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2018 - 2019 SDSU Parking Rules & Regulations

The 2018 - 2019 SDSU Parking Rules and Regulations have been recommended and approved by the SDSU Parking and Traffic Committee, the Vice President of Finance & Business and the final approval of the President of South Dakota State University.

These regulations are effective beginning on July 1, 2018.

To better familiarize yourself with parking on campus and to avoid citations, please review the Parking & Traffic Regulations prior to parking your vehicle on campus.



A) These regulations are formulated by South Dakota State University under policy guidelines recommended by the Parking and Traffic Committee as liaison to the President of South Dakota State University and the South Dakota Board of Regents and are in general agreement with policy guidelines set forth by these bodies.


B) These regulations are effective beginning on July 1, 2018 and have been approved by the Parking and Traffic Committee. These regulations shall remain in effect until modified. More information may be obtained from the Transportation Services Office at 605.688.PARK (7275).



C) All employees and students should visit on a regular basis for parking changes that may occur during the year.


D) The Transportation Services Office, University Police Department, Facilities and Services, and the Environmental Health and Safety Office reserve the right to temporarily suspend or modify these regulations during times of emergency or special situations. Notifications of any changes will be posted online at


E) South Dakota State University reserves the right to ticket, immobilize and/or tow at the owner’s expense any vehicle in violation of the established parking regulations. Persistent violators may have their parking privileges denied or revoked.


F) Drivers shall observe the University Parking and Traffic Regulations and drive safely, giving pedestrians the right-of-way at all times.


G) Parking permits allow parking in designated parking lots. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. Lack of a parking space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of these regulations.


H) Parking and driving on campus is permitted in accordance with these regulations which are designed to control the movement of vehicles. Anyone operating a vehicle on campus is responsible for being familiar with and complying with all Parking and Traffic Regulations.


I) The SDSU Transportation Services Office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Parking & Traffic Regulations.



All motor vehicles parked on campus by students, faculty or staff are to be registered with the Transportation Services Office, 1601 Stadium Road. This includes automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and mopeds. The fees paid for permits are registration fees and do  not reserve nor guarantee a parking stall in specific parking lots. A parking stall is only guaranteed with the purchase of a reserved permit.


It is mandatory to keep your vehicle license number or vehicle changes up-to-date with the Transportation Services Office. Repeated violations of failure to report and/or update vehicle license information may be subject to fines.


Purchasing Permits

All students or employees wishing to purchase a parking permit for an automobile must purchase it online through the Parking Services Office website at Motorcycle permits are to be purchased by visiting the Transportation Services Office, 1601 Stadium Road.


Type of Permit/Privileges


Campus Resident Parking Permits

Campus Non-Resident Parking Permits

Other Parking Permits



Parking Agreement

By parking on campus, vehicle operators agree that they understand the Parking and Traffic Regulations set forth by the Parking and Traffic Committee. If a vehicle is issued a citation for disobeying these regulations, the owner/operator accepts sole responsibility to either pay or appeal the citation.

Multiple Tickets

The issuance of a parking citation does not prevent the issuance of additional citations for the same or other violations on the same or following day(s).

If a vehicle has accumulated three outstanding citations, the vehicle is subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Persistent violators may have all on-campus parking privileges revoked.

Enforcement Coverage

The University reserves the right to ticket, immobilize and/or tow vehicles which are parked on campus in violation of any rule as established in the current Parking and Traffic Regulations Section 4.4.

Parking permit enforcement runs year round from August 15 to August 14 with all breaks being enforced.

For permit/lot enforcement hours, please review each permit type/privileges. All other regulations are enforced on a 24-hour basis for designated streets and in parking lots except where otherwise noted by the Transportation Services Office.

Visitor Parking Areas and Stalls

Visitors to campus are welcome to park in designated visitor parking areas and stalls located throughout campus. To utilize these areas, visitors must display a valid visitor parking permit which can be acquired from the Transportation Services Office, University Police Department, or front desk reception in residential halls. Any vehicle registered to SDSU employees or students that are parked in these areas will be issued a citation and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is only permitted in any residential or paved remote lots with the proper permit. No parking is allowed between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. in all other lots – violators will be ticked and immobilized or towed. If exceptions are required, please contact the Transportation Services Office to make special arrangements.

24-hour Visitors

Visitors who plan on parking on campus overnight must obtain a Resident Guest permit from the Residential Hall front desk. Overnight visitors must move their vehicle into the assigned lots indicated at the time of permit issuance. If a vehicle utilizing one of these permits is parked in any other lot between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., it may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Breaks and Summer Periods

During academic breaks, class breaks (i.e. when the University is open) are not considered official holidays; therefore, all parking regulations apply. For permit/lot enforcement hours, please review each permit type/privileges.

