Department of Parking and Transportation Services
In accordance with Section 23-9.2:3 of the Code of Virginia
the Transportation and Parking Committee has approved the following regulations
for the operation of motor vehicles by all students, faculty, and staff members
of the University of Virginia. As appropriate, these regulations also apply
to visitors operating motor vehicles on the Universitys Grounds. The regulations
remain in effect from July 1, 2001 until amended. Students should contact the
Department of Parking and Transportation for any amendments which may be effective
General Introduction Operating and parking motor vehicles
in University controlled areas is permitted only in accordance with University
Motor Vehicle Regulations. These regulations have been prepared and distributed
to assist those who plan to operate and park motor vehicles on University property.
Knowledge of the regulations is assumed, and they are enforced by the Department
of Parking and Transportation and the Department of Police. Ignorance of the
regulations is not a basis for appeal of parking citations.
Parking in University controlled areas is by permit only except
at meters and in attended lots. The responsibility for finding a proper parking
space rests with the vehicle operator. The regulations apply to all vehicles
driven or parked on University property, regardless of who operated the vehicle.
The individual in whose name the permit is held, the registered owner and/or
operator of the vehicle is held responsible for violation of these regulations.
Employees who are being payroll deducted and fail to return their permits or
gate access pass upon separation are held liable for the remaining balance.
The University of Virginia assumes no responsibility for the
care or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time.
The University of Virginia reserves the right to set aside
areas for special events such as plays, funerals, athletic events, etc., in
all University controlled parking areas.
- Motor Vehicles: All self-propelled vehicles which require state licensing.
- Motorcycles: Two and three wheeled vehicles with a primary or auxiliary
- University Grounds: For the purpose of these Regulations, "University
Grounds" is defined as any University property in the Charlottesville/Albemarle
- Parked car: Any vehicle that is stopped and has no driver, regardless
of whether flashers are on or motor is running.
Registration of Motor Vehicles
Registration Except at meters or in attended lots, all staff, faculty, students, and other
University affiliated personnel must purchase and display parking permits on
their vehicles in order to park in University controlled areas. Visitors are
required to park at metered spaces, in attended lots, or in permit areas with
appropriately purchased temporary parking permits.
Eligibility Standard commuter, storage, and reserved
parking permits may be purchased by the following individuals provided they
have paid all parking fines/bills due and have not lost their parking privileges
through suspension or revocation:
- Staff and faculty members
- Graduate students
- Undergraduate students beyond their first year who have GPAs of at
least 2.0 for the preceding year or cumulatively, and who are not on academic
or social probation. (Requests for exceptions due to physical disability
are made to the Department of Student Health. All other requests for exceptions
should be made to the Dean of Students.)
- Employees of non-University agencies working full time in buildings located
on the University Grounds.
Visitors may purchase temporary parking permits or park at
metered spaces or attended lots.
Certification By signing a parking permit application form, the purchaser:
- agrees to comply with the regulations set forth herein;
- is able to furnish evidence of:
- a valid motor vehicle registration, and
- a minimum motor vehicle liability insurance coverage prescribed
by the laws of the state in which the vehicle is registered, or
- payment of the requisite amount into that states uninsured motorist
- certifies to being the registered owner of the vehicle(s) or:
- is the spouse of the permit purchaser,
- is the child of the permit purchaser,
- the owner has provided written permission from the Dean of Students
or the Director of Parking and Transportation to the permit purchaser.
The permit year begins June 1 and ends May 31.
Standard Commuter Permits authorize parking in parking
spaces and areas which are labeled blue or red permit areas. Students living
in dormitory, Lawn, or Range housing may not purchase or use these permits without
written permission from the Dean of Students or the Director of Parking and
Storage Permits are sold to students living in University
housing, including the Lawn, the Ranges, dormitories, Copeley III and IV, and
Lambeth Apartments. These permits authorize parking in accordance with the letters
and/or numbers on the permits in lots which are labeled as orange "S"
Reserved Permits are generally available only to Staff
and Faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, reserve permits are
available to students in certain lots. Permit privileges in some lots may be
determined either by lottery or by assignments by University departments that
have spaces designated solely for their use. Reserved permits authorize parking
in accordance with the letters and/or numbers on the permit in lots with the
same letter and/or number designation. Reserved permits are also authorized
in any blue (not red) commuter area.
