Abandoned vehicles

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

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it:

  • Is unlicensed
  • Is uninsured
  • Does not display valid plates
  • Is in poor condition - for example, it 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 abandoned vehicles online

Quick reporting for abandoned vehicles. Use this VanConnect form to alert us.

Quick reporting for abandoned vehicles

Use this VanConnect form to alert us.

Report online

If your vehicle is reported abandoned

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

  • Attach an informational sticker on your windshield
  • Leave a violation notice or ticket

If your vehicle is towed because it is not insured or moved onto private property

An immediate tow notice authorizes the immediate impounding of a vehicle if it is:

  • Not displaying valid plates
  • Unlicensed
  • Uninsured greater than three months

 48-hour tow notice gives you 48 hours to insure or move vehicle off City property.

Uninsured vehicles

Residential parking permits are not valid, nor are they issued, on uninsured vehicles or vehicles with off-street storage insurance. Vehicles without proper insurance are prohibited under the BC Motor Vehicles Act from parking on the street or lanes.

Read the by-law

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.