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Request a Tow Hearing

The City's Hearings Office is authorized to review City ordered towed vehicles. The Hearings Office reviews tows initiated ONLY by the following Bureaus: Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Police Bureau, and Portland Parks Bureau.

This form may take approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

Use our Online Case Management System for Filing a Tow Appeal

File a tow appeal online

Or Download a Fillable PDF to Submit by Email, Mail, in Person, or by Fax

If you are unable to file your hearing request online, you must complete the Tow Hearing Request Form and submit it to the Hearings Office. The request must be received in the Hearings Office within 10 calendar days of the date the vehicle was towed.

Late Requests (More than 10 calendar days after the vehicle was towed)

Requests received in the Hearings Office more than 10 calendar days after the vehicle was towed must also show good cause for why the request is late. When filing through the online case management system, fill out the late request portion. When submitting a Tow Hearing Request Form, fill out Section B. 

The Hearings Officer will review the request and determine if there is good cause for the late request. If the Hearings Officer finds good cause for the late request, a hearing will be scheduled.

Opt Out Form 

If you want to receive notification via U.S. Postal Mail instead of email, you are required to submit the Opt Out Form with your Tow Hearing Request Form.

Statement of Rights and Procedures

Request to Reschedule

Vehicle still at the tow company (In Storage)? 

If your vehicle is still at the tow company, you should submit the Request to Reschedule Form as soon as possible. Please note: If the Hearings Officer grants the request to reschedule, the Appellant (person who requested the hearing) is responsible for all storage costs after the date and time of the originally scheduled hearing, even if the Appellant prevails (wins) at the hearing. 

Have you retrieved your vehicle from the tow company already (NOT in storage)?

If your vehicle is not in storage, the Request to Reschedule Form is required to be received in the Hearings Office at least 48 hours prior to the start of the scheduled hearing. The sooner you can submit your reschedule request, the better. The Hearings Officer will determine if the hearing will be rescheduled.

City Code Relating to Tows

Title 16 is the City Code that relates to towed vehicles. 

Title 16 Vehicles and Traffic

Chapter 16.10 Administrative Provisions

Chapter 16.20 Public Right-of-Way Parking

Chapter 16.30 Towing & Disposition of Vehicles

Chapter 16.35 Designated Parking Management Plan District

Chapter 16.90 Definitions

Tow Hearings Officer's Administrative Rules

These administrative rules apply to tow hearings.

ADM-9.03 Tow Appeal Hearing Rules and Regulations Before the Hearings Officer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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