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Rules and Regulations

For the protection of University students, faculty, and staff, no parking is allowed at any time, anywhere on campus, without a valid Vanderbilt University registration permit, except by visitors in spaces designated for visitors. University parking lots are identified by alphabetical, zone-permit, or reserved-spaces designations. Vehicles may be parked only in areas that correspond to their respective parking decals, subject to the exceptions delineated in the University Parking Services Regulations .

Generally, commuter parking zones are restricted for use by vehicles with the appropriate commuter permits from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After 2:30 p.m. and on weekends, vehicles with any University commuter (Zones 1, 2, & 3) permit may park in any zone. After 4:00 p.m. and on weekends, vehicles with University resident-student permits (F, G, J, VK, & reserved permits) may park in commuter lots. Some resident student lots are more restrictive, as indicated by signs in the lots, and only student permits are authorized. Please read the University Parking Regulations in their entirety for more information.

Barricades, roped-off areas, and signs indicating parking for special events take precedence over general parking assignments illustrated on the parking map. The University reserves the right to modify or add to the regulations. Therefore, designation signs and markings at the lots also take precedence over the map. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to being ticketed and towed to drop Lot 73B or to Martin's Wrecker Service.

 Parking Services Permit Cancellation-Refund Policies

Faculty/Staff/PostDocs:  Refunds for the current month's parking are not available.  Payment remains the responsibility of the permit holder. However, faculty, staff and postdocs have the option of cancelling their permit for the following month.  Upon permit cancellation, your account will be flagged for parking use for the remainder of the month.  Permit cancellation request should be sent to by the close of business on the last working day of the month to avoid being charged the following month.  Following the receipt of your cancellation request, deductions for future months will be discontinued.  

Students:  Refunds will not be issued for annual or semester only permits.  


University Parking Services Regulations

These regulations apply on the streets, roads, alleys, sidewalks, walkways, parking spaces, fire lanes, and parking lots on all parts of the Vanderbilt University campus. Metro Nashville Parking Services regulations are also enforced.

