Abandoned Vehicles


  • In 2007 the police department took over the abandoned vehicle program for vehicles abandoned within city limits.
  • This program was previously run by the Missoula County Sheriffs Department.
  • Police employees, along with dedicated volunteers, tag vehicles which have been reported as abandoned.
  • The city periodically sells unclaimed abandoned vehicles at auction. Sign up to be notified about abandoned vehicle and surplus/salvage city vehicle auctions.
  • You can sign up to be notified about auctions of abandoned vehicles and other surplus vehicles and equipment.
  • ****August 2nd, 2018, will be our next abandoned vehicle auction***

Why Police Involvement?

  • Abandoned vehicles are not only an eyesore but also a hazard.
  • They are unsafe to play in or around, rodents and other animals nest in them.
  • Abandoned vehicles have a negative effect on neighborhoods, contributing to the "broken window" problem.

Laws and Ordinances

Report an Abandoned Vehicle

  • Vehicles abandoned on a public street.
    • This is an online form you may fill out and submit.
  • Vehicles abandoned on private property.
    • We need this form notarized, so please print out and bring I(or mail, already notarized) to the police department at:
      • 435 Ryman St
      • Missoula, MT 59802
    • We do offer a notary service for our documents. Remember to bring a valid ID with you along with the unsigned document.