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Can boats be parked on the street?

If you’re looking in to becoming a boat owner, you’ll first want to think about storage. While convenient, parking on the street isn’t really the best option. NSW has some pretty strict restrictions on this, which may be dependent on the council area in which you reside. For accurate information on this subject, we suggest you contact your local council or click here. However, here are the general guidelines from the NSW Office of Local Government.

In an effort to reduce the number of boat trailers parked roadside in NSW, new parking rules were implemented in 2016. On July 1st of that year, the Impounding Act 1993 was amended by the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers). Sometimes trailers have been left in the same spot for weeks, months and even years at a time, to the frustration of their neighbours and community. NSW councils now have the authority to impound such offenders (both trailers and the boats they carry) if they have been parked on residential streets in excess of 28 days.

So, what does this mean? If your local council area is affected, and you plan to store your boat using on street parking, then your boat trailer will need to be moved every 28 days. The tailer needs to move at least as far away as a different section of the block on the same street. If you don’t move the boat far enough- council can still impound it. Council does have an obligation to boat owners before impounding their property. They must give owners at least 15 days’ notice before actioning this, giving you some extra time to organise alternative parking arrangements.

If your notice period expires and your trailer and boat are impounded, please note that council has the authority to charge you for the costs associated with this, including costs for the retrieval of your boat from an impounding facility. If your boat remains unclaimed for a certain period, they reserve the right to sell it. Ensure your registration details are always current, so you can be contacted if council ever does impound your trailer and boat.
Holding a Residential Parking Permit that has been issues by your council counts as an exemption to parking laws. This permit must be displayed on the boat trailer.

As mentioned above, the laws are not enforceable everywhere. Councils have to opt-in to be part of it. To check the stance of your own council, or the council area in which your boat will be parked, click here.

If parking your boat on your own property, or on your residential street is not a viable option, alternative storage options are available. From paying for docking at the marina, to boat storage facilities and dry dock- there’s plenty to choose from. Before investing in a boat, ensure you look in to the storage possibilities and have a plan that is convenient and affordable.

At Terrace Boating, we recommend Toronto Boathouse and Port Stephens Self Storage as alternatives to on street parking. Toronto Boathouse offers convenient, undercover dry stack storage, with 24 hour security. They’ll even put your boat in the water, take it out, wash it down and store it again (and refuel too if you’d like). If you’d like to know more, give them a call on 0421 186 843. Port Stephens Self Storage is also a modern storage facility, with a focus on safety and security. Located at Taylors Beach, they offer storage for boats, caravans, trailers and even regular household goods. For more information, contact them on (02) 4984 2000.

If you have any further questions about boats, trailers or accessories, feel free to stop by and visit the friendly team of experts at Terrace Boating. We are all boat people here, and happy to share our knowledge and experience.