[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Pittsford 11-13-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001. This local law also repealed former Ch. 202, Vehicles, Unregistered, adopted 3-14-1989 as Ch. 139 of the 1989 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to prevent the public and private nuisance of unlicensed, junked, abandoned, or dangerous vehicles stored on private property. Because many neighborhoods in the Village consist of compact lots, the outdoor storage of such vehicles constitutes a particularly noticeable blight on the Village landscape. Such vehicles are generally unsightly, their existence may depreciate the value of neighboring properties, and they may be hazardous to children and the environment. The outdoor storage of unlicensed vehicles, as defined within this chapter, is therefore regulated by the Village of Pittsford for the preservation of the public health, safety, and welfare.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any wheeled or tracked device manufactured for use on a public highway, whether designed to be self-propelled or towed, including but not limited to an automobile, camp trailer, bus, truck, trailer, mobile home, motor home, motorcycle, or snowmobile, which is required to be registered by the State of New York if used on a public highway.
- UNLICENSED VEHICLE
- Any motor vehicle or part or piece thereof that is old, wrecked, discarded, abandoned, dismantled or partially dismantled, and/or meets one or more of the following conditions:
- A. Is currently unregistered by the State of New York if so required by law in order to be operated on a public highway;
- B. Is currently without a valid inspection sticker issued by the State of New York;
- C. Is not operable or is no longer intended or in legal condition to be used on a public highway.
This chapter does not apply to the following:
Vehicles for sale or repair at a legally permitted automobile sales or repair facility, providing that the vehicles do not constitute a nuisance or hazard.
Competition vehicles not intended for highway use, provided that the vehicle is stored on a licensed transport trailer, covered with an approved commercial car cover, and is in a condition to be moved under its own power.
One unlicensed, operable vehicle per property, provided that the vehicle is stored so that it is not visible from a public roadway, the canal, or abutting properties.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, either as owner, occupant, lessee, agent, tenant or otherwise, to park, store, or deposit, or cause to suffer or permit to be parked, stored, or deposited, an unlicensed motor vehicle on any property in the Village of Pittsford for a period of more than 10 days, unless such motor vehicle is in a completely enclosed, legally permitted building.
A motor vehicle that is being actively marketed for sale or is actively under repair may be stored on private property for up to 60 days. Only one such vehicle per property is permitted. Upon request, the property owner must provide proof that the vehicle is actively for sale or actively under repair. Such proof may consist of advertisements, receipts for repair parts, or other evidence acceptable to the Building Inspector or the Village Clerk. A vehicle for sale or under repair must not be in an unsightly or dangerous condition.
Criminal penalty. Any person, firm, or corporation who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of at least $50, but not to exceed $250, or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.
Each day of violation shall constitute a separate additional offense.
Each vehicle in violation of this chapter shall constitute a separate additional offense.
In the event of noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter, the Village Building Inspector or the Village Clerk may cause the removal of an unlicensed motor vehicle, after due notice to the property owner and/or the owner of such vehicle. The notice shall consist of a notice of violation, by regular mail, directing the removal of the vehicle within 10 days. Upon failure to comply with the notice of violation, the Building Inspector or the Village Clerk may serve a written notice to the owner, occupant, or person having charge of the property, either personally, by certified mail, or by posting on the property, directing that the vehicle(s) be removed within five days. At the end of this period, the Village Building Inspector or the Village Clerk is authorized to cause the removal of the vehicle(s) at the property owner's expense. The expense incurred by the Village of Pittsford shall be assessed against said property and shall constitute a lien thereon and be collected in the manner provided by law.
The Building Inspector or the Village Clerk, or their designee, is authorized to enforce this chapter by either issuing an appearance ticket pursuant to Chapter 5, Appearance Tickets, of the Code of the Village of Pittsford, or by removing said vehicle as provided in § 202-6 of this chapter, or by invoking both enforcement provisions.