1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
The task of the Abandoned Autos team is to respond to reports of vehicles being illegally stored on the public streets. When a vehicle is found in violation, a tow warning notice is placed on it, so that the vehicle owner has the opportunity to correct the violation. Our goal is to achieve voluntary compliance, but vehicles remaining in violation after being warned can be towed and impounded by City order.
Many city bureaus including Portland Police, Development Services, and PBOT are currently experiencing a significant backlog in towing abandoned vehicles and RVs off of city streets. In fact, due to the current backlog, the City’s contracted tow company has informed us they have exhausted all physical space in which to store or dismantle abandoned vehicles or RVs.
The City is working to address this off-site storage issue but until such time the backlog will remain.
Abandoned Auto violations can be reported by giving us the location of the vehicle, its make, color and style, and the license number if any:
Phone: 503-823-7309 FAX: 503-823-6138
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
An abandoned vehicle is defined by City Code (section 16.90.005 ) as one that is:
and in addition, either:
It is unlawful to park an abandoned vehicle in the public right-of-way, public park, or city-owned or operated property, according to section 16.20.120 of the City Code.
We also put tow warnings on trucks, buses, trailers and RVs, which are prohibited from parking on the street except for the purpose of loading or unloading for a limited time (16.20.120).
Due to the high volume of reports, our goal is to look at a vehicle within a week of receiving a report, depending on workload.
Updates about the current abandoned auto and RV backlog in Portland.