Inoperable Vehicles

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Inoperable Vehicles

Like many residents, you have probably experienced a vehicle breakdown at one time or another and stored your vehicle in the driveway for a short period of time while repairs are scheduled. The Chino Municipal Code provides up to 72 hours of such vehicle storage, however, because the storage of inoperable vehicles tends to promote blight and reduce property values, the storage of any inoperable vehicle for any period longer than 72 hours is prohibited unless the vehicle is screened from public view by a minimum 5 foot high wall or opaque fence, or is wholly enclosed in a building (garage). Furthermore, no more than two inoperable vehicles may be stored in the side or rear yard areas at any one time, even if fully screened from public view.

What makes a vehicle inoperable?

A vehicle is considered inoperable if it is not capable of moving under its own power or operating safely and legally upon any highway, roadway, public street, or waterway.

What if the vehicle is operable but is not currently registered?

A vehicle must be currently registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles to legally be driven upon any public street or highway. Therefore, an unregistered vehicle is considered inoperable. This is also true of vehicles with a DMV Certificate of Planned Non-Operation.

What is the penalty for storing a vehicle contrary to City requirements?

Although voluntary compliance is always the goal, enforcement remedies include the issuance of parking citations, administrative citations, court citations, and the removal of the vehicle to a storage facility, scrap yard, or automobile dismantler’s yard.