Handicapped Permits Persons with a permanent or temporary
physical handicap who hold a UVa parking permit may submit requests to the Department
of Parking and Transportation for special permits entitling them to reserved
parking. In addition, these permits allow parking at meters free of charge and
at designated handicapped spaces. Students must submit such a request through
the Department of Student Health.
Resident Permits are sold to residents of the University
owned family housing. These permits grant parking privileges in accordance with
the Family Housing Handbook, published by the Division of Housing.
Second Car Permits A person may register more than one
vehicle, provided each vehicle meets the certification requirements set forth
previously in section II D. The vehicle displaying the second car permit may
not be parked on the Grounds at the same time the vehicle displaying the primary
permit is parked on the Grounds.
Transferable Permits Transferable (hang tag) permits
are available for all areas and convey the same privileges as stick on mirror
permits. Any vehicle displaying a transferable permit must satisfy eligibility
requirements stated for the particular permit displayed.
Temporary Permits Temporary permits, issued for periods
of up to twelve weeks, convey the same privileges as permanent permits. Temporary
permits can be issued to a permit holder at no charge if the permit is to be
applied to a temporary alternate vehicle that is being used by the permit holder,
such as one borrowed or rented.
Note: Parking permits are the property of the University and may
be physically removed from bearers vehicle by University representatives
if they are not voluntarily returned when a permit is revoked.
Gate Access Passes are issued in lieu of the types of
permits described above for reserved parking in gated areas. A deposit is charged
at the time of purchase for a gate access pass.
Carpools HSC employees may establish a carpool with
a co-worker who has been issued a permit to park in a Health Sciences Center
(HSC) reserved parking lot. If the employee who has been assigned an HSC reserved
permit should leave the University and wishes to transfer the permit to a member
of the carpool, the following procedure is required to accomplish the transaction:
the employee who has the HSC reserved parking assignment must register the existence
of the carpool membership by requesting a Carpool Form from the Office of the
Associate Vice President at the HSC (P.O. Box 800799, telephone 434-924-5147).
This form is required in order for consideration to be given for transfer of
the reserved permit to another member of the carpool.
Display of Permits Stick on mirror permits must be displayed
on the back of the inside rear view mirror on cars, and on the back of the left
handle bar mirror on motorcycles. Dashboard permits must be displayed on the
dashboard on the drivers side of the vehicle. Transferable permits must
be hung from the inside rearview mirror or displayed on dashboard of the drivers
side. Any other special permit must be displayed as the permit indicates. Parking
privileges are not in effect until the permits are properly affixed or displayed
on the vehicle. When a permit holder has more than one permit, the permits must
be displayed adjacent to each other.
Replacement and Exchange
- Lost or damaged permits may be replaced by paying a replacement fee. Scrapings
of the damaged permit, including the numbers, must be returned to the Department
of Parking and Transportation.
- When a vehicle is sold or traded, the permits must be removed or parking
fine liabilities continue to apply to that permitholder. Replacement permits
may be obtained for a fee provided the old stickers, including numbers,
are returned to the Department of Parking and Transportation.
Refunds Permanent permits and gate access passes are
sold for the entire permit year. Scrapings of the old permit, including numbers,
or the gate access pass must be returned to the Department of Parking and Transportation
in order to receive a refund. No refund will be made for an amount less than
$5, or for second vehicle permits.
Riding the Bus A student I.D. serves as a bus pass for
unlimited rides on University buses. Non-students should be prepared to show
the bus driver proof of their UVa affiliation (for example staff I.D., summer
conference bus pass) whenever riding the bus. Children under the age of 12 may
ride the bus when accompanied by an adult with proper UVa identification. Permit
holders who have family members requiring access to the University bus service
but who are not affiliated with the University need to contact the Department
of Parking and Transportation to receive proper identification. The bus driver
may request a passengers I.D. card at any time to help protect the safety
and security of the other passengers.
Regulations and Restrictions
- General Parking at the University is controlled by signs, painted curbs
and painted pavement. Generally, yellow paint indicates that parking is
prohibited at all times. Red paint indicates limited parking in accordance
with the posted signs. It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator
to find a proper parking space. Failure to find a legal space is not a license
for violation of these Regulations.
