Junk cars and inoperative vehicles are an eyesore and a safety issue in neighborhoods!
Vehicles must be parked on "improved and approved surfaces" in neighborhoods. Parking on the lawn is prohibited!
Commercial vehicles, RVs and boat trailers can be parked on the street but only in areas approved for such parking. Contact the PWC Police Department non-emergency number 703-792-6500 to determine where appropriate parking areas are located.
Inoperative or unsafe vehicles parked on public roads need to be reported to the Prince William County Police non-emergency number at 703-792-6500 or click here for the PWC Police Department page.
Inoperative Vehicles (IOVs)
Parking on the Grass
The County has zoning ordinances that are meant to preserve the residential character of neighborhoods and safety ordinances to maintain sight lines and emergency vehicle passage. Certain types of vehicles like cement trucks, garbage trucks, bulldozers, tractors or trailers of a tractor-trailer truck are prohibited in neighborhoods or on lots less than 10 acres in agricultural districts. The code can be found on the Police Department's page about Commercial Vehicle Parking Restrictions. The police enforce the code that restricts parking on the street to commercial vehicles that weigh 12,000 pounds or less.
Property Code Enforcement Staff enforces the restriction that commercial vehicles registered with a gross vehicle weight of 10,100 pounds or more cannot be parked or stored on residential properties, public parking lots or on lots less than 10 acres in agricultural districts. These vehicles include box trucks, flatbed trucks, stake bed trucks, step vans or trailers. In general, panel vans used by craftspeople to carry ladders and equipment to job sites are not considered as commercial vehicles becasue of their gross vehicle weight. More details can be found in the Commercial Vehicle Parking Restrictions.
The specific definition of a commercial vehicle is cited in the County Code Chapter 32 Article I. Article III Part 300 provides additional detail reagrding vehicle parking and storage. Click here to view the code.
Some parts of the County prohibit RVs and boat trailers from being parked on the street. Visit Watercraft Boat Trailer RV and Camping Trailers for a discussion of the ordinance boundaries of areas where they are prohibited on the street and a link to a map showing where the ordinance is enforced.
Antique vehicles are licensed by Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For more information about the proper licensing of these vehicles go to DMV's Frequently Asked Questions about antique vehicles. Properly tagged vehicles with antique vehicle tags ate not considered as an inoperative vehicle.
If you have any questions about vehicles in neighborhoods contact Neighborhood Services at 703-792-7018 or email us at email@example.com.