Motor Vehicle and Parking Regulations
Faculty, Staff, Students and Visitors
The University has adopted the following regulations to facilitate necessary traffic and parking on campus. They have been adopted in accord with Chapter 262 of The Code of Iowa and Section 681-4 of the Iowa Administrative Code. These regulations supersede all previous registration and parking regulations.
Any amendments to this will be published in the DAILY IOWAN, and the faculty/staff newsletters. The University of Iowa Parking and Transportation committee welcomes any suggestions to improve the parking system on campus. This committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff. Suggestions should be made to the committee chairperson in care of the Department of Parking and Transportation.
A summary of these regulations is presented in the following sections:
Note: Rules, regulations, and fees are subject to change.
Faculty/Staff Permit – August 1, 2020-July 31, 2021
Student–Fall/Spring Permits—August 16, 2020-May 15, 2021
Student–Summer Permits—May 16, 2020-August 15, 2020
Motorist Assistance Program
If your vehicle needs a jump start on University property please call to request service (319) 335-8312.
7:30am-10:00pm Monday - Friday
For University owned vehicles call (319) 335-5102 or (319) 335-5105.
For the purpose of these regulations, a faculty or staff member is anyone employed by the University on a 50% FTE or greater and Pay base 1, including eligibility for university benefits.
For the purpose of these regulations, a student is anyone registered with the University for academic credit who is not employed 50% FTE or greater and Pay base 1 (See 1.1 Faculty/Staff). Graduate, teaching and research assistants are classified as students if they are registered for academic credit.
1.3 Priority System
The general priority for parking on the campus shall be visitors, faculty/staff, students. Persons with disabilities will be given priority for parking space.
1.4 Closing of Areas
The Parking and Transportation Department reserves the right to temporarily close any campus parking area or facility for University purposes. Advanced notice will be given in these cases when practical.
1.5 Hours of Enforcement
(1) Faculty/Staff/Student lots are enforced from 7:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday including interim periods, unless posted otherwise.
(2) All motorcycle parking lots are reserved 24 hours daily.
(3) All service vehicle zones & loading zones are enforced 24 hours daily.
1.6 General Permit Regulations
(1) We request that all expired parking permits be removed from vehicles to avoid any possible confusion.
(2) A faculty/staff parking permit and a student parking permit may not be displayed on the same car.
(3) Placement of Hangtags/Carpool Decals
a. Hangtags must be displayed from the rear view mirror and visible from the front of the vehicle.
b. Carpool decals must be displayed on the lower windshield (inside) on the driver’s side and the hangtags must be displayed from rear view mirror and visible from front. The use of tape or adhesive (other than that found on the decal) in affixing the decal is prohibited. You must have both permits displayed to be parked in accordance with the rules and regulations.
(4) Replacement of Permits and Access Cards
a. A lost hangtag and access card may be purchased upon request at either parking office.
b. Since the person who registers the car or purchases a parking permit is responsible for all violations issued to that parking permit, it is essential that all permits access cards are removed upon sale or transfer of the vehicle. Lost hangtags and access cards may be replaced upon paying the applicable fee.
(5) Unauthorized Use, Reproduction, Alteration, or Transfer of Permits or Access Cards
a. It is prohibited to alter, produce, or use any reproduction of a parking permit.
b. It is prohibited to obtain or use a parking permit or access card by fraud or misrepresentation of facts.
c. It is prohibited for any person in lawful possession of a parking permit or access card to give, sell, or transfer to another person such permit or access card.
1.7 Parking Regulations
(1) Vehicles parked in violation of any of the following regulations may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
(2) Vehicles must display the proper permit for the area in which they are parked during the hours of enforcement.
(3) If the area is metered, the hours of meter enforcement (indicated on each meter) must be followed.
(4) Motor vehicles shall be parked only in those areas that are specifically designated as parking stalls. In most of the University’s parking lots, the stalls are marked either by parking blocks or by stall lines. Parking must be between stall lines or directly behind the parking blocks. In metered areas, one should be sure to park in the parking stall corresponding to the meter paid.
