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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XI
COUNTY ORGANIZATION AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
Chapter 125
COUNTY GOVERNMENT
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F.S. 125.01047
125.01047 Rules and ordinances relating to towing services.
(1) A county may not enact an ordinance or rule that would impose a fee or charge on an authorized wrecker operator, as defined in s. 323.002(1), or on a towing business for towing, impounding, or storing a vehicle or vessel. As used in this section, the term “towing business” means a business that provides towing services for monetary gain.
(2) The prohibition set forth in subsection (1) does not affect a county’s authority to:
(a) Levy a reasonable business tax under s. 205.0315, s. 205.033, or s. 205.0535.
(b) Impose and collect a reasonable administrative fee or charge on the registered owner or other legally authorized person in control of a vehicle or vessel, not to exceed 25 percent of the maximum towing rate, to cover the cost of enforcement, including parking enforcement, by the county when the vehicle or vessel is towed from public property. An authorized wrecker operator or towing business may impose and collect the administrative fee or charge on behalf of the county and shall remit such fee or charge to the county only after it is collected.
(3)(a) This section does not apply to a towing or immobilization licensing, regulatory, or enforcement program of a charter county in which at least 90 percent of the population resides in incorporated municipalities, or to a charter county with at least 38 incorporated municipalities within its territorial boundaries as of January 1, 2020. This section does not affect a charter county’s authority to:
1. Impose and collect towing operating license fees, license renewal fees, license extension fees, expedite fees, storage site inspection or reinspection fees, criminal background check fees, and tow truck decal fees, including decal renewal fees, expedite fees, and decal replacement fees.
2. Impose and collect immobilization operating license fees, license extension fees, license renewal fees, expedite fees, and criminal background check fees.
3. Set maximum rates for the towing or immobilization of vehicles or vessels on private property, including rates based on different classes of towing vehicles, research fees, administrative fees, storage fees, and labor fees; rates for towing services performed or directed by governmental entities; road service rates; winch recovery rates; voluntary expediting fees for vehicle or vessel ownership verification; and to establish conditions in connection with the applicability or payment of maximum rates set for towing or immobilization of vehicles or vessels.
4. Impose and collect such other taxes, fees, or charges otherwise authorized by general law; special law; or county ordinance, resolution, or regulation.
(b) A charter county may impose and collect an administrative fee or charge as provided in paragraph (2)(b) but may not impose such fee or charge on a towing business or an authorized wrecker operator. If the charter county imposes such administrative fee or charge, the charter county may authorize a towing business or authorized wrecker operator to impose and collect such fee or charge on behalf of the county, and the towing business or authorized wrecker operator shall remit such fee or charge to the charter county only after it is collected.
(4)(a) Subsection (1) does not apply to a charter county that had a towing licensing, regulatory, or enforcement program in effect on January 1, 2020. However, such charter county may not impose any new business tax, fee, or charge that was not in effect as of January 1, 2020, on a towing business or an authorized wrecker operator.
(b) A charter county may impose and collect an administrative fee or charge as provided in paragraph (2)(b); however, it may not impose that fee or charge upon a towing business or an authorized wrecker operator. If such charter county imposes such administrative fee or charge, such fee or charge must be imposed on the registered owner or other legally authorized person in control of a vehicle or vessel. The fee or charge may not exceed 25 percent of the maximum towing rate to cover the cost of enforcement, including parking enforcement, by the charter county when the vehicle or vessel is towed from public property. The charter county may authorize an authorized wrecker operator or towing business to impose and collect the administrative fee or charge on behalf of the charter county, and the authorized wrecker operator or towing business shall remit such fee or charge to the charter county only after it is collected.
(c) For purposes of this subsection, the term “charter county” means a county as defined in s. 125.011(1).
History.s. 2, ch. 2020-174.