Albemarle County Passes Ordinances Limiting Junk Cars

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

November 13, 2013

Albemarle County is vacating properties of valueless vehicles.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors passed two ordinances Wednesday evening limiting the number of inoperable vehicles allowed to sit on residents' property. The new rules change the number of inoperable cars allowed outside from two to one in non-rural areas.

An inoperable vehicle is one that either cannot run, does not have a license plate, or has an inspection sticker that has expired by more than 60 days.

Cars must also be screened either a non-see-through fence, wall, or vegetation, or fitted cover -- you can't throw a blue tarp over it.

"There have been some neighborhoods that have had long-time difficulty with cars assembling around houses and staying there for years," said Ann Mallek, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Chair.

There is a parked car exemption so that if someone is using the parts from one car to fix another one. In this case, the county would allow a second car for a period of time.

"It is basically for neighborhood standards and to try to keep traffic flowing because often we've found that the...inoperable cars end up being parked in the street or in a parking space, but they tend to clog up the road as well."

The junk car amendments go into effect January 1, 2014.

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