P.O. Box 1748 Austin, Texas 78767


Public safety is an important responsibility of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff's Office Wrecker Enforcement & Impound Unit, supervises the impoundment of thousands of vehicles a year, involved in unfortunate circumstances on our county roadways. Under the guidance of the Texas Transportation Code (§545.305), and Code of Criminal procedures (Art. 2.12), the Sheriff’s Office derives the authority to regulate towing and storage of non-consent police towing in the unincorporated areas of Travis County.

This office has a contractual agreement with numerous towing companies throughout this county for service as it applies to police initiated tows. With this mechanism in place the Travis County Sheriff’s Office can protect the public with the use of towing regulated pricing and rules.


The most common complaint about towing is in overcharging fees. If you believe you have been overcharged check the fee schedule on this page, if there is a discrepancy, contact this office at (512) 854-9721.

If the impounded vehicle is not recovered by the owner or lien-holder within the prescribed period, it can be subject to public auction. For information please call (512) 854-9721

Fee Schedule

Law Enforcement Non-Consensual Towing

The Sheriff's Office has authority to impound and tow vehicles under limited circumstances. Law enforcement directed vehicle tows falls under the Texas Transportation Code (§545.305), and Code of Criminal procedures (Art. 2.12).
The Sheriff's Office has authority to impound and tow vehicles under limited circumstances. These are:

  • When the driver of the vehicle was lawfully stopped by law enforcement and the vehicle has been seized, with or without the driver being arrested.
  • When the vehicle has been disabled in a traffic accident and the owner/operator is not at the scene or is unable to exercise that right.
  • When the vehicle is illegally parked in violation of a Texas state Statutes.
  • Examples would include blocking the roadway, parking within an intersection or crosswalk, parking too close to a fire hydrant or traffic control sign, and several other reasons. If your vehicle becomes disabled on a traffic-way or roadway and it is a hazard or impedes traffic, it will be impounded.

Towing from Private Property

You can find out more about towing from private property Here.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has drafted a collection of the most frequently asked questions about towing. The reader is also advised that the City of Austin has city ordinances and rules for towing companies that operate within the city limits, and these may differ from the rules of Travis County. You must be aware of which authority applies to your vehicle. The Travis County Sheriff’s office hopes this information will be of benefit to you. You can find a list of frequently asked questions Here.

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