Parking Rules and Regulations
1.1 The Manager of Parking Services (herein referred to as the “Manager”) is responsible for the registration and parking of vehicles on property owned or leased in whole or in part by Bowling Green State University.
1.2 The Manager will exercise discretion and authority in a manner as to ensure the proper and effective use and control of the available parking areas and facilities, and the benefit and maximum convenience of visitors, students, and employees on the Bowling Green State University campus. For the purpose of this document “campus” will include all University areas except where specified
1.3 The Manager retains the right to authorize or deny the use of or closing of campus parking lots, and may suspend enforcement of parking regulations to allow for special events on campus. Exceptions to regulations, temporary regulations and enforcement suspensions are valid only for when and how specified, and will not be considered precedent for future situations.
1.4 Liability: Bowling Green State University assumes no liability or responsibility for damage to or theft of any vehicle parked or in operation on the properties leased to or under the control of the University.
1.4.1 Application: The provisions of this Document will apply to all Bowling Green State University employees, students, vendors, contractors and visitors, as well as the operators of all vehicles, whether public or private, and they will be enforced 24 hours a day, except where noted. It is unlawful for any operator to violate any of the provisions of this Document.
1.4.2 The operator of any vehicle will obey the lawful instruction of any law enforcement officer, parking control officer, traffic officer, and any official traffic signs or control devices appropriately placed and in accordance with the provisions of these regulations. Whenever a particular section does not state that signs are required, such section will be effective without signs being provided.
1.4.3 Nothing in this Document will be deemed to prohibit authorized vehicles of Bowling Green State University, or its agents, or of any public utility company from making any such stops as the establishment and maintenance of streets, grounds, water supply, and utility lines require. It is unlawful to drive or park a motor vehicle on sidewalk, grass, or shrubbery unless such areas are designated for parking.
1.4.4 Monies: Any monies collected pursuant to this Document will be used to fund the operations and capital responsibilities of parking systems and such other purposes as deemed necessary to carry out the parking program at Bowling Green State University. Parking Services establishes parking fee rates necessary for the funding of operations and capital expenses.
1.4.5 Rules of Evidence: When a vehicle is found to be in violation of this Document it will be considered prima facie evidence that the vehicle was parked:
a. By the person assigned the parking permit found hanging in that vehicle,
b. By the person registered with the University for a parking permit hanging in or assigned to that vehicle,
c. By the person on file as the permit owner, vehicle’s owner with the Ohio Division of Motor Vehicles, or corresponding agencies of another state or nation.
d. By the person who affiliated the permit, or vehicle to themselves in the parking system.
2.1 Motorcycles / Moped / Scooter Motorcycles, mopeds, or scooters MUST BE REGISTERED under your valid BGSU parking permit. Bowling Green State University employees, students, and employees of other entities with offices on the campus, or other leased or owned properties, are eligible to request a parking permit.
2.1.1 Permits are purchased from Parking Services. Anyone who has a valid permit for an automobile may have their motorcycle, moped, or scooter registered to their existing valid permit.
3.1 General Terms and Conditions
3.1.1 Permits are assigned for an annual, semester, monthly, weekly, and daily period to departments, employees,
students, vendors, contractors, and/or visitors.
3.1.2 Permit holders are responsible for any parking fees and fines. Outstanding parking fines or fees will be
transferred for collection upon identification of the owner of the vehicle.
3.1.3 Permit purchases can be made within the application timeframe online at thought your “Manage Parking
Account” found in your MyBGSU account, or by contacting Parking Services
3.1.4 Authority to Issue:
a. Parking Services is the sole department authorized to issue any type of parking permit used for parking on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
b. Any permit assigned by any other individual, department or agency will not be recognized as a valid parking permit and will result in the vehicle being cited and/or booted or towed.
3.1.5 Property – Parking permits, temporary permits, or electronic remote gate openers remain the property of
Parking Services and may not be assigned, sold, or traded to another person.
