Sidewalk showing a well taken care of boulevard

Gardening on boulevards

Installing a boulevard garden?

Ensure your garden meets clearance and measurements requirements.

Read our boulevard gardening guidelines

We encourage residents, property owners, and business operators to take care of and maintain the City boulevard next to their property. Maintenance includes:

  • Cutting the grass
  • Trimming hedges and shrubs
  • Keeping clear of weeds and litter

Although most boulevards are grass, there are other landscaping and gardening possibilities that are allowed in residential neighbourhoods.

Multi-family dwellings in residential neighbourhoods are also allowed to garden.

We do not permit installation of:

  • Artificial turf on City or private property, as it does not have fully permeable characteristics
  • Sprinklers in boulevards. Home owners are responsible for any costs associated with unpermitted sprinklers in boulevards.

Help to create and maintain green spaces in Vancouver

Green Streets Program

Beautify traffic calming areas in your neighbourhood as a volunteer gardener.

Safe gardening on streets

Gardens on City streets are close to vehicle traffic. You can keep yourself safe while gardening if you remember these tips.

Recommended plant list

Ensure plants used in street gardens will provide visual enjoyment all year long. View the list of shrubs and plants that fluorish well in Vancouver, and meet Green Streets height requirements.


Report boulevard maintenance issues

The fastest way to report an issue a with boulevard maintenance is by using our online tool. Please note, if you own a property next to a boulevard, you are responsible for taking care of the boulevard.

Submit a request now through VanConnect now, or download the app for your mobile device.