Transport Canberra and City Services

City Rangers

City Rangers look after abandoned vehicles, sharps collections, line of sight obstructions, footpath (movable) signs and illegal activities such as littering. An overview of City Rangers is provided below.

Overview of City Rangers

City Rangers help to keep unleased Territory land safe and amenable by responding to applications and complaints regarding footpath signs, abandoned vehicles, sharps, illegal activities, line of sight problems and use of unleased Territory land.

City Rangers provide the following services on unleased land:

  • abandoned vehicle removal;
  • shopping trolley removal;
  • investigation of unapproved use of unleased land including illegal camping and unapproved storage of materials;
  • sharps removal;
  • investigation of line of sight problems pertaining to nature strip developments, objects, trees or foliage;
  • investigation of overhanging foliage obstructing public footpaths;
  • investigation of littering offences and illegal dumping;
  • enforcement of the Code of Practice for Movable Signs;
  • sign placement advice;
  • provide access to power source in public areas and parks;
  • provide access to gates for events in public parks;
  • provide keys to approved applicants to access urban open space at rear of residential properties;
  • compliance checks for approved permits issued under the Public Unleased Land Act 2013.

Contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 to report an abandoned vehicle, litter or line of sight problems. Applications to store materials or other objects on unleased land are also available through Access Canberra.

For more information visit:

  • Littering
    City Rangers deal with littering offences. Littering of any kind is illegal under the Litter Act 2004.
  • Changes to Shopping Trolley Legislation (Litter Act 2004)
    It is an offence in the ACT to remove a trolley from a shopping centre or to use (or leave) a trolley outside a shopping centre precinct.
  • Illegal dumping
    It is an offence under the Litter Act 2004 to dump rubbish in a public place. If the rubbish contains hazardous waste, it is also an offence under the Dangerous Substances Act 2004.
  • Movable signs
    It is an offence to, without reasonable excuse, place or keep a movable sign in a public place other than in accordance with the Code of Practice for Movable Signs.
  • Sharps policy
    The inappropriate disposal of sharps is a major concern to the ACT Government.
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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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