Visitor Parking 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.
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: Use the Online Parking Ticket Payment System to pay online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Visitors using this system for the first time must click on the "Signup" link in the upper right corner of Online Parking Ticket Payment System homepage to create an account before submitting payment.
Parking Office: Bring cash, check, or money order (payable to “The Pennsylvania State University”),or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover), to the Parking Office.
Mail: Use a check or money order payable to “The Pennsylvania State University (do not send cash), mail your payment to:
1 Eisenhower Parking Deck
University Park, PA 16802-2116
The Parking Office is not responsible for payments or correspondence lost in the mail.
Fines for violating parking regulations include the following:
|Violation||Administrative Fine Amount*||Administrative Fine Amount During Event Weekends**||ELIGIBLE FOR APPEAL?|
|Expired Parking at Meter or Timed Space/Zone||$20||$100||No|
|No Parking Area||$30||$100||Yes|
|Fraudulent/Altered/Unathorized Permit||$100 for first offense, $150 for second offense, $200 for third offense, revocation on first offense depends on circumstances||$100 for first offense, $150 for second offense, $200 for third offense, revocation on first offense depends on circumstances||No|
* Administrative Fine – 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.
If you feel that you were ticketed in error—or that extenuating circumstances existed—you may file an appeal with the Parking Office within 20 calendar days of the date the violation was issued (ticket date counts as day one). Frivolous appeals will not be accepted, and not all tickets are eligible for appeal (see above table).
Appeals must be submitted with full payment of the ticket using our Online Ticket Appeal System.
Visitors using this system for the first time must click on the "Signup" link in the upper right corner of the Online Ticket Appeal System homepage to create an account before submitting a paid appeal. In addition, users must link their license plate number(s) to their account for the appeal option to be visible.
Appeals are reviewed by an independent committee who will consider the violation, the appeal and any ticket history associated with the appellent and/or the vehicle associated with the ticket. If the appeal is decided in favor of the appellant, the full amount of the ticket will be refunded. If the committee rules in favor of the University, the ticket is considered paid in full and the matter closed. All appeal decisions are final.
Appeals of "Expired Parking at Meter or Timed Space/Zone" and "Handicapped Space" violations must be submitted in writing (in person or by mail) using the visitor appeal form - must be accompanied by full payment.