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3805 Adam Grubb
Lake Worth, Texas 76135
Phone: 817-237-1211 ext 111
Direct: 817-255-7922
 Fax: 817-237-1333


MARCH 2019


City Ordinance prohibits abandoned/junk vehicles on public right of ways (roadways) and/or on private property.  See definition below for what a junk vehicle is.

Sec. 8.501     Definitions

As used in this article, the following words and terms shall have the meanings provided in this section:

Antique Vehicle. A passenger car or truck that is at least twenty-five (25) years old.

Junked Vehicle. A vehicle that is self-propelled and:

(1)     Does not have a valid registration lawfully attached to it;

(2)     Is wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded; or

(3)     Is inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than:

(A)     Seventy-two (72) consecutive hours if the vehicle is on public property; or

(B)     Thirty (30) consecutive days if the vehicle is on private property.

(4)     For the purpose of this article, “junked vehicle” includes a motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft. This article applies only to:

(A)     A motor vehicle that displays an expired registration or does not display a license plate;

(B)     An aircraft that does not have lawfully printed on the aircraft an unexpired federal aircraft identification number registered under Federal Aviation Administration aircraft registration regulations in 14 C.F.R part 47; or

(C)     A watercraft that:

(i)     Does not have lawfully on board an unexpired certificate of number; and

(ii)     Is not a watercraft described by section 31.055 Parks and Wildlife Code.

Sec. 8.502     Junked Vehicles Declared Public Nuisance
A junked vehicle, including a part of a junked vehicle, that is visible at any time of the year from a public place or public right-of-way:

(1)     Is detrimental to the safety and welfare of the general public;

(2)     Tends to reduce the value of private property;

(3)     Invites vandalism;

(4)     Creates a fire hazard;

(5)     Constitutes an attractive nuisance creating a hazard to the health and safety of minors;

(6)     Produces urban blight adverse to the maintenance and continuing development of the city; and

(7)     Is a public nuisance.


For more detailed information about Abandoned/Junk Vehicles you may contact the Code Compliance at 817-237-1211 x 111 or online through Franklin Legal Publishing (online code of ordinances).


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