3.1.6 Vehicle Registration
a. Individuals and departments must provide current vehicle registration information before a permit will be
b. Vehicle information includes: registrant, make, model, year, license plate number and state of issue, and
local address / local phone number of registrant.
c. Individuals and departments assigned permits are responsible for maintaining current vehicle information
with Parking Services.
d. Individuals must register all vehicles that may park on campus to their assigned permits.
e. Employees and students who bring a vehicle to campus must register that vehicle before any permit,
including temporary, will be assigned. In the event the vehicle is not associated with an employee or
student outstanding parking fees and parking fines will be billed to the permit or vehicle registrant.
f. Only one vehicle that is registered to a permit may park on campus at a time. Each vehicle that is registered to the same permit, and found to be parked on campus at the same, time will be issued a citation for “Shared Permit”.
3.1.7 Payment of Parking Permit Fees and Parking Fines – Permit fees and parking fines must be paid by one of the
a. Employees may use payroll deduction for parking permits based upon the employee’s benefits eligibility.
Employees may also pay for parking permits by cash (in person), check, credit, or debit card. Employees
may pay citations by cash (in person), check, credit, or debit card.
b. Student permit fees will be billed to their Bursar accounts unless paid in full at time of purchase.
c. Departments may pay through their DCC.
d. Any fines or fees that cannot be collected through the above-mentioned means may be collected through an outside collection agency.
e. Vehicles with more than 5 citations in the year and/or outstanding fines and fees are subject to
immobilization (booting) and/or impoundment. Booting and towing are at the desecration of the Parking
3.1.8 Returns and Refunds –Refunds may be assigned if the refund request is before the refund eligibility deadline.
Certain refund conditions may be applied to permits assigned to students, temporary and nine-month
employees. The refund value for the annual permits is the current face value of the permit if turned in prior to
the refund eligibility deadline. The refund eligibility deadline is two (2) weeks after the initial valid date of the
3.1.9 Proper Display of Permit
a. The state-issued license plate must be unobstructed and clearly visible to the drive aisles in all parking lots. Backing in or pulling through a parking space is prohibited if the vehicle does not have a front state-issued license plate.
b. Placards (commonly called Dashboard PDF’s) must be displayed on the front dashboard of the vehicle, face up.
3.1.10 Permit Replacement
a. Displaying and/or possession of a fraudulent/forged permit or gate opening device will result in parking
fines, towing or immobilization of the vehicle and the loss of parking privileges for up to one year.
3.1.11 Trading or Selling of Permits
a. Parking permits remain the property of Parking Services and as such, parking permits and/or replacement
permits may not be given, sold, or traded to another person.
b. Violation will result in a fine and/or loss of parking privileges for up to one year.
3.1.12 Counterfeiting or Altering of Permits – Counterfeiting or altering permits will result in parking fines, towing or
immobilization of the vehicle and/or loss of parking privileges for up to one year.
3.1.13 Presenting False Information – Presenting, attempting to present, or conspiring to present information that an individual would have reason to believe is false, to any employee or agent of Parking Services for the purpose of obtaining a permanent or temporary parking permit, retaining a parking permit, processing a petition/appeal for
the purpose of deceiving any employee or agent may result in a fine and/or loss of parking privileges for up to
3.2 Employee Parking Permits
3.2.1 Employees may request a parking permit at any time during the year. New employees must provide Parking
Services with documents certifying their employment with Bowling Green State University.
3.2.2 Employees on an unpaid leave of absence or faculty who take off-campus scholarly assignments may elect to retain their permit if it is paid in full through its expiration date. Employees who are having their permit fees
deducted through a monthly payroll may request termination of their permit prior to the leave, or be
responsible for monthly permit fees. The employee may be reassigned a parking permit when they return to
Bowling Green State University employment and reinstate their payroll deduction for parking fees.
3.2.3 Retired Faculty and Staff
a. Retired Faculty and Staff may obtain their permit by visiting the Parking Services Office. Verification of
retirement is required at initial application.
b. Retired Emeritus Faculty may request a permit free of charge if they wish to visit the University.
