The City of Tucson enacted a Junk Motor Vehicle (JMV) ordinance several years ago and it was recently updated and incorporated under Chapter 16 of the Tucson City Code. This is a new chapter of the City Code, entitled Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance. Under Section 16-15, the definition and application of the ordinance is outlined.

Simply, junked motor vehicles are not allowed to be stored on private property unless in compliance with permitted storage provisions. This includes any motor vehicle subject to Arizona registration, but without a lawfully affixed unexpired number or license plate from any state, and in addition, exhibits one or more of the following conditions:

  • Wrecked
  • Partially or fully dismantled
  • Abandoned
  • Stripped
  • Substantially damaged
  • Inoperative or inoperable
  • Unused
  • Scrapped
  • Being a hulk or shell
  • Discarded
  • Unable to be safely operated

Reporting a junk motor vehicle is easy. Click on the map where the violation is occurring and complete the requested information, which will be forwarded to the police division responsible for the identified location.

Anonymous reports are gladly accepted*; however, if you do not supply contact information and the investigating officer requires more information, the report may be closed with no further action taken.

* Due to improper reporting of JMVs on Tucson's east side (Operations Division East), it has become necessary for the complainant to provide contact information to insure adequate investigations of JMVs.

THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT BE DOCUMENTED IN THE INVESTIGATION, NOR RELEASED TO THE SUBJECT OF THE INVESTIGATION.

Generally, a police response to a junk motor vehicle complaint will be initiated within 72 hours. In most cases, the violation is resolved in less than a month.

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