The Foster City Police Department handles complaints of abandoned or stored vehicles parked on public streets. Citizens wishing to report a vehicle that appears to be abandoned on a public street can submit via on-line form, call the Foster City Police Department at 650-286-3300, or send us an e-mail listing the location of the vehicle, and a description of the vehicle including the license plate number if possible to: Police@fostercity.org.
Once a complaint has been received about an abandoned vehicle, or an officer sees a vehicle he or she believes to be abandoned, the officer begins to document the violation by:
As a result of this process, citizens who complain about an abandoned vehicle may not see results for a week or more.
Private Property/HOA Property
Abandoned vehicles on private property fall under the jurisdiction of the Planning and Code Enforcement Division. All inoperable, junk, or unlicensed motor vehicles must be parked or stored within a storage structure, fenced yard or garage. For further information or to report an abandoned vehicle parked on private property, you may call the Planning and Code Enforcement Division at 286-3225 or e-mail Planning@fostercity.org.
Towing Vehicles from Private Lots (Non-residential)
If you want a vehicle towed from your private property you must first meet a number of requirements (I.e.. CVC 22658). Contact the Police Department at 286-3300 for further information or send an e-mail to Police@fostercity.org.
My vehicle has been towed, How do I get it back?
To determine whether or not your vehicle has been towed please call the Police Department at 286-3300. Please be prepared to provide the license plate number of the vehicle, or the location from where it was towed.If your vehicle has been towed from a public street, you will need:
You may then pick up your vehicle from the tow company after paying their towing charges.
If your vehicle has been towed from private property you may claim it directly from the tow company. The Police Department is not involved in tows from private property. Any disputes over validity or vehicle damage must be handled as a civil matter.
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