Parking Permits

The issuance of parking permits is controlled by Parking Services. Permits are issued upon verification of eligibility. Only one annual parking permit may be issued to each permittee (faculty member, staff or student, or other eligible person). Faculty and staff A permits are not valid for use by students except in registered carpool vehicles; student permits are not valid to be used by faculty and staff. Parking permits are only valid for the period of time and location designated on the permit or in the parking policies. Parking signs on campus identify which permits are valid in those areas or lots. Parking Services is responsible for determining the eligibility requirements for parking permits.

A. Eligibility for Faculty and Staff Parking Permits:

1. Must be full or part time employee including temporary hourly employees of Colorado State University as identified by Human Resources.

2. Faculty and staff living on main campus are only eligible for permits designated for their living area.

3. Faculty and staff have the option of purchasing annual, semester, monthly, or daily permits online or at the Parking Services office.

4. Contracted services or business partners: Certain companies or individuals who are contracted by CSU to provide services on campus may be eligible for annual, semester, monthly, or daily permits.

B. Eligibility for Student Parking Permits:

1. Residence hall and student family housing parking permits are issued to students residing in their respective housing areas.

2. Residence hall parking permits may be obtained online or at the Parking Services office.

3. Student family housing permits are issued by the Housing Services manager’s office at each apartment complex. These permits are not valid for use in any location other than the student family housing lots.

4. Students not residing on the main campus are eligible for commuter student parking permits which may be obtained at Parking Services or online.

5. Students have the option of purchasing annual, semester, monthly, or daily permits.

6. If a residence hall student moves to a different residence hall or moves off campus, or if an off-campus student moves into a residence hall during the permit year, they must exchange their parking permit at Parking Services for issuance of a new permit based on change of status. An exchange may result in an additional fee being assessed or a refund being issued, depending upon the permit cost and remaining period for which it is valid. Failure to exchange a permit within 10 business days after moving may result in a citation.

C. Temporary Permits: Temporary permits are issued to individuals who do not qualify for another CSU parking permit and are restricted to specific areas. Visitors and guests of CSU may purchase daily temporary permits. Individuals or companies doing business with CSU may purchase a temporary permit valid for up to 6 months.

D. American Disabilities Act Handicap Permits:

1. Faculty, staff and students may obtain a permit allowing access to American Disabilities Act spaces upon certification of medical need by the CSU Health Network, a personal licensed physician, a state disability verification form, or a current state disability license plate or placard. Placard users may be required to show the placard’s registration and picture identification.

2. Based upon certification, the person may be issued a medical A permit or an H permit. Medical A permits are valid in any A or Z designated lot. H permits are valid in A, I Q, S, T, U, W, X, Z lots, and at any blue American Disabilities Act metered space. Parking Services H permits and vehicles linked to any valid CSU parking permit and also displaying a valid state disability plate or placard are exempt from paying blue ADA meters if the vehicle’s license plate is correctly linked to the permit.

3. State-issued disability placards and disability license plates are valid in blue equal access metered spaces. The meter must be paid to avoid a citation for expired meter. When parking in an ADA space in a permit lot, a disability placard or disability license plate must be accompanied by a valid CSU parking permit.

E. Lost or Stolen Permits: Lost or stolen permits must be reported to Parking Services on a Lost or Stolen Permit Form. This form must be completed and turned in to Parking Services before a replacement permit will be issued. Any citations issued up to that time will be charged to the original permittee. Vehicles found displaying a permit that has been reported as lost or stolen will be issued a citation and will be booted immediately. The booted vehicle will be subject to towing and will be released only upon payment of citation fines, boot and impound charges, and return of the lost or stolen permit. Anyone found displaying; using or selling a lost or stolen permit may lose the privilege of purchasing a parking permit for the remainder of the academic year. Students will be referred to the Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services and criminal charges may also be filed. Employees are also subject to disciplinary action and charges pursuant to CSU policies and applicable law.

For Lost Permits: Once a lost or stolen form is completed, the permit will be replaced and an administrative replacement fee will be assessed. If the original permit is recovered and returned to Parking Services within ten business days, a portion of the administrative replacement fee will be refunded.

For Stolen Permits: Once a lost or stolen form is completed and submitted with a police report verifying the permit as stolen, the permit will be replaced and an administrative replacement fee will be assessed. If the permit is recovered within ten business days or a police report verifying the permit as stolen is submitted, a portion of the administrative replacement fee will be refunded.

Unrecoverable Permits: Other situations that merit replacement of a permit ( for example, if a vehicle was totaled or the windshield was destroyed) will require appropriate documentation validating that the permit was not retrievable from the vehicle.

F. Permit Refunds

1. Refunds will not be issued on monthly and daily permits.

2. No refunds on semester and 6 month permits after 14 days.

3. Annual permits may be eligible for a refund at a prorated rate based on date of purchase and are subject to a restocking and administrative fee. The restocking and administrative fee may be waived for a qualifying event such as termination or withdrawing as a student.

II. Restricted Parking Areas:

A. Motorcycle and Low-Power Scooter Parking: Motorcycles and low-power scooters, as defined in these regulations, are governed by all regulations applicable to other motor vehicles except: When parked in an area where a CSU parking permit is required, motorcycles and low-power scooters must be parked in areas specifically signed for motorcycle parking. When parking in short term and hourly areas motorcycles and low-power scooters may be parked in regular vehicle parking spaces if they pay for time at a pay station or meter. Motorcycles and low-power scooters must be correctly linked to a valid CSU parking permit. Motorcycle and low-power scooter owners may purchase a motorcycle permit in addition to a vehicle permit; however, full price will be charged for both permits. Low-power scooters parked on campus must display a valid State of Colorado Low-Power Scooter Registration sticker and link the registration number to a CSU parking permit. Low-power scooters, mopeds, and gas-motorized bicycles are prohibited from parking at bicycle racks.

B. LEED Parking: LEED parking spaces are only for vehicles that have a valid CSU LEED permit and have correctly linked the vehicle’s license plate to a valid CSU parking permit.

C. State and Federal Vehicle Parking: These spaces are designated for vehicles actively being used for services in an adjacent building. These spaces are not to be used for storage of state vehicles when not in use.

State and Service Vehicles: Parking permits are not required for state and federally owned vehicles. They may be parked in any permit area however; they must comply with time zone requirements, meter payments, ADA space restrictions, and other parking regulations. State and federal vehicles that are not used on a regular basis must be moved to storage areas or parked in lot 740 by the tennis courts. Any of these vehicles which are not moved within a 72 hour period will be issued a parking citation. After four or more unpaid citations, a warning sticker will be affixed and, on subsequent ticketing, the vehicle will be eligible for impounding and on-campus impoundment at the department’s expense. Drivers of state and federal vehicles are responsible for all violations of university parking regulations. Department heads, principal investigators, or other responsible supervisors are ultimately responsible for vehicles assigned to them. Failure to identify drivers of such vehicles who receive a notice of parking violation will result in the fine being charged to the responsible supervisor. University funds may not be used to pay a parking fine for faculty, staff, students, or resident employees of cooperating agencies with offices on the main campus.


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