To report a nuisance regarding a junk and/or abandoned vehicle, contact the Code Enforcement Office at 770-278-7100. A request for services may be made by filling out the attached form: Request for Services Form.
Rockdale County Code, Chapter 42-34:
The county is authorized to remove and dispose of any junk vehicle, as defined in this article, or parts thereof when such vehicle is in such a condition that it constitutes a health hazard or unsightly nuisance, notwithstanding the fact that such vehicle may be located upon private property. Prior to the disposal of such vehicle and if such vehicle is affixed with a current license tag, the current owners and lienholders of the motor vehicles shall be ascertained by way of a records search in the state department of revenue; and upon the identification of the owners and lienholders, they shall be notified of the pending disposal by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. (Code 1978, § 9-2004)
Sec. 42-35. Enforcement.
(a) Enforcement of this article shall be the responsibility of the code enforcement officers of the department of public services and engineering.
(b) When a motor vehicle is deemed to be in violation of this Code by the code enforcement officer, he shall issue a written warning notice to the parties owning or in apparent possession of the motor vehicle to remove the vehicle. If the junk motor vehicle is not removed within five days, the owner of the abandoned motor vehicle or the owner of the land on which it is located shall be issued a citation.
(c) When a motor vehicle is deemed to be in violation of this Code and also a threat to the safety and well-being of the general public, the five-day warning shall not apply and instead shall be handled pursuant to section 42-34. (Code 1978, § 9-2005)
Sec. 42-36. Georgia Abandoned Motor Vehicle Act; additional provisions.
(a) In addition to the requirements and definitions in the Georgia Abandoned Motor Vehicle Act (O.C.G.A. § 40-11-1 et seq.), the provisions of this section shall be enforced in the county.
(b) For purposes of O.C.G.A. § 40-11-1 et seq., the following shall also be considered abandoned motor vehicles where a motor vehicle:
(1) Is left upon a street or highway in violation of a law or ordinance prohibiting parking for a period of not less than 12 hours;
(2) Fails to display a current license plate;
(3) Is partially dismantled or wrecked;
(4) Is incapable of self-propulsion or being moved in the manner for which it was originally intended;
(5) Is left on property owned or operated by the county for a period of not less than 24 hours without authorization from the county;
(6) Is left on private property without the consent of the owner, occupant or lessee thereof for a period of not less than 24 hours; or
(7) Is left on any public road or highway of the county for a period of not less than three days.
(c) It shall be unlawful to abandon any motor vehicle on any public street or public grounds or upon any privately owned property, and it shall be unlawful for any person controlling privately owned property to abandon or to permit the abandonment thereupon of any motor vehicle; however, no person controlling privately owned property shall be criminally liable for the abandonment of motor vehicles thereupon by others if he shall assist the duly designated officials and agents of the county in disposing of the vehicles in the manner prescribed.
(d) Any abandoned motor vehicle may be removed to a storage area for safekeeping by or under the direction of the sheriff's department or other person so designated by the county. Written notice by mail of any removal shall be promptly given to the registered owner of the vehicle and to any holders of any lien of record in the office of the state department of revenue.
(e) No such vehicle shall be so removed from privately owned premises without the written request of the owner, lessee or occupant of the premises unless the vehicle has been found to be a health or safety hazard by the sheriff or other designee of the board of commissioners. (Code 1978, § 9-2006)