Skip to main content

Parking Services has a self-release option for Immobilization Device#

Immobilization Device

Parking Services is working with Barnacle Enforcement Solutions to offer a self-release immobilization device for the convenience of our customers. While the goal is for everyone to park legally and to never use an immobilization device, there are instances when a customer has outstanding parking citations, and a device may be used.

The Barnacle device is a self-release option that can be used after regular business hours, including weekends and holidays. The user simply pays directly through Barnacle Enforcement Solutions and receives a release code. The Barnacle units and relatively lightweight and are manageable by most users. If the self-release option is chosen, you must return the immobilization device to the drop-box, located in the parking lot just north of the Parking Services office at 215 N Mason St, within 24-hours of release. Failure to return within the allowable timeline will result in the cost of the unit being charged to the method of payment used.

Each unit it equipped with a GPS locator and movement/tampering alarm, which notifies the appropriate enforcement agency of any attempt to move the vehicle and/or remove the device. While this may seem like an extreme measure, it is in place to ensure that each unit serves its purpose while allowing of quick and easy retrieval of your vehicle.

Payment information and QR codes are displayed on each unit, letting you know when to contact Parking Services directly, and when to reach out to Barnacle Enforcement Solution.

For any questions, please contact Parking Services at 970-221-6617 and press 0


Notices and Immobilization (Barnacle/Boot)#

Notices And Immobilization (Barnacle/Boot)

If you have parking citation(s) which you have failed to pay or contest with the Parking Services office within twenty (20) calendar days from the date of the citation(s), a notice of unpaid parking fine(s) may be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. Failure to respond to notice sent will result in the vehicle being immobilized, by installing on or attaching to such vehicle a device designed to restrict the normal movement of the vehicle. The immobilization device(s) will remain on the vehicle until the full amount owed is paid in full, plus an $85 immobilization fee. Arrangements for release must be made within seventy-two (72) hours of immobilization. If no arrangements are made within that time period, an immobilized vehicle may be impounded. Before a vehicle may be released from immobilization or impoundment, all fines and fees, including fees established for immobilizing and impounding the vehicle, must be paid in full.

Immobilization (Barnacle/Boot) are commonly used to immobilize vehicles whose owners failed to respond to a notice regarding illegal parking. Pursuant to Section 1801(4) of the Fort Collins Traffic Code, the City has the right to immobilize these vehicles. If a vehicle is immobilized, release can be obtained at Parking Services from 8:00AM to 4:30PM daily except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Once payment is received and processed, the device is removed from the the immobilized vehicle.

The City of Fort Collins assumes no liability for the loss or damage to booted vehicles or contents while so immobilized. The device is the property of the City of Fort Collins and any damage or tampering shall make the registered vehicle owner liable for the destruction of City property. Removing the device or moving the vehicle by any means or in any manner before an official release is obtained constitutes a separate and additional misdemeanor offense, pursuant to sections 1801(5) of the Fort Collins Traffic Code.