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An unplated car sits in the weeds in a Regina back alley. The city is tightening up the rules on where people can leave junked vehicles. (Google Street View)

The City of Regina wants to crack down on people who park junked vehicles on their properties.

The city gets a number of complaints every year about the practice, leading to bylaw enforcement officers ticketing homeowners.

But some people have been able to fight their tickets in court by arguing the junkers are still contained within a fence, which is technically a structure.

Kelly Scherr, the city's director of construction and compliance, says officials want to close that loophole with an amendment to the Regina Property Maintenance Bylaw.

"We're just being clear to the intent of the bylaw to make sure it's actually within a car port or garage, to make sure it's clear for property owners and it's clear for our enforcement personnel," Scherr said.

The change, which was on the agenda at Thursday's Community and Protective Services, still needs to be approved by council.