Towing in Arlington County
In Arlington County, depending on if your vehicle was towed from public property at the request of the Arlington County Police or from private property at the request of the property owner, different charges and procedures can apply.
Towing from private property without the consent of the vehicle owner (also known as “trespass towing”) is regulated by Chapter 14.3 of the Arlington County Code. Read a copy of the ordinance.
Towing from the public right-of-way is conducted by a contractor at the request of the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD). Towing may occur for vehicles that are unlicensed, uninspected, disabled, abandoned, illegally parked on public property or that have outstanding parking violations. Chapter 14.2 of the Arlington County Code deals with police tows. More information about Police Tows can be found on the ACPD Towing Webpage.
Trespass Towing Complaints
Trespass Towing Data
County Board Action
Use the links below to read previous Board Reports regarding the County’s towing ordinance in our Archives, as well as view County Board consideration of these changes: