A STREET and verge bond scheme designed to protect the City of Wanneroo against damage to roads, footpaths, kerbs and drains during construction started this month.
Under the scheme, all works that require a building or demolition permit will also require a verge bond permit from the City before work can start.
Along with a building or demolition application, the City’s Public Places and Local Government Property Local Law 2015 requires people doing building work valued at more than $5000 to pay a bond of $2000, plus a $100 application fee.
If no damage is caused to its infrastructure assets, the City will refund the bond, which is double the rate originally advertised by the City in 2015.
City assets director Harminder Singh said the approved fees and charges for 2015-16 included a verge maintenance inspection bond of $1000 which was increased to $2000 as part of the fees and charges of the approved 2016-17 Budget.
“Inspections during 2015-16 indicated that the repair works to rectify damage to the City’s assets was much more than the $1000 bond, so the increase was recommended and approved by the council,” he said.
There is still an application fee for work valued under $5000 but no bond is required.