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Towing Ordinance - Proposed Update


The City Council is tentatively scheduled to decide whether to approve this updated ordinance at its Tuesday, Feb. 25, meeting. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The agenda will be posted here a few days before the meeting.

The City of Scottsdale is updating the Towing Ordinance to clarify ordinance language, strengthen the integrity and professionalism of the industry and protect the welfare of our residents and guests. This ordinance only affects private parking areas, not public right of way.

Major Changes

These are proposed major changes made as a result of public input:

  • $40 after-hours gate fee now permitted.
  • Sign requirements no longer apply to the entrances into homeowner associations with private streets. However, if an association wants to tow vehicles from the association’s private parking lots (such as near a community center, golf club or pool), city-designated towing signs are required, although contrasting colors other than red and white may be used. In addition, in recognizing an association’s design principles, the sign would have to meet city requirements and still have contrasting colors, but could reflect the colors more acceptable to the association.
  • Sign requirements only apply to the entrances of multi-level parking garages and multi-family residential developments where the parking is not contiguous.
  • Private parking areas may have additional signs regarding restrictions on parking so long as they conform to other city regulations and don’t conflict with the ordinance requirements.
  • A private parking area manager may act for a property owner under written authorization from the property owner.
  • Upon producing the keys to a vehicle, a person requesting that a towing carrier drop the vehicle is entitled to the vehicle.
  • Charges for storing vehicles more than three days are now permitted.
  • Cash, credit and debit cards are all accepted for releasing a vehicle, but no extra charges are allowed for using credit and debit cards.



Current Ordinance 

Proposed Towing Ordinance (pdf/684kb/38pp)


We invite you to comment on the proposed ordinance:

  • Email: Sergeant Robert Bonnette at rbonnette@scottsdaleaz.gov
  • Write: Sergeant Robert Bonnette, Scottsdale Police Department, 9065 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
  • Call: 480-312-3076

Check this website for updates.