Verification of Emeritus status is required at initial application.
c. Permits will need to be renewed on a (5) year basis, (current permit is 2020-2025) this can be done in person.
d. Unauthorized individuals may not use permits assigned to retirees to park on campus.
3.2.4 Payroll Deduction for Permanent Part-time and Full-time Employees – Employees receiving paychecks monthly or biweekly are eligible to have their monthly parking permit fee deducted from their paychecks. If an individual leaves University employment, he or she is responsible for returning the permit to Parking Services.
3.2.5 Temporary Employees
a. Individuals employed in temporary positions through Bowling Green State University or temporary agencies may request a parking permit.
b. Verification of employment, including duration of employment, may be required.
c. Payment must be for the full amount due on the parking permit. Partial payments are not acceptable.
Payroll deduction is not permitted.
d. Individuals with short-term assignments may purchase permits on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Only
certain lots will be open to temporary employees and will be determined by Parking Services at the time of
3.2.6 Individuals on campus employed by other agencies, including government or military agencies, are eligible for parking under the guidelines for employees, but are not eligible for payroll deduction of permit fees.
3.2.7 Adjunct Faculty
a. Adjunct faculty members are expected to purchase a permit if they are required to park on campus.
b. Employee permit policies will apply to adjunct faculty.
3.3 Student Parking Permits
3.3.1 Eligibility and Application Procedures
a. Bowling Green State University graduate, undergraduate, and transfer students may register for a parking
permits. Eligibility will be based on the student’s housing classification. Ex. Resident or Commuter.
b. If a student’s housing classification changes as a result of changing their residence, are responsible for
contacting Parking Services to change their parking permit to the one appropriate for their residency
3.3.2 Student Permit Payments and Refunds
a. All Students have the option when purchasing their permit to pay with a credit card or have the charge billed to their bursar account.
b. Permit refunds will not be issued after the refund eligibility deadline. The refund eligibility deadline is two
(2) Weeks after the initial valid date of the parking permit.
c. A parking permit may not be assigned by, or transferred to, another individual who is not a registered user
of the permit. Violators may lose parking privileges on campus.
3.4 Permits for Departments
3.4.1 Departments considering purchasing parking permits for visitors and/or guests of campus may direct payment to their DCC.
3.4.2 Departments may purchase bulk permits (50 or more) at the discounted rate.
3.5 Visitor Parking and Permits
3.5.1 All visitors must register for a valid Visitor parking permit to be assigned by Parking Services.
3.5.2 Campus Departments, employees, or students who sponsor events on campus or invite visitors, are responsible for pre-arranging parking for their guests. Parking Services has the right to refuse parking if the event or the number of guests severely impacts parking availability for permit holders.
3.5.3 Visitors must pay in advance of parking in metered spaces and/or pay station areas. A current non-expired
receipt must be displayed on the dashboard at all times when parked in pay station lots.
3.6 Pay Stations and Meters (Mobile Park)
3.6.1 Pay stations and meters are located throughout campus.
3.6.2 Any individual who parks in a pay station lot or at a meter must pay the appropriate fee for the time his or her vehicle is parking, including permit holders with the exception of “Select” and “Department 4 Hour” permit
3.6.3 The maximum time allowed and hours of operation vary by location and are displayed on each meter and pay station.
3.6.4 Kiosks Pay Stations and meters are unable to provide change.
3.6.5 Kiosk Pay Stations are capable of accepting Credit Card, Cash, or Coin. In the event that one of these options is not functioning use of one of the others is required. If no option is available, the operator must call Parking
Services at 419-372-2776 to provide their info to avoid receiving a citation.
3.6.6 For handicapped spaces located within a pay station or meter location, no fee needs to be rendered with a valid BGSU permit & ADA placard. Visitors without a valid BGSU permit are required to pay the proper parking fee.
