10.58.200 – Fees

The Police Department will no less than annually review fees related to towing and set a schedule of fees for use during each fiscal year by Special Order in the Police Department. All other provisions in this chapter shall remain in effect.

  1. Towing – the maximum fee which may be charged by any towing operation for removing a vehicle from the street in response to a police call shall be as follows:
    1. For the towing of any vehicle, for the total gross weight up to 12,000 pounds: a flat rate of one hundred forty-five dollars ($145.00).
    2. For any service call where no tow is involved:  sixty-five dollars ($65.00).
    3. All out-of-town mileage charges shall not exceed four dollars ($4.00) per mile.
    4. For vehicles with a weight between 12,000 and 40,000:  one hundred sixty dollars ($160.00).
    5. Any and all vehicles with a weight over 40,000 pounds:  two hundred sixty dollars ($260.00).
    6. Recovery fee: for vehicles with a combined weight of 26,000 pounds and under, the fee shall be no more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per hour.  For vehicles over 26,000 and where goods need to be secured, a recovery fee not in excess of one hundred eighty-five ($185.00) per hour.
    7. Charges of thirty dollars ($30.00) per hour will be charged to cage brakes and/or removing the drive shaft, if necessary, for the removal of a disabled vehicle.
    8. Where a lowboy trailer is required to haul away a vehicle, the rate shall not exceed more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per hour.
    9. The maximum fee which may be charged for special handling shall be a flat rate of seventy five dollars ($75.00).  Special handling charges shall include, but not be limited to the following:
      1. Vehicle rollover;
      2. Vehicle impacted in a building or other structure;
      3. Vehicle in river or other body of water;
      4. Vehicle off the roadway requiring the use of a power winch for retrieval;
      5. Motorcycle or other vehicle requiring special handling considerations.
    10. Miscellaneous rates.
    11. Police vehicles for the City of St. Charles will be towed at the rate of fifty dollars ($50.00) per hour.
    12. Removal of abandoned vehicles from city streets to City vehicle impound lot will be towed at the rate of fifty dollars ($50.00) per vehicle.
    13. Snow tow removal or snow relocation shall be charged at the rate of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per hour.
    14. Standby time shall be charged at the rate of fifty-five dollars ($55.00) per hour, up to a maximum of two (2) hours.
    15. Any time a firm is required to respond out of the corporate limits of the city to recover a vehicle for the Police Department, time shall be charged at the rate of seventy dollars ($70.00) per hour plus mileage.
    16. Removal of debris in the roadway combined with the use of necessary oil-dry type substance shall charge at a rate of forty dollars ($40.00) per incident.
  2. Storage charges for vehicles shall be as follows:
    1. For vehicles stored less than 24 hours: no charge.
    2. For any vehicle up to 12,000 pounds: thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per day.
    3. For any vehicle over 12,000 pounds:  sixty dollars ($60.00) per day.
    4. For storage of semi-tractor only:  fifty dollars ($50.00) per day.
    5. For storage of semi-tractor truck and trailer: seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per day.  After the 10th day:  one hundred dollars ($100.00) per day.
  3. Release fee for release other than normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon: forty dollars ($40.00).
(2016-M-55: § 6; 2013-M-8: § 1; 2008-M-33: § 1; 2005-M-37: § 1; 2003-M-71: § 1; 1999-M-36: § 1; 1988-M-35: § 1)