Abandoned Vehicles

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it meets one of the following descriptions:   

  • On private property and over 3 years old, mechanically inoperable, and in a location visible from public property for 20 days OR
  • On public property and partially dismantled or missing major mechanical parts OR
  • On public property for a period of 3 days without being proven operable. 

Departmental Procedures

  1. The inspector verifies the vehicle is considered abandoned according to Indiana State Law.
  2. The vehicle is ticketed with a red tag advising the owner that the vehicle must be proven operable or removed.
  3. If the vehicle owner has not complied within 72 hours, the vehicle is towed.
  4. If the vehicle is valued at under $500, the vehicle is sold for scrap immediately.
  5. If the vehicle is valued at over $500, the owners will receive written notification allowing them 15 days to reclaim their vehicle.

File a Code Violation or Concern online.

Click here to view brochure on Parking Guidelines and Abandoned Vehicles.

If you have an abandoned vehicle on your property and would like to sign a waiver permitting removal of the vehicle, please fill out this form and submit it to our office.  

        Fax to: 574-235-7703    ~or~

        Mail/hand deliver to:

            Code Enforcement 

            Attn: Vehicle Waiver

           1300 County-City Building 

           227 W. Jefferson Blvd. 

           South Bend, IN 46601