Abandoned / Inoperative Motor Vehicles

The City of Woodland has developed a proactive program for addressing inoperable vehicle violations.

The basic rule is that all inoperable Motor Vehicles must not be visible from public right-of-way or private property. This means if the vehicle is Inoperable as defined in Section 14A-1-2 Article I of the City of Woodland Municipal Code it must either be in a state of restoration, not to exceed thirty (30) days or relocated so no longer visible to the public. Inoperable motor vehicles guidelines are outlined in Section 14A-1-3 (b) (4) - City of Woodland Municipal Code.

Is a non-licensed vehicle (not displaying current registration by the DMV) considered an inoperable vehicle?
YES! Inoperable motor vehicles are not only those that cannot be driven because of needed repairs or damage; it is also a vehicle that cannot be driven on the streets because it is not currently licensed.

Where can I park an inoperable vehicle?
The ordinance does not apply to any vehicle(s) or parts thereof which are completely enclosed within a building (garage) in a lawful manner or where it is not visible from the street or other public or private property.

Can I park the vehicle on the City Street?
Yes, as long as the vehicle is operable and currently licensed. However, no person who owns or has possession, custody, or control of any vehicle shall place such vehicle upon any street, alley or city parking lot for more than a consecutive period of seventy-two (72) hours - City Code Section 14-3-11(1).

  • In the event a vehicle is placed or left standing upon a street, alley or city parking lot in excess of seventy-two hours, the community development director may cause such vehicle to be removed from the street, alley or city parking lot in the manner and subject to requirements of the Vehicle Code of the state.

Can I store the Vehicle on another person's property?No person shall abandon a vehicle upon public or private property without the express or implied consent of the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the property. Violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor. 

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