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City of Plano Neighborhood Services

Posted on: August 23, 2018

What To Do With Junk Cars

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Ever wish the City would do something about your neighbor’s old car that’s just been sitting there for ages? Or maybe you have an old clunker you are planning on fixing up, but just haven’t got around to it, and you’re wondering if it violates any city codes. Well, we have answers for you.


The City of Plano Code of Ordinances (Sec. 12-228[a]) states that: “A self-propelled vehicle or part thereof is prohibited if it is in view of the public, or on a public right of way and (1)Displays an expired or invalid license plate or registration insignia or does not display, a current valid license plate or registration insignia; and (2) Is wrecked, damaged, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded or has remained inoperable for more than 72 hours on public property or 30 consecutive days on private property.”


The City of Plano considers vehicles with expired registration and that are inoperable or wrecked as “junk vehicles.” There are special exceptions for vehicles that are 25 years or older, which the City consider “antique vehicles.” These vehicles do not have to be registered, but must still be kept in good condition and not pose any health or safety hazards.

Vehicles that leak fluids onto the ground or into storm water drainage system can cause health and safety hazards. Vehicles that are wrecked and dismantled are a public nuisance. Keeping vehicles maintained helps make Plano a safe and vibrant community.



For concerns about junk vehicles on public streets, call the Police non-emergency number, 972-424-5678. For junk vehicles on private property, call the Property Standards Division at 972-208-8150.

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