City ordinance makes it illegal to abandon a vehicle on public or private property. Partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked, or junked vehicles also may not be left within the city. State law defines an abandoned vehicle as, "a vehicle that is three (3) or more model years old and mechanically inoperable, and is left on private property for more than twenty (20) days." If a vehicle is tagged on private property and the owner makes no appointment within 20 days to show that it is operable, the vehicle may be towed and a $100 ticket could be issued to the owner.
Municipal code also prohibits parking vehicles (including cars, trucks, trailers, campers, boats, RVs, etc.) on any portion of residential property other than in a driveway, street or alley. Violators can receive tickets of $100 per day, per violation.
For additional information regarding parking violations and size limitations refer to City Ordinance 72.23 Parking in Residential Districts.
To report an abandoned or inoperable vehicle on a public street, please call Parking Enforcement at 311 or click here.
Please provide the following information when reporting an abandoned vehicle:
1. Address where the vehicle is located. (Exact address please.)
2. Is car in the grass or in the driveway?
3. Type, color, and year of car (if possible).
4. If available, a plate number would be helpful.
Waiver to Remove an Abandoned Vehicle from Property
If you are a property owner and there is an abandoned vehicle that you would like to have removed, you can sign a waiver asking for the vehicle to be removed. We will then tag the vehicle and remove it if it is still there after 3 days.
These waivers are available at the Neighborhood Code Office, and we will fax one to you if you call 311. You may also click on the Waiver Form, print it out, and mail it to us or bring it to our office.