3.7 Restricted Permits
a. Vendors / contractors delivering supplies and materials, providing repairs and maintenance, or
performing construction are required to purchase a parking permit.
b. These permits may be purchased in advance by either the vendors / contractors or associated
c. Vehicles owned by the vendor / contractor or its employees that are found in violation of Bowling
Green State University parking policies will be subject to immobilization, towing or fines.
3.8 Handicapped Parking
a. Any employee or student who, because of a short-term or permanent disability, is required to register his or
her state assigned handicap placard with Parking Services.
b. Handicapped parking spaces are available throughout campus. All handicapped mark spaces are available
for anyone displaying a handicap placard along with registering and being assigned a valid Bowling Green State
University parking permit.
c. For handicapped spaces located within a pay station or meter location, no fee needs to be rendered with a valid
BGSU permit & ADA placard. Visitors without a valid BGSU permit are required to pay the proper parking fee.
3.9 Permits for Camps, Conferences, and Events
a. Parking for camps, conferences, and other large events must be coordinated through Parking Services.
b. Charges may be applied for the use of parking lots and for the appropriate permits.
c. The camp, conference, or event may be required to pay for traffic and parking control if required.
d. Departments or individuals may not issue parking permits or give consent to park on campus without
approval from Parking Services.
e. Failure to coordinate parking and traffic needs and obtain authority from Parking Services may result in
fines and restrictions to parking facilities.
3.10 Parking Losses as a Result of Construction
a. Parking Services may assign permit holders replacement parking during the period of construction in the
most proximate lot where space is available.
b. When space is limited every effort will be made so current permit holders will not be displaced in order
to accommodate those whose parking is impacted or lost due to construction.
4.1 Permit Requirements
a. Vehicles must be parked so that the state-issued license plate is unobstructed and clearly visible to the drive
aisles in parking lots. Backing in or pulling through a parking space is prohibited if the vehicle does not have a front state issued license plate.
b. Vehicles must be parked in marked spaces. Vehicles must be assigned a valid permit for the appropriate area
in which the vehicle is parked during restricted hours.
c. After hours (7:30 pm – 7:00 am) and Weekends, a permit registration is not required to park on campus
unless otherwise specified. Enforcement still remains for reserved spaces, service spaces, fire lanes, handicapped
spaces, restricted areas, and loading/unloading zones.
4.2 Parking Enforcement – Bowling Green State University Police Department and Parking Services enforces parking regulations. All lots are enforced for required permits year-round.
4.3 Reserved Parking Spaces – Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours, seven days a week, including University Holidays. At all times the appropriate permit for the reserved space must be displayed on the vehicle. Vehicles parked in reserved spaces without the proper permit will be subject to fines and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
4.4 Lots/Areas Reserved for Events – All vehicles must be removed from lots/areas when designated as reserved for events before the posted time. Vehicles in violation will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense.
4.5 Service Spaces – Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours, seven days a week, including University Holidays. At all times the appropriate permit for the service space must be displayed on the vehicle. Vehicles parked in service spaces without the proper permit will be subject to fines and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
4.6 Loading/Unloading Zones – Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours, seven days a week, including University Holidays. At all times the appropriate permit for the loading/unloading zones must be displayed on the vehicle. Vehicles parked in the loading/unloading zones without the proper permit will be subject to fines and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
4.7 20 Minute Spaces - are considered loading and unloading zones. Vehicles parked over the 20-minute limit will be subject to a citation every 20 minutes and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
4.8 Visitor Parking
a. Visitors are required to obtain a parking permit. Visitors my use any of the designated visitor pay lots or
meters, or purchase a day pass in the Parking Services office.
b. The Visitor Information Center Kiosk does sell visitor permits that are only valid in designated visitor areas.
c. Faculty, staff and students associated with Bowling Green State University are not considered visitors and
are not allowed to use visitor permits.
