Vehicle Removal / Abandoned Vehicles

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Infrastructure & Climate Change Department

County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire

Phone: 01 2054700 


Report an Abandoned Vehicle

To report an abandoned vehicle, contact providing the following details:

  • Vehicle Registration
  • Colour / Make / Model
  • Exact Location
  • Period of time that vehicle has not been moved - Vehicles must not have moved for a minimum of 4 weeks
  • Name and Contact Number
  • A photo of the vehicle tax disc if possible. This will help expedite the process

The Council will arrange to investigate the matter.

If the vehicle is suspected being abandoned the Council will then follow a procedure of issuing notifications to the registered owner. This may also include affixing a notice to the vehicle.

The process from initial inspection to removal can take up to 8 weeks

The following should also be noted:

  1. Vehicles on public roads which are causing obstruction or road safety hazard should be reported to the Gardai.
  2. Vehicles deemed to be abandoned will be removed by the Council, however, while no tax or insurance on a vehicle on a public road may be an indicator that a vehicle is abandoned, it does not automatically deem a vehicle abandoned. Vehicles which are not deemed abandoned but are without insurance or tax are a matter for the Gardai.
  3. Burned out vehicles should also be reported to the Gardai.  Burning out a vehicle is criminal behaviour.
  4. Vehicles on private lands, private car parks or in estates not taken in charge by the County Council will not be deemed abandoned or investigated.
  5. Broken down vehicles, poorly parked vehicles or vehicles involved in residential parking disputes are not considered abandoned.

Surrender your End of Life Vehicle

Is your car/van past its “sell by” date?  Are you looking to dispose of it?

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council can remove and dispose of “end of life” vehicles.  This service is free of charge.  All of the cars which are removed are sent to a metal recycling company where they are crushed and then recycled.

To arrange for your “end of life” vehicle to be removed, please contact the Council’s Infrastructure and Climate Change Department at 2054700 or email

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