Thurston County receives several calls each day from citizens who are concerned about junk vehicles -- for good reason. Junk vehicles are an eyesore and a hazard to the environment.
How Thurston County responds to a junk-vehicle situation depends on whether the caller wants to remove a junk vehicle from his or her own property, or to lodge a complaint about a vehicle elsewhere in the neighborhood. Below are answers to common questions about Thurston County's junk vehicle program. (Junk vehicles are also referred to as "hulk" vehicles.)
What is a Junk Vehicle?
In Thurston County, junk vehicles are defined as any inoperable, abandoned, disassembled, or extensively damaged vehicle with two or more of the following conditions:
The definition does not include special-interest vehicles, vehicles undergoing active restoration, farm machinery, or prominently displayed ornamental machinery.
There's a junk vehicle on my neighbor's property. Is there anything Thurston County can do about it?
Enforcement of the county junk vehicle law is done on a complaint basis. After a complaint is received, an enforcement officer visits a home or location and determines if the vehicle qualifies as "junk/hulk." The property owner is notified and required to remove the vehicle. If the property owner fails to remove the vehicle(s), a civil infraction may be issued.
To report a junk vehicle in unincorporated Thurston County (i.e., not in a city), submit an Investigation Request Form.
How Do I get Rid of a Junk Vehicle on My Own Property?
The answer depends on whether you have the title (own) the vehicle.
There's a junk vehicle along a public road. Whom should I call?
If the abandoned vehicle is on a state route or highway, call the Washington State Patrol at (360) 586-1999. If the vehicle is on a county-owned street, call the Thurston County Communications Center (TCOMM) at (360) 704-2740. If the vehicle is on a city-owned street, call the city.
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