Abandoned Vehicles

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The Patrol Division, under the Code Enforcement Unit, employs a Police Services Technician (PST) who enforces local and state parking laws and proactively removes abandoned vehicles from both public and private property.

Reporting Your Concerns
If you see an abandoned vehicle on public property or a hazardous vehicle on private property, please call the San Pablo Police Department Abandoned Vehicle Hotline at (510) 215-3184. Your information will remain anonymous. This voicemail may also be used for general parking concerns. Please leave a message with the location, license number, description, and any observations you have made.

An abandoned or hazardous vehicle may have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Flat tires
  • No wheels or resting on jack stands
  • Broken windows
  • Graffiti
  • Expired registration
  • Trash, debris, or cobwebs around the tires
  • Missing parts or engine
  • Appears inoperable
  • Unlocked doors
  • Body damage
  • Leaking petroleum products

In general, vehicles cannot be stored on public streets that are governed by the rules of the California Vehicle and San Pablo Municipal Codes. When a vehicle appears to be stored on the street rather than being used as a primary means of transportation, we mark it for 72 hour notice and 15 days for vehicles abandoned on private property. The California Vehicle Code Section 22651(k) and San Pablo Municipal Code 8.16.160 indicates that it is unlawful to park a vehicle on the street in excess of 72 hours. Vehicles must be driven one mile every 72 hours or be subject to tow at owner’s expense.

If your car has been towed, you have the right to a tow hearing. Please contact the on-duty Watch Commander at (510) 215-3171 to schedule a hearing.