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Abandoned Vehicle

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In addition to and in accordance with the determination made and the authority granted by the State of California under Section 22660 of the Vehicle Code to abate and remove abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative vehicles or parts thereof as public nuisances, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego hereby makes the following findings and declarations.

The accumulation and storage of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles or parts on private or public property, including highways, is hereby found to create a condition tending to reduce the value of private property, to promote blight and deterioration, to invite plundering, to create fire hazards, to constitute an attractive nuisance creating a hazard to the health and safety of minors, to create a harborage for rodents and insects and to be injurious to the health, safety and general welfare.

Therefore, the presence of an abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicle or part on private or public property, except as expressly provided, is hereby declared to constitute a public nuisance which may be abated and removed in accordance with the provisions of this division.

The Code does NOT apply to:
A vehicle or part which is completely enclosed within a building in a lawful manner, where it is not visible from the street or other public or private property.

A vehicle or part which is stored or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with the business of a licenses dismantler, licenses vehicle dealer, or a junk yard.

How to be in compliance with County Codes

You must remove the vehicle from your property, or store the vehicle in an enclosed garage or building in a lawful manner where it is not visible from the street or other public or private property or restore the vehicle to a fully operable condition.

For more information on Abandoned Vehicles, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.