Private Property Impounds
Effective 1/12/09 Private Property Impounds must have the
proper signage posted in order for a car to be considered
abandoned and removed by a wrecker company. In accordance to
the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code 257.252k: An owner or lessor
of private real property shall post a notice that meets all of
the following requirements before authorizing the towing or
removal of a vehicle from the real property without the
consent of the owner or other person who is legally entitled
to possess the vehicle.
1. The notice shall be prominently displayed at each
point of entry for vehicular access to the real property. If
the real property lacks curbs or access barriers, not less
than 1 notice shall be posted for each 100 ft. or road
2. The notice clearly indicates in letters not less than
2 inches high on contrasting background that unauthorized
vehicles will be towed away at the owner's expense.
3. The notice provides the name and telephone number of
the towing service responsible for towing or removing
vehicles from that property.
4. The notice is permanently installed with the bottom of
the notice located not less than 4 ft. from the ground and
is continuously maintained on the property for not less than
24 hours before a vehicle is towed or removed.
According to the Township Planning Department, business
owners do not require sign review or permits to post the
signs. Business owners may visit the Michigan Department of
Secretary of State for further information.