You only have a limited time in which to request a tow hearing. Read the tow notice given to you by the police department closely. Note deadline dates.
Send tow hearing requests to:
Marion County Hearing Office
c/o Marion County Legal Counsel
P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309
Please include the following information:
- Daytime phone number
- Whether you own this vehicle. If not, state your interest in the vehicle
- Date of tow
- Company that towed your vehicle
- Police department that ordered your vehicle towed (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
- Copy of tow notice
- Name of officer if legible
- Case Number
- Whether the vehicle has been released to you
- Why you believe the tow was not valid
- Days that are best for you to attend a hearing
- Whether you would like to have a telephone hearing
- Interpretive services or other accommodations you may need
Most vehicles are towed under
Marion County Code Title 10, Vehicles and Traffic. In some cases cars are towed under
Oregon Revised Statutes or
Oregon Administrative Rules.
Dog hearings are scheduled through Marion County Dog Control (MCDC). Please contact MCDC at (503) 588-5366 for questions regarding hearings. Hearings are informal but follow set procedures. MCDC presents its case first. The dog owner/keeper may question MCDC witnesses. The dog owner/keeper may present testimony or witnesses. MCDC has the burden of proof in a civil infraction case, and will have an opportunity for follow up. The hearings officer may also question witnesses. A decision will not be made at the hearing. Expect follow up by mail.
Several cases may be set for the same time and date as your hearing. We will try to get to your case as soon as possible, but we must also ensure all parties have an opportunity to be heard. Please be patient. Keeping testimony relevant to the case at hand will help make the process run more smoothly.
Marion County Dog Services
For most cases, please see
Marion County Code, Title 6, Animals.
For livestock cases, please see
ORS Chapter 609.
Please contact the Marion County Planning Department at (503) 588-5038 for questions regarding land use hearings. Additional information may be found at:
Hearings officer's land use hearing schedule
Marion County Planning Division
Laws and regulations relating to these and other topics may be found in the
Marion County Code,
Oregon Administrative Rules and
Oregon Revised Statutes.