Junk Vehicles

Junk vehicle definition from the Jefferson County Code Chapter 8.10 Solid Waste.

8.10.100 Definitions


Terms used in this regulation shall have the meanings provided in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-350-100, 173-351-100 and 173-304-100, hereby adopted in their entirety by reference herein except as revised or altered by the definitions provided below.
Turquoise junk car
Junk Vehicle: A junk vehicle includes campers, boats, boat trailers or any other type of vehicle used for human transportation which may exhibit any of the following:
  • Build-up of debris, moss or weeds on, in, under, or around the vehicle that obstructs use
  • Damage to the frame
  • More than 1 missing or shattered window or windshield
  • More than 1 inoperable or missing headlight or taillight
  • More than 1 flat tire
  • A missing or inoperable engine or transmission
  • A missing wheel, license plate, driver-side mirror, tire, body panel, door, hood or other obvious body part, not including a bumper
  • A license plate that has been invalid for more than 60 days
  • Evidence that the vehicle has not been moved in at least 60 days

State of Washington Laws


A vehicle certified under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.55.230 as meeting at least 3 of following requirements shall be considered a junk vehicle:
  • 3 years old or older
  • Apparently inoperable
  • Extensively damaged, such damage including but not limited to the following: a broken window or windshield, or missing wheels, tires, motor, or transmission
  • Has approximate fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it
Junk car backed into brush and front covered with leaves
For enforcement purposes, possessing 3 or more junk vehicles on a single property of any size is not allowed under this regulation.