Vehicle / Trailer Violation

Relevant information taken from Nuisance Abatement Code

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3.2.8 Motor vehicles. Except as provided for in other regulations, no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no motor vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of motor vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.

3.2.8.1 Storage of inoperable or abandoned vehicles . No person shall park, store, leave or permit the parking, storing or leaving of any motor vehicle, and/or trailer of any kind, which is wrecked or inoperable, whether attended or not, upon any private property within the city, except as allowed by the following exceptions:

(1) Any subject item parked or stored within a building or enclosed garage on private property.

(2) Any subject item held in connection with a business enterprise lawfully licensed by the city for servicing and repair of subject items and properly zoned operated in an appropriate business zone pursuant to the zoning ordinances of the city.

(3) Subject vehicle within a carport that is being actively repaired on at least a weekly basis. Subject vehicles and its parts when not being repaired shall be neatly and completely covered with an opaque cover.

(4) Inoperable vehicles deemed inoperable only due to not having current vehicle license plate or vehicle registration tag, may be stored in a covered carport.

(5) Inoperable vehicles may be stored on private property when provided with a fitted and maintained cover designed for such vehicle.

3.2.8.2 Authorized removal of inoperable motor vehicles . Code Enforcement Officers shall have the authority to remove inoperable motor vehicles on private property thirty (30) days after written notice has been affixed to the subject item. Such notice shall state that the subject item is a nuisance and order whoever has an interest in the subject item to remove the item from the property. If such nuisance is found upon private property, in addition to the foregoing notice, a copy of such shall be placed on the residence or business. The presence of such subject items on private property is hereby declared a public nuisance which may be abated in accordance with the provisions of this Code. Any inoperable vehicle sitting on city streets can and will be removed immediately at owners expense.

3.2.8.3 Exception: A motor vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.


2.2.1 Definitions

MOTOR VEHICLE. A machine of conveyance which is self-propelled and designed to travel along the ground, and includes but is not limited to automobiles, buses, electric scooters, mopeds bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, go-carts, golf carts, motor homes.

ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE. Any motor vehicle, regardless of whether wrecked or inoperable, which is left on public or private property, for a period of more than 72 hours, without approval from the property owner to place the vehicle upon such property.

INOPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLE. A vehicle which cannot be driven upon the public streets for reason including but not limited to being unlicensed, uninsured, wrecked, abandoned, in a state of disrepair, or incapable of being moved under its own power. Such vehicle is also considered an abandoned vehicle if left on public or private property without authorization from the property owner for a period in excess of 72 hours.

WRECKED MOTOR VEHICLE. Any motor vehicle which does not have lawfully affixed thereto an unexpired license plate and the condition of which is wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled, incapable of operation by its own power on a public street, or from which the wheels, engine, transmission or any substantial part thereof has been removed.

CARPORT. A roofed structure providing space for the parking of motor vehicles and enclosed on not more than two sides.

TRAILER. Means any freewheeling object designed or intended to be pulled or towed behind a motor vehicle, regardless of whether wrecked or inoperable, and regardless of whether currently inspected and/or registered, including without limitation the following: Boat trailers, camper trailers, cargo trailers, special trailers for items such as golf carts or motorcycles, utility trailers, and farm implements.