Stephenson County, IL
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Board of Stephenson County 3-12-1985 by Ord. No. 85-65 (Ch. 13, Art. IV, of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Nuisances — See Ch. 309.
Solid waste — See Ch. 346.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 372.
Off-road vehicles — See Ch. 380.
Zoning — See Ch. 400.

§ 376-1 Nuisances; definition.

[Amended 5-29-2001 by Ord. No. 01-05-255[1]]
Any motor vehicle or part thereof which is inoperable or deteriorated or in need of repair, and is located upon private property in this County, is hereby declared to be a nuisance, unless any of the following exemptions in § 376-2 are met. "Inoperable motor vehicle" means any motor vehicle from which, for a period of at least seven days, the engine, wheels or other parts have been removed, or on which the engine, wheels or other parts have been altered, damaged or otherwise so treated that the vehicle is incapable of being driven under its own motor power. "Inoperable motor vehicle" shall not include a motor vehicle which has been rendered temporarily incapable of being driven under its own motor power in order to perform ordinary service or repair operations.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. IV).

§ 376-2 Exceptions.

[Amended 9-12-1995 by Ord. No. 95-09-212; 6-15-2005 by Ord. No. 05-06-247]
"Inoperable motor vehicles" shall not include a motor vehicle which is:
A. 
Kept within a building when not in use.
B. 
Properly registered with current license plates and otherwise in good running condition, in that it is able to start, move forward and backward under its own power.
C. 
On the premises of a legal place of business engaged in the wrecking, junking and repairing of motor vehicles.
D. 
Rendered temporarily incapable of being driven under its own motor power in order to perform ordinary service or repair operations for a period of not more than 30 days.
E. 
Operable historic vehicles over 25 years of age.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. IV).

§ 376-3 Prohibition.

All inoperable motor vehicles are deemed to be a public nuisance, regardless of whether such vehicle is located on public or on private property.

§ 376-4 Penalty. [1]

Every person who receives, in person or by mail from an employee or official of Stephenson County, a notice to remove an inoperable motor vehicle under his control shall remove such vehicle within 15 days of receipt of said notice. Any person failing to remove an inoperable motor vehicle within the above time limit shall, upon conviction, be subject to penalties as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties, § 1-11.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. IV).