Revised Junk Vehicle Ordinance Goes Into Effect on August 9 | City of Santa Fe

Revised Junk Vehicle Ordinance Goes Into Effect on August 9

2 Aug, 2022

Amendments Made to Definitions, Enforcement Procedures

SANTA FE, August 2, 2022 – The Governing Body approved a set of amendments to the Junk Vehicle Ordinance that will go into effect on August 9, 2022. The revisions clarify the definition of the type of vehicles to which the Ordinance applies and streamline the process of enforcement.


Residents can view the full text of the amendments here, but should take note of the following revised definitions and enforcement procedures:



Revised "Junk Vehicle" definition: any motor vehicle, other than a special interest vehicle, that has one or both of the following characteristics for ninety (90) days or more: 


  • Inoperable* and does not meet minimum legal requirements for operation on the public streets and highways of this state, pursuant to NMSA 1978 Section 66-3-901; or


  • Has been continuously inoperable or has been wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled, or abandoned.



Revised "Inoperable" definition: extensively damaged including, but not limited to, having two or more of the following characteristics: a cracked or missing window or windshield, flat or missing tires, or missing wheels, motor, or transmission. 


Revised "Special Interest" definition: a motor vehicle not less than thirty-five (35) years old which is being preserved or restored by a collector for its historical value.


Enforcement: Junk vehicles that are visible from any private or public place are subject to enforcement procedures and penalties as outlined by the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance, which can be up to (but not exceed) $9,000 for continued noncompliance. 



The Ordinance does not apply to properly stored or covered vehicles, vehicles stored/parked in connection with a licensed dealer or junkyard, or vehicles stored by active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 



NOTE: A tarp, trees or shrubbery are NO LONGER considered an appropriate method of storage or coverage per the amended ordinance. A “well-fitted car cover” is an appropriate method of screening.