During the period of May 16 through August 14, no parking permit is required for certain designated lots. A Summer Parking Map will be published every year indicating which lots are free for parking.

Evening Events

Persons who attend a university activity open to the public after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays will not be required to display a parking permit, unless it is required for specific lots during campus sponsored events (football, basketball, etc.). Permits are still required for Residential lots and Service Vehicle stalls. All other parking regulations will be enforced. At the discretion of Transportation Services and/or Campus Administration, Reserved, Commuter, and/or Economy permit holders may be asked to relocate vehicles to allow for campus event parking.

Daytime Events

Guests on campus attending an event open to the public between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00

p.m. shall park in the pay lot, visitor spaces, or in a lot for which prior arrangements have been made in advance by the sponsor.

Free Parking

Individuals may park without permits from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Exceptions include Handicap stalls, Loading/Unloading Zones, Signed stalls, 20-Minute stalls and all Residential Lots.

Spectators of Sports Events

Spectators of athletic sporting events may park in all lots excluding Residential lots from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m, weekdays, and 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on weekends. Please review the designated parking areas for specific sports online at the Parking Services webpage. Permits are still required for Residential lots and Service Vehicle stalls. All other parking regulations will be enforced.

Contractor, Vendors and Other Service Providers Parking

Contractors working on campus are limited to parking within the construction staging areas or any other lot they have been assigned from Facilities and Services. To utilize these areas, contractors must acquire a valid Contractor Parking Permit from the Transportation Services Office. Any contractor vehicle parked outside of their assigned areas will be issued a citation. These citations can be appealed through the citation appeals process. Any contractor vehicle with a minimum of 4 unpaid citations is subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Vendors who perform services at University buildings and on its property, driving easily recognizable service vehicles painted with a “branded/logo signature” or an appropriately sized magnetic or attached sign, are allowed to park in a reasonable manner on campus. (Magnetic business cards are not appropriately sized). All vendor, contractor, consultant, and service provider employees who drive their personal vehicles and choose to park on the SDSU campus, purchase a vendor parking permit or must park within the designated fenced construction area (permit not required).

Trailer Parking

There is NO trailer parking or storing on campus in any lot. If you need a storage area for a trailer of any kind, please contact Transportation Services to find out locations in Brookings. The exception to this, is the first two weeks after the start of classes in August and two weeks before the last day of classes in May. Trailers will need to be registered with Transportation Services and parked in a stall in designated lots to be determined by the Transportation Services office. Any trailers found on campus after those dates will be eligible for citations and towing at the owner’s expense.

Athletics Overnight Parking

If athletes plan to leave a vehicle parked on campus while traveling, they are required to have an active permit. Student athletes are expected to communicate with a member of the coaching staff and/or the Transportation Services office in regards to vehicle information. Coaching staff is expected to communicate with Transportation Services with vehicle information for anyone travelling with the team that is not a student athlete. All vehicles left overnight for traveling purposes must be parked in the designated lots as determined by Transportation Services office. No parking is allowed in any commuter or reserved lot between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.


Citation Appeals

An appeal should be based on the fact that the citation was issued contrary to the South Dakota State University Parking and Traffic Regulations. Submitting an appeal does not automatically guarantee a voided citation. The parking citation appeal procedure follows below. Please note that appealing a citation could result in an additional $20 in fees to your citation fine.

First Level Written Appeal

1) May only be submitted on unpaid citations within 10 days of issuance.

2) The appeal must be filed through your online parking account at An appeal submitted in any other form, will not be considered (ex: email, telephone, hardcopy).

3) Upon submission, the appeals committee made up of faculty, staff, and students, will review and consider your written statement, evidence, and all other documentation. Upon review, the committee will vote on the submitted appeal.

4) Appeals Committee’s Actions – Upon review, the committee will vote on the submitted appeal with one of the following actions.


  • Granted: The citation will be voided and the fine is dismissed.
  • Denied: The citation is upheld and an additional $10 administrative charge will be added. The citation must be paid within 10 days of denial. If not paid within 10 days of denial, an additional $10 late fee will be added.
Second Level Docket Appeal

1) If you do not agree with the initial decision of the appeals committee, you may make a second appeal, in            person, to the committee.

2) Must re-submit the appeal in person or via phone to Parking Services within 5 calendar days of the appeals     committee’s decision. At this time, you must pay the fine, the first level appeal administrative fee of $10, and      an additional $10 administrative fee. This becomes bond until the appeals committee makes a decision.

3) A date, time and location will be provided for you to appear before the committee. If you cannot appear on         the scheduled date, you are allowed to reschedule an appearance date once. If a reschedule is required, it         must be placed at least three days prior to the original scheduled hearing date. If you miss your hearing date,     one will not be rescheduled and you forfeit the posted bond (exception in cases of emergency).

