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Junked, Abandoned, Inoperable or Unlicensed Vehicles

To report a violation of this code, contact the Police Department if the vehicle is on public right of way (streets, sidewalks, etc.) at 720-898-6900, or contact Code Enforcement if the vehicle is on private property (homes, businesses, etc.) at 720-898-7465.  Sec. 62-35.  Abandonment of a motor vehicle.

 (a)  Any person who abandons any motor vehicle upon a street, highway, right-of-way, or any other public property, or upon any private property without the express consent of the owner or person in lawful charge of that private property commits abandonment of a motor vehicle.

 (b)  To "abandon" means to leave a thing with the intention not to retain possession of or assert ownership over it. The intent need not coincide with the act of leaving.

 (c)  It is prima facie evidence of the necessary intent to abandon that: (1)   The motor vehicle has been left for more than seven days unattended and unmoved; or (2)   License plates or other identifying marks have been removed from the motor vehicle; or (3)   The motor vehicle has been damaged or is deteriorated so extensively that it has value only for junk or salvage; or (4)   The owner has been notified by a law enforcement agency to remove the motor vehicle, and it has not been removed within three days after notification.

(d)  It shall be unlawful for any person to leave or park an inoperable motor vehicle upon a street, highway, right-of-way, or any other public property. For purposes of enforcement of this subsection, an inoperable motor vehicle means a vehicle which cannot be driven upon the public streets for reasons including, but not limited to, not having a current license plate or tag, being wrecked, in a state of major disassembly, in a state of disrepair, or incapable of being moved under its own power.

(e)  For purposes of enforcement and prosecution of this section, the owner of the motor vehicle shall be presumed to be the person who abandoned the motor vehicle, or who parked or left the inoperable vehicle, unless the owner can furnish sufficient evidence that the vehicle was, at the time the vehicle was abandoned, parked, or left, in the care, custody, or control of another person. In the event that the owner of such vehicle or the person in possession cannot be found, then a summons and complaint alleging the violation of this section may be issued against the vehicle, describing the same by year, make and model. The chief of police or designee thereof is authorized to investigate any vehicle left at any place within the city which reasonably appears to be in violation of this section.

To ask a question or make a request on this topic, please submit a service request. For more information, contact the Code Enforcement Division, 720-898-7465. 

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