Vehicles on private property that are abandoned, inoperative, wrecked or dismantled are a violation of the Land Use and Development Code of Nevada County. In response to written complaints, a Code Officer will visit the property in question and determine if the vehicles located there meet the criteria of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative. You will be asked to remove, conceal, or make operative each vehicle found to be in violation. The size and characteristics of your property can also dictate the form of remedy.
You can request a hearing before the County Zoning Administrator prior to any action if you wish to contest the County’s decision that the vehicles are a nuisance. If all else fails, an abatement order will be sought from the Court to remove vehicles that remain in violation. Cooperation in resolving these matters is always the desired course of action.
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The Code Compliance division enforces regulations to the following:
Complaints received by the Code Compliance Division regarding weeds and brush will be referred to the Fire Department. For faster resolution it is suggested that you call these complaints into the local Fire Department directly.
Call the illegal dumping hotline at (530) 265-7111 or report online at Report a solid waste request. Illegal Dumping requests pertain only to County Maintained Roads. Services are not provided for private roads or private property.
The County participates in the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program funded by the Abandoned Vehicle Trust Fund. This fund provides for a program of Vehicle Abatement from public roads according the California Vehicle Code and local ordinance. To report abandoned or wrecked vehicles on public roads please call the Abandoned Vehicle Hotline at 530-470-2750 or complete an Abandoned Vehicle Abatement form.