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Please note that these regulations will be enforced
at all times, including periods when classes are not in session.
All vehicles on campus are subject to Washington University's parking
regulations. Each operator is responsible for knowing and abiding
by these rules. Because of the significant demand for parking on
campus, the University has adopted a policy of strict enforcement
to better protect the parking privileges of those who observe the
Firearms (concealed ot otherwise) are prohibited on
all University-owned property. Firearms may NOT be stowed in vehicles
parked in University parking lots, garages, or metered spaces.
Parking on the Washington University Danforth Campus
is either designated for visitors or requires the display of a permit.
- Permits are only valid when issued through Parking
- Permit ownership is nontransferable.
- Because parking on campus is limited, permit holders
may have only one vehicle on campus and occupy only one space
at a time. Commuters who use additional vehicles must register
all vehicles with Parking Services and can then move the valid
permit between the registered vehicles.
- Campus parking is allocated by zone. Vehicle operators
should park only in areas and at times allowed by the permit displayed.
- The parking map
shows the zones in their approximate size and location.
- Classification of zones and lots may be changed
at any time as necessary.
- All operators must refer to signs displayed to
determine where parking is allowed.
- Barricades, roped-off areas, and signs indicating
parking for special events take precedence over general parking
The responsibility for finding a legal space rests
with the motor vehicle operator. Inability to locate a convenient
parking space is not an excuse for violation University parking
Motorcycles are required to park in areas designated
solely for that purpose.
Bicycles are required to park in areas designated
solely for that purpose.
All vehicles which belong to the immediate family
of a University faculty, staff, or student, whether registered with
the University or not, will be considered the responsibility of
that individual. Any parking violations charged against that vehicle
will be the responsibility of the individual.
The following are violations to parking regulations
that, in addition to a citation, could also result in the vehicle
being towed from campus with no prior notice:
- Vehicles parked in a firelane or restriced
zone. Campus firelanes must always be kept clear to allow appropriate
response from emergency teams if necessary. All fire lanes on
the University campus will be designated in one or more of the
- traffic sign indicating fire lane
- "Fire lane" painted on the pavement
- Yellow curb
- Diagonal yellow lines on pavement
- Vehicle not parked between two white lines, including
unmarked curbs on campus.
- Vehicle is parked in and area not specifically
designated for parking.
- Vehicle is parked illegally in a space designated
- Only those with state-issued disabled plates
or placards and a paid Washington University permit or pass
may use the disabled spaces. Permit holders needing disabled
parking should register with parking services.
- Vehicle is displaying a lost, stolen, invalid,
or fraudulent annual or short-term pass.
- In addition to the $500.00 fine for displaying
a lost, stolen, invalid, fraudulent annual permit or short-term
pass, the car will be towed at the owner's expense, the violator
could have his/her parking privileges revoked, and the owner
may be referred for criminal prosecution.
The following areas are strictly enforced 24 hours
a day, seven days a week:
- Residential areas
- Meters in residential areas
- Loading and service zones
- Disabled parking spaces
- Fire lanes
- 24-hour RED spaces
- "No Parking" areas
Freshman resident students
Freshman resident students are not permitted to bring a vehicle
to the Washington University campus. Violation of this and other
University policies could be a violation of Student Judicial Code.
The person to whom a vehicle is registered will be held fully responsible
for all violations assigned to that vehicle.
When a registrant disposes of or sells a vehicle,
the permit should be removed and Parking Services notified so the
registrant will no longer be held responsible for tickets the vehicle