton East
  • Glen Huntly Road, Brighton
  • Hampton Street, Brighton East to Hampton
  • Hawthorn Road, Brighton East
  • Nepean Highway, Brighton to Hampton East
  • North Road, Brighton to Brighton East
  • St Kilda Street, Brighton
  • South Road, Brighton to Brighton East
  • The Esplanade, Brighton

To report a road issue, please contact DoT via or visit VicRoads.

Street lighting

The maintenance of street lighting is managed by United Energy. If there is a street light fault, please contact United Energy.