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Junk Your Jalopy – A Voluntary & Free Junk Vehicle Removal Program

Junk Your Jalopy –
A Voluntary & Free Junk
Vehicle Removal Program

Aug 29, 2017


Do you have an inoperable vehicle on your property that you’ve been trying to get rid of but can’t because you lost the paperwork? We can help! Owners and occupants of property specifically located within the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County can now have unwanted junk vehicles towed away for free and without the usual DMV paperwork.

This is a voluntary program. Contact us and we will take care of all the details. In return you will be helping your community by creating a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful neighborhood to live in.

To file a complaint about abandoned vehicles or to request vehicle removal in Sonoma County, follow the instructions for the applicable situation below:

Contact the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department Vehicle Abatement Program here.

Abandoned vehicles may be viewed as a quality-of-life problem; they are unsightly, and they symbolize and contribute to signs of disorder and decay. It is believed that issues such as abandoned vehicles invite further crime.

The Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program (AVA) was originally implemented by legislation and adopted by the State in 1990. The California Department of Motor Vehicles collects one dollar from each passenger vehicle registered in Sonoma County and three dollars for larger commercial vehicles to fund the Program.

The AVA Program is run by Sheriff’s Office Volunteers in Policing (VIPs). They typically work one day a week, usually on Tuesdays. Vehicles, boats and trailers are reported as abandoned through the AVA hotline at 565-7395. The reporting party is asked to leave a message with as much detailed information as possible. This includes the make, model, color, approximate year, license plate and location of the abandoned vehicle. The VIPs will begin the necessary steps to have the vehicle removed.

For more information on the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program, please call 707-565-7395.

Within Any City Limits

Contact the applicable City Police Department

Local Law Enforcement

Cloverdale Police Department

The Cotati Police Department provides a 24 hour operation which includes dispatch, patrol, traffic enforcement, investigation, and community policing. We encourage Cotati residents to program in the non-emergency telephone number into their telephones, (707) 792-4611. The non-emergency number is answered 24 hours a day.

Healdsburg Police Department
238 Center Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Emergency Phone: 911
Non-emergency Phone: (707) 431-3377

Petaluma Police Department

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

Rosa Police Department

Sebastopol Police Department

Sonoma Police Department

Windsor Police Department

Private Property in Unincorporated Sonoma County

Your Own Property

Have non-operable vehicles removed from your property for free.


Only available to residents located within the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.

A document must be signed granting permission to the County to have the vehicle(s) towed with the understanding that the vehicle will be dismantled.

Applies to passenger cars, pickups, sport utility vehicles, vans, and small trailers. Free towing not available to recreational vehicle storage yards or auto repair shops.


Need more info? Contact Ryan Pelleriti 
Code Enforcement 
Permit Sonoma (PRMD) 
County of Sonoma
Phone: (707) 565-1921 

Neighboring Property

Report abandoned/non-operable vehicles. Contact:Submit a Service Request - Report It

 Use SoCo Report It to submit a Code Compliance Complaint.



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