car bootThe City of Atlanta is getting tough on those with outstanding parking citations. While you were recovering from your New Year’s Eve revelry, the city implemented new booting and towing procedures on Jan. 1. If your vehicle has three or more outstanding unpaid fines, it could be booted or towed.

Registered owners of boot eligible vehicles began receiving notices by mail in November informing them of their boot eligible status. This notice was in addition to prior notices sent regarding each specific parking violation, which alerted owners of all prior violations and fines owed to the city. Prior notices have also included detailed instructions for paying by cash, check, credit card, or debit card either by mail, phone, in-person, or online. Only after a grace period of an additional 30 days following the date the boot eligibility notice is sent does a vehicle become “boot eligible.”

When a boot eligible vehicle is identified, a vehicle immobilization device known as a parking boot will be attached to a tire on the vehicle which will prevent the vehicle from being driven. Parking boots can only be removed by PARKatlanta personnel upon payment of all outstanding fines and fees associated with the vehicle, as well as a $50.00 boot removal fee. If all fines and fees are not paid within 24hours of immobilization, vehicles will be towed to the PARKatlanta impound facility. In this event, towing, and storage fees will apply.

For fastest service, payments can be accepted by phone, online, or in-person. Phone payments are accepted using a secure, automated payment menu at (888) 266-1360. On-line payments can be made by accessing the secure payment website at and clicking on the “Parking Tickets” link. In-person payments are accepted at the designated payment window at the Municipal Court of Atlanta, 150 Garnett Street S.W., between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, excluding City Holidays. For more information about this and services of the City of Atlanta visit

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.