(5) Motor vehicles shall not be parked in an area normally not available for parking, such as grass or blocking sidewalks, driveways, roadways, or other parking areas. Certain other prohibited zones are usually marked by appropriate signs, painted curbs, or other standard means. In general, these are in the vicinity of fire hydrants, fire lanes, fire escapes, fire exits, and service drives.
(6) Loading zones are available for a limited amount of time but only when legitimately loading or unloading. A reasonable amount of time for loading or unloading will be noted on the loading zone signs or as posted.
(7) All posted regulations on signs and meters must be observed. Multiple parking citations may be issued throughout the day to a vehicle that continues to park at an expired meter. For example, a vehicle parked at an expired parking meter that has a one hour time limit may be issued a parking citation every hour. If the meter is malfunctioning the Parking Office should be notified at (319) 335-1475 at the time of use. Please provide the parking meter number and the nature of the problem. A user fee of $7.00 will be given if you choose to stay parked at the malfunctioning meter.
(8) Vehicles are considered parked when left unattended by a driver for any period of time.
(9) The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator.
(10)Lack of space in a facility is not a valid excuse for violating a parking regulation.
(11)Motor vehicles or motorcycles may not be driven on University property, other than roads, unless a specific area has been designated as such or unless special permission has been granted by the Parking Department, in which case a permit must be displayed.
(1) Charges (as listed below) shall be assessed against the owner or registrant of the motor vehicle involved in each violation and shall be billed through the University’s Cashier Office.
(2) The person who registered the vehicle with the University shall be responsible for all parking violations associated with the vehicle and is thus subject to any and all sanctions resulting from these violations.
(3) Parking in violation of the University’s regulations may result in the towing of the vehicle. The fee for the cost of the tow and/or storage must be paid prior to the vehicle’s release to its owner.
Standard Violation Rates
|Violation Type||With Student Decal||All Others|
|Reserved for Handicapped||$200|
|Fraudulent Use of Permit||$50|
|Prohibited Zone (example: Fire Lane)||$50|
|Employees Prohibited in Patient Parking||$30|
|Loading Zone Violation||$25|
|Area Not Open to Parking||$20|
|Service Vehicle Zone Violation||$20|
|Improper Display of Decal||$10||$15|
|Parked in an Irregular Manner||$10||$15|
|Improper Display of Hangtag||$5||$7|
(1) 1. The University contracts with a private firm to provide towing services for vehicles found in violation. The contracted towing company will store these vehicles until they are claimed by their owner or disposed of.
(2) 2. The following are grounds for impoundment of a vehicle.
a. Accumulation of $200 or more in citations on one vehicle. Individual vehicles will remain on the tow list until the applicable citation balance is paid in full or reduced below the $200 threshold. All unpaid violations count toward the $200 tow list limit, including expired meters.
b. Parking in a zone plainly marked as a tow-away zone, parking in such a way that it may damage lawns, shrubbery, or other University property, blocking access to, or use of, any University facility, if the operator cannot be found within 15 minutes or less.
c. Parking a vehicle in such a manner as to block drives or other vehicles.
d. If the operator cannot be found within 72 hours the vehicle is determined to be abandoned.
(3) A reasonable fee will be charged for the cost of impoundment and storage, which must be paid prior to the release of the vehicle.
(4) Appeals of Impoundment
The committee to hear appeals of impoundment decisions made in application of this procedure shall consist of one administrator appointed by the president, the chairperson of the Parking Appeals Committee, and the chair of the Student Appeals Committee.
Terms of office of the committee shall be from September 1 of each year until August 31 of the next year. The president may fill vacancies, and if no nominations are made from a constituency prior to the date, on which terms are to begin, may make appointments to the committee.
In cases where the committee dismisses the fees, the impoundment fee will be paid by the University.
2.1 1. Bicycles may be registered with the University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Department. A free decal will be issued and must be placed on the bicycle.
A decal to be placed on the bicycle will be issued, and there is no charge for this registration.
