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Abandoned Vehicles

Due to the COVID -19 pandemic and the Governor’s Shelter-in-Place order, The Fremont Police Traffic unit has been reassigned to Patrol until further notice. Our response time to abatement and non-emergency parking complaints have increased. We will respond to complaints which are determined to be a public safety concern. 

Please do not submit a complaint if the vehicle you are calling about has been parked in the same spot for several days/weeks, the vehicle appears to be operable and does not meet the below descriptions. Due to the shelter-in-place order, we will not respond to these complaints.

If the vehicle you are calling about appears to be inoperable, for example, missing crucial vehicle parts like the engine, wheels, or other required equipment to operate on a public roadway, please enter the vehicle description and location.  Please include a license plate number if available.

If the vehicle you are calling about appears to be stolen, for example, ignition damage and stripped interior, please contact our Dispatch non-emergency line at 510-790-6800, option 3. 

Please do not submit minor parking complaints until both our State and County’s Shelter in Place order has been lifted.

Major parking violations (e.g. red zone, handicap parking, completing blocking a driveway, etc.) will continue to be enforced, as time/resources allow.

The California Vehicle Code and the Fremont Municipal Code authorize the towing of any vehicle parked or stored on any public roadway for more then 72 consecutive hours. 72 hours from the time of the issuance of a warning notice a vehicle will be subject to citation and/or will be removed and stored at the owner's expense. Incidental moving of the vehicle does not comply with the requirements of the ordinance.The vehicle must be driven a significant distance and the odometer reading must reflect this. If you have deferred your vehicle registration (referred to as Plan Non-Op) your vehicle must be removed from the roadway. If your vehicle lacks an engine, transmission, tires / wheels, or any other part or equipment to operate safely on the highway it may be removed immediately, without warning, at the owner's expense.

Abatement Process

If your vehicle and/or parts are parked on private property and is declared to be abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative it is in violation of the City of Fremont abatement ordinance. If your vehicle received a warning you need to comply with the law by taking one of the following actions within ten days of the date of the warning notice:
  • Completely enclosing the vehicle within a building
  • Moving the vehicle to a licensed dismantler or wrecking yard
  • Restoring the vehicle to normal operating service
If you fail to comply with the initial warning, the full abatement processes will be initiated. This includes notification of the property and vehicle owners by certified letter advising of the violation. If you have received notice and you do not want the vehicle removed you have 10 days from the mailing of the notice to request a hearing in writing. If you request a hearing, you must either attend in person or present a sworn written statement with your reasons for denying responsibility. If the vehicle is removed under the abatement law, the vehicle will be marked for destruction and will not be returned to you. Subsequent administrative and removal costs of the vehicle and/or parts may be assessed against you.

Recreational Vehicle Parking

The city has established restrictions on the size of vehicles which can be parked on residential streets, lots, and driveways. This message provides information on parking restrictions of certain types of vehicles both on residential driveways and on residential streets.


The following are not permitted to be parked on residential driveways:
  • Any commercial vehicle or motor truck which is not a passenger vehicle
  • Any equipment
  • Any motor vehicle more than 25 feet long
  • Any non-motorized vehicles, including trailers
The following are not permitted to be parked on any residential street:
  • Any commercial vehicle which is not a passenger vehicle between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am
  • Any motor vehicle more than 20 feet long
  • Any non-motorized vehicles attached to a motor vehicle, which together are longer than 20 feet
  • Any non-motorized vehicles, including trailers

Any vehicle or equipment may be temporarily parked upon a driveway or any motorized recreational vehicle or travel trailer may be temporarily parked on the street in front of the owner's residence for the purpose of loading or unloading or for the preparation of the unit before or after the trip. This type of parking may not extend beyond two consecutive days, not more than three days in any seven day period.

Contact Us

If you have received a warning for any of the listed violations and need additional time to comply, call Fremont Police Traffic Services at (510) 790-6760.