Student Parking Regulations

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 always be properly displayed.
  • Automobiles - hang permit from rearview mirror, facing forward. Permit must be clearly visible. If windshield tint strip prevents clear display, permit hangers are available from the Parking Office. Printable temporary permits obtained online when registering for a student permit must be displayed on the dashboard and be visible from outside the vehicle.
  • 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. Placing a note on a vehicle, in lieu of properly displaying a valid student parking permit, will be given no consideration by enforcement personnel.
  • Vehicle covers are strictly prohibited, unless the permit and license plate can be clearly seen with out moving or removing the cover. No exceptions.

Parking Spaces

  • All parts of the vehicle (not just the tires) must be inside the designated parking space; generally indicated by two white lines. Note: Some spaces also include a front and/or back line.
  • Parking in grassed areas is not permitted unless at the direction of event parking staff.
  • Motorcycles with motorcycle permits must be parked in designated student motorcycle spaces. After 4 p.m. and on weekends, most faculty/staff motorcycle spaces are available for parking. See student parking map for specific restrictions. No motorcycle parking is permitted at any time at the East, HUB and Nittany parking decks.
  • 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 sidewalks, hindering/damaging university operations or property, or obstructing roadways, designated handicap spaces, wheelchair ramp laydown (hashed out) areas, or reserved spaces is subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense. Vehicles are not permitted to park in any space that may have any type of obstruction. This includes, but is not limited to, snow piles.
  • Parking is not permitted in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) spaces without a state issued handicap placard and a valid 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 ADA space and will be enforced accordingly.
  • All reserved spaces, such as ADA, service/delivery, manager spaces, etc., are reserved 24 hours per day, 7 days per 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. Lot entrance signs and multiple signs throughout these facilities clearly indicate this restriction. Vehicles backed into spaces are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense. Most end spaces and compact spaces are also sign “Vehicles must be within all lines.” Violators will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Disabled Vehicles

  • If a vehicle becomes disabled on a weekday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., the permit holder must notify the Parking Office immediately with their name, the vehicle's license plate number and location. If a vehicle becomes disabled on a weekday between 5 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. or any time on a Saturday or Sunday, the permit holder must immediately notify University Police with the above-listed information.
  • A grace period of up to 12 hours may be allowed. No extension. If 12 hours is not sufficient time to remove the vehicle, the owner is required to contact a towing company to have the vehicle removed at their expense. 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 the Parking Office or 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.
  • Flashers must be used or the vehicle attended.
  • Vehicles must be moved to appropriate parking area immediately upon completion of the act of loading or unloading.
  • All parking regulations remain in effect, regardless of whether or not classes are in session.
  • Resident students may be asked to use alternate parking areas during the move in period.

Midnight Clear/Winter Parking

  • All resident and off-campus storage lot permit holders must remain in their assigned student lots during a Midnight Clear.
  • No parking is allowed in any faculty/staff surface lot on nights of announced “Midnight Clear” activity.
  • The snow restriction hours are 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. in most lots. Check lot entry signs for specifics.
  • Midnight Clear activity is announced over local radio, television station, and the Transportation Services website, social media pages and email listserv.
  • Due to the difficulty of removing snow around vehicles, only the service drives and parking lot aisles are plowed in resident student lots and the student storage lot. Snow will likely pile around your vehicle. Each permit holder is responsible for clearing snow from around their vehicle. Parking Office staff cannot shovel out any vehicles.

Disabled Persons (Temporary or Permanent)

  • Transportation Services offers a campus-wide, ADA compliant, mass transit system. In most cases, transit services provide closer access to destinations than available parking spaces. Schedules are available at the Parking Office and from the Campus Transit section of the Transportation Services website.
  • 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 must be obtained through the state. An additional fee may be charged for the core upgrade permit. Students must display all three permits together. (ADA placard, PSU base student permit, and core upgrade permit). More information on temporary impairment is available at the Student Affairs website.

Abuse of Parking Privileges

  • Warnings are sent by email to permit holders after two tickets are written against his/her permit in any semester or during summer session.
  • If four or more tickets are issued during a semester, the assigned permit is revoked for 30 days. No parking is permitted on campus at any time, for any reason, if parking privileges are revoked.
  • All tickets written for fraudulent/altered/unauthorized use of permit carry severe penalties that include, but are not limited to, a large fine, referral to the Office of Conduct Standards, and revocation of parking privileges. It is also possible that theft of service will be filed by University Police. These metters are not taken lightly 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 to the Parking Office.
  • Additional tickets received while under revocation will result in these actions: an automatic extension of the revocation period, an additional fine, referral to the Office of Conduct Standards, and/or towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense.
  • A transcript and registration hold will be placed on the student account until all fines are paid and all permits returned.
  • Appeals for renovations will not be accepted.