- Parking Rules & Regulations
Parking Rules & Regulations
We have created parking regulations to ensure the safety of students and the ease of traffic through campus. While you may think that parking is a right, it is actually allowed by permission of the Board of Trustees. With that in mind, here are the basic rules and regulations regarding parking on campus.
The parking regulations below have been established to ensure optimal use of Northern Illinois University’s parking facilities and efficient movement of traffic. These Motor Vehicle and Parking Regulations are effective July 1, 2016.
University facilities used for vehicular traffic or parking are used by permission of the Board of Trustees and not as a matter of right. University parking facilities may not be used as overnight residential parking for persons not living in university housing. By virtue of the authority vested in the Board of Trustees by the Illinois Statutes and under the Governing Policy for Northern Illinois University, regulations pertaining to employee, student, and visitor-operated vehicles at Northern Illinois University (hereafter referred to as university) are hereby established. The issuing of identification devices, known as parking permits, is controlled by Campus Parking Services, and such permits remain the property of Campus Parking Services.
Campus Parking Services: A unit of Operations under the Division of Administration and Finance.
Annuitant: An individual receiving a pension from the State Universities Retirement System whose last employer was NIU.
Employee: An individual who is employed by the university via the employment office known as Contracts, Records, and Reports. A student employee who is employed via the Student Employment Office or the Graduate School is defined as a student with regard to the Parking Regulations.
Student: An individual who has applied for admission to the university, received permission to register, or has matriculated into a degree program. Summer school sessions and semester break periods are not considered to be a break in a student’s academic pursuits.
Visitor: An individual neither attending nor employed by the university who operates a vehicle on campus.
Handicapped Parking: Available for use only by vehicles displaying a valid handicapped or wheelchair license plates, state or municipality-issued parking card, and the appropriate, valid, NIU parking permit. Handicapped spaces are enforced at all times.
Persons with special parking needs are encouraged to contact Campus Parking Services.
Pay-parking: Includes facilities regulated by payment to a lot attendant and facilities regulated by parking meters/pay stations.
University facilities: Includes all real property under the control of the Board of Trustees and encompasses the terms “lot,” “spaces,” “parking areas,” “streets,” and the like. References to “streets” include only university-owned streets.
1. Parking permits issued by the university must be displayed in all motor vehicles using university parking facilities except pay-parking and 15 minute spaces. Details about the types of permits available can be found in Section D.
- Parking lots and regular parking permits are color coded. The colors are blue, brown, green, orange, and yellow. It is the responsibility of the permit holders to exchange or return their parking permit if their employment status, student status, or residence changes. Parking permits do not guarantee a parking space.
- Displaying a permit, the color for which one does not qualify, may result in parking tickets and/or having parking privileges revoked.
- Motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, and motorized pedacycles must be registered under the same conditions as other vehicles and are subject to the same regulations as other vehicles. Motorcycles are to be parked only in meter/pay station spaces, 15 minute spaces and designated motorcycle parking areas. Motorcycle permits are available to faculty, staff and students. No double parking is allowed.
An annual motorcycle permit may be purchased at the discount rate of $10 online or $20 in the office for those with a valid parking permit, excluding green parking permit holders.
2. Pay-parking is available for visitors in designated pay-parking areas and at parking meters/pay stations located throughout campus. Regular permit holders and university-owned vehicles that use pay-parking facilities must pay the daily/meter fee. Use of the pay lot as a residence hall lot is prohibited except on weekends. Vehicles left in the pay lot overnight may be charged for the next day’s use. Pay-parking is enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday unless otherwise posted.
3. Theft of, or damage to, vehicles occurring on university property (including damage to vehicle paint by cooling tower spray or gravel or stone in unpaved lots) shall not be the responsibility of the university.
4. University parking lots may be closed for special events, maintenance, and whenever it is deemed necessary without prior notice.
5. University-owned vehicles are not exempt from parking regulations and restrictions. Drivers of such vehicles are responsible for tickets incurred.
