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

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

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


Reports about abandoned vehicles with at least one license plate or an in-transit paper registration plate which have been left on public property for 48 hours or longer are also accepted. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all tow and storage fees. Officers from your local police precinct will respond when they are not handling emergency situations.