The Doña Ana County Planning Office has begun issuing vehicle-restoration permits. Each $35 permit allows a county resident to keep a non-running vehicle in plain view on the property for 18 months while it is refurbished.
Vehicles that are garaged or otherwise shielded from public view are not required to have permits. Unrunning vehicles that are neither permitted nor shielded from public view will be subject to codes citations and significant fines. Only race cars and agricultural equipment are excluded.
To apply for a restoration permit, residents must come to the Planning Department at the Doña Ana County Government Center in Las Cruces. They must bring the vehicle title and/or registration and be prepared to pay the $35 permit fee. Once approved, each permit must be conspicuously placed on the vehicle to which it pertains.
As part of the application process, staff will research the property owners files to determine if other codes issues exist on the property or whether any codes-related citations remain outstanding.
A maximum of two permits will be issued per address. Permits are not renewable. Each permit will carry a description of the vehicle to which it is assigned, as well as the approved location for the restoration work to be performed.
Doña Ana County codes-enforcement officers will periodically inspect properties to which permits have been issued to ensure that no codes violations are evident in the area. The officers are empowered to issue citations where codes violations are found. In most cases, officers will attempt to educate the property owner about codes compliance before a citation is issued. At the discretion of the officers, residents who remedy violations within a reasonable period of time may avoid citations.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.