Tickets, Fees and Appeals

It's your responsibility to follow parking signs and rules when parking on campus. Virtual permits are required at all times, unless otherwise posted. Parking regulations are enforced when the university is open, whether or not classes are scheduled.

Tickets may be issued to virtual permit holders and/or vehicle registrants:

  • Tickets issued to a vehicle registered to a virtual permit are the responsibility of the person to whom the permit is registered.
  • Tickets issued to a vehicle not registered to a virtual permit are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.
  • Tickets issued to a state-owned vehicle are the responsibility of the person to whom the vehicle was assigned at the time of the violation.

Vehicles may receive more than one ticket during a 24-hour period. For example, if parked at a one-and-a-half-hour meter, you can receive a ticket for every one-and-a-half hours the meter is expired.

The university may place financial holds on the records of students with unpaid tickets or deduct from faculty/staff payroll.

Parking Tickets and Amounts

Type of Violation Fee Amount

Failure to report changes that affect parking privileges

$5 becomes $20 after 7 days

Failure to use flashers in a 15-minute space

$10 becomes $25 after 7 days

Falsification or unauthorized use of permit registration

$200 becomes $215 after 7 days

No permit for Handicapped Space

$250 becomes $265 after 7 days

Improper Parking

$20 becomes $35 after 7 days

Overtime Meter/Pay Parking
Note that vehicles may receive more than 1 ticket during a 24-hour period

$10 becomes $25 after 7 days

No NIU Registration
This ticket can be reduced to failure to report changes that affect parking privileges if you contact parking services within seven calendar days of when the citation was issued to prove that you have a virtual permit, your plate just wasn’t registered

$10 becomes $25 after 7 days

No Parking Zone

$50 becomes $65 after 7 days

No Permit for Reserved Space

$100 becomes $115 after 7 days

Permit Not Valid for Lot

$25 becomes $40 after 7 days

Administrative Fee
Issued by the Parking Office

$100 becomes $115 after 7 days

Overtime Parking

$30 becomes $45 after 7 days

Concurrent Parking
When both vehicles registered to a virtual permit are found parked on campus

$25 becomes $40 after 7 days

License Plate Not Visible
When the license plate is not facing the drive aisle

$5 becomes $20 after 7 days

Parking Payments

You can pay online or by check:

  • Visit the AIMS parking portal to pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
  • Make your check payable to NIU and mail it to us or put in the drop box on the east side of Parking Services.

Any partial payments will be applied to your account until paid in full. Any contrary notation, writing or indication on your check or payment method will not be accepted. Increases will still apply after seven days.

Parking Ticket Appeals

You can appeal a parking ticket within the AIMS parking portal or by completing an online appeal form. You must appeal within seven calendar days of the ticket issue date.

When tickets are placed under appeal, they are frozen and not subject to the uplift fee until seven calendar days after the committee meets. The Parking Appeals Committee meets twice a month during the fall and spring semesters and once a month during the summer semester.

Second Appeals

You can request a second appeal if your first appeal is marked denied or special instructions. You can write out your second appeal and email it to parking@niu.edu. Or, contact us to arrange an online appointment on Microsoft Teams.

You must submit your second written appeal or schedule an online appointment within seven calendar days of the date your first appeal was denied.

  • If there are no online appointments available, you must submit a written second appeal.
  • If you’re unable to attend your scheduled online appointment, you must notify us in advance.
  • If you fail to appear at your scheduled online appointment, your appeal will be automatically denied.

If your second appeal is denied, you have seven calendar days from the date of the decision to pay the ticket before a $15 increase will be applied.

All decisions of the Parking Appeals Committee are final.

Contact Us

Parking Services
121 Normal Road
815-753-1045
parking@niu.edu

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The lobby is currently closed to in-person transactions.

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