It's The Law

Abandoned, Unlicensed and Junked Vehicles

As an element of the City of Elkhorn’s continuing code enforcement effort, the police department enforces the city ordinances against abandoned, unlicensed and junked vehicles.

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it is left unattended on any city street or highway for more than 48-hours. An unlicensed vehicle is any vehicle which does not bear current lawful registration plates. A junked vehicle is any vehicle which is in such a physical or mechanical state as to be incapable of self-propulsion. An abandoned vehicle may be cited and impounded at the owner’s expense. An unlicensed or junked vehicle, not inside a garage, may also be cited and impounded at the owner’s expense.

Abandoned vehicles are negative influences on neighborhoods.  They can be health hazards, traffic hazards, and may lower property values.  Residents are encouraged to report junked/abandoned vehicles to the police department by either stopping at the police department or calling (262)723-2210.  Residents may remain anonymous, but are asked to provide an address or detailed description of where the abandoned vehicle is located along with a description of the abandoned vehicle. 


No child under the age of 18 shall loiter, idle or remain upon any street, alley or other public place in the city between the hours of 10:30pm and 4:00am the next day on Sunday through Thursday and between 12:00am and 4:00am on Friday and Saturday unless such child is accompanied by his parent, guardian or other adult having legal custody of the child.

Does not apply to a child:

  • Who is performing an errand as directed by his/her parent, guardian or person having lawful custody.
  • Who is on his/her own premises or in the areas immediately adjacent thereto.
  • Whose employment makes it necessary to be upon the streets, alleys or public places or in any motor vehicle during such hours.
  • Who is returning home from a supervised school, church or civic function.