Trespass Towing Fees
Night, Weekend and Holiday Fees
First 24-hours of storage after arriving at storage facility: No Fee
Each subsequent 24-hour period: $50.00
Except for fees authorized by Arlington County Code 14.3, no other fees or charges shall be imposed.
Questions or concerns?
For policy questions, call the County Manager’s office at 703-228-3120.
To file a complaint about the towing of your vehicle, contact the Police Department at 703-228-4266 orfile a complaint. Read more.
Don’t see your question listed here? Send an email or call 703-228-3120 with your question and County staff will provide you with the answer.
To locate your towed vehicle, you can contact the Arlington County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703-558-2222. The Police Department will tell you if your car has been reported as towed by a private towing company.
Yes. The contract between a property owner and a tow operator may provide for towing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether the business is open or not.
Some businesses cite liability issues (e.g., car gets damaged while parked on its property; items are stolen from a vehicle parked on its property). The other most frequently voiced concern is that vehicles may be left overnight, and customer parking will not be available when the business opens.
Arlington County Code § 14.3-9 allows:
There is no law prohibiting tow operators from monitoring lots. The contract with the property owner governs the terms of the tow.
Most likely, you will end up filing with your insurance company and/or taking the matter to civil court. However, see Arlington County Code § 14.3-7(A)(d).
Arlington County does not have the authority to tell private property owners how to control their property. Arlington encourages businesses to share parking, and some successful arrangements are in place. Free parking is also available at parking garages in Arlington County Government facilities after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.
Yes. The Arlington Code does permit a drop fee of $25. (Arlington County Code § 14.3-9.E.)
No. The company must accept cash, an insurance company’s check, travelers’ checks or money orders, or debit, credit, or charge cards. (Arlington County Code § 14.3-10)
If your car has been towed from private property and you have been overcharged, or if you have a complaint about damage, employee behavior or signage at the tow location, please contact Arlington County at 703-228-4266 or send an email.
Removal of trespassing vehicles from private property is performed at the request of and pursuant to a contract between the property owner and a towing and recovery operator. The procedures for identifying and towing trespassing vehicles are determined in the contract. Effective July 1, 2017, all vehicles towed from commercial properties during the hours that the business is open must be authorized in writing, either by an individual on site or by electronic means, by the property owner or their designee.
Signs not less than 12×18 inches must be posted at all entrances to the premises alerting drivers that trespassing vehicles will be towed at the expense of the vehicle owner or custodian. The warning statement “towing at owner’s expense” must be written in letters not less than three inches in height. Other lettering on the sign may be smaller. Other information which the sign must contain includes the hours of the day and days of the week during which towing is in effect; a pictorial symbol (like the one on this brochure) of a tow truck; and, when done by written agreement, the name and telephone number of the tow truck service.
This information can be requested of the towing and recovery operator by the vehicle owner. The County’s trespass towing ordinance requires towing and recovery operator to retain these records for at least one year and to provide them upon request.
A barnacle is a plastic cover that uses suction to stick to the windshield of a vehicle. It doesn't immobilize the vehicle but rather makes driving almost impossible for lack of visibility. There should be instructions on the device for removal.
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