Parking Procedures Spring 2019

Parking System Procedures


Statement of Authority

These rules shall be in effect from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

1.1 The following words and phrases when used in these rules shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section.

1.2 "Employee" means a person who is employed by Colorado Mesa University as a full-time, part-time, temporary employee, or adjunct as defined in the Department of Human Resources Policy manual.

1.3 "Contractor" means anyone conducting business under contract of the University and who is not included under the definitions for faculty/staff, student or visitor.

1.4 "Student" means a person who is enrolled to take classes at Colorado Mesa University during any semester of the current fiscal year.

1.5 "Student Employee" means a person who is employed by Colorado Mesa University as an enrolled student, non-enrolled student or work-study student. This person is considered to be a student.

1.6 "Distinguished Visitor" is a permit issued from the President's office to visitors.

1.7 "Visitor" a visitor is anyone visiting the University who is not included under the definitions for faculty/staff, student or contractor.

1.8 "Traffic Control Devices" include all permanent or temporary signs, signals, markings, cones, barrels, barricade tape, traffic lights installed by The Department of Parking Services for the purpose of regulating, warning, prohibiting, or guiding pedestrian or motor vehicle traffic.

1.9 "Motor Vehicle" all vehicles which are self-propelled by an engine or mechanical device (other than bicycles) that may or may not require a state license, including but not limited to, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and motor scooters. Does not include trailers, busses, motor homes or limousines.

1.10 "Bicycle" any device propelled by human power upon which a person can ride (including skateboards). It may have one or more wheels.

1.11 "Park/Parking" leaving a motor vehicle, occupied or not, with or without the engine running.

1.12 "Citation (Notice of Violation)" a document issued by a Parking Enforcement Officer for a violation of Colorado Mesa University Parking/Traffic Rules and Regulations.

1.13 "Abandoned Vehicle" a vehicle parked on Colorado Mesa University property for 14 consecutive days and not registered with the Parking Services Office.

2.1 All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, parked on Colorado Mesa University property by employees, students and people residing on campus must be registered with the Parking Services Office and shall obtain a Colorado Mesa University parking permit.

2.2 Student motor vehicle registration must be completed by the start of classes each semester and session.

2.3 Employee motor vehicle registration must be completed within three (3) calendar days of their hire date.

2.4 Vehicle registration is complete only when the permit fee has been paid.

2.5 Parking permits expire whenever one of the following occurs:

  • The expiration date is reached.
  • The eligibility for parking privileges changes.
  • Parking privileges are revoked.

2.6 Parking permits may only be used by the person who was issued the permit.

2.7 Employees, students and people residing on campus who wish to register a vehicle must provide the Parking Services Office with their current resident address and must notify the Parking Services Office of any change in their current resident address.

2.8 All outstanding parking violations must be paid before a permit will be issued.

3.1 Registration fees shall be paid according to the following schedule:

  • Reserved Parking Permits: Fall $300.00 / Spring $150.00
  • Residence Hall Parking Permits: Fall $135.00 / Spring $70.00
  • Commuter Parking Permits: Fall $110.00 / Spring $55.00 
  • Faculty/Staff Parking Permits: Fall $110.00 / Spring $55.00
  • Value Parking Permits: Fall $50.00 / Spring $25.00
  • Motorcycle Parking Permits: Fall $20.00 / Spring $10.00

3.2 Prorated refunds will be granted during fall and spring semester for the following reasons:

  • Graduation at the end of fall semester.
  • Special circumstances.

3.3 The registration of a vehicle on campus does not guarantee a parking place, but affords the registrant an opportunity to park in authorized parking areas when parking space is available.

4.1 Each parking lot is restricted to parking for a specific type of permit. Only vehicles issued the same type of permit may park in the lot.

4.2 Ownership of a parking permit, other than a Reserved permit, does not guarantee a parking place on campus. Parking for all permit holders is on a first come first serve basis.

4.3 All vehicles must park within a parking space. Parking spaces are marked with paint in all paved lots or with bumper blocks in all dirt lots.  All vehicles must be parked aligned with the bumper block in all lots that have bumper blocks to be considered parked within the space.

