Permit Sonoma’s Code Enforcement Division has been tasked with managing the Sonoma County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement program for the past 25 years. In years past, this program did not require the Code Enforcement Division to spend too many resources removing abandoned vehicles from County roads due to the assistance of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department’s Volunteer program.
In early 2018, the Sheriff’s Department Volunteers retired and the Division was required to make up for an estimated additional 300 calls for service per year. In August of 2018, the Division began to divert one of our area inspectors to full time abandoned vehicle abatement duties. It is the Division’s hope to one day get this designated position funded because of the large community service the position serves.
Jackie Crawford is our abandoned vehicle Abatement Officer and she was recently tasked to work with the California Highway Patrol and their abandoned vehicle staff to assist with the removal of water damaged vehicles.
“During the month of May, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, we tagged approximately 60 vehicles, issued 13 property owners with Notice and Orders for Non-Operational Motor Vehicle Storage Yards, towed 13 flood damaged vehicles and 3 vehicles were surrendered by owner for non-operational issues not related to the 2019 floods.” – Jackie
The Division has received customer comments about the success of the program:
“I heard my husband speaking with someone outside a short while ago. I assumed it was a neighbor. I live on Canyon 1 Rd in Rio Nido. The house with the Corvette in our garage. I wish that I would have come down to meet you. Thank you so much for checking out the car situation on our street and leaving your card. It’s a nightmare many days trying to navigate passed all of the cars parked on both sides of the very narrow street down from us. I know that the CHP has been called many times because our garbage man can’t get through on Thursdays, at times our garbage is not picked up. There are days that we just have to lay on our horn to have someone come out to move cars. They have no consideration for others. Thank you again for all that you do. I really appreciate it!” Sincerely, Barbi