2.2 2. Bicycles may be parked at any designated University bicycle facility. They shall not be attached to trees, shrubs, or handrails, nor blocking access to, or use of, any University facility. Bicycles may not be parked or operated inside University buildings except in areas that are specifically designated as bicycle parking.
2.3 3. Any bicycle found in violation may be ticketed, immobilized, or impounded and the owner fined. All bicycles to be impounded may be removed and held by the Parking and Transportation Department until claimed by the owner. Bicycles considered abandoned may be sold as abandoned property through the Surplus Department.
2.4 4. Specific regulations governing the operation and parking of bicycles on campus are available at the parking office.
3.1. The University of Iowa Parking Department considers all two wheeled motorized vehicles including mopeds/scooters as motorcycles for parking permit purposes. Employees who wish to park motorcycles may purchase a parking permit.
3.2. Permits must be permanently and visibly affixed so as to be seen from the rear of the motorcycle. All motorcycles shall be parked only in the parking areas designated for these vehicles. They shall not be parked in any other area, including the University’s lawns, sidewalks, automobile parking spaces including meters areas, or bicycle racks.
3.3. Motorcycle’s are subject to the same sanctions that apply to automobiles.
4A.1 Applications and Cancellations
You may apply for a parking permit online. To cancel a permit, turn in a gate access card, if applicable, and the parking permit/hangtag to the Parking Office.
4A.2 Parking Privileges and Restrictions
Parking permits are assigned to faculty and staff on a priority basis upon submission of the properly completed application or online request. Faculty and staff with disabilities will be given priority in space assignment. A copy of the individual’s state issued handicap placard is required for consideration. The parking permit entitles the registrant to park during enforcement hours in only the specific parking area assigned.
In Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, 4, and the Family Care Center parking lot, parking is reserved for patients during weekday hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday). Any vehicle registered to a university employee, parking in these facilities during these hours without an appropriate permit, including those using NW privileges, will be subject to a citation and fine. In addition to the fine, any hourly charges will apply. NW privileges are not valid in the Family Care Center parking lot at any time.
4A.3 Car Pools
Faculty or staff members who wish to rotate driving responsibilities may form carpools. Each member of the pool will be issued an easily identifiable decal to denote membership in a carpool. One transferable parking hangtag will be issued to the pool itself and must be displayed in the car bearing the carpool decal. Only one car may be parked in the lot at a time.
4B.1 Mandatory Registration
(1) All students who own or operate any motor vehicle within the Iowa City area, except those bearing faculty/staff parking permits, must register the vehicle within 48 hours of their initial operation of the vehicle in the Iowa City area (not including Saturdays, Sundays, or University holidays). No student who owns or operates any motor vehicle is exempt from this registration for any reason, including place of residence, class in school, class load, or outside work.
(2) Students are held responsible for the official registration of the vehicle. Such registration is complete only with the proper display of the decal and carries with it the responsibility for knowledge of these regulations.
(3) No student may apply for or receive a permit for any vehicle owned or operated by another student.
4B.2 Eligibility for Parking Privileges
Those students who are registered for at least six semester hours of course work or four semester hours during the summer session and meet one of the following qualifications are eligible for student privileges.
(1) Students possessing a handicap or disablement, which would require the use of a motor vehicle, should contact the Parking Office for options.
(2) Employed students may be considered for parking privileges under certain circumstances upon presentation of evidence that use of a motor vehicle and such privilege is required to allow the student to be gainfully employed in furtherance of educational goals.
4B.3 Parking Options
Students meeting the criteria outlined in Section 4B.2 may be issued the following permits. Proper display of the permit on the registered vehicle provides a discounted rate for select parking violations.
(1) Day Permit —Registration with day privileges.
Free permit available to any registered student, except those who live in University residence halls. Provides weekday parking privileges for student designated meters and the Library lot at the student hourly fees. Allows for parking at select public meters and cashiered facilities at the posted public or graduated rate.
(2) Law S Permit—Registration with Law S Permit.
