Vehicle Ticketing and Towing

Note: Information relative to towed vehicles should be requested from the Police Department Information Desk at (605) 367-7212.

The ticketing and towing of vehicles from emergency snow routes after two inches of snow has fallen, or on all other streets during a snow alert, is the only effective method of completely eliminating snow from the streets of Sioux Falls. If cars are left and plowed around, the snow surrounding the cars turns to ice and subsequent snowfalls create a hazard to the traveling public, plow operators, and equipment. When the plow strikes this ice, it either suddenly stops the plow or forces it to skip over the obstacle.

Therefore, any vehicle that is parked on an emergency snow route after two inches of snow has fallen, or parked in violation of Zone 1, 2, or 3 parking regulations during a snow alert, is subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense. The towing is done by a City-authorized towing company and will be monitored by the Police Department and City of Sioux Fall Public Parking personnel, who will issue a citation for unlawful parking. The Street Division does not have information relative to towed vehicles. This information can be requested from the Police Department Information Desk at (605) 367-7212.

Ticketing and Towing Policies and Procedures

The fine for parking on an emergency snow route after two inches of snow has fallen, or parking in violation of Zone 1, 2, or 3 parking regulations during a snow alert, is $35 and increases to $70 if not paid after seven days without filing an appeal, or more than 48 hours after a hearing officer’s decision. The payment may be made by depositing the appropriate amount in the yellow envelope in any of the following locations:

  • In any yellow courtesy payment box located in the middle of the blocks downtown
  • In person at the Public Parking Office located in the lower level of the Carnegie Town Hall, 235 West 10th Street
  • By mail, with the proper postage and ticket included in the envelope (It is recommended that cash not be sent through the mail.)

For more information or instructions on how to appeal a parking ticket, call the Public Parking Office at (605) 367-8170.

The main concern of the City is removal of vehicles from the street to facilitate snow removal and emergency operations. The amount charged by the towing companies for removal and storage of vehicles is set by contract. However, additional charges may be added by the towing company for other costs. If you incurred towing charges resulting from a citation that is dismissed, you will also be allowed an opportunity to be heard by a Parking Ticket Hearing Officer regarding towing charges. The City shall pay for the cost of the initial towing and/or storage fees resulting from a citation that is dismissed. If you have already paid these fees, you will be required to submit supporting documentation for reimbursement. If your citation is dismissed and your vehicle is still in storage, the towing company will be notified to release your vehicle and to bill the City for the costs up to the point of the dismissal of the citation.

You will be responsible for any additional costs or expenses incurred if the vehicle is not claimed prior to 10 p.m. on the same day your citation is dismissed. The City will not pay for any additional expenses incurred or claimed other than the initial towing and/or storage of your vehicle.