Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. Administrative Provisions.


§ 50–2401. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the terms used shall have the same meaning as those defined in § 50-2421.02.


(Sept. 9, 1989, D.C. Law 8-24, § 2, 36 DCR 4575; Feb. 28, 1996, D.C. Law 11-95, § 4, 42 DCR 7180; Apr. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-267, § 3, 48 DCR 1248; Oct. 28, 2003, D.C. Law 15-35, § 13(c)(1), 50 DCR 6579.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-831.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-267 rewrote pars. (1)(D) and (2).

D.C. Law 15-35 rewrote the section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 13(c)(1) of the Removal and Disposition of Abandoned, Dangerous and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 15-104, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5534).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 13(c)(1) of Removal and Disposition of Abandoned and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-171, October 6, 2003, 50 DCR 9163).

Effective Dates

Section 12 of D.C. Law 8-24 provided that the act shall take effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto) as provided in § 1-206.02(c)(1), and publication in either the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations; or by November 1, 1989, whichever occurs later. D.C. Law 8-24 was effective September 9, 1989.

Editor's Notes

Application of Law 15-35: Section 15 of D.C. Law 15-35 provided: “This act shall apply to all vehicles impounded after its effective date. This act shall also apply to all vehicles impounded prior to its effective date provided that notice is sent to the owners and lien holders in accordance with the provisions of subsections 7(b) or (c), as is applicable.”

Effect of repeal provisions: Section 14 of D.C. Law 15-35 provided: “Any repeal of a law or regulation by this act shall not invalidate any enforcement action, adjudication, or any other action made or taken pursuant to such law or regulation.”


§ 50–2402. Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division established.

(a) There is established an Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Works (“Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division”), which shall be responsible for the removal of any abandoned or dangerous vehicle from any public or private property including any public space. The Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division shall:

(1) Determine whether the vehicle is an abandoned or dangerous vehicle in accordance with § 50-2421.02;

(2) Determine whether the vehicle has been stolen and relinquish custody of the vehicle to the Metropolitan Police Department, if the vehicle has been stolen;

(3) Place or mail, as applicable, the appropriate warning notice described in §§ 50-2421.04 and 50-2421.05;

(4) Impound any abandoned or dangerous vehicle, if appropriate;

(5) Mail the impoundment notice required by § 50-2421.07(b) to the owner and lienholders of any impounded vehicle;

(6) Sell or dispose of unclaimed impounded vehicles, including all items of personal property left therein, pursuant to § 50-2421.10;

(7) Repealed; and

(8) Repealed.

(b) The Mayor shall use personnel who are charged with private or public space inspection, sanitation inspection, and traffic and parking enforcement responsibilities to investigate and place warning notices on abandoned and junk vehicles.

(c) The Mayor shall encourage all District government agencies and residents to identify and report abandoned and junk vehicles to the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division and shall, within 90 days of September 9, 1989, implement an educational campaign to accomplish this task.


(Sept. 9, 1989, D.C. Law 8-24, § 3, 36 DCR 4575; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 3003, 46 DCR 3142; Oct. 28, 2003, D.C. Law 15-35, § 13(c)(2), 50 DCR 6579.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-832.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-331.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-35, in subsec. (a), substituted “any abandoned or dangerous vehicle” for “any abandoned or junk vehicle” and “space” for “highway” in the introductory paragraph, rewrote pars. (1), (3), (5), and (6), inserted “or dangerous” after “abandoned” in par. (4), and repealed pars. (7) and (8).

Cross References

Nuisance, abandoned vehicles, see § 6-804.

Regulation of taxicabs, vehicle impoundments, see § 50-331.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 13(c)(2) of the Removal and Disposition of Abandoned, Dangerous and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 15-104, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5534).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 13(c)(2) of Removal and Disposition of Abandoned and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-171, October 6, 2003, 50 DCR 9163).

Short Title

Short title: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 50-2401.

Effective Dates

Section 12 of D.C. Law 8-24 provided that the act shall take effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto) as provided in § 1-206.02(c)(1), and publication in either the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations; or by November 1, 1989, whichever occurs later. D.C. Law 8-24 was effective September 9, 1989.

Editor's Notes

Effect of repeal provisions: Section 14 of D.C. Law 15-35 provided: “Any repeal of a law or regulation by this act shall not invalidate any enforcement action, adjudication, or any other action made or taken pursuant to such law or regulation.”

Application of 15-35: Section 15 of D.C. Law 15-35 provided: “This act shall apply to all vehicles impounded after its effective date. This act shall also apply to all vehicles impounded prior to its effective date provided that notice is sent to the owners and lien holders in accordance with the provisions of subsections 7(b) or (c), as is applicable.”


