An abatement action can be taken after a notice is posted on the vehicle and the property owner is mailed a notice of the County’s intent to abate the vehicle, trailer, and boat or vehicle part (s).
Property owners are also subject to being cited for permitting or maintaining a PUBLIC NUISANCE, and may be billed by the County or have a lien placed against their real property for the costs of removal and abatement.
Once vehicles or other items are towed for any reason except abatement, a vehicle may be released. A vehicle release form is needed from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department. (A release fee of $94.00 applies).
Abated vehicles towed or removed under an abatement process that falls under California Vehicle Code section 22661 CAN NOT be released and will be destroyed by an auto dismantler.