  1. Because parking on campus is limited, registrants may have only one vehicle on campus and occupy only one space. Commuters who use different vehicles on given days may move the KlingKal parking permit between vehicles.
  2. Vehicle parking or standing is prohibited on campus in areas not specifically designated for parking. Parking areas within the University complex are marked. Any area not lined as a space or designated with a parking sign is a NO PARKING area. The absence of a "No Parking" sign or curb marking does not mean that parking is permissible.
  3. Cross Parking is any motor vehicle registered with University Central may park in non-reserved parking spaces in Zone lots from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Vehicles with zone permits may park in any other zone after 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. LA permits may park in non-reserved spaces of zone lots from 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Holders of F, G,VK, & J permits may cross park after 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  4. Cross Parking is not authorized in F lots.
  5. The person to whom a vehicle is registered is held fully responsible for all violations involving the vehicle, even if another person is using the vehicle at the time of the violation. When a registrant disposes of a vehicle through sale or trade-in, the permit should be removed and returned to Parking Services so that the individual will no longer be responsible for tickets the vehicle might receive. OWNERSHIP OF A PERMIT IS NOT TRANSFERABLE. A no charge replacement permit will not be issued without the return of the old permit and proof of sale, or verification that the vehicle was destroyed.
  6. Unregistered vehicles are prohibited in University lots, except when operated by visitors who are not affiliated with the University and parked in spaces designated for visitors, or during special events for which visitor parking has been prearranged through the Office of Parking Services. Vehicle information must be updated when vehicles or license plates change. Vehicles that are not updated will be cited.
  7. Students who fail to register vehicles that they operate on campus are subject to disciplinary action by the Conduct Council. There is no grace period. Students who operate unregistered vehicles on campus, who accumulate tickets, and who are subsequently identified, will be charged through student-account billing.
  8. Outstanding citations on unregistered vehicles that are towed will be charged to the person claiming the vehicle and identified on the tow slip. Proof of identity, drivers license, and vehicle registration must be provided to the tow company when retrieving a vehicle..
  9. The speed limit is 15 miles per hour in campus drives and parking lots, 10 miles per hour in garages. The speed limit for bicycles is 10 miles per hour.
  10. Double parking or obstructing drives, walkways, doors, refuse containers, or other vehicles is prohibited.
  11. Parking in a fire lane or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant is prohibited.
  12. In lots with perpendicular or diagonal parking, the front wheels must be against the curb and the license plate clearly visible.
  13. Vehicles parked in authorized lots must be parked within the parking stripes and headed into the space with the license plate clearly visible..
  14. Parking or driving on curbs, lawns, landscaped areas, traffic islands, or walkways is prohibited. Any area not lined as a space, marked with a yellow curb, or designated with a parking sign is a NO PARKING area.
  15. Tampering with, destruction, or theft of parking meters, parking lot signs, or markings used for the implementation of parking and traffic regulations may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution and the violator's being charged for replacement cost. Parking privileges may also be suspended.
  16. Alteration, reproduction, transfer or other misuse of any type of parking permit will result in an automatic referral to Employee Relations or Student Conduct. Potential consequences may include disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or criminal prosecution. Misuse of a parking permit includes displaying a parking permit on a vehicle that is not registered with Parking Services. Misuse of a parking permit also includes operating, owning, or having registered a car with an altered or fraudulent parking permit, or possession of an altered or fraudulent parking permit. For example, making a photocopy of your permit is a violation of this policy. All violations are subject to a fine of $250 and may result in the permanent revocation of parking privileges.
  17. Visitor spaces are reserved for visitors unaffiliated with the University who do not have permits on their vehicles. Under no circumstance will students, faculty, or staff be considered visitors, whether or not their vehicles are registered.
  18. Parking meters are enforced Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise marked.
  19. Barricades, roped-off areas, and signs indicating parking for special events take precedence over general parking designations on the map. Because changes may occur after the map is printed, regulatory signs also take precedent over the map.
  20. Permits must be displayed on to the rear window behind the driver in the lower left corner. On convertibles, decals may be attached to the interior lower edge of the driver?s side windshield. Decals may not be attached with tape or placed on the dash. Motorcycles should clearly display the decal on the license plate. Parking decals must be legible.
  21. Penalties for violations include ticketing and fines, towing, revocation of parking privileges, disciplinary action, and/or criminal prosecution. Fines for citations by student are automatically billed to student accounts  if not paid or appealed within 15 days.
  22. Once a parking citation has been issued, removal of the citation by blowing or falling off the vehicle or by the action of another person or persons does not absolve the vehicle's owner from responsibility for the violation. Officers do not have authorization to revoke a citation. Citations must be appealed within 15 days from the date of issuance through the appeal process. Follow instructions on the back of the citation.
  23. Parallel parking in the direction opposing traffic is a safety hazard and is not permitted.
  24. A Permit is required for ALL vehicles parking on the Vanderbilt University Campus. Motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motor scooters and mopeds are required to display “U” permits.   Parking is authorized in designatrd areas only. Motorcycle, motorized bicycle, motor scooter and moped parking areas can be found on the Motorcycle parking map as designated by the motorcycle symbols. For more detail information POLICY.
  25. Golf Carts:  Golf carts are prohibited, except for official University business use only.

Undergraduate Parking Policy

Undergraduate parking permits are available only to Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors.

Sophomores: Parking on campus is a privilege and is primarily reserved for Upperclassmen (Juniors and Seniors). However, a limited number of long-term vehicle parking spaces are available to Sophomores on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once these spaces are sold out, a waiting list is created in the event a space becomes available. If absolutely necessary, we do offer Special Reserved parking to Sophomores as an exception, but we encourage all students to wait until they become Juniors to bring vehicles on campus.

Juniors and Seniors: Juniors and Seniors are eligible to purchase parking permits and may park in the areas designated by their permit types.