A vehicle left on a carriageway, thoroughfare or public place for in excess of 24 hours may be assessed and declared an abandoned vehicle and may be impounded.

Q: What is the process for an Abandoned Vehicle?

A: Once the City receives a complaint regarding an alleged Abandoned Vehicle, a Ranger will attend the location, enquire into the vehicle status (as far as is reasonable) and if required commence the "Abandoned Vehicle" process, this includes;

  1. The Ranger will place a 24 hour notice sticker on the vehicle and chalk the tyres allowing the owner time to move the vehicle to private property
  2.  At a time after the 24 hour period has expired the Officer will re-attend and if the vehicle is still present it will be deemed to be "Abandoned" and the Officer will record the details of the vehicle to send through to the office for processing
  3. An orange sticker stating "Vehicle has been Reported" will be placed on the vehicle and an "Intent to Impound" letter will be sent to the last registered owner notifying them they must remove the vehicle within seven (7) days or it will be impounded
  4. Once the seven (7) days has lapsed, the Officer will attend the location again to check if the vehicle is still present. If it is, a request will be made for the vehicle to be collected and impounded immediately. A further letter will be sent to the last registered owner, advising them the vehicle has now been impounded.

Note: The process for abandoned vehicles may be impacted by a number of factors and as such the removal of a reported vehicle may take up to 14 days.

Q: Where is the vehicle taken; are there charges to get it back?

A: Vehicles impound by the City are held at our contractor's yard, once impounded you will need to contact them directly to obtain the release of your vehicle. Fees will be payable direct to the contractor and you will be required to produce proof of ownership along with your driver's licence to complete this process.

Q: Are there any other fees or fines that could be incurred?

A: Yes, depending on the circumstances you could receive one of the following:

  1. An infringement for littering as per section 23 of the Litter Act. The offence carries an on the spot fine of $200 - $500 with a maximum penalty of $5000 if the matter is addressed in Court or
  2. An infringement under the City's Parking Local Law 2014 clause 8.9(2) Vehicle Parked in excess of 24hrs which carries a penalty of $80.

Q: I don't want the car what options do I have?

A: You can consider the following options:

  1. Contact a scrap metal merchant that collects cars
  2. Contact a motor vehicle wrecker that collects for wrecking or
  3. Identify an organisation that may at times accept old vehicles for donation ie TAFE, FESA etc.


Should you have any questions in relation to Abandoned Vehicles please contact the City of Stirling, Community Safety section on (08) 9205 8555.