The Alamance County Planning Department handles citizen complaints with regards to junked, nuisance, and abandoned motor vehicles; and the dead storage of manufactured homes.

Junked, Nuisance, & Abandoned Motor Vehicles

The Junked, Nuisance, and Abandoned Motor Vehicle Ordinance was adopted by the Alamance County Board of Commissioners on May 7, 2007. This Ordinance specifically regulates the location and number of junked motor vehicles that can be located on a piece of property.

In general, no more than three (3) junked motor vehicles may be located on a piece of property and junked motor vehicles must be kept behind the main structure on the property and properly covered with a suitable car cover.

A junked motor vehicle is defined in the ordinance as:

“A motor vehicle that does not display a current license plate and is also:

(1) Is partially dismantled or wrecked; or
(2) Cannot be self-propelled or moved in the manner in which it originally was intended to move; and is not being renovated and/or restored.
(3) Is more than five (5) years old and appears to be worth less than one hundred (100) dollars.”


Dead Storage of Manufactured Homes

The Alamance County Ordinance Regulating the Dead Storage of Manufactured Homes was adopted by the Alamance County Board of Commissioners on December 17, 2007. In general, this ordinance regulates the storage of abandoned and dilapidated mobile homes and mobile homes that are not being used for their intended purpose (ie: storage).

The Ordinance classifies violating mobile homes into two (2) categories: Class II and Class III Mobile Homes. The definitions for each are listed below:

Class II Mobile Home. A manufactured home which constitutes a public nuisance. Such a home may display one or more of the following characteristics:
1. Is a point of heavy growth of weeds or other noxious vegetation over ten (10) inches in height; or
2. Is a point of collection of pools or ponds of water; or
3. Is being used for storage purposes rather than residence purposes; or
4. Is a breeding ground or harbor for mosquitoes, other insects, rats, or other pests

Class III Mobile Home. A manufactured home which rises to the level of a significant public nuisance. Such a home may display one or more of the following characteristics:
1. Is so situated that there is a danger of it falling or turning over; or
2. Has utilities that are being run by electric cords that extend from another structure; or
3. Is structurally unsound; or
4. Is a point of concentration of quantities of gasoline, oil, or other flammable or explosive materials as evidenced by odor; or
5. Is a point of collection of garbage, food waste, animal waste, or any other rotten or putrescent matter of any kind; or
6. Has points of access which are not secured or is missing doors or windows; or
7. Has parts thereof which are jagged or contain sharp edges of metal or glass.