Councils and public land authorities have the power to deal with property that is left unattended in a public space.

The power to hold people accountable for leaving property unattended is stated in the Public Spaces Unattended Property laws.

These laws help to protect our valuable public spaces from abandoned and unattended items.

Check the registration

If you believe that a vehicle has been abandoned or dumped in your neighbourhood, first check if the vehicle is registered.

Note: Registered vehicles are permitted to stay parked in one spot for 28 days providing they are in good order and parked in line with NSW road rules.

Who to contact

If it is registered and you're concerned it may be stolen, notify the NSW Police on 131 444.

If the vehicle is unregistered, or registered but not able to be legally driven due to damage, and it has been in the same place for 15 days, contact your local council.

In all instances you'll need to provide details on the vehicle's:

  • exact location
  • make, model and colour
  • number plate (if available).
Last updated: 10 February 2023