Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) Information

The focus of the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) Program in Nevada County is to remove abandoned vehicles from public property.  Please note this program is for abandoned vehicles in public right-of-ways.  If you believe a private property has inoperable vehicles in excess of those allowed, please click here for information about filing a complaint.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle? 
Call our 24 hour AVA Hotline (530-470-2750) or fill out the online form here. Please note that a vehicle is not considered to be abandoned unless it has remained in the same location for a minimum of 72 hours. 

The County’s AVA program covers County right-of-ways.  To report an abandoned vehicle inside a city, contact: Town of Truckee (530) 582-7830, Nevada City (530) 265-7880, or City of Grass Valley (530) 274-4600.

Nevada County Abatement Procedures: 
Once the public makes a report of an abandoned vehicle, Code Compliance strives to tag the vehicle within three business days. Once tagged, the last registered owner is notified by mail as prescribed in the California Vehicle Code.  After a waiting a period of not less than 10 days, the vehicle may be towed.  The California Vehicle Code provides for the immediate towing of vehicles that meet specific health and safety risks.

Who pays for this? 
The AVA program is funded by a one dollar fee collected with each annual vehicle registration. In the past 5 years, over 2,000 vehicles have been removed from public property.

If you have questions or comments please feel free to leave a message on the AVA Hotline at (530) 470-2750, or contact the Code Compliance Division at (530) 265-1222, option 4.