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Have Your Say - New Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions

19 January 2017

Willoughby residents are being encouraged to have their say on the proposed introduction of new boat trailer parking restriction across the entire Willoughby Local Government Area (LGA) through a community consultation process. This follows recent amendments to The Impounding Act, 1993 that grants councils new powers regarding boat trailer parking restrictions.   

The changes have been 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; and
  • encourage the off-street storage of boat trailers free up on-street parking spaces for local residents.

The new legislation relates only to registered boat trailers, with registered box trailers and caravans not included. The changes will enable Council to implement tighter management arrangements in relation to registered boat trailers on public roads.

Over the period from 1 September, 2015 to 30 October, 2016, Council received a total of 51 complaints about boat trailer parking. Northbridge featured most prominently with eight separate streets mentioned and the Naremburn, Willoughby and Artarmon areas involved four or more streets. 

If the new powers are applied, 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 impounding the trailer. The changes to the Impounding Act also provide Council with the option of establishing a charge for the release of an impounded item.

Council considered a report in relation to this matter at its meeting on Monday 14 November (agenda and minutes here) at which time it resolved to commence community consultation. The results of the community consultation will be considered by Council in March 2017. Until then, Council will maintain its current practice of not issuing parking permits for boat trailers.

Community feedback will be open until 5pm, Friday 17 February 2017

  1. Take part in our survey on, or
  2. Send a letter to Willoughby City Council PO Box 57, Chatswood  NSW 2057, or    

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