[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Northumberland County 1-1-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Supervisors of Northumberland County, pursuant to § 15.2-904 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, does hereby adopt the following chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to keep, except within a fully enclosed building or structure or otherwise shielded or screened from view, on any property zoned for residential or commercial or agricultural purposes, any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer, as such are defined in § 46.2-100 of the Code of Virginia 1950, as amended, which is inoperative. As used in this chapter, an "inoperative motor vehicle" shall mean any motor vehicle which is not in operating condition; or which for a period of 60 days or longer has been partially or totally disassembled by the removal of tires and wheels, the engine or other essential parts required for operation of the vehicle or on which there are displayed neither valid license plates nor a valid inspection decal, unless said vehicle is exempt from those requirements under § 46.2-662 of the Code of Virginia 1950, as amended. Specifically exempt from this chapter is the keeping of a maximum of two vehicles commonly described as classic, antique or for the purposes of racing, so long as said vehicles are shrouded with a quality vehicle cover specifically designed for that purpose.
The Board of Supervisors of Northumberland County, through its own agents or employees, including the Northumberland County Sheriff's Department, may remove any such inoperative motor vehicles, trailers or semitrailers whenever the owner of the premises, after reasonable notice, has failed to do so. In the event that the Board of Supervisors, through its own agents or employees, removes any such motor vehicles, trailers or semitrailers after giving additional notice to the owner of the vehicle, the costs of any such removal and disposal shall be chargeable to the owner of the vehicle or premises and may be collected by the County as taxes and levies are collected. Every cost authorized by this chapter which the owner of the premises has been assessed shall constitute a lien against the property from which the vehicle was removed, the lien to continue until actual payment of such costs has been to the County.
Violation of this chapter shall be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor; provided, however, that each day in which the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.