+ Look carefully for tow signs when parking
- Don’t assess the risk of being towed based on how full the parking lot is. Towing is based on the rules of the location, not the capacity of the parking area.
- Don’t park in one lot and walk off the lot to go elsewhere, even if:
- It’s just for a few minutes.
- The business where you are parking is closed.
- You patronized the business where you parked and now want to go somewhere else close by.
- Look for signs in multi-tenant lots indicating that some of the spots are reserved for certain businesses.
Don’t park in such a spot and go to other businesses even in that same shopping center.
- Make sure you park within the designated parking lines
- Avoid double parking, even for a short period.
- Don't park in a fire lane, in front of a fire hydrant, in a “no parking” zone, blocking a driveway, blocking a dumpster, blocking a loading zone, blocking the sidewalk or blocking an entrance
- Be aware of time restrictions on parking – minutes (sometimes seen at restaurants for pickup orders), hours, no overnight parking.
+ In single family residential areas:
- If you are in a gated community, the roads are private and your car can be towed.
- The community must have signage posted at every entrance. Look for that signage and understand the parking rules before parking your car.
+ In multi-family residential areas:
- Know the rules (ask the people you’re visiting).
- If you’re a prospective tenant, look for “future resident” parking.
- Park in visitor parking.
- Don’t park in numbered spots or spots reserved for residents.
- Keep your vehicle registration current.
+ If event parking is limited:
- Always check with the business you are going to before parking offsite. One scam involves a situation where a special event is happening, parking onsite is limited, and a temporary sign will direct people to a nearby lot where an attendant collects a parking fee (usually $5 or $10). Once the event is underway, the attendant (who does not have the authority to use the lot) leaves the lot and the cars are towed.
- Don’t expect a note on your windshield or dash to deter a towing company.
- Designate a driver so you don’t end up in the predicament of leaving your car and risking being towed, or driving under the influence.
+ Ordinances & Statutes
Helpful Links & Resources
Orange County Sheriff's Office
415 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801