- Parking restrictions are in effect all year, including student breaks,
from Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. unless otherwise posted.
Holidays are established separately by the academic and medical areas and
may be determined by contacting the Department of Parking and Transportation.
Signs at the lot entrances denote permit restrictions. Additional signs
within the lot may denote an individually reserved space. In many lots,
permit restrictions are lifted after 5 P.M. However, some permit restrictions
are modified after 3:30 P.M. or 5 P.M. For example, E1, E3, A9, A10, and
D3 lots allow blue permits after 3:30 P.M.; an R1 or R2 permit is required
in R2 after 5 P.M.; any UVa permit is required in the U lots after 5 P.M.
Check the signs at every entrance/space for exact restrictions.
- Short duration parking: Any person anticipating a temporary parking
problem, regardless of duration, should contact the Department of Parking
and Transportation in advance to seek possible options. Unless arrangements
are made in advance, illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticketing
and possible towing at the owners expense. A vehicle is considered
parked if it is stopped and there is no driver, regardless of whether the
flashers are on or the motor is running.
- Vehicles shall be parked within twelve inches of the curb for parallel
parking and within surface markings for off-street parking.
- Driving or parking on the grass, mulch or walkways is prohibited.
- Whether marked or not, parking is prohibited in driveways, alleys, crosswalks,
or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
- Special motorcycle parking areas are designated throughout Grounds. A
blue, red, or orange permit is required in these areas during normally restricted
hours. Motorcycles using a vehicle space in other parking areas are subject
to the same permit restrictions as the other vehicles using that space/area.
- Metered Parking: The days and hours of metered parking is in effect
as posted. The duration for which a vehicle may be parked at a meter is
posted and may not be exceeded, regardless of the amount of money placed
in the meter. All motor vehicles, except those that are properly marked
as vehicles for the handicapped, must pay at meters. It is prohibited to
allow a vehicle to remain parked in a metered space with an expired time
flag or coupon showing, even if the meter is not functioning. If a meter
malfunctions, that space must not be used and the malfunction should be
reported to the Department of Parking and Transportation Garage and Meter
Operations immediately. A refund of money lost in a malfunctioning meter
must be requested within one working day of the loss.
- Football Games: Parking areas near Scott Stadium are reserved on days
of home football games. Vehicles parked in these areas after 1:00 A.M. on
the day of the game are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners
- Basketball Games: When the University hosts a home mens basketball
game, parking is restricted in several lots surrounding University Hall
as posted. Vehicles in violation of the posted restrictions are subject
to ticketing and towing at the owners expense. On all home game days,
Orange permit holders must vacate the East Lot and Cage Lot by 1 A.M. Blue,
Red, and Green permit holders must vacate the East, West, and Cage lots
by 5:30 P.M. the day of the game. The North Massie Lot at U Hall is unrestricted
on the days of home Mens basketball games. Should North Massie fill
up on a weekday, Parking and Transportation personnel will provide a parking
permit and/or instructions to relocate to another parking facility.
- Reserved Parking: Parking without a proper permit in a reserved space
or area is prohibited. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing at
owners expense. If a permit-holders space or area is filled,
the permit holder must find a legitimate space and contact the Department
of Parking and Transportation in order to have violators vehicle(s)
towed and to obtain authorization to park.
- Service Parking and Loading Dock: Parking in a service vehicle space without
a valid service vehicle pass or without proper markings on the vehicle is
prohibited. Loading docks are used for loading and unloading only. Parking
at a loading dock is prohibited.
- Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for the use of those possessing
valid handicapped permits (provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia or the
University of Virginia). Any use of these spaces without a proper handicapped
permit is prohibited.
- Resident parking is located in areas of University family housing
and is reserved at all times for residents vehicles bearing the appropriate
- Blocking access to a parking space or blocking another car in a parking
space is prohibited.
- Disabled Vehicle: Should a vehicle become disabled in an unauthorized
area, the vehicle must be removed without delay. If it is necessary to leave
the vehicle unattended while making arrangements for its removal, the Department
of Parking and Transportation must be notified immediately (after hours,
notify the Department of Police at 924-7166). If the vehicle is not removed
promptly it may be towed away at the owners expense.
