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 given 30 days to remove the vehicle. If the property owner fails to remove it in 30 days, a $513 civil fine may be written. (Whether fines are actually levied depends on whether the property owner cooperates in removing the vehicle.)
To report a violation of the junk vehicle law in unincorporated Thurston County (i.e., not in a city), call the Thurston County Hulk Vehicle Line at (360) 709-3083 or submit an on-line junk vehicle complaint 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 Public Works Department at (360) 786-5495. If the vehicle is on a city-owned street, call the city.
Questions? Call the Thurston County Hulk Vehicle Line at 709-3083 and leave a message to be called back, or contact Robert Manns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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