Keeping of Inoperable Motor Vehicle Violation

Roanoke's Inoperable Motor Vehicle Ordinance (Chapter 20, Article VI, of the Code of the City of Roanoke) requires that a motor vehicle or trailer located on private property display both a valid license plate and an inspection decal that is not expired by more than 60 days. It must also be in operating condition, capable of being driven.

Vehicles stored within a garage or fully enclosed building, or screened from view by a fence,  are exempt from the ordinance. Vehicles with valid antique tags are exempt from having a Virginia state inspection decal.

Report a Violation

To report a violation, call Code Enforcement at 540-853-2344 or complete a request with the city's online Service Request Form.
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