- Parking Problems: Any person anticipating a temporary parking problem,
regardless of duration, should contact the Department of Parking and Transportation
in advance to seek possible options. Unless arrangements are made in advance,
illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticketing and possible towing at
the owners expense.
- Alternate Vehicles: Permitholders who wish to park an unregistered vehicle
temporarily should telephone the Department of Parking and Transportation
each day the alternate vehicle is used before driving or parking on the
Grounds (after hours contact the Department of Police, 924-7166).
- Other Vehicles: Vehicles covered in this section include but are not limited
to trailbikes, minibikes, snowmobiles, and trailers for cargo, boats, camping,
traveling, etc. Permits to park other vehicles in University controlled
areas are not sold. These vehicles shall not be parked in areas designated
for motor vehicle parking or in bicycle racks. The owner or custodian of
such vehicles shall arrange for their off-Grounds parking or storage if
their area of residence has no storage area designated.
- Parking Garages: Parking in the Health Sciences Center parking garages
is restricted to patients, visitors, and authorized employees who have been
issued gate access passes. Employees and students are not allowed to park
in the HSC garages even if they choose to pay those costs except during
times they are bona fide patients or visitors to a patient.
General The enforcement of University Parking Regulations
is primarily the responsibility of the Department of Parking and Transportation.
The Department of Police also exercise authority to enforce University Parking
Regulations. The Department of Parking and Transportation assess fines and penalties
and may revoke parking privileges of violators. Health System employees should
refer to Medical Center Policy Number 0041-N for specific details applicable
to Health System employees.
Offenses and Penalties Listed below are the violations of these Regulations
with the fine indicated. Fines must be paid to the Department of Parking and
Transportation in person or by mail.
- For most violations, the first ticket issued on a license number in
the 12 months preceding the violation date is normally a warning ticket
and the fine may be waived. The warning ticket is forfeited for all violations
that carry a $100 fine. If you are unsure about warning ticket status on
any particular ticket, contact Parking and Transportation.
- For operation of a motor vehicle by a student not entitled to motor vehicle
privileges, the penalty is $100 and/or possible suspension from the University.
- For altering a permit the penalty is $100 and revocation of parking
- For purchasing, displaying, or selling a permit under false pretenses,
(for example, a dorm student purchasing or displaying a commuter permit)
the penalty is $100 and/or revocation of parking privileges.
- For parking an additional car (second cars or carpool) in a University
controlled area without having paid full fees, the penalty is $100 and/or
revocation or parking privileges.
- For improper use in the Hospital parking garages, for example, abusing
a night time gate access pass, abusing the fee structure or patient validation
system, or paying of hourly charges by an employee of the HSC during the
course of a work schedule, the penalty is $100, possible revocation of parking
privileges, and/or departmental disciplinary action after referral to the
Office of the Associate Vice President for Health Services.
- For improper parking, the penalties are as follows:
Parking in a Blue or Orange area
Parking in a reserved space or area
Parking within 15 ft of a fire hydrant
Parking in a fire lane
Parking in a prohibited zone
Parking with motor running
Parking on the grass, mulch, dirt, etc.
Parking with wrong side of vehicle to curb
Blocking another vehicle
Parking over 12 inches from curb
Parking in a service space/area or loading dock
Parking in a loading zone
Parking on sidewalk, crosswalk, or driveway
Parking in a bus loading zone
Improper display of registration decal
Parking in a handicap space
Parking in a handicap discharge area
Displaying a revoked permit
Obstructing a dumpster
Parking across a stall line
Parking a vehicle in a motorcycle area
- After 14 calendar days from the issue date of the ticket any unpaid and
unappealed ticket is considered delinquent. A $20 late penalty is added
to delinquent tickets. The ticket is considered the first notice. If the
payment due date falls on a weekend or a holiday, payment must be received
on the previous business day to avoid a delinquent account.
- A vehicle for which the outstanding obligation for citations totals
$250 or more is subject to being towed from University Grounds at the owners
- Parking permits for University controlled areas are revoked for extended
non-payment of fines or for concurrent non-payment of outstanding obligation
for citations totals $250 or more. Flagrant violations by staff or faculty
may result in other administrative action. Flagrant violations by students
may result in suspension from the University. All student fines are treated
as official financial obligations.