4.9 Pay Lots and Metered Spaces
4.9.1 Pay lots controlled by pay stations will be enforced 7:00am - 7:30pm, Monday thru Friday, unless otherwise
4.9.2 The Bowen-Thompson Student Union pay lot is available for parking 6:00am - 12:00am, Monday thru Friday.
The pay lot is closed 12:00am – 6:00am, Monday thru Sunday. Parking in the pay lot during closed hours will
result in a citation. The rates for parking during available hours Monday thru Friday are: $1.00 an hour and $8
for a full day.
4.9.3 Metered spaces will be enforced from 7:00am - 7:30pm, Monday thru Friday, unless otherwise posted.
4.9.4 Everyone who uses a pay lot or metered space during regulated hours must pay to park.
4.9.5 Inoperable meters or pay stations must be reported to Parking Services immediately at (419) 372-2776.
4.10 Eligibility and Exceptions – Parking Services may designate lots to serve specific groups as necessary to fully utilize parking resources.
4.11 Encroachment – No vehicle shall be parked in a manner that causes it to occupy any portion of two or more
parking spaces simultaneously.
4.12 No Parking Area and Improper Uses of Parking Spaces
a. No parking will be permitted on sidewalks, walkways, landscapes, and travel lanes or over pedestrian
b. Blocking dumpsters and unauthorized parking at loading docks and service spaces is not permitted.
c. Parking in a fire lane, fire access area, or obstructing fire and rescue access is not permitted.
d. Parking spaces on campus may not be used to post the sale of a vehicle, wash vehicles, or store vehicles unless authorized by Parking Services.
e. Vehicles may only use one parking space at a time. No trailers may be attached to a vehicle while it is parked on campus unless authorized by Parking Services.
f. Storage units, trailers, jet skis or boats may not be placed in parking spaces without the prior consent of Parking Services.
g. No space may be blocked, reserved, or closed to access without the consent of Parking Services.
h. No spaces may be signed or designated for a particular use or user without the consent of Parking Services.
4.13 Prohibited Use of Parking Services Facilities without Prior Authorization from Parking Services
4.13.1 Using campus parking facilities for any purpose other than for what they are intended, for mass distribution or posting of information in the form of flyers, or anything else put on vehicles parked on campus.
4.13.2 Advertising any article, commodity, service or event.
4.13.3 Selling or offering for sale any article, commodity, or service except by those persons, firms or corporations who are official selling agencies of the University.
4.13.4 Use of campus parking areas for any purpose other than normal academic or administrative activities.
a. There will be a rental fee charge based on size of lot, length of use, and location.
b. There will be a fee assessed for any labor and/or materials provided by Parking Services
c. There will be a fee assessed for any work required to return a lot to its condition prior to rental.
4.14 Abandoned Vehicles – Any vehicle that has been parked illegally for more than seven calendar days or which is legally parked but determined to be “derelict” will be removed.
4.15 Blocking Vehicles/Disabled Vehicles
4.15.1 Inoperable/disabled vehicles must be reported immediately to Bowling Green State University Police (419-372- 2346) and removed within 48 hours of the notification.
4.15.2 Inoperable/disabled vehicles left standing in driveways, driving lanes, tow lanes, blocking vehicles, or other no parking areas are subject to being towed and fined.
4.15.3 It is advised that the owner/driver of the inoperable/disabled vehicle move the car to the nearest unreserved, designated parking space and obtain the proper permit from Parking Services immediately thereafter.
4.16 Towing Regulations
4.16.1 Vehicles found in violation of the following may be issued a tow fee and towed from campus to a designated storage facility:
a. Unauthorized parking in a space designated as 24 HOUR TOWING.
b. Unauthorized parking in a handicapped space.
c. Parking in a no parking area, landscape, or sidewalk.
d. Repeat offenders parked illegally. Repeat offenders will be defined as those who have received multiple unpaid citations during a 12 month period.
e. Abandoned vehicles.
f. Unauthorized parking in a reserved space and/or lot.
g. A vehicle that has had an immobilization device placed on it and remains unclaimed beyond 48 hours of being immobilized.
h. In addition to any fine assessed, the owner of a towed vehicle is responsible for payment of any towing and/or storage fee charge for such towing.
i. Vehicles are released from towing 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, exclusive of holidays.
