How long may a vehicle be parked on a city street?
A vehicle may not be continuously parked over 72 hours (BMC 11.33.060(A)(25). This includes: motor homes, travel trailers, and boat and utility trailers in addition to cars, trucks, vans, buses, motorcycles, and motor scooters.
Reporting an abandoned vehicle
You can report a vehicle online or by calling the
Bellingham Police Department at (360) 778-8802. Be prepared to give the address where the
vehicle is located as well as a full description of the vehicle (make,
model, color, and license plate number). Also let us know how long the
vehicle has been at the location. We would also like your name and phone
number so the Bellingham Citizen Patrol (BCP), or officer who responds to
your call, can contact you if needed. Your name and phone number are
happens when I report an abandoned vehicle?
In most cases a BCP will be dispatched to the location to check on the
vehicle. The BCP will usually chalk a tire of the vehicle and place an
orange tag (a
warning notice) on the vehicle. The orange tag is to alert the owner of the
vehicle that a complaint has been received and that the owner has 72 hours to
remove the vehicle from its current location.
happens after a vehicle has been orange-tagged?
The owner of the vehicle is sent a notice via USPS mail to the last known
address as listed in the records of the Washington State Department of
Licensing. The notice states that the vehicle is subject to
impoundment if not removed. The owner will also receive a phone call
from the Bellingham Police Department if a phone number is available.
will recheck the area for the orange-tagged vehicle within 7 days (normally on
the same day of the week the orange tag was first placed on the vehicle). If it is
found at the same location and has not been moved, the vehicle will be subject
In order to be considered moved, the vehicle must pass
through an intersection. Vehicles that appear to have been moved forward or
backwards less than one block will be subject to impound.
Will a vehicle be removed after only 72 hours?
A BCP, Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) or Police Officer may remove
orange-tagged vehicles from the highway right of way
after only 72 hours based on prior complaints. Vehicles that are orange-tagged multiple times will
be removed after 72 hours.
May I request more time to move my vehicle?
Yes. If there are extenuating circumstance you may request additional
time to move your vehicle. Please contact the
Bellingham Police Department at (360)
request a one-time extension.
What do I do if my vehicle has been removed?
If you are the registered owner and/or legal owner, you will receive a
notice of the vehicle impoundment from the Bellingham Police Department,
which includes the name of the towing company. Contact the towing
company directly to redeem/claim the vehicle. Phone numbers and
addresses are listed below.
Be advised that this
notice will only be sent to the last known address as listed in the records
of the Washington State Department of Licensing. Washington State Law
requires that registered owners keep their current physical street address
on the record.
If not redeemed/claimed, the vehicle may be sold at public auction
in accordance with RCW 46.55.130.
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