Abandoned Vehicles

Report an abandoned vehicle to council

Council officers can investigate concerns regarding vehicles (including boats and trailers) which may have been abandoned by their owner in a public place.  Council do not deal with abandoned vehicles located on private property.  Vehicles on private property are managed by the land owner and occupier of the premises.

Before reporting an abandon vehicle to Council you can check if the vehicle is registered online via Service NSW website under 'Check a vehicle registration.' 

Unregistered vehicles

Having an unregistered vehicle does not mean it is abandoned, however, it is illegal to have an unregistered vehicle on a road or road related area. Council officers are not authorised to deal with matters relating to the registration of a vehicle.  Information regarding the enforcement of unregistered vehicles, may be obtained by contacting the police at a local area command.

Claims of ownership

If, during the course of council's investigation of an abandoned vehicle, the owner (or a person acting on behalf of the owner) of a vehicle, contacts council and claims ownership, then council no longer considers the vehicle to be abandoned. 

If an owner comes forth, council is then unable to remove the vehicle, except in certain cases where the vehicle poses a hazard to pedestrians and other road users.

On the spot penalties may be imposed on someone who abandons a motor vehicle in a public place.


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More information

Policies and documents

Customer Response Policy Access to Information Policy Policies and Documents



Abandoned Vehicle Penalty Infringement Notices

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