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Permit Display
Parking Spaces
Disabled Vehicles
Semester/University Holidays, Arrival, and Departure Periods
Midnight Clear/Winter Parking
Disabled Persons (Temporary or Permanent)
Abuse of Parking Privileges

Permit Display

 Parking permits MUST be properly displayed while parked:

  • Automobiles: hang permit from interior rearview mirror, facing forward. Permit must be clearly visible. If windshield tint strip prevents clear display, permit hangers are available from the Parking Office.
  • Motorcycles: permit display is not required for motorcycles, but the motorcycle must be registered as an authorized vehicle with a valid permit.
  • Exceptions must be approved by the Parking Office in advance.
  • Vehicle covers are strictly prohibited, unless the permit AND license plate can be clearly seen without removing the cover. No exceptions.

Parking Spaces

  • All parts of the vehicle MUST be inside the designated parking space; generally indicated by two white lines. NOTE: Some spaces also include a back line. Parking in grassed areas is not permitted unless at the direction of special event parking staff.
  • Motorcycles with motorcycle permits MUST be parked in designated Faculty/Staff motorcycle spaces. If automobile permit is clearly displayed on the motorcycle, parking is authorized in automobile spaces in the lot designated by lot color and letter on the permit. Permit holders are responsible for any lost or stolen permits displayed on motorcycles.
  • Any vehicle not parked in a designated legal space is subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner's expense.
  • Any vehicle parked along curbs or on sidewalks, hindering/damaging university operations or property, or obstructing roadways, designated handicap spaces, wheelchair ramp laydown (hashed out) areas, and reserved spaces is subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner's expense.
  • Parking is not permitted in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) spaces without a state-issued handicap placard and a PSU parking permit for the designated lot (additional fees may be assessed). The ramp laydown (hashed out) area adjacent to the space is considered part of the space and will be enforced accordingly.
  • Reserved spaces are reserved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise noted on the sign. This includes holidays and times when the university is not in full operation.
  • Parking in East, Eisenhower, and Nittany Decks is head in only. Vehicles backed into spaces are subject to ticketing and or towing at the owner’s expense. Most end spaces and compact spaces are signed “VEHICLE MUST BE WITHIN ALL LINES.” Violators will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.


  • Vehicles with current faculty/staff permits (excluding the Evening/Weekend Permit before 4pm) may park in a designated loading zone or legal faculty/staff parking space for a maximum of 15 minutes for the purpose of loading/unloading supplies or equipment. Flashers must be operating.
  • This privilege does not extend to meters, resident student lots, sidewalks, traffic or fire lanes, building entrances, handicap spaces, or handicap access ways (access to sidewalks, ramps, etc.).

Disabled Vehicles

  • If a vehicle is disabled, the permit holder must notify University Police (863-1111) IMMEDIATELY, with their name, the vehicle's license plate number, and location.
  • A grace period of up to 12 hours may be allowed. This grace period does not automatically exempt your vehicle from being ticketed; however, it may be used as a basis for appeal.
  • Notes left on a vehicle stating that the vehicle is mechanically disabled are given no consideration by enforcement personnel. Vehicles not properly reported to University Police may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense.

Semester/University Holidays, Arrival, and Departure Periods

  • During the first week of each semester, finals week, and University holiday breaks, student or parent vehicles are authorized temporary (15 minutes) parking in faculty/staff lots to facilitate moving in or out of residence halls.
  • Vehicles must be moved to appropriate parking area immediately upon completion of the act of loading or unloading.
  • All parking regulations remain in affect, regardless of whether or not classes are in session.

Midnight Clear/Winter Parking

  • No parking is allowed in any faculty/staff surface lot on nights of announced "Midnight Clear" activity.
  • The snow restriction hours are 12am to 7am in most lots. Check lot entry signs for specifics.
  • Employees wishing to leave a vehicle on campus overnight during snow removal must use the covered parking levels of East, Eisenhower, HUB, or Nittany parking decks. Parking on the top level of these facilities is not allowed. Vehicles must be returned to assigned lots by 8 a.m. the next business day.
  • Midnight Clear activity is announced over local radio, television stations, the PSUPARK listserv, Facebook and Twitter. This policy also extends to university vehicles.

Disabled Persons (Temporary or permanent)

Transportation Services offers a campus-wide, ADA compliant, mass transit system. In most cases, transit services will provide closer access to destinations than available parking spaces. Schedules are available at the Parking Office.

Individuals who require access to marked handicap accessible parking spaces must apply for a state-issued handicap parking placard. Applications for Pennsylvania ADA placards and information for obtaining the placard are available from the Parking Office. Penn State is not authorized to issue handicap parking placards. All handicap parking placards, permanent or temporary, must be obtained through the state. Employees must display both their ADA placard and PSU parking permit for the designated lot. An additional fee may be charged for a core upgrade permit. More information is available at Penn State's Affirmative Action website.

Abuse of Parking Privileges

  • Written warnings are sent to permit holders after four tickets are written against his/her permit in a fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).
  • If eight or more tickets are issued during a fiscal year (July 1 through June 30), the permit holder's parking privileges will be revoked for one month and a fine will be assessed.
  • All tickets written for fraudulent/altered/unauthorized use of a permit carry severe penalties that include, but are not limited to, a large fine, referral to Human Resources, and revocation of parking privileges. It is also possible that charges of theft of services will be filed by University Police. These matters are not taken lightly and are immediately addressed.
  • Failure to follow direction of Parking Office personnel or blatant disregard of parking policies will result in immediate revocation of parking privileges.
  • There are no refunds of money paid for a revoked permit.
  • All revoked permits must be returned IMMEDIATELY upon notification. Return permits to the Parking Chairperson.
  • Additional tickets issued while under revocation, or subsequent to a revocation within the same fiscal year, will result in an additional month added to the revocation period, an additional fine, referral to Human Resources and/or towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense.