Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions

The consultation has concluded.  Thank you for your submissions. 

Randwick City Council is proposing to introduce new boat trailer parking restrictions across the entire Randwick Local Government Area.

The proposed restrictions follow new state regulations that came into effect on 1 July 2016; called the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act.

If the new powers are applied across Randwick City, it would mean boat trailers must move at least every 28 days, and must move at least one street block. If the boat trailer does not move, Council must provide the registered owner with 15 days’ notice before being able to impound the trailer. Council would also have the option of establishing a charge for the release of an impounded item.

The changes to the Act were developed to:

  • Discourage the nuisance caused by the long term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads, often by people who do not live in the local area;
  • Encourage the off-street storage of boat trailers; and
  • Free up on-street parking spaces for local residents

Whether you own a boat trailer or not, we want to know what you think about the proposal. Your feedback will help Council in making a decision on whether to implement the provisions of the new act.

Please note that Randwick Council will maintain its current practice of not issuing parking permits for boat trailers.

You can share your thoughts by:

  • Completing an online submission through this site
  • Sending your comments headed "Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions" to the General Manager by email council@randwick.nsw.gov.au
  • Posting your comments headed "Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions" to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031.

Randwick City Council is proposing to introduce new boat trailer parking restrictions across the entire Randwick Local Government Area.

The proposed restrictions follow new state regulations that came into effect on 1 July 2016; called the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act.

If the new powers are applied across Randwick City, it would mean boat trailers must move at least every 28 days, and must move at least one street block. If the boat trailer does not move, Council must provide the registered owner with 15 days’ notice before being able to impound the trailer. Council would also have the option of establishing a charge for the release of an impounded item.

The changes to the Act were developed to:

  • Discourage the nuisance caused by the long term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads, often by people who do not live in the local area;
  • Encourage the off-street storage of boat trailers; and
  • Free up on-street parking spaces for local residents

Whether you own a boat trailer or not, we want to know what you think about the proposal. Your feedback will help Council in making a decision on whether to implement the provisions of the new act.

Please note that Randwick Council will maintain its current practice of not issuing parking permits for boat trailers.

You can share your thoughts by:

  • Completing an online submission through this site
  • Sending your comments headed "Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions" to the General Manager by email council@randwick.nsw.gov.au
  • Posting your comments headed "Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions" to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031.
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Bundock St Randwick/South Coogee is lined with parked boats, cars and even a catering truck for over a year, parked in front of a bus stop which is a dire accident waiting to happen. Are the local residents seriously asked to believe that council will enforce boat trailer parking restrictions when there are glaring infringements all along Bundock St? Why stop at boat trailer parking restriction? Why not the cars, catering trucks, campervans etc etc?

    BillyBob asked over 1 year ago

    In 2016, the NSW Government brought in new rules to give councils greater powers to better manage the impact of boat trailers. The rules apply only to boat trailers. We know that some people have concerns about other types of trailers including box trailers and caravans. However Council does not have any additional authority to regulate these types of trailers, unless they are parked illegally or in contravention of signage.  If trailers are illegally parked, please call our Call Centre on 1300 722 542 and Rangers will attend.

  • Why there should be a different rules for Jet ski or Caravan or other Trailers which take the same size of Parking compare to a Boat trailers? It is very unfair! Even most of other than boat trailers is staying for Ages, and you will only want to Penalize a Boat owners? For what? Do you have a Special parking for small Boat, where will be safe to keep it? please Don't take this unfair Decision!

    Jenice asked over 1 year ago

    In 2016, the NSW Government brought in new rules to give councils greater powers to better manage the impact of boat trailers. The rules apply only to boat trailers. This consultation is about getting people’s feedback on whether council should apply the new rules to boat trailers in Randwick City. We know that some people have concerns about other types of trailers including box trailers and caravans. However Council does not have any additional authority to regulate these types of trailers, unless they are parked illegally or in contravention of signage.

  • Does this include jetski trailers and other trailers, or are there other guidelines referring to those items?

    yvonnec asked over 1 year ago

    The Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 applies specifically to boat trailers and not to other types of trailers.


  • Will this legislation include, car trailers, box-trailers and like vehicles, if NOT ...WHY NOT these vehicles take up as much street parking as boat trailers and in many cases are left parked in the same location, unregistered for years !!!

    laurie haynes asked over 1 year ago

    The Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 applies specifically to boat trailers and not to other types of trailers.

    Currently it is legal for registered trailers and boat trailers (less than 4.5 tonnes and 7.5 metres long) to park in built up areas provided they are parked in accordance with any other parking restrictions outlined in the NSW Road Rules. We are looking forward to the use of this legislation encouraging boat owners to park off the streets.


  • How does council intend to enforce this restriction when people move their boat, car, campervan etc a few feet from the original spot a few days of a notice being placed? Happy campers indeed.

    BillyBob asked over 1 year ago

    The Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 requires boat trailers to be moved at least one street block, every 28 days.  Council would only monitor boat trailers in residential or other built up areas if they have been reported to Council. Once reported, Council Rangers will attend and gather information relating to the details of the boat trailer and where it is parked. Over the next 28 days the trailer will be monitored and particular details will be noted. If the trailer hasn’t been moved after 28 days, Council would proceed to issue a notice requiring the owner to move the boat trailer, otherwise the boat trailer may be impounded.

    The Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 only applies specifically to boat trailers and not to other types of trailers.


  • How are the Rangers going to have the extra time to enforce this law when they don't effectively enforce the abandoned cars in the streets? Some cars are there for over a year. Removal stickers are torn off and/or ignored. Rangers don't seem to follow these up so I would strongly suggest that you need more Rangers with greater powers to enforce BOTH cars and now boats. Is this obvious?

    Bob asked over 1 year ago

    The laws and legal obligations relating to abandoned vehicles are different to the new boat trailer laws. Council is confident that our officers will be able to help address community concerns about the  long term parking of boat trailers in Randwick.


  • How will Council monitor how long a trailer has been parked without having moved?

    Sandi asked over 1 year ago

    Once the Council is advised of a boat trailer being parked for an extending period Council Officers will visit the street.  The required information will be gathered relating to the details of the boat trailer and where it is parked. Over the next 28 days the trailer will be monitored and particular details will be noted. After 28 days, with our data confirming the trailer hasn’t been moved we would then proceed to issue a notice requiring the owner to move the boat trailer, otherwise the boat trailer may be impounded by Council.


  • Does this include normal trailers and caravans

    melmunright asked over 1 year ago

    The Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 only applies to boat trailers (no to other types of trailers).


  • Why can’t boat owners be made to park their boats in a place specifically for boats, instead of on the streets? The streets are already packed up to the hilt with cars. We need the space.

    Roz asked over 1 year ago

    Currently it is legal for registered trailers and boat trailers (less than 4.5 tonnes and 7.5 metres long) to park in built up areas provided they are parked in accordance with any other parking restrictions outlined in the NSW Road Rules. 


  • Does the boat parking apply to all types of trailers such as camping trailers and flatbed trailers too, or does it apply just to boat trailers?

    Saul asked over 1 year ago

    The Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 only applies to boat trailers (no other types of trailers).