The NSW Government has introduced Public Spaces Unattended Property laws to ensure public spaces (footpaths, streets, parks, bushland, and waterways) are safe and accessible for everyone.

Property considered unattended

The new laws affect property left in public places, including:

  • unregistered vehicles
    • boat trailers
    • caravans
  • personal recreation equipment
    • kayaks
    • bicycles
    • surfboards.
  • stray stock animals
  • share bikes
  • shopping trolleys.


Under the new laws, owners of property left in public places may face stronger regulatory action, including:

  • on-the-spot fines
  • higher court penalties
  • rapid seizure action
  • enforcement orders.

Fines may be issued for offences under the Act from 1 May 2023.


Contact the Office of Local Government for more information.

Last updated: 28 November 2023