Frequently Asked Questions

Business hours are as follows: 

Academic Year: 
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

College Park Office Building, Room 1

No.  You are only required to purchase a parking permit if you plan to park a vehicle on campus.  Faculty, Staff, and Students who wish to park in University parking lots must purchase a valid BGSU parking permit from Parking Services.  Several pre-pay lots and meters are available; however, they are intended to support the needs of visitors to campus.

Faculty, Staff, and Students may complete the necessary documentation via the MyBGSU portal.  Visitors, Vendors, and Contractors may purchase permits at the Parking Services office.  Step-by-step directions and requirements are available here.

Visitors may purchase a one day visitor permit at the Parking Services office or at the kiosk by the Visitor Center for $4.00.  Long term permits are not available for visitors.  Other options provided are pre-pay lots and meter locations.

Permits expire at 11:59 pm of the last valid day listed on the permit.

Click here for a list of permits, prices, and valid dates.

Refunds are issued in full when the permit is returned within two weeks of purchase. Employees of BGSU can have payroll deduction stopped if the permit is returned when leaving the university.  

Your permit is a valuable resource and we recommend you keep it secure at all times.  In the case that your permit is lost, you will be eligible for a replacement permit for a nominal charge at Parking Services.  In the case that your permit is stolen, you will be eligible for a replacement permit for a nominal charge after a police report is filed with the BGSU Police Department (also located in College Park Office Building).  If the prior permit is found to be in use on campus, the vehicle displaying the permit will be booted and/or towed and the vehicle owner will be fined and/or criminally prosecuted.

If you drive a motorcycle to campus you must register/activate the plate through your parking account just as you would any vehicle you bring to campus. 

There are multiple designated motorcycle parking areas located throughout campus.  Also, a two-wheeled vehicle may park in any parking space associated with your valid BGSU permit as long as the vehicle is registered under that permit.

Individuals who change vehicles are required to update their registration with the new vehicle information.  The vehicle update may be completed online at MyBGSU or in person at the Parking Services office.

If you drive a vehicle other than the one you normally drive you will need to activate that vehicle for the day through your parking account. Make sure that you affiliate the vehicle to your virtual permit number by following the steps found here. (Enter link for steps)

A state issued handicap license plate, hang tag or placard does not need to be registered to receive a visitor permit.  Although to use a handicap license plate, hang tag or placard with a faculty/staff permit, commuter permit, or on-campus permit, it must be registered with Parking Services.

Anyone displaying a state issued handicap license plate, hang tag, or placard along with a valid BGSU parking permit may park in any designated handicap space on campus.  When not parking in a designated handicap space, you must park in the lots designated by your valid BGSU parking permit.

If you are parked in a designated handicap accessible space within a pay area you do NOT need to pay the meter however you do still need a BGSU parking permit either long term or daily.  If you are not in a designated handicap accessible space in the pay area, you MUST pay the fare.  

On Holidays when the University is officially closed, only fire lanes, handicapped spaces, service vehicle spaces, and reserved parking spaces will be enforced.  This does not apply to student-only holidays and breaks (the University is open for business), during which all permit and metered parking areas will be enforced.

Yes.  If the University is open for business, regulations are enforced as usual.

If payment is not received within ten (10) business days from the date the citation was issued, collection processes begin.

We accept cash, check or credit/debit cards.

If the vehicle is not affiliated to anyone all fines will be assessed against the vehicle owner as listed in the state vehicle registration records. If the vehicle is affiliated to a student the fines will transfer to their bursar account after 10 days of non-payment.   Non-payments will eventually be turned over to the Attorney General office for collections.

Appeals on violations must be submitted within 10 calendar days of  the date the citation was issued.

The Parking Appeals Committee will deliver their decision via email.  Results can also be viewed when logged into personal MyBGSU accounts under Manage My Parking.

The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.  When parking on campus, bring a map, familiarize yourself with parking options and always have a backup plan if your first lot choice is full.

Contact Parking Services at (419) 372-2776 during business hours to arrange for boot removal or for after-hours service you can contact the campus police at 419-372-2346.  If the vehicle is affiliated to a student the boot fee must be paid before the boot can be removed. Other fines owed on a student parking account can be paid at a later date or for non-payment will transfer to a student’s bursar account after 10 days. Vehicles not affiliated to a student must pay the boot fee and any fines older than 10 days to have the boot removed. 

Contact Parking Services at (419) 372-2776 during business hours to request a tow release.  At all other times, contact the BGSU Police Department at (419) 372-2346.  Vehicles will not be released from the towing company’s impound lot without proper authorization from Parking Services or the BGSU Police Department.

The tow fee charged is from the private towing company, and charges may vary.  Aside from the citation which resulted in the tow, BGSU does not assess an additional tow fee. Vehicles affiliated to a student will not need to pay Parking Services for the vehicle release form for the tow company. Vehicles that are affiliated to anyone other than a student will need to pay any fines on their parking account that are older than 10 days to have their vehicle released by Parking Services or the Campus Police.