4.4 Residence Hall Parking Lots: Only available to students living in the Residence Halls. Residence Hall only lots are RH2, RH5, RH10, RH14, RH17, RH20, RH21, RH23, RH25, RH28, and RH29. Residence Hall or Value permits are the only types of permits that a student living on campus will be allowed to purchase. Residence Hall lots are designated yellow. These lots are enforced Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, during the school year.

4.5 Commuter Parking Lots: Available to staff, faculty, and off-campus students only. Commuter only lots are CP1, CP4, CP5, CP6, CP7, CP8, CP9, CP10, CP11 (University Center Structure spaces 339-572), CP12, CP13, CP14, CP15, CP16, and CP19. Faculty/Staff Permits are not valid in the UC Structure. Commuter Lots are designated red. These lots are enforced 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the school year except for Lots CP1, CP8, and CP12, which will be enforced Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, during the school year.

4.6 Mixed Parking Lots: Available to staff, faculty, off-campus students and students living in the Residence Halls. Mixed only lots are M1, M4, M7, M16, M26 and M27. Mixed Lots are designated red/yellow. These lots are enforced 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the school year.

4.7 Faculty/Staff Parking Lots: Lots can be used by faculty/staff permit holders only. Faculty/staff only parking is available in FS1, FS2 and FS3. These lots are enforced 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the school year. Faculty/Staff lots are designated purple.

4.8 Value Parking Lots: Only available to Value permit holders.  Value only lots are V1, V2, and V3.  Value permits are available to students living on or off campus and to faculty and staff.  Value Lots are designated  orange.  These lots are enforced 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the school year.

4.9 Reserved Parking Lots: For persons paying a premium rate for a parking space. Reserved Lots include R7 and R8. Reserved Lots are designated blue. Persons with a reserved permit will be allowed to park in any spot within their designated reserved lot (Ex. Permit R709 can only park in lot R7). These lots are enforced 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, year round.

4.10 Pay Parking Lots: Pay per hour parking ($1 per hour) is available to faculty, staff, students and visitors. Pay Lots include the University Center Parking Structure (spaces 311-338), P2, P3, P4, and P6. These lots are enforced 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, year round (6:00 am to 4:00 pm, M-F for P6 only).

4.11 Motorcycle Parking Lots: There are four motorcycle parking lots. (1) East of Lowell Heiny Hall off of 12th Street, (2) University Center Structure (CP 11, corners with motorcycle signage), (3) Lot CP8 west of Walker Field, and (4) Lot CP1 (lower level, NE corner). Motorcycles must have a visible permit and are not allowed in any of the other lots, except for Pay lots. Motorcycle lots are designated orange and are small and rectangular. Motorcycle Parking Lots are enforced from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the school year.

4.12 Distinguished Visitor Passes: Distinguished Visitor Passes allow visitors to park in any lot except for Reserved Lots. Distinguished Visitor Passes are issued by the President's office only.

5.1 Hanging parking permits shall be hung from the rearview mirror, with the permit number facing out of the windshield as to be seen by a Parking Enforcement Officer.

5.2 Your license plate is your permit.  Vehicles must be parked in a manner in which the license plate can be easily seen by a Parking Enforcement Officer.

5.3 Only one vehicle per permit is permitted on campus at a time.

6.1 Visitors must obtain a valid permit to park on campus. Parking permits are obtained through the Parking Services Office located at the Information Desk at The University Center or online at
6.2 Visitors with a valid day permit may park in any lot except for Reserved Lots.

6.3 Any visitor permit other than the permits issued out of the Parking Services Office will be invalid and subject to penalties and fines.

7.1 Students living in residence halls may only purchase Residence Hall or Value parking permits.
7.2 Students that live off campus may only purchase Commuter, Value, or Reserved parking permits.

7.3 Faculty and staff may only purchase Reserved, Faculty/Staff, or Value parking permits.

7.4 Service Contractors may obtain contractor permits from the Parking Services Office.

8.1 Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for vehicles displaying a handicapped license plate or handicapped placard from any state.

8.2 If all handicapped parking spaces are full in an area, a vehicle displaying a handicapped license plate or handicapped placard may park in any available non-reserved parking space.

9.1 On 24 hour notice, by posting at the entrance of a parking lot, all vehicles in that lot shall be moved from the lot to another designated parking area until the originally posted area is reopened.

