Report illegal parking or abandoned vehicles to council
As a general rule, parking is not allowed on nature strips.
Rolled kerbs and nature strips
In streets with rolled kerbs, vehicles should park parallel to the kerb with 2 wheels on the nature strip and 2 wheels on the road.
Where parking bays have also been provided on the nature strip area adjacent to the rolled kerb, vehicles must only park in these bays with two wheels on the parking bay and two wheels on the road so that other vehicles can still negotiate the road.
Boxed kerbs and nature strips
You cannot park a vehicle on a nature strip where the kerb is boxed. Fines apply.
Vehicles must not park on footpaths. This obstructs pedestrians and other footpath areas as well as sight lines for vehicles using the roadway. Fines apply.
Caravans & Trailers (not including Boat Trailers)
Registered vehicles can be parked on a residential street provided it does not exceed the weight and length limit. This includes caravans and trailers; there are special rules for boat trailers.
Registered vehicles less than 4.5 tonnes in weight (GVM) or less 7.5 metres in length can park on residential streets for an unlimited time.
Vehicles larger than this can only park on a residential street for a maximum of 1 hour unless specified by a permissive parking sign.
As of 1 July 2017 Council will be enforcing Section 15A of the Impounding Act 1993. This section affects the parking of boat trailers on the road for more than 28 days
Council now has the authority to impound boat trailers (and the boats they carry) if they have been parked on residential streets or other areas for more than 28 days.
In order to balance the needs of boat trailer owners and other resident’s Council has developed a clear guide defining under what circumstances Council would take action to have boat trailers moved or impounded to assist staff in decision making and the use of discretion.
If a boat trailer is causing an obstruction or safety issue to traffic (vehicular or pedestrian) or is likely to be a danger to the public then it may be impounded immediately under section 16 (5) of the Impounding Act 1993.
Council will be reactive and will only monitor boat trailers in residential or other built up areas if they have been reported to Council in contravention of the new law.
Boat Trailer Guidelines
Sutherland Shire Council may apply section 15A of the Impounding Act 1993 to remove unattended boat trailers parked longer that 28 days that are;
- ·not being parked in the immediate vicinity of the home of the boat owner or user;
- having impacts on limited parking in high density areas such as multi storey unit dwellings;
- being left unattended in and around waterways or boat ramps;
- being left in an unsightly state of disrepair or neglect;
- a heavy or long vehicle;
What is a Boat trailer?
A Boat trailer means a trailer constructed for, or used for, the conveyance of a boat and includes any boat (including any article that is secured to or in such a boat) or other article mounted on such a trailer at the time it is impounded.
What is immediate vicinity?
Immediate vicinity is the area of road or road related area between the property boundaries of the boat trailer owner/users residence only. The trailer must be parked wholly within this area.
Amenity issues; if the Officer considers a boat trailer to have been left in a state of disrepair or neglect then the officer may refuse to offer a concession under this guideline and may determine that the boat trailer must be moved or repaired.
Boat trailer user is not the owner; this guideline acknowledges that the user of a boat trailer may not be the owner of the boat trailer; in these cases the residence of the user will be accepted as a proper place to park the boat trailer. The owner of the boat trailer may be required to identify who the user of the boat trailer is.
What does this mean for boat owners and local residents?
If you cannot park your Boat trailer in the immediate vicinity of your property or on private property you will need to move your boat trailer every 28 days at least as far as a different block section of the same street. If this does not happen, the boat trailer (and any boat it carries) may be impounded.
At this stage Council will not be issuing residential parking permits for boat trailers.
Unregistered vehicles parked on a residential street are illegally parked and should be moved to private property. Penalties apply and possible impoundment of the vehicle may occur if it is not placed on private property. If left, the vehicle may be classified as an abandoned vehicle.
Time limited parking
Time limited parking applies across various areas in the Shire including around schools, commercial centres, beaches and sporting fields and more frequently visited areas.
All time limited parking has signage with parking time stipulated. Your allotted time starts from the moment your vehicle stops.
Mobility permit / Australian Disability Parking Permit holders can park in time limited areas for longer time periods.
|Time limited parking period
||Concession rule for permit holders.
|Sign is more than 30 minutes (eg 1, 2, 4 hours)
||The vehicle can be parked for an unlimited time.
|Sign is for 30 minutes
||The vehicle can park for a maximum of 2 hours.
|Sign is for less than 30 minutes (eg 5, 10 or 20 minutes)
||The vehicle can be park for a maximum of 30 minutes or twice the time limit of the sign (whichever is more).
All permit holders must clearly display a valid permit on the windscreen of the vehicle. Council parking officers monitor the correct use of permits.
Applications for permits and further information about parking concessions for permit holders is available on the Department of Roads and Maritime.
Typical parking signs
Avoid incurring an unwanted infringement notice and read parking signs carefully. The following is a list of the most common parking signage you will see around the Shire.
1, 2, 4 hour parking
Time limits apply within the hours and days indicated on each sign.
Short term parking areas (5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes)
- Short term parking areas are designed to accommodate the needs of local business and short term visitors.
- Time limits apply within the hours and days indicated on each sign.
No parking zones
You must not stop for more than 2 minutes in a no parking zone. Mobility permit holders can stop for up to 5 minutes.
Do not stop in a ‘No Stopping’ zone at any time.
Designated disability parking spaces
Parking spaces and signs that show the symbol for people with disabilities are for the use of vehicles displaying valid permits only.
Vehicles other than buses must not stop at any time in a bus zone.
- Only drivers of vehicles principally used for carrying and delivery of goods may park in a loading zone. The time limit is 30 minutes.
- A station wagon or a three wheeled goods vehicle may stop for up to 15 minutes.
- Other vehicles may stop to pick up or set down a passenger.
No parking permitted unless engaged in construction work in or near a construction zone.
Apply for a work zone permit from council
Illustrated examples of parking signs can be found on the Roads and Maritime website.