Boat Trailer Parking

Consultation has concluded

Parking your boat trailer on a local street is convenient. However, some owners leave their boat trailers unattended in streets for extended periods of time – and this can have a negative impact on neighbourhoods and the community at large. The State Government has introduced legislation that allows NSW councils to ‘opt-in’ to have the authority to impound boat trailers (and the boats they carry) if they have been parked on residential streets without moving for a period of time.

The new laws do not automatically apply in every part of NSW. Councils are required to consult with their community and then determine whether or not to enforce the new boat trailer parking laws. Following the consultation period, a report will be submitted to Council. The report will advise Council on the consultation outcomes to assist in its determination on whether to implement the provisions of the new Act.

If the Council formally adopts the position to implement the Boat Trailer Law changes, the Council will place a notice in the NSW Government Gazette announcing the whole (or part) of the Waverley LGA gazetted as a “Declared Area” for the purposes of the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015. Once this has been gazetted, a Public Notice Period will be provided prior to implementation.

If the new Boat Law is implemented in all or any part of the Waverley LGA, the Council would be able to commence the process to ensure that unattended boat trailers parked in the same spot for more than 28 days are moved or impounded. This process would occur in any ‘declared area’ within the Waverley LGA for the purposes of the boat trailer legislation.


How you can have your say

Background - start by first reading the background information below and the associated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the right of the page.

Survey - complete the survey below to let us know your thoughts on the whether or not Council should opt in to the new Boat Trailer legislation.

Places - use the places tool below to let us know where there is an issue with boat trailers parking for extended periods of time, and where you think boat trailers should be allowed to park.

Ideas - use the ideas tool below to tell us how we should define 'attended' boat trailers.


Submissions close 5pm 4th December 2018.


Next steps

Following the consultation period, a report will be submitted to Council. The report will advise Council on the consultation outcomes to assist in its determination on whether to implement the provisions of the new Act.

Parking your boat trailer on a local street is convenient. However, some owners leave their boat trailers unattended in streets for extended periods of time – and this can have a negative impact on neighbourhoods and the community at large. The State Government has introduced legislation that allows NSW councils to ‘opt-in’ to have the authority to impound boat trailers (and the boats they carry) if they have been parked on residential streets without moving for a period of time.

The new laws do not automatically apply in every part of NSW. Councils are required to consult with their community and then determine whether or not to enforce the new boat trailer parking laws. Following the consultation period, a report will be submitted to Council. The report will advise Council on the consultation outcomes to assist in its determination on whether to implement the provisions of the new Act.

If the Council formally adopts the position to implement the Boat Trailer Law changes, the Council will place a notice in the NSW Government Gazette announcing the whole (or part) of the Waverley LGA gazetted as a “Declared Area” for the purposes of the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015. Once this has been gazetted, a Public Notice Period will be provided prior to implementation.

If the new Boat Law is implemented in all or any part of the Waverley LGA, the Council would be able to commence the process to ensure that unattended boat trailers parked in the same spot for more than 28 days are moved or impounded. This process would occur in any ‘declared area’ within the Waverley LGA for the purposes of the boat trailer legislation.


How you can have your say

Background - start by first reading the background information below and the associated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the right of the page.

Survey - complete the survey below to let us know your thoughts on the whether or not Council should opt in to the new Boat Trailer legislation.

Places - use the places tool below to let us know where there is an issue with boat trailers parking for extended periods of time, and where you think boat trailers should be allowed to park.

Ideas - use the ideas tool below to tell us how we should define 'attended' boat trailers.


Submissions close 5pm 4th December 2018.


Next steps

Following the consultation period, a report will be submitted to Council. The report will advise Council on the consultation outcomes to assist in its determination on whether to implement the provisions of the new Act.

Consultation has concluded
  • How it would work?

    about 1 year ago

    If Council opts in, the zone selected for this legislation would be known as a ‘declared area’

    Once a complaint is received, Council must first investigate to confirm if the boat is registered.

    - If the boat trailer is unregistered, Council will attempt to make contact with the last known registered owner prior to commencing impounding procedures.

    - If the boat trailer is registered, Council will record the current location of the boat trailer. If after 28 days, the boat has not moved, Council will provide the owner with 15 days’ notice of its intention to impound the boat trailer....

    If Council opts in, the zone selected for this legislation would be known as a ‘declared area’

    Once a complaint is received, Council must first investigate to confirm if the boat is registered.

    - If the boat trailer is unregistered, Council will attempt to make contact with the last known registered owner prior to commencing impounding procedures.

    - If the boat trailer is registered, Council will record the current location of the boat trailer. If after 28 days, the boat has not moved, Council will provide the owner with 15 days’ notice of its intention to impound the boat trailer. This essentially gives the owner six weeks to move the boat trailer. If it is not moved it will be deemed ‘unattended’ and impounded as soon as possible.

    Please note: If the registered owner of the boat trailer is not the same person as the registered owner of the boat then attempts must be made to notify both owners prior to impounding.

    If Council chooses to introduce the new legislation, it will need to decide whether it applies to all areas of Waverley or only to certain streets. Feedback from other Councils has indicated that boat trailers are moved to areas where the legislation is not being implemented.

  • What will change?

    about 1 year ago

    If Council decides to ‘opt-in’ to the new legislation, then boat trailer owners will no longer be able to park their registered boat trailers on streets within Waverley Council declared areas for an indefinite period of time.

    It should be noted however that the new legislation does not currently allow Council to infringe the owners of unattended and unmoved boat trailers with a parking infringement in the same way they are issued to a car for not moving within a certain period of time.

    Also, in order for the new legislation to be introduced practically and feasibly within the Waverley...

    If Council decides to ‘opt-in’ to the new legislation, then boat trailer owners will no longer be able to park their registered boat trailers on streets within Waverley Council declared areas for an indefinite period of time.

    It should be noted however that the new legislation does not currently allow Council to infringe the owners of unattended and unmoved boat trailers with a parking infringement in the same way they are issued to a car for not moving within a certain period of time.

    Also, in order for the new legislation to be introduced practically and feasibly within the Waverley LGA, Council will take action when it receives a complaint from members of the community that a boat trailer has not ‘moved’.

    Once Council has been notified, the boat/trailer will be monitored to establish if it has been moved within 28 days. If it hasn’t, a notice will be issued to the registered owner of the boat trailer of Council’s intention to impound the boat trailer (and any ‘on board’ boat) after a further 15 days. If the boat trailer has still not moved after the 15 day notification period it will be deemed to be ‘unattended’ and impounded as soon as possible.

    The new legislation deems that a boat trailer has NOT been moved if it has only moved along the same road BUT without passing an intersection with another road. Council Officers will use their discretion to determine when this is the case.

    This legislation only covers boat trailers with or without a boat and not any other trailers or vehicles. As long as they are parked legally, advertising trailers, box trailers and caravans are not subject to this legislation.

    Council will have the option to establish charges for cost recovery regarding the impounding, release or disposal of boats and boat trailers.


  • Are boat trailers eligible for parking permits?

    about 1 year ago

    Under the Permit Parking Guidelines issued by the Roads & Maritime Services released on 28 October 2018, parking permits are not permitted to be issued to a vehicle that is a truck, bus, tram, tractor or trailer (boat or caravan).

    Under the Permit Parking Guidelines issued by the Roads & Maritime Services released on 28 October 2018, parking permits are not permitted to be issued to a vehicle that is a truck, bus, tram, tractor or trailer (boat or caravan).