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Policies and Procedures

Stall Coverage

The parking permit shall correspond with the permit sign posted on the entrance to parking lots. The standard is one vehicle per parking stall.

Permit Identification

The University employs the use of license plate recognition enforcement software. Through this technology, parking on campus is monitored through a camera attached to the Enforcement Services vehicle that scans license plates and compares them to our virtual permit database. All licenses plate numbers must be accurate and up to date in order to avoid a citation. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure that vehicle information is accurate and up-to-date.

Motorcycle, Moped, Scooter, UTV and ATV Permit Placement

Permits are to be placed on a visible area on the front of the vehicle. Covers should be adjusted to avoid concealing the permit. ATVs and UTVs are to display a motor vehicle permit on the front of the vehicle in a secure manner. A lockable permit display box is available for purchase from the Transportation Services Office.

Motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, dirt bikes, motorized bikes and mini bikes utilizing a Commuter, Reserved, Resident or Remote permit are allowed to park in either designated motorcycle/moped parking areas or within a parking stall that correlates with the parking permit. Any motorcycle utilizing a Commuter, Reserved, Resident or Remote permit parked in the improper lot will be issued a citation.

Motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, dirt bikes and motorized bikes may not park at or near bicycle racks or locked to any object on campus. Improperly parked or abandoned mopeds/scooters are subject to relocation, towing or impounding.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) Parking

ATVs and UTVs are only allowed to park in lots that correlate with the parking permit that is displayed on the vehicle. They are to park within regular vehicle parking stalls.

ATVs or UTVs parked in motorcycle parking areas will receive citations and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Metered Parking

Metered parking is provided in the center of campus and is only intended to be utilized for short-term parking. Meters are not intended to be used as a daily parking option.

Vehicles displaying a valid university parking permit are eligible to park at meters as long as the meter is paid. Meters accept only United States quarters, credit and debit cards. Meter parking is enforced 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.

Multiple/Substitute Vehicles

In the case that a permit holder owns multiple vehicles and/or uses a substitute vehicle, the permit holder is responsible for updating the vehicle information in their online parking account. Individuals need to be certain all vehicle license plate information is correct within their online parking account. Incorrect vehicle information will result in citations. Your online parking account allows you to register up to four vehicles, but ONLY ONE vehicle per permit is allowed on campus at a time. Multiple vehicles found parked on campus at one time utilizing one permit will result in fines.

Permit Responsibilities

All parking citations will be assessed to the owner of the parking permit with the understanding that any citation follows the permit, not the vehicle or individual. Permit holders are responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date vehicle information, as well as monitoring and securing permit information.

In the event of a vehicle sale, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is removed from their permit. If a sold vehicle is issued a citation on campus and is still on the sellers permit, the seller will be responsible for the citations unless a bill of sale can be produced.

Snow Removal

During times of snowfall, all Reserved and Commuter lots must be vacated between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. for snow removal. Any vehicle remaining in any of these lots during this time, is subject to immediate towing at the owner’s expense. When excessive snow exists and the decision is made to plow lots completely and remove snow piles within the lots, Parking Services and Facilities will coordinate and advertise the date and time when vehicles will need to be removed.

If students and employees need to park on campus during times of excessive snowfall, they may be asked to park in lots other than their designated lot for purposes of snow removal and/or plowing. If a lot has not been cleared, drivers are expected to seek parking in other lots. Even in events of excessive snowfall, parking in Handicap stalls without a valid handicap permit will result in citations. During snow removal activities, staff and commuters required to be on campus overnight that have been issued an after-hours permit must park in the lot 166 (West Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium) or lot 164 (North Hilton M. Briggs Library). If you arrive on campus and find that the lot you normally park in has not been cleared, proceed to the approved lots 173 or 169 on the north side of campus.

Parking Maps

The University reserves the right to adjust permit type and lot designations shown on the Campus Parking Map. Lot colorations and designations may be modified at any time by the Parking Services Office. Such changes will be posted on the Parking Service’s web page. Any campus map related to parking, must be approved by the Parking Services Office before being published.


Designated drop/load zones are intended for very brief durations of parking for purposes of dropping or loading of persons or materials by employees. Loading dock areas are not considered drop/load zones.

Each department will be issued one hangtag that must be displayed in the vehicle along with flashers and the vehicle engine running.

Vehicle Storage

Parking lots are NOT to be used as a storage facility for vehicles while the owner/operator is not on campus. Any vehicle that has been left unattended for more than seven days will be considered abandoned and towed at the owner’s expense. Exceptions include vehicles parked in the lot west of the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex (SJAC) parked during academic breaks and/or university trips.

Emergency Call Box

Parking in front of an Emergency Call Box located throughout various locations on campus is not allowed. Emergency Call Boxes are not to be obstructed in any way. Parking or blocking an Emergency Call Box will result in a citation.

Disabled Vehicle

If your car fails to operate and you are forced to park illegally, please notify Parking Services via email or at 605-688-7275. After hours, call the University Police Department at 605-688-5117. If no attempt is made to communicate disabled vehicle information to either Transportation Services or University Police Department, citations may be issued and the vehicle subject to fines.

If reported, up to 24 hours may be granted for campus parking while arrangements are made to move the vehicle. If the owner does not have the vehicle repaired and moved or towed within a reasonable time* (not to exceed 48 hours), the vehicle may be towed at the University’s option and the owner’s expense. Inoperable vehicles in no-parking, handicap, other restricted zones or creating a hazardous situation may be towed immediately.

*A disabled vehicle may be relocated according to snow removal procedures.


If a vehicle has been towed, immobilized and/or impounded, the vehicle owner must pay all unpaid citations in full at the Parking Services Office before the vehicle can be reclaimed from impound. All vehicle towing at SDSU is contracted through a private vendor. It is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to contact the towing company for payment. Any scooters or mopeds impounded by the Parking Services office will need to be claimed at the office with all outstanding citation fees paid prior to release of the moped or scooter. Further, there will be an additional $50 charged for an impound fee which too will have to be paid prior to release of the scooter or moped.

Vehicles are subject to towing/immobilization/impounded for the following reasons:

  • If a vehicle has accumulated three or more unpaid citations.
  • Parked in a non-designated parking area. (
  • Parked within 15 feet of fire hydrant or in fire lane. (
  • Parked in a loading zone. (
  • Double parked prohibiting a vehicle from exiting. (
  • Obstruction of traffic impending two-way traffic. (
  • Parked on/in any emergency snow route or lot. (
  • Parked in a stall/lot over the time allowed. (4.4.7)
  • If a vehicle is parked in a non-resident lot between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., the vehicle is subject to towing.
  • Parked in or obstructing posted handicap stall. (

Notification of Procedural Changes

All changes shall have an effective date and be communicated to the Parking and Traffic Committee, Parking Citations Appeals Board, Parking Services Office, University Police Department, Facilities and Services and the campus community.