City of Oak Ridge Updates Junked Vehicle Ordinance

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (December 20, 2019) – The City of Oak Ridge recently updated junked vehicle ordinances and has scheduled implementation in 2020.

The months of January and February will be used as a grace period to inform the community of the changes to the ordinance. Written warnings will be provided during this grace period, prior to official notices of violations, until March 1, 2020. After this time, written warnings will no longer be given prior to the violation notice.

The changes to this ordinance now provide greater clarity for property owners and City staff regarding what constitutes an unlawful vehicle. Additionally, the changes will help reduce blighted conditions, improve quality of life in the neighborhoods, and enhance effective enforcement by City departments.

Under the updated ordinance, vehicles declared as junked, abandoned, inoperable, or public nuisance will be removed from public or private property if not addressed by the owner in an allotted amount of time. Removal by the City, if necessary, will be at the owner’s expense.

The time periods for compliance have been amended as follows:

  • Private property — seven days (down from 10 days)
  • On-street parking violations – three days (down from 10 days)
  • Parkland and public property (unless otherwise posted) – 48 hours

Any vehicle confined within a completely enclosed structure (like a garage) is exempt from the ordinance. Vehicles legally parked and stored in clean, safe conditions on private property are also exempt from the ordinance, unless the vehicle is being used for salvage, constitutes a hazard or is deemed to be a public nuisance.

The full ordinance is available to view on the City’s website at Questions about these updates can be directed to the City of Oak Ridge Codes Enforcement Office at (865) 425-3532 or the Oak Ridge Police Department at (865) 425-3512 during regular business hours.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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  1. I wish the County would do this with wrecked cars and empty trailers and houses with grass grown up and trash around them.. I live in Lake City Hwy and it is a mess. We need to CLEAN UP OUR COUNTY. [email protected]

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