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

Property considered unattended

The 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 laws, owners of property left in public places may face penalties including:

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


Contact the Office of Local Government for more information.

Last updated: 26 February 2024

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