Abandoned vehicles

Abandoned car

Any vehicle that has been deemed abandoned or unregistered and parked on Council-controlled land, including roads and parks, may be removed and impounded by Council.

Abandoned cars spoil the amenity of local streets and take up valuable parking spaces.

If a car is found to be unregistered or is deemed abandoned by Council, an investigation will look into either having the vehicle registered or removed from Council-controlled land or the roadway.

Prior to impounding a vehicle, Council will write (when possible) to the last registered owner requesting removal of the vehicle.

A currently registered vehicle can be parked on a road for 2 months before it can be deemed to be abandonedIf a vehicle is currently registered to an address nearby, then it will not be declared abandoned.

Any unregistered or abandoned vehicles parked on arterial roads are dealt with by VicRoads.

If the vehicle is considered to pose a risk to public safety, for example it is causing a traffic hazard, Council will tow it immediately.

Abandoned vehicles that have been impounded are securely stored at a Council facility.

If the vehicle is not claimed within 14 days and release fees paid, Council may dispose of it.

Report abandoned vehicle

To report an abandoned vehicle, please submit your request online or call 9518 3555.

When reporting abandoned vehicle, we will ask you for:

  • The location of the abandoned vehicle (Property Search screen)
  • Enter the location address or the nearest address. You will be able to add more information in the ‘further information’ field (next screen)

You will be able to upload a photo of the vehicle to help us respond to your request.

Report online