Parking

Student Tickets and Appeals

Parking enforcement officers are the eyes and ears of Transportation Services. By monitoring areas across campus, they help to ensure the availability of parking and the safety of those entering and exiting campus lots by upholding University parking regulations. Each day our officers strive to meet each of the following goals:

  • Prevent traffic and safety hazards caused by improperly parked vehicles.
  • Maintain access to buildings, fire hydrants, and other campus facilities.
  • Assist in providing parking for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus.
  • Provide information on parking regulations and available parking options to those attempting to enter campus parking areas.

Tickets

If you receive a parking ticket on campus, payment should be made within 30 days of the date the ticket was issued. There are three ways to pay your fine:

Online: Pay a ticket online with a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) by accessing our Online Ticket Payment System.

Transportation Services Office: Bring cash, check, or money order (payable to “The Pennsylvania State University”), a credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover), or LionCash+ to the Transportation Services office.

Mail: Use a check or money order (do not send cash), mail your payment to:
Transportation Services
The Pennsylvania State University
1 Eisenhower Parking Deck
University Park, PA 16802-2116

Transportation Services is not responsible for payments or correspondence lost in the mail.

Fines

Fines for violating parking regulations include the following:

Violation

Regulatory Fine*

Administrative Fine**

Admin Event Weekends Fine*** Eligible For Appeal?

Wrong Area

$20

 

  Yes

Encroachment/two or

more spaces

$18

 

  Yes

Loading Zone

$18

 

  Yes

No Parking Area

$25

$30

$100 Yes

Reserved Space/Area

$30

$40

$100 Yes

Restricted Area

$20

 

  Yes

Expired Parking at Meter

or Timed Space/Zone

$20

$20

$100 No

Curb/Roadway/Fire Lane

$30

 

  Yes

Improper Display

$10

 

  Yes

Fraudulent/Altered/

Unauthorized Permit

$100 for first offense,
$150 for second offense,
$200 for third offense,
revocation on first offense depends on circumstances

 

  No

Handicapped Space

$100

$100

$200 No

Snow Restriction

$25

 

  Yes

Revoked Privileges

$100 plus extension of revocation period

 

  No

Parked Bicycle Handicap Violation

$75

 

  No

Parked on sidewalk/grass/landscape

$25

 

  Yes

*Regulatory Fine – Issued to vehicles with a valid parking permit.

**Administrative – Issued to vehicles without a valid parking permit. Administrative violation tickets not paid within 30 days are sent to a collections agency, where additional fees will be assessed.

***Event Parking Weekend - An Event Parking Period or Event Parking Weekend goes into effect when either one major event or a series of events occurs over the same period of time and is expected to significantly impact on-campus parking over the respective time period in terms of availability, allocations, and a larger than normal number of visitors requiring parking, etc. Additionally, “Event Parking” may include all parking locations on campus or a more concentrated area of respective parking locations. Furthermore, it is determined these events will require additional personnel hours, resources, lot and deck management, as well as increased enforcement and managerial oversight. Transportation Services management will determine and communicate when and if an Event Parking Period or Event Parking Weekend will be implemented.

Appeals

If you feel that you were ticketed in error—or that extenuating circumstances existed—you may file an appeal with Transportation Services.
The Appeals Committee will consider your ticket history when making its decision. ALL APPEALS DECISIONS ARE FINAL. Appeals without merit will be rejected, and not all tickets are eligible for appeal (see the above table).

Appeals can be filed with your Access Account user ID by visiting the Parking Ticket Appeal System within 20 calendar days of the ticket date. The online appeals process includes submitting full payment of the fine amount when submitting the appeal. If the decision is in favor of the University, the ticket will be considered paid and the matter closed. If the decision is in favor of the ticket recipient, a full refund of the ticket payment will be issued. Please allow four to six weeks for refunds to be processed.

Students not registered for a University Park student parking permit who wish to appeal a parking violation online must first link their license plate number to their account using the online parking portal. Failure to do so will result in the appeal option being unavailable.