Vehicle Towing & Impounds

The Spokane Municipal Court hears matters related the towing and impound of vehicles under the authority of Spokane Municipal Code Section 12.03.0612 Impoundment of Vehicles – Airport; Section 16A.61.790 Vehicle Immobilization and Impoundment – Scofflaw; and Section 16A.02.010 Model Traffic Ordinance, via the adoption of Chapter 46.55 of the Revised Code of Washington related to Towing and Impoundment.

The Spokane Municipal Court does not hear matters related to the towing and impound of vehicles under the authority of Spokane Municipal Code Chapter 10.16 – Junk Vehicle Abatement. For information about procedure and processes related to junk vehicle abatement, please click on the hyperlink to the ordinance or visit the Neighborhood's Code Enforcement webpage at its section on Junk Vehicles by clicking on the hyperlink.

Requesting an Impound Hearing

If you feel that your vehicle was improperly impounded, bring the following documents to the Municipal Court Clerk's Office during business hours:

  • Impound hearing request form, completely filled out (given to you by the towing company).
  • Receipt after redeeming the vehicle (or attempting to redeem) from the impound yard.

You must file your request within 10 calendar days of redeeming your vehicle or attempting to redeem your vehicle to receive an impound hearing with the Court. A filing fee of $73.00 is required at the time of filing.

What if my vehicle is still in impound?

You can still file for an impound hearing, but the impound fees will continue to accrue until the hearing date. This does not get your vehicle out of impound.

What if I have a 30, 60, or 90–day hold?

If you have been cited for Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree, you must pay all outstanding court fees, fines and penalties before the Court will authorize the towing company to release your vehicle.

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Contact Information

Municipal Court Clerk's Office
1100 W Mallon Ave
Spokane, WA 99260

Audio Recordings

Most of the hearings held in Spokane Municipal Court are digitally recorded. To access the audio recording for a specific hearing:

  • Click on the Search Recordings link below.
  • Click on the filter icon
  • Under "Filter By Agency:" you must search City of Spokane, WA Municipal Court
  • Clink on the docket and the recording will begin playing.

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Bench Copies

To serve bench copies to a Judicial Officer please email:
Jeanine Sword
Judicial Administrative Assistant

Please ensure compliance with SPMCrRLJ 8.2(d).