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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Abandoned Autos

The task of the Abandoned Autos team is to respond to reports of vehicles being illegally stored on the public streets. When a vehicle is found in violation, a tow warning notice is placed on it, so that the vehicle owner has the opportunity to correct the violation. Our goal is to achieve voluntary compliance, but vehicles remaining in violation after being warned can be towed and impounded by City order.

Many city bureaus including Portland Police, Development Services, and PBOT are currently experiencing a significant backlog in towing abandoned vehicles and RVs off of city streets.  In fact, due to the current backlog, the City’s contracted tow company has informed us they have exhausted all physical space in which to store or dismantle abandoned vehicles or RVs.

The City is working to address this off-site storage issue but until such time the backlog will remain.

 Abandoned Auto violations can be reported by giving us the location of the vehicle, its make, color and style, and the license number if any: 

Online Abandoned Auto Reporting Form

Abandoned Auto 24-hour Reporting Line        

Phone: 503-823-7309  FAX:  503-823-6138

Abandoned Auto Office Line

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Phone: 503-823-6814

An abandoned vehicle is defined by City Code (section 16.90.005 ) as one that is:

  • illegally stored, in excess of 24 hours, on the street,

and in addition, either:

  • does not display valid license plates, or
  • appears inoperative, disabled, wrecked, or dismantled.

It is unlawful to park an abandoned vehicle in the public right-of-way, public park, or city-owned or operated property, according to section 16.20.120 of the City Code.

We also put tow warnings on trucks, buses, trailers and RVs, which are prohibited from parking on the street except for the purpose of loading or unloading for a limited time (16.20.120).

Due to the high volume of reports, our goal is to look at a vehicle within a week of receiving a report, depending on workload.


Abandoned Auto Update

Updates about the current abandoned auto and RV backlog in Portland.