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Abandoned Vehicles
Vehicles left parked on a public street for a period of over 72 hours may be considered abandoned. To notify the Police Department of an abandoned vehicle call 831-420-5863.

Be prepared to leave the following information on the abandoned vehicle hotline:

Location of the vehicle
Color of the vehicle
Make and model of the vehicle
License plate number

Abandoned vehicles will be "tagged" with a large orange warning flyer advising the owner(s) of the vehicle to move the vehicle or it will be towed. After the 72-hour waiting period has passed, and if the vehicle has not been sufficiently moved, the vehicle will be towed as an abandoned vehicle. There are certain provisions in the law that allow the Police Department to remove vehicles immediately which are obviously inoperable. The decision to tow immediately or wait the 72 hours is left to the discretion of the officer in charge of abandoned vehicles.

Although the state law allows for a time period of 72 hours in order for the car to be towed after being tagged, it is likely that it may take at least two weeks for the car to be towed due to time constraints and other duties of the officer.