Abandoned Vehicles on Private Property

Sheriff Star

To remove a vehicle that has been abandoned on your property, you will need to follow the steps listed below. Please remember, you will be responsible for any associated tow fees. You can contact your local tow company to confirm what fees will be associated.

  1. You will need to attach a notice to the vehicle stating the vehicle will be towed if it is not removed. The notice required by Oregon Revised Statute 98.830 must remain on the vehicle for 72 hours prior to the removal of the vehicle.
  2. You will need to notify the Sheriff’s Office of the intent to have the vehicle removed. The Sheriff’s Office request you call (503) 325-2061 and press 1 to report your intent to tow to the dispatch center. They will log it for our records.
  3. You will need to fill out and sign a form that includes the following:

        a)  a description of the vehicle to be towed

        b)  the location of the property from which the vehicle will be towed

        c)  a statement you have posted the notice for 72 hours and have notified the Sheriff’s Office of the intent to tow.

        d)  give a dated copy of the notice to the tow driver when the vehicle is towed.


For your convenience, we have provided the necessary forms below for both, posting and delivery to the tow truck operator. All you will need to do is fill in the blanks.


Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office

1190 SE 19th St.

Warrenton, OR 97146