9.2 For certain events, entire lots or portions of the lots serving certain facilities may be restricted to vehicles with permits for the event.

10.1 Vehicles parking in violation of any provision of Colorado Mesa University Traffic, Parking and Pedestrian Ordinance or these rules will receive a parking violation notice.

10.2 Fines are payable to the Colorado Mesa University. Bring payment to the University Center Information Desk. Open citations may be viewed at

10.3 Persons who accumulate five or more parking violation notices or more than $100 dollars in unpaid fines will be subject to the following additional penalties:

  • A hold will be placed on student registration for classes and academic transcripts.
  • CMU vehicle registration will be denied.
  • The vehicle may be impounded or fit with a boot.

10.4 All citations not paid or appealed within 5 days will be billed to student or faculty/staff accounts.

10.5 The following constitute parking violations and penalties:

a. Parking on a curb or sidewalk: $5 fine

b. Failure to display permit property: $10 fine

c. Failure to park within the boundaries of a space: $15 fine

d. Overtime in a pay lot: $15 fine

e. Contractors not permitted on campus: $20 fine

f. Parking in violation of a posted sign: $20 fine

g. Parking without obtaining proper permit: $20 fine

h. Motorcycle or moped in unauthorized area: $20 fine

i. Parking a vehicle in a motorcycle area: $20 fine

j. No parking zone: $20 fine

k. Parking in a service drive: $20 fine

l. Obstructing crosswalk or alley: $20 fine

m. Overtime in a loading zone: $20 fine

n. Unauthorized trailer parked on campus: $20

o. Shared Permit Violation: $20

p. Parking in a reserved lot without proper permit: $50

q. Driving on grass or landscape: $50 fine

r. Driving into a barricaded area: $50 fine

s. Obstructing access to a fire lane: $75 fine

t. Parking in a manner that obstructs traffic: $75 fine

u. Parking in a handicapped space: $75 fine

v. Displaying a permit not issued to vehicle: $75 fine

w. Displaying a permit reported lost or stolen: $75 fine

x. Forging or altering a permit: $75 fine

y. Removing or attempting to remove an immobilization device: $75 fine

z. Boot Fee: $15 fine

11.1 Citations may be appealed to the Parking Appeals Committee within five (5) days of the citation issue date. You must submit your appeal online; paper forms are no longer accepted. Appeals should be submitted online at

11.2 The Parking Appeals Committee will review the circumstances surrounding the issuance of the citation(s) and provide a decision to the appellant. This decision is considered binding and constitutes the final disposition of the appeal.

11.3 Any person receiving a notice of violation/citation for parking violation on campus has the right to appeal the citation. All appeals must be received online within 5 days of issuance of the citation. Failure to file an appeal within this time will result in the violator's forfeiture of the privilege of appeal.

11.4 The burden of proof in the appeal lies with the appellant. Denial of an appeal makes the designated fine due and payable within 10 days of the decision.

11.5 The following are not grounds for appeal: (1) lack of available parking, (2) unfamiliarity with College parking rules and regulations, (3) short time in violation areas, (4) failure to observe posted signs, (5) class/instruction ran late, (6) non-receipt of the violation.

12.1 RVs, Campers, and Trailers are not allowed to be parked on campus without obtaining prior permission from Parking Services.

12.2 RVs, Campers, and Trailers parked on campus without permission are subject to fines and may be towed.

13.1  Motorcycle and Low-Power Scooter parking is restricted to motorcycle lots.  Parking in automobile spaces is prohibited in all areas except Pay-to-Park Spaces when paying for hourly parking.

13.2  Motorcycles parked on Colorado Mesa University property must be registered with the Parking Services Office and obtain the proper permit.

13.3  Low-power scooters parked on campus must display a valid State of Colorado Low-Power Scooter Registration sticker.

13.4  Motorcycles, Low-power scooters, mopeds, and gas-motorized bicycles are prohibited from parking at bicycle racks and driving on campus sidewalks.

14.1  Vehicles will be considered abandoned when parked on Colorado Mesa University property for 14 consecutive days, and are not registered with the Parking Services Office.

14.2  Vehicles considered abandoned on Colorado Mesa University property are subject to fines, and will be towed at the owners expense.