Vehicle Immobilization and Removal

The Department of Parking and Transportation or the Department of Police may immobilize or remove and put into storage any vehicle in violation of University Parking Regulations.

Costs of such removal and storage are charged against the individual in whose name the car is registered. Towed vehicles may be retrieved by the owners at the appropriate towing company office (see list of authorized companies below).

Any student, staff or faculty member whose driving or parking privileges are compromised as a result of a vehicle parked in violation of University Parking Regulations may request that the Department of Parking and Transportation take action against the violating vehicle. After hours the U.Va Police Department will respond to such requests. Ticketing and towing of violating vehicles may result.

Citations - Vehicle Immobilization (Boot)


Vehicle Removal (Towing)

Any violation of the University Parking Regulations or the accumulation of $250 or more in outstanding citation fines can result in a vehicle being towed. Please review the following information to locate your vehicle:

  • If your vehicle was towed between the hours of 7:30am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday), and it is currently between those hours, call the Parking & Transportation main line at (434) 924-7231.
  • If your vehicle was towed, or if it is currently after Parking & Transportation office hours (7:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday), please call the U.Va Police Department (UPD) at (434) 924-7166.

Authorized Towing Agencies

  • Colliers Towing Service
    (434) 293-6433
    205 5th Street SW
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Charlottesville Wrecker Service
    (434) 295-1107
    1510 East High Street
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • FBR Towing & Recovery
    902 Harris Street
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Shull's Wrecker and Repair
    (434) 295-6637
    (434) 295-6638 (fax)
    1833 Avon Street Extended
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Taylors Wrecker Service
    (434) 296-4409
    495 Brookway Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

Vehicle Immobilization (Boot)

Vehicles that have two or more unpaid citations, or are found to be using a permit in a fraudulent manner*, are subject to immobilization by means of a parking boot. The driver/owner of the vehicle will be required to pay all outstanding citations in addition to the boot removal fee. In some cases, the driver/owner may be able to set up a payment plan to satisfy the outstanding citation balance.

Release: The driver/owner of the vehicle may contact the Parking and Transportation Office Monday-Friday during the hours of 7:30am-5:00pm. If the vehicle is immobilized Monday-Thursday after 5:00pm, the driver/owner will need to contact the Parking and Transportation Office the next business day to make arrangements for payments and release of the vehicle. The driver/owner may contact the on-call supervisor after hours only in the event of a true emergency for vehicle release (434-981-4611). Online payments made after hours will not result in immediate vehicle release. The driver/owner must contact the Parking and Transportation Office the next business day for release (434-924-7231).

Warning: Attempting to drive while a parking boot is attached to vehicle will cause serious damage to the vehicle. The University of Virginia assumes no liability for loss or damage to a vehicle or contents. Any tampering, damage, or theft of the immobilization device (boot) shall make the driver/owner liable for the destruction or theft of University property. The result of which will be a fine of $500 and judicial proceedings.

Please note that vehicles will not be booted in the following situations, but instead will be towed:

  • Parking in a safety zone (i.e. fire lane)
  • Parking in a reserved space, including disabled parking spaces
  • Special event parking, which would be any situation where "special event - towing enforced" signs have been ignored

Fraudulent Use of Permit - Persons who knowingly acquire, use, or display a parking permit with false information will be considered to be engaged in fraudulent behavior. This includes but is not limited to: Using permits to park multiple vehicles simultaneously, displaying revoked/lost/stolen permits, and displaying permits with altered information (dates/times/locations).