Abandoned Vehicle

You can report an abandoned car, truck, van, or other vehicle on public property. Public property includes streets, sidewalks, highway embankments, and alleys.

The Department of Sanitation removes derelict vehicles from private property for a fee. The vehicle must be abandoned with no license plates. Vehicles owned and discarded by property owners are not eligible.

Property owners must sign a waiver and the lot where the vehicle is located must be accessible. To request the removal of an abandoned vehicle that you do not own from private property, send a letter to:

Derelict Vehicle Removal
Department of Sanitation
Central Correspondence Unit
59 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10038

You can also report an abandoned vehicle with at least one license plate or in-transit paper registration plate that has been left on public property for at least 48 hours. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all towing and storage fees. Officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations.