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Junk Vehicle
Richland County receives state grant funding to haul away and dispose of junk vehicles.
What qualifies as a "junk vehicle"?

A junk vehicle is defined as any "discarded, ruined, wrecked, or dismantled motor vehicle, including component parts, which is not lawfully and validly licensed, and remains inoperative or incapable of being driven". A vehicle must meet all three parts of the definition to be classified as a junk vehicle. The Richland County Sanitarian and the junk vehicle hauler can help you determine if a vehicle meets this definition.

How much will this cost me?

If your vehicle meets the definition of a junk vehicle and you choose to utilize the junk vehicle program, hauling and disposal of the vehicle if free of charge.

I want to start salvaging vehicles. How do I get started?

A license is required to operate a motor vehicle wrecking facility. Visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Motor Vehicle Recycling & Disposal program website for information on regulated facilities and license requirements. Possession of four or more junk vehicles at a single location qualifies as potential operation of a motor vehicle wrecking facility, and one or more junk vehicles at a single location must be shielded from view.

I think my neighbor is operating a motor vehicle wrecking facility. What can I do about it?

If you believe someone is operating a motor vehicle wrecking facility, contact the Environmental Health office.



Please contact the Sanitarian for additional information or visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality Motor Vehicle Wrecking & Disposal program FAQ's.




Richland County
201 W. Main
Sidney, MT 59270