Clean Streets

Our street sweeping trucks drive by your street every 6 weeks to keep the gutters clean.

Residential streets are swept once throughout a six (6) week cycle, while   made rights-of-way cleaned once every three (3) months. These frequency may be subject to change during the heavy leaf fall season.  The schedule for your street is available on DarebinGuide.

  1. Visit DarebinGuide
  2. Enter your property address in the Address search
  3. Refer to the Property Details section (on left) 
  4. See Street Sweeping to find your next street sweeping date.

Why hasn't our street been cleaned?

  • Our trucks can't sweep the road in front of your house if there is a parked car in the way.
  • Cleaning is only provided for streets (property line to property line, made laneways) and Darebin owned car parks.
  • Autumn leaves can gather quickly creating a lot of mess on the street, during this time additional resources may be utilised to help keep these streets clean.

Report a Road Spill
If you notice that oil, paint or cement has been spilled across your street please report it to us. We will arrange for the spill to be inspected and cleaned as soon as possible.

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Council installs and maintains the public waste and recycling bins that you see in shopping precincts, parks and along some streets.

Public waste and recycling bins are available throughout Darebin. 

Business and household waste and recycling must go in your business or household bins.
Business and household waste and recycling are not permitted in public bins. You can be fined if found using them for these purposes, so please use your business or household bins, not the public bins.

Help us to keep your waste and recycling bins working for you!
You can report issues with public waste and recycling bins by calling Customer Service on 8470 8888.

How to suggest sites for public waste or recycling bins
Council can only install waste and recycling bins on Council land. If you believe a public waste or recycling bin is needed on Council land, you can suggest this by calling Customer Service on 8470 8888. Council installs bins based on a number of different factors, including accessibility and safety for use, collection and emptying, other bins in the nearby area, location of the site, site use, the amount and/or type of waste in the area etc.

Note: All train stations and some major tram and bus stops are located on Public Transport Victoria (PTV) land. Council is unable to install and/or empty bins at these locations.

If you believe a waste or recycling bin is needed at public transport stops on PTV land, you can request bins through the PTV Feedback and Complaints form. To check if the public transport stop is on PTV land you can search for the property owner here.

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

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 Council on 8470 8888 or email

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 Council on 8470 8888 or email

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.

Further information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Street trees and trees in parks can get damaged and can become a danger.

Report a fallen tree or branch
If you notice a fallen tree or large branch on the road, nature strip or in a park please report it to Council. We will arrange for the scene to be inspected and cleaned as soon as possible.

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

We have a range of initiatives to reduce the impact of graffiti on our community including the graffiti removal subsidy program for residents and businesses.

We offer private property owners (residential and business), a subsidy to assist in the removal of graffiti on their property.

Property owners can receive one of the following to remove graffiti in any 12 month period:
  • A voucher for $100 towards a 4 litre tin of paint.
  • A voucher for $100 towards the total cost of hiring a graffiti removal contractor.
  • A voucher for a graffiti removal kit containing a biodegradable chemical and cleaning equipment.
To apply for a Graffiti Removal Voucher, contact us on 8470 8888.

Graffiti removal can cause significant damage to the environment. Where possible, use biodegradable chemicals and recycled water.

Offensive graffiti
Council also offers a subsidy of up to $500 to assist private property owners the quick removal of offensive graffiti from their residential or commercial property. Offensive graffiti is defined as having the potential to insult members or groups in the community.

It commonly includes defamatory or degrading remarks about race, religion, sex or personal privacy.

More information on Council's approach to graffiti management can be found in the 2014-2018 Graffiti Management Strategy.

    Street Art Subsidy Program
    Darebin Council's Street Art Subsidy Program is an innovative project that aims to brighten the street scape and prevent the re-occurrence of illegal graffiti and tagging through the provision of quality street art on locations previously subjected to graffiti.

    Street Art Subsidy Program Guidelines
    As part of Darebin’s Graffiti Management Strategy 2014 – 2018, Council funds a limited number of street art murals on private property through the Street Art Subsidy Program.

    Eligibility Requirements
    • The property must be affected by graffiti or will have reported the occurrence of graffiti in this location within the past 12 months of the submission for funding.
    • Work will not be undertaken on land that abuts train lines unless the property owner has received approval from the relevant authority to access the space prior to the work being undertaken.
    • Any artwork must be pre-approved by Council prior to installation.
    • The property owner must give consent in writing prior to the application of any artwork and agree to keep it for a time of no less than three years.

    2017/2018 Street Art Sites:
    * Merri Community Child Care Centre - 313 St Georges Road Thornbury (Artist: Simon Dransfield) - Council Property
    • Gower Street Kindergarten - 146 Gower Street Preston (Artist: Christine Martin) - Council Property
    • Merrilands (PRACE) - 35 Sturdee Street Reservoir (Artist: Hayden Dewar) - Council Property
    • Clifton Street Children’s Centre - 55 Clifton Street Northcote (Artist: Tom Civil) - Council Property
    • Reservoir Skatepark - 73 Leamington Street Reservoir (Commissioned by Youth Services)
    • Northcote Skatepark - 8 Breavington Way Northcote (Commissioned by Youth Services)
    1-3 Clifton Grove Preston (Artist: Hayden Dewar)
    365 Bell Street Preston (Artist: Damien Arena)
    1 Gilbert Road Preston (Artist: Zennie McLoughlin)
    628 High Street Preston (Artist: Darryl Tilson)
    (Rear of) 28 Bennett Street Alphington (Artist: Lucy Lucy)
    203 Victoria Road Northcote (Artist: Brodie Colbourne)
    • 705 High Street Thornbury (Artist: Tonia Comporto)
    598-604 High Street Thornbury (Artist: Hayden Dewar)
    755A Gilbert Road Reservoir (Artist: Shannon Keane)
    444 High Street, Preston (Artist: Emily Sherwood)

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Posting up advertising or bill posters on street poles is illegal, and doesn't make our City look very appealing. Stick to advertising your posters where you have permission, or you may receive a fine.

Unfortunately, it costs us thousands of dollars each year to clean up advertising on street poles.

Advertising on poles is illegal according to the Environment Protection Act 1970, and offenders (and those who instruct others to put up) who put up posters may be fined.

If there is a streetlight that is not working properly, please report this to your electricity distribution company.

Darebin’s public lighting infrastructure in residential streets has been designed to meet the Australian Standard P5, which provides a minimum coverage of 0.07 lux- around the light of a half moon on a clear night. Council does not provide lighting to protect private property or lighting above the Australian standard requirements.


Reporting faulty streetlights

If there is a streetlight that is not working properly, please report this to your electricity distribution company. The electricity distribution company will organise the repair of the faulty light. You can report the faults by phone, email or via an online portal. You will need to know the pole number and/or the street address of the property closest to the pole.

The contact details for each of the energy distribution companies are listed below. If you do not know who your electricity distributor is, you can find out here.



Phone: 13 12 80




Phone: 13 16 26




Phone: 13 17 99




If you are the first person to report the faulty light, and it is not fixed within 2 business days, you may be eligible for a payment of $25 from the distributor. Where a distributor does not repair a public light within 2 business days of a fault report or a period otherwise agreed between the distributor and the person, it must pay the first person who reported the fault a minimum of $25 if that person is the occupier of an immediately neighbouring residence or is the proprietor of an immediately neighbouring business.