Parking Rules and Regulations

SECTION 5 - TRAFFIC AND PARKING VIOLATIONS

Article 1 - Traffic & Parking Violations, General

Paragraph 1 - The violations of the regulations as set forth herein are categorized according to the seriousness of the offense. A Class One offense is the most serious and a Class Four offense the least serious. A parking violation will be charged against the registered owner of a vehicle and/or the actual violator or the person presumed to be responsible for the violation. When a vehicle is unattended, the rebuttable presumption is that a faculty member, staff member or student is responsible for the  parking violation on campus of any vehicle registered to a person whose address is the same as the local or home address of the faculty member, staff member or student. A citation that has been written or issued and placed under the windshield wiper of the vehicle is considered legally tendered. We follow that written citation placement with email notices to students, faculty and staff and with hard copy statements mailed via U.S.P.S. to all others.

Paragraph 2 - When a vehicle is mechanically or physically inoperative, the driver and/or registered owner must contact Parking Services, and/or University Police, within two hours of knowledge of the problem.

Article 2 - Class One Violations, $250 Fine, $150 Fine, $75 Fine or $50 Fine

Paragraph 1 - Forging or altering a parking permit or using such permit. Violators may be subject to criminal penalty. Also, in accordance with UNC Code of Conduct, notification will be made as applicable to Dean of Students regarding UNC student subjects and to Human Resources &/or the supervisor of UNC employee subjects. $250.00 fine.

Paragraph 2 - Obtaining or attempting to obtain a parking permit or parking privileges for which the applicant is not eligible. Violators may also be subject to criminal penalty. $50.00 fine.

Paragraph 3 - Parking in a fire lane or obstructing a fire lane or building exit door.$150 fine.

Paragraph 4 - Removing or attempting to remove any temporary barricade or other regulatory signs. Violators may be subject to criminal penalty. $50 fine.

Paragraph 5 - Parking in violation of barricades and/or cement parking blocks.$50 fine.

Paragraph 6 - Parking in a disabled space without the required current University of Northern Colorado permit. $150 fine.

Paragraph 7 - Parking in a manner as to obstruct a disabled access. $50 fine.

Paragraph 8 - Parking a vehicle displaying a permit not issued to the vehicle driver or using a lost permit or a stolen permit. $250 fine.

Paragraph 9 - Obtaining or attempting to obtain a parking permit by fraudulent or false registration information. Violators may also be subject to criminal penalty.$50 fine.

Paragraph 10 - Faculty, staff, students or other members of the University community, parking in a designated visitor space. $50 fine.

Paragraph 11 - Boot fee. $75 fine.

Paragraph 12 - Failure to stop for a stop sign. $75 fine.

Paragraph 13 - Driving a motorized vehicle the wrong way upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic, as designated by official traffic control devices. $50 fine.

Paragraph 14 - Driving 10 to 19 MPH over the posted speed limits. $75 fine.

Paragraph 15 - Driving vehicle in a careless manner. $100 fine.

Paragraph 16 - Improper turn. $50 fine.

Paragraph 17 - Speeding 20 mph or more over posted speed limit. $100 fine.

Article 3 - Class Two Violations, $50 Fine

Paragraph 1 - Failing to heed lawful directions of a University Police Officer or a Parking Services Officer. Violators may also be subject to criminal penalty.

Paragraph 2 - Stopping, standing or parking in such a manner that a vehicle obstructs pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Paragraph 3 - Parking a motorized vehicle on the lawn, curb, shoulder, lot divider, sidewalk, bike path or on piles of snow or other materials. Parking a motor vehicle on items such as this can cause a safety hazard to pedestrians, buildings and other vehicles in the area as parking brakes can fail to hold. Snow & ice can melt and piles of material can become unstable without notice causing a potentially hazardous situation with the vehicle. 

Paragraph 4 - Driving a motorized vehicle on the lawn, curb, shoulder, lot divider, sidewalk, or bike path.

Paragraph 5 - Parking in a no parking zone.

Paragraph 6 - Parking in violation of any regulatory sign.

Paragraph 7 - Abandoning and/or storing a vehicle on campus without permission from Parking Services. Any vehicle without valid license plates and/or a current permit will be considered an abandoned vehicle, and is subject to impoundment.

Paragraph 8 - Parking in a service drive or service vehicle space.

Paragraph 9 - Failure to yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway.

Paragraph 10 - Unsafe backing. The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.

Paragraph 11- Driving 1 to 9 MPH over the posted speed limit.

Paragraph 12 - Failure to stop or yield right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Paragraph 13 - Failure to set parking brake on vehicle.