6. The posting or distribution of flyers and other such media on vehicles or in the parking garage is prohibited unless authorized by Campus Parking Services.
- Various types of parking permits are available to accommodate different parking needs: annual permits, semester permits, and temporary permits for shorter periods of time. The permit type determines where one can park. Falsification of the information may lead to tickets and denial of parking privileges.
- Permit holders may only park in lots designated as the same color as their permits except where otherwise indicated.
1. Student Permits
The type of permit that a student qualifies for is determined by student status. Please note: We enforce parking regulations on campus much like any city. The tickets assessed for parking violations can be costly. For example, the ticket for parking in a handicap space, without the proper permits displayed is $250.00, as set by state law! Please be careful to park in the appropriate lot and follow the parking regulations.
A student employee who is employed via the Student Employment Office or the Graduate School is defined as a student with regards to parking regulations.
Student permits may be purchased online. A description of each type of student permit follows:
a) Yellow Parking Permit: Available to commuting students. Commuting students are students not living in NIU residence halls.
A reserved parking space may be available for an additional fee. Yellow reserved permit holders may also park in yellow-designated spaces. If your reserved space is occupied by an unauthorized vehicle you will need to find available, legal, parking in a yellow-designated space. You may contact Campus Parking Services at (815) 753-1045, or if it is after hours, you may contact NIU police at (815) 753-1212, to report the unauthorized vehicle that is in your reserved space. Privilege cards are not available for student reserves.
b) Orange Parking Permit: Available to students living in NIU residence halls. on a first-come, first-served basis until limit is obtained. These permits are available in window decals only. A reserved parking space may be available for an additional fee. Orange reserved permit holders may also park in orange-designated spaces. If your reserved space is occupied by an unauthorized vehicle you will need to find available, legal, parking in an orange-designated space. You may contact Campus Parking Services at (815) 753-1045, or if it is after hours, you may contact NIU police at (815) 753-1212, to report the unauthorized vehicle that is in your reserved space. Privilege cards are not available for student reserves.
c) Brown Parking Permit: Limited Parking. Available to any student not living in NIU residence halls, wishing to park in limited areas.
d) Green Parking Permit: Remote parking, located in Lot C3, on the west side of campus, available at no charge.
e) Motorcycle Motorcycle Parking Permit: Motorcycle permits are required for any motorcycle/scooter parked on campus. An annual motorcycle permit may be purchased at the discount rate of $10.00 online or $20 in our office for those with a valid parking permit, (blue, brown, orange or yellow) issued for the same school year. The discounted rate offsets the costs of processing and the permit itself.
Motorcycles can only park in designated motorcycle parking areas except for reserve parking and pay parking spaces. For those who rent a reserve space and plan on parking their motorcycle in that space, Campus Parking Services must be notified so your motorcycle permit number can be added to the sign above the reserved parking space.
Motorcycles may utilize pay parking areas without a permit, but payment is required. Motorcycles parking in the visitor lot must pay to use this facility, regardless if a motorcycle has a permit, and must park in a designated motorcycle space.
Visitor lot is available to motorcycles with a valid NIU parking permit, and payment is due.
f) Special Medical Parking Permission Permits: University students requiring short-term special parking for medical reasons should contact Campus Parking Services. Students who meet the Secretary of State’s requirements and have obtained handicapped license plates or placards may be issued special medical parking permission with copy of placard or license registration.
g) Special Parking Permission Permits: Students requiring special parking accommodations due to extenuating circumstances, but not health related, may file a Special Parking Permission Appeal at Campus Parking Services. These appeals will be reviewed by the Parking Appeals Committee. The decisions of the Parking Appeals Committee are final.
h) Parking permits are required, as posted, even during semester and holiday break periods and when classes are not scheduled.
For more parking information, please contact Campus Parking Services at 815-753-1045.