Removal and Immobilization of Vehicles
- The Department of Parking and Transportation or the Department of Police
may immobilize or have removed and put into storage any vehicle in University
controlled areas which is parked in violation of these Regulations.
- Costs of such removal and storage are charged against the individual in
whose name the car is registered. Towed vehicles may be retrieved by the
owners at the appropriate towing company office. (Note: Vehicles are not
released by the tow companies until tow and storage charges are paid.)
- Any student, staff or faculty member whose driving or parking privileges
are compromised as a result of a vehicle parked in violation of these Regulations
may request that the Department of Parking and Transportation take action
against the violating vehicle. After hours the Department of Police respond
to such requests. Ticketing and towing may result.
- Any person who has received an "upheld" decision from the hearing
officer may appeal to the Traffic Appeals Committee. The Traffic Appeals
Committee is a three person committee appointed by the President of the
University. The Traffic Appeals Committee decides whether a violation of
University regulations is shown without presumption of guilt if there is
any new evidence that warrants a change in the hearing officers decision.
Decisions are reached by majority vote and the final decision is reported
to the individual. The Traffic Appeals Committee may decide to affirm, reverse,
or otherwise modify the decision of the hearing officer. Any appeal to the
Traffic Appeals committee must be in writing and received by the Traffic
Appeals Committee with 14 calendar days from the date of the hearing officers
decision. For good cause shown, the above time period may be extended by
the Traffic Appeals Committee. The appeal must be signed and must state
the merits of the appeal. Any person who has received an "upheld"
decision from the Traffic Appeals Committee may appeal a second time to
the committee requesting a personal appearance before the committee. An
individual who has made such a request shall have the right to present witnesses
with relevant information provided the request is timely, made on the appeal
form, and accompanied by a statement of relevance to the matters on appeal.
The Traffic Appeals Committee shall govern proceedings and may question
any witness. The Traffic Appeals Committees decision is final and
is one of the following:
- Citation dismissed; no fine is due.
- Citation is upheld. This is a warning ticket, no fine is due.
- Citation is upheld. Fine is excused due to mitigating circumstances.(1)
- Citation is upheld, a fine is due.
(1) Mitigation is an unforeseen emergency not within the control of
the individual, such as a proven exigent illness, that could not otherwise
be managed to avoid a violation. The burden is on the individual to show mitigation.
It does not include the defense that "I did not know" or "mean"
to violate parking regulations, or that "I or others may have parked
in the area before without any penalty," or "I did not see any signs
Modification of Privileges
The privilege of parking in University controlled areas is
granted when a permit is affixed to the vehicle. The privileges granted may
be modified or the permit revoked at any time by the University for good cause.
Notice of Modification of privileges or revocation of
permit is given to the permit holder at least five days prior to modification
or revocation. The permit holder may, at that time, request a prorated refund
for the unexpired portion of a revoked permit or they may request a cancellation
(and prorated refund) of the modified privileges granted.
Good Cause for Revocation of permit or modification
of privileges includes, but is in no way limited to, the following circumstances:
- Removal of parking from an area for safety reasons.
- Removal of parking from an area due to construction or renovation including
provision of adequate storage space for contractors and a safety zone surrounding
- Removal of parking from an area in order to improve traffic flow for motor
vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
The holder of a permit that is revoked or whose privileges
have been modified as set forth above is given priority in assignment of another
Amendments to these regulations may be initiated by students
through the Student Council and by staff and faculty through the Department
of Parking and Transportation for consideration by the Traffic and Parking Committee.
Amendments are effective without notice.
Personal Property Tax
Owner(s) of vehicles operated by students in University housing,
Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville or other surrounding localities may
be subject to the personal property tax for the locality in which the student
resides while attending school. For a vehicle titled in a students name
only, the decal fee and the personal property tax go back to the students
domicile. Proof of taxes paid is required.
Payment of local property tax does not convert non-Virginia
tuition status to in-state status.
For additional information, please contact the Albemarle County
Department of Finance (434) 296-5851 or the Charlottesville Commissioner of
the Revenue (434) 970-3160.