Parking Regulations

If you park your vehicle on the University Park campus, you must abide by regulations listed below. Vehicles found in violation of these regulations may be subject to ticketing and/or towing. 

Permit Display
Parking Spaces
Floating Permits
Disabled Vehicles
Semester/University Holidays and Arrival/Departure Periods
Winter Weather Parking


  • Permits must be properly displayed as noted below. Exceptions must be approved by the Parking Office in advance.
  • Motorcycles – Permit should be affixed to the front or rear of the motorcycle and be clearly visible.
  • Automobiles– Permit should be hung from the interior rear view mirror, facing forward. If no rear view mirror, contact the Parking Office.
  • Automatic Vehicle Identification Tags-Mount tags on the upper center of the windshield, on the driver's side of the rear view mirror mounting post, and below the tint strip. 


  • All parts of the vehicle MUST be inside the designated parking space, which is generally indicated by two white lines; compact car spaces also include a back line.
  • Parking in grassed areas is not permitted unless at the direction of special event parking staff.
  • Motorcycles with motorcycle permits must be parked in designated faculty/staff motorcycle spaces. Automobile permits may be affixed to motorcycles to allow parking in permit specific automobile spaces. Permit holder is responsible for device to affix permit.
  • 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 on sidewalks, hindering/damaging University operations or property, obstructing roadways, designated handicap spaces (or the access aisle adjacent to it), or reserved spaces is subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense. The access aisle runs the full length of the handicap parking space and is marked with a series of white diagonal lines.
  • Parking is not permitted in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) spaces without a state-issued handicap parking placard and a Penn State parking permit for the designated lot. The access aisle adjacent to the space is considered part of the space and will be enforced accordingly. The access aisle runs the full length of the handicap parking space and is marked with a series of white diagonal lines.
  • A vehicle cannot be parked in any space specifically reserved by signage unless the proper permit is displayed. Reserved spaces are reserved 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This includes holidays and times when the University is not in full operation.
  • Parking in all parking structures (East, Eisenhower, HUB and Nittany Decks) is head-in only; do not back into the spaces. Typically, all parts of the vehicle must fit within all lines of a space. Note that some spaces include a back line. Most are signed, "VEHICLE MUST BE WITHIN ALL LINES." These spaces are located at the ends of each level of the decks and the ends of the rows on each level. 


  • Vehicles with current faculty/staff permits may park in a loading zone or legal parking space for a maximum of 15 minutes for the purpose of loading/unloading supplies or equipment. Flashers must be operating.
  • This privilege does not extend to resident student lots, sidewalks, traffic or fire lanes, building entrances, reserved spaces, handicap spaces, or handicap access ways (access to sidewalks, ramps, etc.).  


  • Floating passes are valid only on vehicles displaying a current faculty/staff core permit. They are not valid with commuter permits.
  • Floating permits are not valid in all parking areas. Valid lots are listed on the back of each floating permit.
  • Floating permits are issued to departments for occasional use by employees performing business functions. They are not for use by individuals on a consistent, daily basis. Permits may be revoked for unauthorized use. 


  • If a vehicle is disabled, the permit holder must notify University Police (814-863-1111) immediately, providing his/her name and the vehicle’s license plate number and location.
  • A grace period of up to 12 hours may be allowed. No extensions will be granted.
  • Notes left on a vehicle stating the vehicle is mechanically disabled are given no consideration by enforcement personnel. Vehicles not properly reported to University Police may be towed at the owner’s expense. 


  • During the first week of each semester, finals week, and University holiday breaks, student or parent vehicles are authorized temporary (15 minute) parking in faculty/staff lots to facilitate moving in or out of the residence halls. Flashers must be operating. 


  • No parking is allowed in any faculty/staff surface lot on nights of announced "Midnight Clear" activity. The snow restriction hours are midnight to 7:00 a.m. in most lots. Check lot entry signs for specifics.
  • Employees wishing to leave a vehicle on campus overnight during snow removal must use the covered parking levels of East, Eisenhower, Nittany, or HUB Parking Decks. Parking on the top level of these facilities is not permitted.
  • Vehicles must be returned to assigned lots by 8:00 a.m. the next business day.
  • Midnight Clear activity is announced over local radio and television stations and on the L-PSUPARK listserv.
  • This policy also extends to University vehicles.