City Coordinates Derelict Vehicle Clean Up

Mon, March 4, 2019

MARCH 4th, 2019 – PRINCE RUPERT, B.C - Don’t know what to do with that old station wagon that just won’t run anymore? The City of Prince Rupert offers assistance to residents to remove derelict vehicles. To encourage spring cleaning around Prince Rupert, the municipality is requesting that owners of derelict vehicle voluntarily sign over ownership of the vehicle to the City, and pay a minimal removal fee of $70 per vehicle. Following payment, the City will coordinate removal and disposal of the vehicle.

Many of the local impoundment yards are currently at capacity, which has meant that residents have few options for disposal of inoperable vehicles. The City has an ongoing contract with a scrap metal dealer that will remove vehicles in bulk, in order to assist residents who may not have had options for disposal in the past. This program is intended to be both affordable and low-barrier for vehicle owners, while also enabling the vehicle to be recycled.  

The Bylaw Department will be sending letters to owners of vehicles who have previously received notices of impoundment over the coming weeks and advertising the program in the local newspaper and online. As per Council direction, this option is being provided as an alternative to impoundment of unsightly vehicles and trailers.

In the City’s Property Maintenance Bylaw, vehicles are considered unsightly if:

•             They are not registered or licenced in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Act;

•             They are not capable of movement under their own power;

•             They are not licenced for a period of one year;

•             And/or if they are non-operational for more than one month in any 12 month period.


This does not apply to vehicles that are covered with a fitted vehicle cover or housed in a garage or carport. In addition, any vehicle unlawfully or improperly occupying a portion of roadway or public place may be subject to impoundment and may be removed and impounded.

The City thanks the public in advance for their participation in efforts to clean up our community, and restore a greater pride of place to local neighbourhoods.

To coordinate vehicle removal, please contact the Bylaw Officer at (250) 624 6852 and leave a message with your contact information.


Veronika Stewart, Communications Manager

250 627 0976


Press Release - City Coordinates Derelict Vehicle Clean Up