University City, MO
St. Louis County
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No person shall abandon or permit the abandonment on public or private property within the City any motor vehicle owned by him/her, under his/her control or in his/her possession at the time of abandonment, nor, except as provided herein, cause any abandoned vehicle or motor vehicle in a state of substantial disrepair to be stored in the open.
B. 
Nothing in this Section shall apply to a vehicle which is completely enclosed within a locked building or locked fenced area and not visible from adjacent public or private property, nor to any vehicle upon the property of a business licensed as salvage, swap, junk dealer, towing or storage facility so long as the business is operated in compliance with its business license and the property is in compliance with applicable zoning ordinances.
No person shall leave on any street or highway within the City any partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked or junked motor vehicle or any motor vehicle not displaying a permanent license plate or set of plates indicating current registration by one of the States or territories.
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No person in charge or control of any property within the City, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, agent or otherwise, shall allow any vehicle without having thereon displayed a current State license plate or a historic motor vehicle license plate, as by law provided, or any abandoned vehicle or any vehicle in such a state of disrepair that it is unsightly or incapable of being moved under its own power to remain on such property longer than seven (7) days.
B. 
However, no person in charge or control of any property within the City, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, agent or otherwise, shall allow any vehicle without having thereon displayed a current State license plate or a historic motor vehicle license plate, as by law provided, or any abandoned vehicle or any vehicle in such a state of disrepair that it is unsightly or incapable of being moved under its own power to remain on any unpaved surface in front of the front building line of such property longer than twenty-four (24) hours. Such vehicle shall be required to be removed or be stored in a garage after twenty-four (24) hours.
Any person in charge or control of any property within the City, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, agent or otherwise, who finds an abandoned vehicle or any partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked or junked motor vehicle left on such property without his/her knowledge, acquiescence or consent, where the owner of the vehicle has failed or refused to remove the same or the owner of the vehicle is unknown, shall promptly notify the Police of the year, model and make of such vehicle and, if known or ascertainable, the registration, license, serial number and ownership thereof with such further and additional information as the Police may request.
A. 
Where any motor vehicle, as is referred to in Section 385.030, is in such condition that it is no longer self-propelled, then the person in charge or control, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, agent or otherwise, of property on which such motor vehicle is situated shall remove and dispose of such motor vehicle through a private contractor by private means.
B. 
Where the person in charge or control of the property, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, agent or otherwise, after ten (10) days of having been given written notice has failed to remove such motor vehicle, then the Police are authorized to arrange for prompt removal on behalf of the City; but such action by the Police shall not provide a defense or excuse to the person in charge or control of such property for failure to comply with this Chapter.
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The person in charge or control of such property shall pay and be jointly and severally liable for all costs incurred by the City in effecting such removal. In the event that payment is not made on demand, such costs shall be assessed against property on which such motor vehicle was located, as provided by law in the case of special assessments, and such costs are to be collected by the Collector of taxes assessed against the property; and such costs shall, like taxes, be a first (1st) lien on the property affected thereby, until paid.
Any person in charge or control, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, agent or otherwise, of property on which an abandoned vehicle or a partially dismantled, non-operating, wrecked or junked motor vehicle shall be situated who fails to remove such motor vehicle in accordance with the request made by the Police shall not deny access to such property by any duly authorized agent of the City for the purpose of examining or removing such vehicle.
Where the existence of a motor vehicle on public property, private property or on a street or highway shall be an immediate hazard and thereby constitute a nuisance requiring prompt abatement, the Police may without notice, if notice is infeasible, cause the same to be removed and the Police shall thereupon notify the owner or owners of such motor vehicle if known, by certified mail, of the location thereof and of the right of such owner to secure return of possession of the motor vehicle upon payment of the cost of removal and storage. Nothing herein shall be construed to provide the owner with a defense against any Sections of this Chapter.
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Nothing in this Chapter shall be deemed to prohibit the storage of abandoned vehicles in disrepair in designated tow-away areas approved by resolution of the Council.
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Nothing in this Chapter shall be deemed to prohibit the storage of motor vehicles not displaying a permanent license plate or set of plates indicating current registration by one of the United States by a motor vehicle dealer registered as such by the Department of Revenue of the State.