Limited Towing License

The City of Pittsburgh requires that the operator of a non-residential parking place secure an annual Towing Permit before towing unauthorized vehicles from the location per Code of Ordinances, Title 7, Section 763.  This ordinance does not apply to public streets, residential parking areas, abandoned vehicles, or lots that are attended or have physical barriers.  

Please note that all business licenses expire a year from the date of issuance.  Also, license holders with expired licenses will be required to pay a penalty fee in addition to a renewal fee.

How to Obtain a Nonconsensual Towing License for a specific Parking Place:

  1. Download and complete the License Application.  
  2. Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.
  3. Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh
    • In-person credit card payments are also accepted.  A 2% plus $.25 transaction fee is charged on all card payments.
City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

Additional Requirements

  • For a complete and detailed list of all requirements, please consult the Rules and Regulations.
  • A Certificate of Insurance showing general liability coverage for the applicant at the location where licensed activity will take place, and listing the City of Pittsburgh as the certificate holder and additionally insured. The insurance expiration date must be at least 30-days after the date of licensed activity start date. If not, please provide a documentation from your insurer showing intent to extend coverage and list the expiration date as thirty-one (31)days after the licensed activity start date. 
  • Valid Certificate of Occupancy describing the parking on the premises. You can search for your current Certificate of Occupancy here. New certificates can be obtained through the Department of Zoning and Development.
  • Inspection - Once the completed application is received, an inspector will visit the site to check for compliance with applicable regulations. 
    • These regulations include those in City Code as well as PennDot signage regulations (PA Code Sections 212.115)
    • If there are violations, these will need to be corrected before the license can be issued.
    • After the Inspector signs off, the Towing license will be issued.