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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Abandoned/Prohibited Vehicles

Due to the state of emergency related to Covid-19, Governor Brown’s “Stay Home” order, and at the direction of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Parking Enforcement suspended their normal response to abandoned vehicles. Responding to severe cases only: hazardous or junk vehicles not being used for shelter.

For updated information on reporting abandoned autos during our current state of emergency, please visit our city's new website here.


Abandoned and Prohibited vehicles are defined in Title 16 as:

A vehicle that remains in violation for more than 24 hours and one or more of the following conditions exist:

A.    The vehicle does not have an unexpired registration plate, fails to display current registration, or does not have them lawfully affixed to the vehicle.

As an example a vehicle with a temporary registration or a TRIP permit counts as having current registration while the temporary registration or TRIP permit is valid and visible.

B.     The vehicle appears to be inoperative or disabled.

As an example a vehicle with a flat tire is inoperative, but a vehicle that might have an impairment that is not visible is not an Abandoned Vehicle.

C.    The vehicle appears to be wrecked, partially dismantled or junked.

As an example a vehicle with a missing windshield would be considered partially dismantled. A vehicle with a missing or damaged door window would not be considered wrecked, partially dismantled, or junked as it could still be legally operated on public highways.

A truck, a truck trailer, a motor bus, a recreational vehicle (RV), any type trailer, a drop box, a boat, storage container, or has two or more rear axles in the public right-of-way adjacent to or directly across from residential, public park, church, or school property, except:

A.    When loading/unloading property belonging to the occupants of or performing a service on the adjacent residence, for a period not to exceed 8 hours; or

B.     A recreation vehicle when servicing or loading/unloading the vehicle for a period not to exceed 8 hours.

C.    A vehicle may park adjacent to or directly across from public park property if authorized by a written permit from the Bureau of Parks and Recreation.

D.    Allowed when adjacent or directly across from commercial or industrial property when:

Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a period not to exceed 4 hours; or

Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. when adjacent to a business or industry normally operating a regular work shift during these hours while loading/unloading a vehicle in conjunction with the operation of this business for a period not to exceed 2 hours.

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.


Violations can be reported by giving us the location of the vehicle, its make, color and style, and the license number if any. 

Online submissions for Abandoned Vehicles are accepted here

Click here for descriptions of violations