Report An Abandoned Vehicle



Abandoned Vehicles / Ordinance

The City of Ventura has an ordinance, 16.210.040C SBCO, against parking a vehicle more than 72 hours on a city street at any given time.

To avoid a possible infraction the vehicle must be driven at least 2/10 of a mile (the odometer must actually show that movement). The 72 hours begins when the Officer marks the tires and leaves a notice on the windshield. The odometer, date, and time marked, will be recorded on their log. At the end of the day, the database will be updated with the marked information. The next day the process will start over again.

If a vehicle has been marked in the past, and continues to be on the Hotline, the Officer may decide to covertly mark the vehicle. This will be a mark that only the Officer will know about and a notice will not be left. We feel that once the vehicle has been marked, and a notice issued, the registered owner of the vehicle is now aware of the ordinance and it is be their responsibility to move the vehicle at least 2/10 of a mile.

The California Vehicle code section that allows Ventura Police to tow for the 72-hour ordinance is 22651(k) cvc. The section for inoperable (missing an engine or other pertinent parts) is 22669 (d).

How the Reporting Process Works

Each morning, Monday through Friday, a Traffic Officer will check for online form e-mail notifications, and also download the information from the Abandon Vehicle Hotline, into a database. This information will be printed and the Officer will set out to mark the vehicles on the list. Some of the information on the list may consist of vehicles that have already been marked. As the Officer sets out for the day, they will target vehicles which are ready to be towed (have been there for 72 hours), and tow them. Their day will consist of marking and towing vehicles from their list.

In the event your vehicle is towed, and depending on the reason for the tow, an impounded vehicle can be held for up to 30-days. Hearings are held on vehicles that are impounded for 30 days.

If you have questions regarding a towed vehicle and associated impound fees please see our Towed Vehicles & Impound Fees page for more information.

Abandoned Vehicle Hotline (805) 339-4432

The hotline is an answering machine. You will need to have the color, make, model, license plate number, and the address where the vehicle is parked in order to leave a message.

Report an Abandoned Vehicle - Online Form

The form will be submitted to our Parking Enforcement Unit and information will be downloaded each morning.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding abandoned vehicles you can call our Traffic Unit at 805-339-4401 to speak with a Police Services Officer.