Junked Vehicles

Definition of a Junked Vehicle

A junked vehicle is any vehicle that is self-propelled and meets the following requirements:

  • The vehicle does not have the following lawfully attached to it:
    • An unexpired license plate
    • A valid motor vehicle inspection certificate
  • The vehicle is in one of the following conditions:
    • Wrecked, dismantled, or partially dismantled, or discarded
    • Inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than one of the following:
      • 72 consecutive hours, if the vehicle is on public property
      • 30 consecutive days, if the vehicle is on private property

When Is A Junk Vehicle A Nuisance?

A junked vehicle, including a part of a junked vehicle, located within the city limits that is visible from a public place or public right of way, is declared to be a public nuisance, unless it:

  • Is completely enclosed in a building in a lawful manner and is not visible from the street or other public or private property
  • Is stored or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with the business of a licensed vehicles dealer or junkyard, or is an antique or special interest vehicle stored by a motor vehicle collector on the collector's property, and if the vehicle or part and the outdoor storage area (if any) are:
    • Maintained in an orderly manner
    • Not a health hazard
    • Screened from ordinary public view by appropriate means, including a fence, rapidly growing trees, or shrubbery

Nuisance Offense

Maintaining a public nuisance is considered an offense. An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $200. Upon conviction, the court shall order abatement and removal of the nuisance to a demolisher.