GREATER Taree City Council is stepping up efforts to ensure articles for sale including motor vehicles, caravans and boats, are not on council road reserves, footpath areas and community land.
Council is increasing monitoring of public areas in response to recent public concerns, to make sure footpaths and community lands remain free of such items, to maintain public safety and visual amenity.
"Under the Local Government Act, it is an offence to engage in a business or display an article for sale upon community land or road reserve, without the prior approval of council," team leader environmental heath Daryl Pasfield said.
"Council's rangers are stepping up the enforcement, given the many warnings issued have failed to curb the practice."
It is the responsibility of council to regulate and administer what activities require approval in these locations.
"Certainly the use of our footpath areas, road reserves and community land for this activity is not allowed without prior council approval and carries an on-the-spot penalty under the Act of $220," Mr Pasfield explained.