4) Present your documentation/evidence to the committee on why your parking citation was issued in error.

5) Appeals Committee’s Actions – Upon review, the committee will vote on the submitted appeal with one of the following actions.

  • Granted: The citation will be voided and the fine is dismissed.
  • Reduced: The citation is upheld and the amount of the fine is reduced.
  • Warning: The citation is reduced to a warning and the fee will be dismissed.
  • Denied: The citation is upheld. If not paid within 10 days, an additional $10 late fee will be added.

6) If the appeals committee action is granted, reduced, or reduced to warning, the bond or a portion of, will be        refunded within 10 days.


Citation Payment

All parking citations must be paid or appealed within 10 days from the date of issuance. If neither is filed, a $10 late fee will be added to the citation. Please review the payment options below to pay an outstanding citation.


Pay online at by using credit or debit card. There is no additional fee to pay your citation online.

By Mail

Please mail your payment, name and a copy of your citation to South Dakota State University; Transportation Services Office; 1601 Stadium Rd; Brookings, SD 57007.

In Person

Bring the citation to the Transportation Services Office located on campus between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed national holidays and weekends. Accepted form of payment are Credit or Debit Card, Hobo Dough, check, or cash. Quarters only up to five (5) dollars will be accepted but coins of any other kind will not be accepted as a form of payment for a citation.


Failure to Pay or Appeal

Failure to pay or appeal a citation within 10 days of issuance will result in a $10 late fee added to the citation. If a payment is not made within 20 days, please view the information listed below. If a vehicle has accumulated three outstanding citations, the vehicle is subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

Student Citations

Citations that have gone unpaid after 20 days will be transferred weekly to their student account. Upon being transferred, a $10 fee will be assessed to the previous citation(s) amount and the fees will then be collected through the Cashier’s Office.

Employee Citations

Citations that have gone unpaid after 20 days will be reported weekly to the University controller for collection under University Collection Policy 5:12.




All pedestrians on all South Dakota State University property shall have the right-of-way to all motor vehicles.

Speed Limits

All speed limits on the exterior campus roads are 25 MPH and 15 MPH on interior campus roads, and no more than 10 MPH in parking lots.

Exterior Campus Roads

Medary Avenue

North Campus Drive

8th Street Jackrabbit Avenue (From 8th Street to Highway 14 Bypass)

Interior Campus Roads

Stadium Road (From North Campus Drive to Highway 14 Bypass)

University Boulevard (From Jackrabbit Avenue to 22nd Avenue)

Campanile Avenue (From 6th Street to center of campus)

Student Center Lane (From Jackrabbit Avenue to Student Union Building)

College Avenue (From North Campus Drive to center of campus)

14th Avenue

Student Union Pay Lot

The lot just east of the University Student Union is a pay per hour gated lot. This lot is available for parking by anyone. The lot requires a credit card or debit card to be able to utilize the lot. A card needs to be swiped to be allowed into the lot, as you leave the lot the same card is swiped again and you will be charged for the time spent in the lot. Debit cards must have a minimum of $14 on the card to gain entrance to the lot.


Rates for the 2018/2019 Academic Year are first thirty (30) minutes are free, then $1.50 per hour up to a max of $12 per day. The lot is free but still requires a credit, debit or campus card to get in and out after 4:00pm until 2:00am Monday – Friday and 5:00am – 2:00am Saturday and Sunday.

Parking Meters

Parking meters are installed in lots around the core of the campus for SDSU students and employees to utilize for 30 minutes or less to visit buildings in the surrounding areas. The meters will accept coins (nickels, dimes, quarters or dollar) and credit or debit cards only. Vehicles parked in the meters that are expired will receive a citation and could be towed at the owner’s expense.


Rates for the 2018/2019 Academic Year are: 10 minutes - $0.25

20 minutes - $0.50

30 minutes – $0.75 (Max time)


The Transportation Services Office was created to meet the parking needs of students, faculty, and staff in the fairest, most convenient manner. Transportation Services is committed to the values of communication, quality service, fairness, and understanding to timely and efficiently provide students, faculty, and staff with guidance and assistance regarding all parking needs. The Transportation Services Office is charged with the creation of the rules and regulations, lot designations, parking policies and procedures, and creation and distribution of all parking permits and handouts.


The Parking and Traffic Committee exists to make recommendations to the Vice President of Finance and Business of all parking traffic rules and penalties and fee/vehicle registration charges. They also review budgets and recommend parking lot construction and repair priority lists. The Committee serves as a judiciary body to review appeal of citations for violation of the rules. Their responsibilities include providing input and commentary on: campus parking facilities, operations, rules and policies; motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and input on the Campus Master Parking Plan.