Abandoned vehicles

The City of Vancouver is authorized to ticket, tow, and impound vehicles abandoned on city streets and laneways under Impounding Bylaw 3519.

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it:

  • Is unlicensed
  • Is uninsured
  • Does not display valid plates
  • Is in poor condition - e.g. is damaged or in obvious disrepair - or inoperable
  • Has been parked for more than 14 days on a street other than the street recorded as the address of the registered owner

Report an abandoned vehicle

To report an abandoned vehicle, contact 3-1-1. They will need the:

  • Vehicle location
  • License plate
  • Date expired
  • Make
  • Colour

Due to the high demand for towing, it can take up to four days to impound a vehicle.

If your vehicle is reported abandoned

If we determine your vehicle has been abandoned, we will:

  • Attach an orange informational sticker on your windshield
  • Leave a violation notice or ticket
  • Give you 48 hours to insure the vehicle, or move it off city property
  • Tow your vehicle if it has not been insured or moved

Find your car

Claim a towed vehicle

Was your car towed? Find out where you can claim towed vehicles, and how much it will cost.

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Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

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Uninsured vehicles

Residential parking permits are not valid on uninsured vehicles, and will not be issued to uninsured vehicles.

Vehicles without proper insurance are prohibited under the BC Motor Vehicles Act from parking on the street or lanes.

Read the bylaw

Street & Traffic Bylaw

Regulates traffic, the use of streets, and the size and weight of vehicles that are permitted to travel on City of Vancouver streets.