Types of Violations—Code Enforcement

Abandoned Vehicles

Vehicles broken down on the side of the road, or those left on private property without the owner's permission.

County Road

Pierce County removes vehicles abandoned in the Pierce County right-of-way. We forward the information to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Private Property or Road

The property owner is responsible for removing unauthorized vehicles on private property. Contact a licensed tow operator to impound the vehicle.

State Highway

The state removes vehicles abandoned in the state highway right-of-way. Report to the Washington State Patrol at (253) 536-6210.

Rules & Regulations

RCW 46.55.085
Enforcement procedure for impoundment

RCW 46.55.010
Further defines abandoned vehicles as those having been impounded by a registered tow operator


Junk Vehicle Affidavit
When no title or proof of ownership is available

Licensed Tow Operators
WA Business Licensing website. Select "Vehicle Related Specialty Licenses" and search for "Hulk Haulers"

Report a Problem

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Call (253) 798-4636