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There are two basic reasons the University tows vehicles.

  1. 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.

  2. The vehicle or permit has an extended history of parking violations and ticketing has failed to alter its use.  Under the current policy a vehicle is placed upon the tow list after the accumulation of $200 of violations, excluding A4 violations, within the UI parking permit year, allowing Officers to tow the vehicle any time it is subsequently found in violation.



Tow List Notification:

  • After the accumulation of $200 of violations, excluding A4 violations, within the one parking permit year, a notification letter will be sent to the registered owner or permit-holder.

Citation History:

  • The history of citations accumulated by a vehicle during a permit year accompanies that vehicle during the remainder of the permit year. This applies even if the vehicle ownership was originally identified as public, but later citations were billed to a student, faculty, or staff.

Clean Record:

  • Vehicles will be cleared from the tow list at the beginning of the next permit year (August 1, 2013) if all accumulated citations have been paid.  If left unpaid, the vehicle will remain on the tow list indefinitely.


  • 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.

Current Towing Contractor:

Big Ten Towing address:
3309 Highway 1 SW
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 354-5936
The location is about 2 miles SW of Highway 218 on Highway 1. Office hours are 7 am to 7 pm, daily.

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.

Towing Fees

Reclaiming Your Vehicle:

Owners and operators must sign a release form at the University's Department of Public Safety Office, 800 University Capitol Centre (enter on the Capitol St. side of the building), after which the vehicle may be claimed from the tow company.  The vehicle is not stored at Public Safety.
Location of impound lot is: 3309 Highway 1 SW, Iowa City, IA 52240; (319) 354-5936. The location of the tow contractor is approximately 2 miles SW of Highway 218 on Highway 1.
Office hours for the tow contractor are 7 am to 7 pm; requesting release of a vehicle outside of those hours is $60 + tax additional to the tow fees.
All fees must be paid to the towing company before the vehicle is released from impound.


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.

Contact Information:

Parking Office 335-1475

Field Services 335-1481

Public Safety 335-5022


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