2. Employee Permits
a) Blue Parking Permit: Available to employees and non-university personnel working on campus in a contractual arrangement. A vehicle displaying a blue permit can park in spaces designated as blue.
b) Green Parking Permit: Remote Parking, located in Lot C3, on west campus, are available at no charge.
c) Motorcycle permits: Motorcycle permits are required for any motorcycle/scooter parked on campus. An annual motorcycle permit may be purchased at the discount rate for those with a valid vehicle permit, (blue). Motorcycles can only park in designated motorcycle parking areas. Motorcycles may utilize pay parking areas without a permit, payment is required. Visitor lot is available to motorcycles with a valid NIU parking permit, otherwise payment is due.
d) Reserved parking may be available for an additional fee. Reserved permit holders may also park in blue-designated spaces. If your reserved space is occupied by an unauthorized vehicle you will need to find available, legal, parking in a blue-designated space. You may contact Campus Parking Services, at (815)753-1045, to report the unauthorized vehicle that is in your reserved space. Reserve holders may also be issued a privilege card. Privilege cards are only good for a specific reserved space and may not be use as a second permit by another person actively employed by or enrolled in the university. Reserved space privilege cards should be displayed in accordance with the instructions noted on the card. (These permits are not to be used by students.)
3. Retiree Permits
A complimentary parking permit is available to an retiree upon the effective date of retirement for those with no outstanding tickets on their record. A university identification card showing retirement status is required to obtain the permit. These complimentary permits are issued as a privilege and are not to be used by relatives or other persons actively employed or enrolled in the university. The retiree permit allows parking in all color lots and the visitor pay lot at no charge. Meters /Pay Stations must be fed.
4. Handicapped Permits
Employees and students who meet the Secretary of State’s requirements and have obtained handicapped license plates or placards may park in any designated Handicapped parking space while also displaying a valid NIU parking permit. They may also be issued a reserved parking space for a reduced fee. Special medical parking permission may be extended to individuals who are temporarily disabled. Visitors with state issued Handicapped license plates or a placard may park in any designated Handicapped parking space while displaying a valid NIU Visitors parking permit.
5. Temporary Permits
Temporary parking permits may be issued to any employee or student who has a reasonable need for a short-term permit. The fee for the temporary permit will be based upon the length of time that the permit is needed: daily, weekly, or monthly. If you have a valid NIU color-coded parking permit (sticker or hang tag) but you forgot to bring your parking permit to campus with you, you may receive a temporary permit for the day at no charge at Campus Parking Services.
6. Visitor Permits
There is a visitor pay parking lot on Carroll Avenue, just west of the NIU parking garage, which operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. on days the University is open. There are also parking meters/pay stations located throughout campus. Visitor permits may also be purchased at Campus Parking Services during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The fee for the visitor permit will be based upon the length of time that the permit is needed: daily, weekly, or monthly. Visitors with state issued Handicapped license plates or a placard may park in any designated Handicapped parking space while displaying a valid NIU Visitors parking permit.
7. Vendor/Service Parking Permits
Vendor/Service parking permits will be issued to vendors and departments for a fee when there is a need to use designated service parking spaces. These permits will also be issued to blue permit holders when there is a need to use designated service spaces. Vendor/Service parking permits may also utilize blue designated parking spaces.
1. Buying a permit/registering a vehicle: A university identification card may be requested at the time of registration. University-issued parking permits may not be loaned, traded, or sold by the person(s) to whom they have been issued. Persons displaying a permit that is registered to someone else may have the permit revoked, receive parking tickets and have parking privileges denied. Only one regular permit may be purchased by an employee or a student. Exception: A motorcycle permit can be purchased in addition to a regular permit (blue, brown, orange, or yellow).
An Annual motorcycle permit may be purchased at the discount rate of $10 online of $20 in the office for those with a valid parking permit, excluding green parking permit holders.