§ 50–2403. Junk vehicles; nuisances. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Sept. 9, 1989, D.C. Law 8-24, § 4, 36 DCR 4575; Oct 28, 2003, D.C. Law 15-35, § 13(c)(3), 50 DCR 6579.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-833.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) repeal of section, see § 13(c)(3) of the Removal and Disposition of Abandoned, Dangerous and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 15-104, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5534).

For temporary (90 day) repeal of section, see § 13(c)(3) of Removal and Disposition of Abandoned and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-171, October 6, 2003, 50 DCR 9163).

See note § 40-812.1.

Short Title

Short title: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 50-2401.

Effective Dates

Section 12 of D.C. Law 8-24 provided that the act shall take effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto) as provided in § 1-206.02(c)(1), and publication in either the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations; or by November 1, 1989, whichever occurs later. D.C. Law 8-24 was effective September 9, 1989.

Editor's Notes

Effect of repeal provisions: Section 14 of D.C. Law 15-35 provided: “Any repeal of a law or regulation by this act shall not invalidate any enforcement action, adjudication, or any other action made or taken pursuant to such law or regulation.”

Application of Law 15-35: Section 15 of D.C. Law 15-35 provided: “This act shall apply to all vehicles impounded after its effective date. This act shall also apply to all vehicles impounded prior to its effective date provided that notice is sent to the owners and lien holders in accordance with the provisions of subsections 7(b) or (c), as is applicable.”


§ 50–2404. Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division Fund. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Sept. 9, 1989, D.C. Law 8-24, § 5, 36 DCR 4575; Nov. 13, 2003, D.C. Law 15-39, § 602, 50 DCR 5668.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-834.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) repeal of section, see § 602 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-105, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5613).

For temporary (90 day) deposit of monies from the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division Fund into the General Fund, see § 604 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-105, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5613).

For temporary (90 day) repeal of section, see § 602 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-149, September 22, 2003, 50 DCR 8360).

For temporary (90 day) deposit of monies from the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division Fund into the General Fund, see § 604 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-149, September 22, 2003, 50 DCR 8360).

Short Title

Short title: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 50-2401.

Short title of subtitle A of title VI of Law 15-39: Section 601 of D.C. Law 15-39 provided that subtitle A of title VI of the act may be cited as the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division Fund Amendment Act of 2003.

Effective Dates

Section 12 of D.C. Law 8-24 provided that the act shall take effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto) as provided in § 1-206.02(c)(1), and publication in either the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations; or by November 1, 1989, whichever occurs later. D.C. Law 8-24 was effective September 9, 1989.

Editor's Notes

Section 604 of D.C. Law 15-39 provided: “Upon the effective date of this title, any monies that are in the Abandoned and Junk Vehicle Division Fund shall upon its dissolution be deposited into the General Fund.”


§ 50–2405. Jurisdiction over Blue Plains Impoundment Lot.

Within 90 days of September 9, 1989, the Mayor shall transfer jurisdiction of the Blue Plains Impoundment Lot from the Metropolitan Police Department to the Department of Public Works to store and auction abandoned vehicles and submit a feasibility study with recommendations on the use of private contractors to store and auction abandoned vehicles.


(Sept. 9, 1989, D.C. Law 8-24, § 8, 36 DCR 4575.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-835.

Effective Dates

Section 12 of D.C. Law 8-24 provided that the act shall take effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto) as provided in § 1-206.02(c)(1), and publication in either the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations; or by November 1, 1989, whichever occurs later. D.C. Law 8-24 was effective September 9, 1989.


§ 50–2406. Rules.

Within 90 days from September 9, 1989, the Mayor shall, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, issue rules to implement the provisions of this act. The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.


(Sept. 9, 1989, D.C. Law 8-24, § 11, 36 DCR 4575.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-836.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) provisions for the removal and disposition of abandoned, dangerous, and unlawfully parked vehicles, see §§ 2 to 12, 14, and 15 of the Removal and Disposition of Abandoned, Dangerous and Other Unlawfully Parked Vehicles Reform Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 15-104, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5534).

References in Text

“This act”, referred to in the first sentence, is D.C. Law 8-24.

Effective Dates

Section 12 of D.C. Law 8-24 provided that the act shall take effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto) as provided in § 1-206.02(c)(1), and publication in either the District of Columbia Register, the District of Columbia Statutes-at-Large, or the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations; or by November 1, 1989, whichever occurs later. D.C. Law 8-24 was effective September 9, 1989.