Abandoned Autos

Image of an abandoned truck

The City of Tacoma offers an automated hotline which allows citizens to report vehicles that they believe to be abandoned.

Tacoma Municipal Code Section 11.05.230  prohibits parking or storage of any type of vehicle on City right of way for more than seven days.

An abandoned vehicle is a vehicle that has been left on city streets for an extended period and may have one or more of the following conditions.


  • Is unused or inoperable
  • In a state of disrepair
  • Major components missing
  • Has flat tires
  • Has expired or missing license plates 

When reporting an abandoned vehicle please include the following:

  • Location
  • Description of the vehicle
  • License plate number if available
  • Name and phone number (optional)


An abandoned auto enforcement officer will respond to most complaints the following day. If the officer finds a vehicle to be in violation, a warning tag will be placed on the vehicle.


Commercial Vehicle Parking
Commercial vehicles are not allowed to be parked in residential neighborhoods unless they are being actively loaded or unloaded.

Vehicles on Private Property

Inoperable vehicles on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The City can provide paperwork that allows the property owner to have the vehicle removed. The City does not provide removal service. Removal is done by private contractors at the choosing of the property owner.

Abandoned Auto Hotline

(253) 591-5926
Available 24/7

Abandoned Vehicle Reporting Form