2. Display of permit: Window decals and/or plastic pockets must be permanently and totally affixed to the front windshield, lower corner, passenger side. The permit must be visible from outside the vehicle but should not obstruct the driver’s line of sight. Hang tag permits must be suspended from the rearview mirror with the permit numbers facing forward. The permit must be clearly visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. Hang tag permits are to be removed when the vehicle is in motion (Illinois Compiled Statutes 625 ILCS 5 1/2 -503). If you do not have a rear view mirror, you may obtain a plastic pocket for your permit from Campus Parking Services. Motorcycle permits must be attached to the rear license plate, as shown on the parking map.
Tickets will be issued to vehicles when a permit is not properly displayed. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to display their permit properly. A vehicle not displaying a parking permit will be treated as an unregistered vehicle.
Only one valid permit may be displayed on a vehicle. All expired permits must be removed from vehicles. Vehicles displaying an invalid or expired permit will be ticketed. Exception: Valid, temporary permits may be displayed in addition to the regular permit.
3. Vehicles with dealer plates: vehicles displaying dealer (DL) plates will be registered in accordance with Illinois state law.
1. Student Refunds
a) Student annual and fall permit refunds: A full refund less a $10 processing fee will be issued to students who return their permit to Campus Parking Services by September 15. Permits returned September 16 through September 30 will receive a 50% refund less a $10 processing fee. There will be no refunds for permits returned after September 30.
b) Student spring permit refunds: A full refund less a $10 processing fee will be issued to students who return their permit to Campus Parking Services by February 15. Permits returned February 16 through March 1 will receive a 50% refund less a $10 processing fee. There will be no refunds for permits returned after March 1.
c) Student summer permit refunds: A full refund less a $10 processing fee will be issued to students who return their permit to Campus Parking Services within one week of the first day of class in the summer semester.
2. Faculty/Staff Refunds
a) Faculty/staff permit refunds: A full refund less a $10 processing fee will be issued to faculty/staff who return their permit to Campus Parking Services within 30 days of the permit purchase date. Permits returned after 30 days and up to 60 days of the permit purchase date will receive a 50% refund less a $10 processing fee. There will be no refunds for permits returned after 60 days of the permit purchase date.
A. Lost or stolen permits: A Parking Permit Lost/Stolen Report must be filed at Campus Parking Services as soon as the loss is discovered. If a missing permit is found after the report is filed, it is the permit holder’s responsibility to notify Campus Parking Services. A temporary permit may be issued at no cost for up to two weeks, after which a new permit must be purchased at the $10.00 replacement fee.
The Parking Permit Lost/Stolen Report can be found online.
1. Please fill out the Parking Permit Loss Report (pdf) and return it to Campus Parking Services immediately.
2. If you find your lost permit, contact Campus Parking Services immediately. If found, please return to Campus Parking Services. A Campus Parking Services representative will assist you in the proper procedure to follow. DO NOT USE THIS PERMIT. If you have any questions, please contact Campus Parking Services at (815) 753-1045.
1. Abandoned vehicles: Vehicles that appear to be abandoned may be disposed of in accordance with State of Illinois statutes or as follows. Vehicles that are found abandoned and/or inoperable in a parking area continuously for more than 15 days, after an appropriate warning, may be towed at the owner’s expense without any additional notice given.
2. Changes in lot designation, rules, etc.: These Parking Regulations may be changed from time to time as deemed necessary. Changes in lot designations are effective when the signs are changed. Such changes may be followed by a warning and notification period, during which flyers and warning tickets will be placed on improperly parked vehicles. Any such changes will be followed by a 30 day notification period during
3. Disabled vehicles: Report disabled vehicle immediately. Call Campus Parking Services at 815-753-1045 between 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m . Monday-Friday. On nights and weekends call the Department of Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212. The vehicle must be removed within 24 hours. Vehicles parked in reserved, handicapped, 15 minute spaces, service spaces, or that are otherwise in violation are not exempt from immediate towing. Tickets received after the notification may be appealed, if done within the 10 calendar days from date of issuance.
4. Illinois Rules of the Road, etc. are to be obeyed: Operators of vehicles on the university facilities are expected to comply with the “Rules of the Road” and all other appropriate provisions of the Illinois vehicle Code. (Illinois Compiled Statutes, 625 ILCS 5).