Article 4 - Class Three Violations, $30 Fine

Paragraph 1 - Obstructing crosswalk.

Paragraph 2 - Sleeping, camping and/or living in a vehicle parked on campus after midnight without written permission from Parking Services.

Paragraph 3 - Parking in a restricted space or lot without displaying the current University of Northern Colorado permit required.

Paragraph 4 - Overtime parking in violation of posted or permit limits. A second ticket can be issued after two (2) hours of the first ticket. Vehicles may not be moved to a different space in the same area to circumvent ticket issuance or to extend time beyond the posted limits.

Paragraph 5 - Failing to park wholly within the boundaries of a parking space. Other improperly parked vehicles do not constitute an excuse for improper parking.

Paragraph 6 - Failing to park within twelve (12) inches of the curb where parallel parking is required.

Paragraph 7 - Non-applicable.

Paragraph 8 - Non-applicable.

Paragraph 9 -Double parking.

Paragraph 10 - Failing to display a current University of Northern Colorado permit properly.

Paragraph 11 - Motorcycles and mopeds parked in an area that is not designated for motorcycle parking by means of a sign or a motorcycle logo painted on the pavement.

Paragraph 12 - Chaining or parking bicycles in a manner that obstructs vehicular/pedestrian traffic or damages property.

Paragraph 13 - Removing parking notices from other than one's own vehicle and/or circumventing parking regulations by placing invalid parking notices on a vehicle.

Article 5 - Class Four Violations, $30 Fine

Paragraph 1 - Overtime parking in metered space. A second citation can be issued after two (2) hours of the first citation.

Paragraph 2 - Parking vehicle at a malfunctioning or "Out of Order" metered space. A second citation can be issued after two (2) hours of the first ticket.

Article 6 - Impoundment

Paragraph 1 - All towing, booting and/or impoundment will be done under the supervision of University Police. An $75.00 boot fee will be assessed each time a vehicle is immobilized.

Paragraph 2 - Parking in a fire lane, by a building exit door, obstructing traffic, and/or parking in violation of these regulations that creates a safety hazard or emergency situation will immediately subject a vehicle to all fines, towing, impoundment and the imposition of the resulting towing and storage charges.

Paragraph 3 - The abandonment of a vehicle on the University of Northern Colorado property or the failure to respond either by a hearing or by payment to any parking/reminder notices during the University's scheduled semester class sessions constitutes grounds for the towing, booting, and/or impoundment of a vehicle, the imposition of the resulting towing and storage charges, boot fee, and the payment of outstanding fines. (5-6-4)

Paragraph 4 - A vehicle will be eligible for booting after issuance of a third unpaid parking citation if the vehicle cannot be linked to a member of the University community. A notification letter will be sent to the registered owner, upon issuance of a third citation, notifying the owner that the vehicle is subject to immediate booting.

Paragraph 5 - The University performs routine maintenance work on campus parking lots between semesters. Therefore, any vehicle not displaying a current University of Northern Colorado permit, and parked on campus on a 24-hour basis during the University's scheduled breaks between semesters, will be considered abandoned and subject to a University Police 72-hour impoundment. (5-6-7)

Paragraph 6 - In order to facilitate the routine maintenance work performed on campus between semesters, vehicles may be relocated at no cost to the owner.

Paragraph 7 - Any vehicle, including those with a current University of Northern Colorado permit or permit, deemed inoperable will be subject to a University Police 72-hour impoundment. (5-6-7)

Paragraph 8 - Before towing a vehicle under either the provisions of 5-6-5 or 5-6-6, the vehicle will be visibly tagged giving the owner 72 hours notice that the vehicle must be moved, or as in 5-6-6, made operable within said time, or the vehicle will be towed and stored at the owner's expense. An extension of time may be granted by securing permission from Parking Services prior to the expiration of the original 72-hour period. (A pro rata reimbursement for the unused portion of the permit may be claimed from Parking Services, if applicable.)

Paragraph 9 - Any person whose vehicle has been impounded will be granted a post-impoundment hearing if he requests a hearing within five (5) school days of the impoundment. If the vehicle is released prior to the hearing, the person must post a bond for, deposit with Parking Services, or provide some other form of security for the amount of the fines, fees, and the impoundment charges pending the outcome of the hearing.

Paragraph 10 - To insure proper crediting, it is recommended that anyone making payment to the University of Northern Colorado Parking Services, be it by mail, in person, or by phone, provide the citation, the citation number or their customer account number.

Any Questions

  • Call the Parking Services office at (970) 351-1971 or send us an email