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7.24.040 Private Property Impound (PPI) Tower Registration.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance 186746, effective August 6, 2014.)

  1. A.   Initial registration. No PPI tower will tow or store vehicles towed from private parking facilities located inside the City of Portland unless the PPI tower has registered with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and complied with all provisions of the PPI Code.
    1. 1.  Pay and Park and Non-Pay Private Parking facilities.  All towing from any property registered as a Pay and Park or Non-Pay facility, must meet the conditions for towing established in Chapter 7.25 Pay and Park and Non-Pay Private Parking Facilities, at all times.
    2. 2.  If all conditions specified by Chapter 7.25 for towing from a Pay and Park facility have been  met, performance of the subsequent tow is subject to requirements of this PPI Code with regard to PPI permits, fees established by the Director and notices to Tow Desk, including initiation of the tow, completion of the tow and release of towed vehicles.
  2. B.   Applications. The PPI tower will submit to the Director an application form containing all information specified in PPI administrative rules.
    1. 1.  Except for single family or duplex dwellings, PPI towers must register for approval all properties that they wish to designate as “proscribed” in order to exempt them from this Code.  The City will provide a form for registration of “proscribed” properties.
    2. 2.  A determination will be made within 3 business days of receipt of registration of a proscribed property.
  3. C.  After December 31, 2012, only those towing companies with a vehicle release office and vehicle storage facility located within the city limits of Portland are eligible to obtain a Portland PPI permit. Such office and storage facility must be staffed during regular business hours and comply with all City PPI standards.
  4. D.  Reporting Changes. Changes in information contained in the PPI tower's application, including office and/or storage locations, insurance provider, employees or additional trucks will be filed with the Director within 3 business days of implementation of such changes.
  5. E.  Inspection. The PPI tower's towing equipment, dispatching and storage facilities will be inspected prior to issuance of a new PPI permit. If an applicant is currently in good standing as a Tow Contractor with the City of Portland and the storage facility and tow vehicles to be inspected are currently approved for use under the City Tow Contract, the qualifying PPI inspection may be waived by the Director.
  6. F.  Registration/expiration dates. PPI permits are valid for no more than 1 year, and expire annually on December 31st.
  7. G.  Renewal. Renewal notices will be sent to all registered PPI towers not less than one month prior to the annual expiration date. A renewal form requesting any changes in the registered information will be provided. Re-inspections are not required for renewal. Any permit not renewed within 30 days after the expiration date is invalid and a new application must be submitted and approved before PPI towing resumes.
  8. H.  Non-assignability. A registration issued or renewed pursuant to the provisions of this Section is not assignable or otherwise transferable.
  9. I.  Indemnification and Insurance. PPI towers subject to the PPI Code agree to hold harmless, defend and indemnify the City of Portland, and its officers, agents and employees for all claims, demands, actions and suits, including all attorney fees and costs, for damage to property or injury to person arising from any activities, work and/or services furnished or carried on under the terms of a PPI permit.
    1. 1.   PPI tower will maintain such public liability and property damage insurance as will protect the PPI tower from all claims for damage to property or personal injury, including death, which may arise from operations pursuant to the PPI Code. Such insurance must include a single limit liability policy with coverage of not less than $1,000,000. PPI tower will also maintain fire and theft insurance (garage keepers insurance) to protect stored vehicles in a minimum amount of $100,000 and maintain cargo insurance in the minimum amount of $50,000.
    2. 2.   PPI tower will maintain insurance in the limits provided by this Section to cover liability for transportation required by Subsection 7.24.070 H. In no case shall the policy deductible for garage keepers and cargo insurance exceed $2,500 per event.
    3. 3.   The limits of the insurance shall be subject to statutory changes to maximum limits of liability imposed on municipalities of the State of Oregon during the term of the permit. The insurance must be without prejudice to coverage otherwise existing.
    4. 4.   The insurance shall name as additional insureds the City and its officers, agents and employees. Notwithstanding the naming of additional insureds, the insurance shall protect each insured in the same manner as though a separate policy had been issued to each, but nothing shall operate to increase the insurer's liability as set forth elsewhere in the policy beyond the amount or amounts which the insurer would have been liable if only one person or interest had been named as insured. The coverage shall apply as to claims between insureds on the policy.
    5. 5.   The insurance shall provide that the insurance shall not terminate or be canceled without thirty days written notice first being given to the Towing Coordinator.
    6. 6.  The adequacy of the insurance shall be subject to the approval of the City Attorney.
    7. 7.   Failure to maintain liability insurance shall be cause for immediate revocation of the registration by the Director.