Inoperable Vehicles

Inoperable vehicles shall not remain on property for longer than 7 days per section 174.02 and 174.04 of the Weston Basic Code.
If you suspect an inoperable vehicle is on a property please contact the Village Office or Zoning Inspector with the location address and the vehicle make/model and color.



(A)  As used in this section:

INOPERABLE VEHICLE means every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks, and to which any of the following applies:

  1. The device fails to display a current registration plate and sticker if such vehicle or device is of the type required to be registered by the laws of the state.
  2. The device or vehicle is not capable of, or is unsafe for, use on the public streets or highways because of defective or missing parts or components; or
  3. The device or vehicle is missing or has had removed any of its seats or doors or its hood, trunk lid, engine, transmission or other drivetrain parts, or has flat or missing tires or wheels or broken or missing windows.

VEHICLES include passenger cars, trucks, utility trailers, campers, motor homes, boat trailers, motorcycles, motorized bicycles and bicycles.

(B)  The owner or person in control of any private property shall not allow an inoperable vehicle to remain on the property for a period of longer than seven days.  This section shall not prohibit the storage of inoperable vehicles in closed buildings or garages, nor the storage of a fully operational and licensed motor homes and campers, utility and boat trailers, or unlicensed seasonal recreational/sporting vehicles property trailered, in side or rear yards, provided such storage is in accordance with other provisions of the Ohio Basic Code or any other ordinances of the village, including the village’s Zoning Ordinance.  This section shall not prohibit commercial establishments engaged in the full-time business of repairing vehicles from keeping or maintaining inoperable vehicles on their business premises while the vehicles are under repair, provided the vehicles are currently licensed and provided, further, that the commercial business is located in a properly zoned commercial or business district.

(C)  Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor for a first offense.  For each subsequent offense such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.  A seperate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.


(A)  Upon receipt of information that noxious weeds or grasses of seven inches or more in height, or that litter or inoperable vehicles are located on lands within the village, the Village Council shall cause a written notice to be delivered or posted upon the property, notifying all persons that such condition(s) must be abated within five days after the recipt of such notice for the weeds and grasses, and within 15 days for the litter and inoperable vehicles.  The Village Maintenance Technician, or their designee, or any deputy may deliver/post such notice.

(B)  If the owner, lessee, agent, or tenant, or other person having charge of the lands fails to comply with the notice required herein, the village shall cause such condition(s) to be abated, and may employ the necessary labor and equipment to perform the task(s).  All expenses incurred shall, after approval of Village Council, be paid from funds in the village general fund, not otherwise appropriated.  The cost of mowing shall be charged at a rate of $130 for each residental property or a rate of $250 for each commercially owned property.  For the removal of junk/litter, inoperable vehicles, weeds, or any other related nuisance, the property owner shall be charged the actual cost of the abatement, plus a $50 service fee.  Any damage/repair of village equipment will also be an includable charge.  Such total cost of abatement shall be billed to the property owner by regular mail, payable within 30 days.

(C)  Upon failure to reimburse the village the billed amount within 30 days thereafter, the Fiscal Officer shall submit official certification to the Wood County Auditor that contains; the amount of charges/fees, a proper description of the premises, and a request that such amount be entered upon the tax duplicate, be a lien upon such lands from the date of entry and be collected as other taxes and returned to the village’s general fund according to law.

Inoperable Vehicle Notice