Tow Policy

Tow Overview

Updated: 9/8/19

Tow Policy

Vehicles parked on campus may be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense if:

The vehicle has $200 or more in parking violations. 

The vehicle must be moved immediately because it is blocking access to, prevents use of or inhibits operation of a facility, structure or activity; or it is causing damage, or represents a safety hazard.

The vehicle is abandoned.

    Tow List Notification

    After the accumulation of $100 of violations on one vehicle, a warning notification email will be sent to the registered vehicle owner or permit-holder.  After the accumulation of $200 of violations on one vehicle, a tow list eligible email will be sent to the registered vehicle owner or permit-holder.   

    Removal from Tow List

    Vehicles will be removed from the tow list when parking citation balance is paid off in full or reduced below the $200 threshold. 

    Liability

    The University assumes no responsibility for damage to a towed vehicle.

    Tow Fee

    Any vehicle that's towed due to being on the tow list will be issued a Tow Fee, in addition to any parking violations that may be issued.

    Show-Up Fee

    If the operator of the vehicle shows up after a tow truck has been summoned but before the tow is completed, any applicable fees must be paid to the towing company.

    Reclaiming Your Vehicle

    Before getting vehicle back after a tow, vehicle owners/operators must first sign a release at the University's Department of Public Safety (DPS).  To access the DPS offices, enter on the Capitol Street side of the building.  DPS is located at:

    Department of Public Safety
    808 University Capitol Centre

    200 S. Capitol Street
    Iowa City, IA 52242

    Towed vehicles are not stored at DPS, but at an impound lot managed by the towing vendor shown below.  The University’s current towing vendor is:

    Big Ten University Towing

    3309 Highway 1 SW

    Iowa City, IA 52240

    (319) 354-5936

    Big 10 Website - http://www.big10towing.com/index.html

    Office Hours: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    All vendor towing fees must be paid to the towing company before the vehicle is released from impound.  

    For Students:

    Students who have received citations and register their vehicles are eligible to have the fines reduced to student rates on citations having been issued within the two days prior to registering their vehicle. 

    Towing Contact Information

    Parking Office: (319) 335-1475

    Department of Public Safety: (319) 335-5022

    Big Ten University Towing:  (319) 354-5936