5. Legal parking: The responsibility for finding legal parking rests upon the vehicle operator. Convenience will not be a reason for violation of regulations. Vehicles may not occupy more than one space. Parking is prohibited at all times on grass or tree plots, or any other place where parking would mar the landscaping of the campus, create a safety hazard, interfere with the use of the university facilities, or obstruct traffic within a parking lot. There will be no parking in posted zones, yellow zones, fire hydrant zones, fire lanes, crosswalks, or sidewalks. Vehicles found in violation may be towed at the owner’s expense.
*Motorcycle parking: No double parking allowed. One motorcycle per space.
6. 15 minute spaces: Vehicles parking in designated 15 minute spaces must use the vehicle’s emergency flashers. The time limits posted on the signs are strictly enforced.
7. Motor homes, mobile trailers, campers, vans, and other such vehicles are not permitted for use in university parking facilities for the purpose of living in the vehicle.
8. Non-permitted vehicles: individuals visiting, attending, or employed by NIU are responsible for parking violations incurred by non-permitted vehicles they are operating.
9. Reserved spaces: Designated by number or department name. These spaces are posted as a tow risk.
10. Service spaces: Monitored as reserved spaces. These spaces are posted as a tow risk.
11. Speed Limits: Posted speed limits must be observed at all times. The speed limit within all lots is 10 mph.
12. Trailers/Buses: Vehicles pulling a trailer or buses must contact Campus Parking Services (815) 753-1045 to inquire about required parking permits and directions to the designated lots for trailer/bus use.
1. As appropriate, Campus Parking Services and the Department of Police and Public Safety enforce university motor vehicle and parking regulations; NIU Public Safety officers additionally enforce applicable laws under the Illinois Vehicle Code (Illinois Compiled Statutes. 625 ILCS 5) as well as other relevant statutes.
2. Vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense for the following reasons:
a. Abandoned/disabled vehicles
b. Campus parking privileges denied
c. Illegal parking including unauthorized use of handicapped space or reserved space
d. Three or more outstanding parking or traffic tickets
e. Using a lost, stolen, altered, or falsified NIU parking permit
f. Repeat Offender Status
3. Outstanding student tickets and fees may be reported to the Bursar’s Office for collection. By registering a motor vehicle under these regulations or by using the university facilities governed by these regulations, an individual authorizes the university to collect all tickets and fees due by charging the tickets and fees to the individual’s financial account and settling the amount due in accordance with the terms of that plan.
The university may place financial holds on the records of the students with unpaid parking tickets and fees.
Tickets that have been transferred to a student’s Bursar’s account cannot be appealed.
4. University employees, by parking on campus, authorize the Payroll Office to withhold from their salary or wages the specific amount of tickets issued by Campus Parking Services upon exhaustion of all appeal procedures and in accordance with the State Salary and Annuity Withholding Act (Illinois Complied Statutes, 5 ILCS 365/1). Additional related service charges will be assessed until paid in full. Tickets that have been transferred to an employee’s Payroll account cannot be appealed.
5. A person with three or more outstanding parking or traffic tickets who does not pay or appeal the tickets within the time limits may be denied use of all university parking facilities or towed, regardless of whether the vehicle or the owner is registered and has a parking permit. When all tickets have been settled, the person’s prior parking privileges may be reinstated.
6. Repeat Offender: A person with eight or more issued tickets within an academic year may have parking privileges denied, vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense and the person may be charged with a $100 administrative fee for additional enforcement support and costs. In addition, a $100 administrative fee may be assessed for subsequent tickets received. Students may also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
7. Any person found to be in possession of a lost, stolen, altered, or falsified NIU parking permit may be subject to a ticket, arrest, Student Conduct and/or criminal/civil prosecution. Vehicle may be subject to tow.
8. Parking permits are required as posted, even during semester and holiday break periods and when classes are not scheduled. For more parking information, please contact Campus Parking Services 815-753-1045.