4.17 Vehicle Immobilization (Booting) - A vehicle may be immobilized/impounded under these conditions:
a. Any combination of 6 or more paid or unpaid violations
b. A Reproduction or Illegal Use of Permit violation and parked in violation at time of immobilization.
c. Unauthorized removal or damage of an immobilization device. The car is subject to immobilization or impoundment until the device is accounted for or recovered.
d. After 48 hours of immobilization, or less if parked in a reserve space or if deemed a safety hazard by a parking services manager or the University Police, a vehicle will be towed and stored at the owner’s expense. All fees must be paid prior to release of an Immobilized / impounded vehicle. The vehicle owner must pay the towing contractor directly for all fees associated with towing and storage.
e. The Immobilization/Impoundment fine must be paid by check made payable to Bowling Green State University, credit card or cash prior to the release of the vehicle. This fee cannot be charged to a student’s Bursar account or payroll deducted.
f. Students may be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students and faculty and staff members may be referred to the appropriate personnel office for repeated violations.
5.1 Submission of Appeals
5.1.1 Individuals assigned parking violations and/or related fines may petition the penalty within ten (10) calendar days of the date of the citation. Only appeals received within ten calendar days from the date of the violation will be reviewed.
5.1.2 Appeals must be submitted online at the Parking Services website (www.bgsu.edu/parking). Only appeals submitted through this portal will be reviewed.
5.2 Appeal Ruling
5.2.1 Appeals will be reviewed by an Appeals Committee where the decision will be determined based on information available.
5.2.2 The decision reached by the Appeals Committee is final.
5.2.3 Appellants will be notified by email of the Committee’s decision.
5.2.4 If a citation is upheld, collection procedures will be initiated immediately.
5.3 Appeals Committee
5.3.1 The Appeals Committee is comprised of employees and students from the Bowling Green State University campus.
5.3.2 A Committee Chair will preside over each meeting. The Chair does not vote except to break a tie.
5.4 General Guidelines for Appeals Decisions
5.4.1 Appeal decisions are based on the following considerations; however exceptions may be applied. A decision in an appeals case does not constitute precedence in future similar cases:
a. Information provided by the appellant.
b. Information provided by Parking Services including previous violation records.
c. Parking Services Rules and Regulations.
d. Information contained in the parking violation notice.
|101 Permit/Registration Offense||$0||$25||$50||Must Register for Current BGSU Permit|
|Multiple Vehicles Parked On Campus|
|Please Hang Permit From Mirror|
|Please Do Not Obstruct Permit|
|No License Plate Visible|
|102 Reproduced/Illegal Use||$250||For Appeal To Be Considered Bring Altered to Parking Office|
|Visitor Permit Not Valid in Student Vehicle|
|Not Authorized To Use Coupon Code|
|103 Parked in a Disability/ADA Space||$0||$250||Please Register ADA Plaque/Plate with Parking Services|
|104 Parked in a Restricted Area||$50||Parked in Firelane/Drive|
|Parked on Grass|
|Parked in Reserved Space|
|Parked in Reserved State/Service|
|Parked in Loading Dock|
|Admission's Permit Required|
|Special Permit Required|
|Parked on Sidewalk/Hardscape|
|Parked on Yellow Lines|
|Parked in a Closed Area|
|105 Overtime in a 20 Minute Area||$25|
|106 Not Parked in Assigned Area/Lot||$0||$25||$50||Faculty/Staff Permit Required 7A-5P|
|Commuter Permit Required 7A-5P|
|Visitor Permit Not Valid in Lot|
|107 Outside Designated Space||$0||$25||Please Park Inside White Lines|
|108 Overtime in Meter/Prepay Space||$15||Must Purchase Time|
|109 Boot Warning||$0||Next Citation Will Result in a Boot/Immobilization Device|
|110 Boot Violation||$50||Boot Removal Fee|
|111 No License Plate||$0||$25|