Abandoned vehicles may be viewed as a quality-of-life problem; they are unsightly, and they symbolize and contribute to signs of disorder and decay. It is believed that issues such as abandoned vehicles invite further crime.

The Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program (AVA) was originally implemented by legislation and adopted by the State in 1990. The California Department of Motor Vehicles collects one dollar from each passenger vehicle registered in Sonoma County and three dollars for larger commercial vehicles to fund the Program.
The AVA Program is run by Sheriff’s Office Volunteers in Policing (VIPs). They typically work one day a week, usually on Tuesdays. Vehicles, boats and trailers are reported as abandoned through the AVA hotline at 565-7395. The reporting party is asked to leave a message with as much detailed information as possible. This includes the make, model, color, approximate year, license plate and location of the abandoned vehicle. The VIPs will begin the necessary steps to have the vehicle removed.

For more information on the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program, please call 707-565-7395.

Private Property Parking and AVA Program Flyer