Law S permit allows use of designated area that is reserved for their use from 7:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Student is required to pay via the Passport Parking App at the student reduced hourly rate.
(3) Student Lot 48 (formerly known as the Law R Permit)—Registration for Student Lot 48
This permit is a hangtag and gives you daytime parking in the Myrtle Lot. This permit also gives you free parking in the Faculty/Staff Lot 34 between 4:30pm until 8:30am Monday-Friday and all day Saturday & Sunday. Student Lot 48 parking permit holders also receive the Night & Weekend parking privilege. This permit also gives you free parking in University Cashiered facilities between 4:30pm until 8:30am Monday-Friday and all day Saturday & Sunday. You must have an access card to use the Night & Weekend Program. If you park outside the free hours the daytime parking rates apply and will be billed to you accordingly. The Student Lot 48 permit is eligible for the Call-In Program. This program allows permit holders who forget to display their parking permit to a submit a call-in online or via the Parking Office.
(4) Student Hawkeye Storage (Lot 39) Permit—Registration for storage parking.
All residence hall occupants are eligible for storage parking space and will be given priority for the Hawkeye Storage Lot. If storage space is available after academic registration, it will be sold to any student. Students holding a storage parking permit may not use any other parking facility between the hours of 7:30am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday.
(5) Hancher (Lot 55) Permit—Registration for Hancher Lot parking.
Any student meeting established criteria would be eligible to purchase a Hancher Lot parking permit based on availability. Students holding Hancher Lot permits may use their assigned lot between 7:30am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday. The student parking permit is a hangtag. If a Hancher Lot permit holder cannot drive their registered car, they may park another car in their lot by moving the hangtag to the vehicle they bring that day. A Hancher Lot permit restricts use of other designated student meters and the Library lot before 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Students with a Hancher parking permit also receive the Night & Weekend parking privilege. This permit also gives you free parking in University Cashiered facilities between 4:30pm until 8:30am Monday-Friday and all day Saturday & Sunday. You must have an access card to use the Night & Weekend Program. If you park outside the free hours the daytime parking rates apply and will be billed to you accordingly. The Hancher permit is eligible for the Call-In Program. This program allows permit holders who forget to display their parking permit to a submit a call-in online or via the Parking Office.
(6) Finkbine (Lot 65) & Hawkeye (Lot 85) Commuter Permit—Registration for commuter parking in designated area.
Any student meeting established criteria would be eligible to purchase one of these commuter permits based on availability. Students holding commuter permits may use their assigned lot between 7:30am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday. The student parking permit is a hangtag. If a commuter lot permit holder cannot drive their registered car, they may park another car in their lot by moving the hangtag to the vehicle they bring that day. A commuter lot permit restricts use of other designated student meters and the Library lot before 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Students with a commuter parking permit also receive the Night & Weekend parking privilege. This permit also gives you free parking in University Cashiered facilities between 4:30pm until 8:30am Monday-Friday and all day Saturday & Sunday. You must have an access card to use the Night & Weekend Program. If you park outside the free hours the daytime parking rates apply and will be billed to you accordingly. Commuter permits are eligible for the Call-In Program. This program allows permit holders who forget to display their parking permit to a submit a call-in online or via the Parking Office.
(7) Mayflower (Lot 56) Permit—Registration for Mayflower resident parking
Student Mayflower residents may be eligible to purchase Mayflower parking through Residence Services. Students holding a Mayflower permit may not use any other parking facility between the hours of 7:30am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday
(8) Night & Weekend Permit—Registration for Night & Weekend parking in designated area.
This permit also gives you free parking in University Cashiered facilities between 4:30pm until 8:30am Monday-Friday and all day Saturday & Sunday. You must have an access card to use the Night & Weekend Program. If you park outside the free hours the daytime parking rates apply and will be billed to you accordingly.
(9) Student Motorcycle Permit—Registration with motorcycle lot parking privilege on University of Iowa Campus.
(10) Temporary Permit—Temporary and special parking.
Temporary or special parking situations should be arranged through the Parking Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (319) 335-1475.
