No person shall park or leave standing within the city any vehicle for a
period of 72 or more consecutive hours upon any highway, street, alley or city
property. Having done so, any law enforcement officer is authorized to remove
or cause the removal of any vehicle so parked or left standing in violation of
Vehicles may be subject to impound for evidentiary purposes if it is
believed the vehicle was used in the commission of a crime. Additionally, when
a vehicle is recovered, after being stolen, and attempts to contact the
registered owner were unsuccessful.
The driver was arrested and taken forthwith or the driver was determined
to be incapacitated.
The vehicle obstructs, blocks, unattended or creates a hazard as
described in CVC 22651.
When a vehicle is determined to have an expired registration of more than
6 months, or there is an excessive amount of unpaid parking citations, the
vehicle is subject to impound.
All vehicles are subject to impound for 30 days if the driver of the
vehicle is found to be driving the vehicle while unlicensed or his or her
driving privileges were suspended or revoked. The registered or legal owner is
entitled to a storage hearing to determine the validity of, or to consider any
mitigating circumstances, attendant to the storage. The validity of a second
party’s possession of the vehicle and their license status is the
responsibility of the vehicle owner.
If the vehicle is being held as evidence, contact the Pasadena Police
Records Section to receive a vehicle release form:
All registration fees must be current, with no outstanding parking
citations. All other fee’s paid and/or restrictions must be corrected prior to
the granting of a vehicle release.
For 30 day holds on vehicles due to improperly licensed drivers, the
registered or legal owner must request a hearing from a Traffic Supervisor at
(626) 744-4590 for consideration of any early release.
It is protocol that a vehicle inventory is performed and documented by
police personnel prior to the removal of a vehicle by the responding tow
agency. Should damages occur or property is discovered missing the impounding
agency should be contacted and a claim may be submitted with the city Claims
Department, 100 N. Garfield Ave, Pasadena, Ca. 91101, (626) 744-4124. To
dispute an impound the respective agency should be notified:
Pasadena Police Department Records Section (626) 744-4565
Pasadena Parking Enforcement (626) 744-6470
Yes. First it is necessary to notify the Pasadena Records Section (626)
744-4565 and seek approval from the investigating department (i.e. Detectives,
Traffic). Under no circumstances will you be able to remove anything physically
connected to the vehicle (i.e. bolted, screwed, snapped into place or otherwise
Vehicle Release Fees: