There will be parking zones designated specifically for the SXSW event. If you park on private property, be aware of towing signs placed at the entrances and exits of the properties. State law requires signs at the entrance and exit points, but not necessarily in front of the parking area. If these signs are up and you violate the warning on the sign, your vehicle could be towed.
APD wants to remind residents that parking is limited in some areas of the city during SXSW. In addition, residents should be mindful of designated loading and unloading zones and other tow-away zones.
APD will be enforcing all laws applicable to towing during SXSW. If your vehicle is in the process of being towed and you contact the tow truck driver before your vehicle is fully prepared for transport, it must be released — free of charge.
If your vehicle is towed, the maximum amount that a towing company can charge is $150.00. Once the vehicle reaches the Vehicle Storage Facility (VSF), there’s an extra $20.00 impound fee and a $20.00 storage fee (both of which are authorized by state law) — bringing the total to $190.00 plus tax. After the first 24 hours, the tow company can charge an additional $50.00 for a notification fee, also authorized by state law. This would bring the total to $240.00 plus tax.
PRIVATE PROPERTY TOWING INFORMATION
If you wish to contest the impoundment of your vehicle, you must request a tow hearing. The tow hearing must be scheduled within 14 days of the vehicle being towed. The Justice of the Peace (JP) in the precinct from which the vehicle was towed will hold the tow hearing. For additional details on tow hearings please contact the responsible JP’s office at:
PRECINCT 1: Northeast 512-854-7700
PRECINCT 2: Northwest 512-854-4545
PRECINCT 3: Southwest 512-854-6763
PRECINCT 4: Southeast 512-854-9479
PRECINCT 5: Central 512-854-9049
If you think your vehicle has been towed illegally within the City of Austin please call 3-1-1 to file a Wrecker Ordinance Violation, contact APD’s Wrecker Enforcement Unit at 512-974-8110 with your offense number.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TOWING Fees: The City of Austin only regulates non-consent towing fees:
Regular non-consent tow for vehicles under 10,000 lbs: $150
Regular non-consent tow for vehicles 10,001 – 25,999: $400
Regular non-consent tow for vehicles 26,000+: $800
There is no longer a private property on site fee. (Example: tow truck is backed up to vehicle but not completely ready for transport). $0
The private property tow truck is fully prepared for transport and still on site $50