(1) Day and Law “S” Permits — no fee.
(2) Student Lot 48 — a fee of $558 for the nine-month academic year billed per semester for $279.
(3) Student Hawkeye Storage Permit — a fee of $378 for the nine-month academic year billed per semester for $189.
(4) Hancher (Lot 55) Permit — a fee of $378 for the nine-month academic year billed per semester for $189.
(5) Finkbine (Lot 65) and Hawkeye (Lot 85) Permits — a fee of $243 for the nine-month academic year billed per semester for $121.50
(6) Mayflower (Lot 56) Permit — a fee of $558 for the nine-month academic year billed per semester for $279.
(7) Student Night and Weekend Permits — a fee of $45 for the nine-month academic year billed per semester for $22.50.
(8) All Student Parking Permits are billed on a semester basis. The first installment is billed at the time of purchase, typically in August and the second in January. A prorated refund schedule is also available at the Parking Office when the permit is returned. To obtain refunds, the applicant must turn in identifiable portions of the permit at the Parking Office.
An appeal should be based on the fact that the violation notice was issued contrary to these regulations or in error.
5.1A Faculty-Staff Appeals
(1) Appeals must be submitted within ten days of the issuance of the notice or the sanction will be placed on University billing. Such appeals must be made in writing and state succinctly, but fully, the grounds on which the appeal is based. Appeals can be submitted electronically at parking.uiowa.edu or sent to the West Campus Transportation Center, where they will be forwarded to the Parking Appeals Committee. Appeals not made within thirty days after mailing of the original billing through accounts receivable will not be allowed without justification. A case may be dismissed, upheld, upheld with sanction suspended or modified.
5.1B Student Appeals
(1) Students may appeal any registration or parking sanction to the Student Traffic Court. Appeal forms are available online at parking.uiowa.edu or paper forms are available at the West Campus Transportation Center. Appeals must be submitted in writing within ten days of the issuance of the notice or the sanction will be placed on University billing. Appeals not made within thirty days after mailing of the first billing through accounts receivable will not be allowed without justification. Students not enrolled in summer session may appeal any tickets received after the May 1 billing until 30 days after the last day of Fall Registration. A copy of the ticket must be attached to the appeal form (when needed a duplicate may be obtained from the office). Appellants are given a choice of an oral or written appeal. Appellants desiring an oral appeal are given notice of the time and place of the hearing. Anyone who is appealing $50 or more in sanctions must appear before the court. Students unable to appear must notify the Parking Office at least 24 hours prior to their scheduled appearance. The appeal will then be rescheduled but only once in any individual case. A reappeal to the Student Traffic Court may be allowed but must be made within thirty days of the court date on which the first appeal was made. Failure to appear will result in an automatic upholding of the charge. A case may be dismissed, upheld, upheld with the sanction suspended, or modified. Testimony given in any hearing shall be sworn to by the appellant. Students holding faculty and staff permits will file appeals under faculty-staff regulations.
6.1 Parking spaces for people with disabilities are reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles displaying state or University permits for the disabled.
6.2 Parking spaces reserved for disabled drivers will be designated by the International Symbol of Access.
6.3 In order to be identified as eligible for parking for the disabled, disabled University personnel may apply for and display a “Y” permit in addition to a University registration or parking decal.
6.4 Sanctions may be imposed when vehicles are parked in violation of state and University parking regulations regarding parking reserved for people with disabilities.
7.1 Visitors may use public cashiered facilities and public meters upon payment of appropriate fees. A permit is not required.
7.2 Visitors with temporary or extended need for access to parking lots may apply for a parking permit at the Parking Office.
7.4 Appeal of parking violations must be made in writing, either in a letter with the ticket attached, or by completing the appeal on the appeal site.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
Parking Office — (319) 335-1475
West Campus Transportation Center - 840 Evashevski Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000
Commuter Programs—(319) 353-5770
Fleet Services— (319) 384-0564
Parking Facilities Operations and Maintenance— (319) 335-8312