The university reserves the right to proceed against violators either in accordance with Tickets and Fees listed herein or in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois.
1. Parking tickets may be issued to a permit holder and/or vehicle registrant when any provision of the regulations is not adhered to or in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois. Tickets issued to a vehicle displaying a permit are the responsibility of the person to whom the permit is registered. Tickets issued to state-owned vehicles are the responsibility of the person to whom the vehicle was assigned at the time of the violation. Tickets issued to a vehicle not displaying a NIU permit will be the responsibility of the vehicle owner.
2. Parking tickets shall be issued for each violation as follows:
Altering or manufacturing a parking permit: $200
Failure to remove a non-current NIU parking permit: $10
Failure to report changes that affect parking privileges: $10
Failure to use flashers in a 15 minute spaces: $10
Falsification of permit registration: $200
Handicapped space use violation: $250
Improper display of permit: $5
*Improper parking: $20
Meter violation: $20 Vehicles may receive more than one ticket during a 24-hour period. ie: if parked in an hour meter, can receive one ticket each hour the meter is expired.
*No NIU Registration: $50 A No NIU Registration ticket can be reduced to Permit Not Displayed providing permit is valid for the lot and is presented to Campus Parking Services within 10 calendar days of the ticket date. If paying the reduced fine online, please contact Campus Parking Services prior to making payment.
Permit not displayed: $5
*No parking zone: $50
Visitor Fee: $5
Overtime in 15-minute space: $30 Vehicles may receive a ticket every 15 minutes they are parked over the time limit.
Parked in any reserved space: $100
*Permit not valid for lot: $50
*Unattended vehicle with motor running: $10
Unauthorized procurement, possession, transference of permit, or use of any university parking permit: $200
3. Other parking administrative fees:
Restitution for a replacement permit: $20
Administrative fee: $100
4. Vehicles may receive more than one ticket during a 24-hour period.
5. Ticket fines must be paid or appealed within 10 calendar days of ticket issuance. Tickets may be paid online, by mail, at Campus Parking Services, or dropped in the depository on the east side of the Campus Parking Services building.
Tickets designated by an asterisk (*) above can be discounted to one half the amount shown if paid within 48 hours of the ticket date.
1. Who may make appeals and how:
Persons who have been issued a parking or traffic ticket and believe extenuating circumstances precipitated the violation may, in writing, appeal the ticket. Documentation of the extenuating circumstances should be included in the appeal. Appeal forms are available at Campus Parking Services and on the Campus Parking website. You may also file your appeal electronically. A separate form is required for each ticket unless the violations are directly related. If the appeals process is utilized, the assessment for a denied appeal shall be the full amount. Tickets cannot be paid and appealed.
2. Time period for making appeals:
Appeals must be filed with Campus Parking Services within 10 calendar days of the ticket date. All appeals not approved by office review are adjudicated by the Parking Appeals Committee. Appeals filed after 10 days will not be accepted. Upon denial of a first appeal, a second appeal may be done either in writing or in person if it is requested within 10 calendar days of the denial date on the first appeal. If you wish to schedule an appointment for an in person, second appeal, please contact Campus Parking Services. Persons who are unable to attend their second appeal appointment must contact Campus Parking Services 24 hours in advance. Failure to appear is an automatic denial.
3. Decisions of Appeals Committee:
The decisions of the Parking Appeals Committee are final.
A. Campus Parking Committee and the Parking Appeals Committee
The Campus Parking Committee is an advisory body to the vice president for Administration and Finance regarding parking and traffic matters, including long-range plans. This committee consists of four faculty, four operating staff, four students, four supportive professional staff, and the director of parking services. Correspondence to the committee may be addressed to Campus Parking Services.
The Parking Appeals Committee reviews appeals for violations and requests for special parking privileges. The committee consists of up to ten students, three faculty, three operating staff, three supportive professional staff, one voting member of the Campus Parking Committee, and one non-voting member from Campus Parking Services who serves as coordinator. Correspondence may be addressed to Campus Parking Services.
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