Parking Regulations

Space Utilization

  • Vehicles should always be parked in such a manner that a minimum amount of space is used.  Please park between the marked lines.

Obstructive Parking

  1. No vehicles may obstruct the parking or removal of another vehicle.
  2. It is illegal to park within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant.

Sidewalks and Lawns

  • Motor vehicles or motor-driven cycles may not be parked or driven on sidewalks, lawns, or running tracks without permission from the director of Transportation Services.  Bicycles are subject to the same restrictions, except that they may be ridden on campus sidewalks in accordance with the provisions of the Michigan Tech Traffic Ordinances.

Parking Enforcement

  • Designated parking areas (lots and meters) will be enforced between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays).  Members of the University Community may park only in their assigned parking lots as indicated by their vehicle registration decal or hangtag.  All other parking regulations and resident lots are enforced 24/7.

Parking for Persons with Disabilities

Theater Parking

Lot 22 at the SDC

  • A 2-hour time limit for parking in SDC Lot 22 will be enforced. 

Paid Parking

  1. Metered parking is available to everyone for a fee between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Vehicles may park in a metered space for a max of 8 hours. Meter rates are 25 cents for 20 minutes.  Meters only accept quarters and CashKeys.
  2. CashKeys may be purchased at the Transportation Services office (Admin, Room 100) in amounts of $25, $50, or $100. CashKeys allow parking at a rate of seventy five cents per hour ($0.75/hr) and may only be used in hour increments.
  3. Visitor Lot #27 is available for a fee of $3 per entrance.

Winter Overnight Parking

  • To allow for snow removal, parking is prohibited on campus between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., from November 1 through April 30, except as follows:
    1. Occupants of campus housing may park in their designated lots.
    2. Employees who work an assigned shift may park in an assigned overnight parking space.
    3. Those needing to park on campus overnight may request a special overnight parking permit from Transportation Services. After 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, holidays, or on weekends, contact Public Safety and Police Services for parking permission.

Snow Removal

  • Transportation Services will have notifications posted in the residence halls, at least 24-hours in advance, designating what lots are planned to be cleared. It is the responsibility of vehicle owners to be aware of these notices and move their vehicles accordingly to avoid being ticketed and/or towed.

General Provisions

Campus Area

  • These regulations apply to all University property, including the entire Houghton campus, apartment housing, Lake Shore Center, Portage Lake Golf Course, Mont Ripley, the Ford Center, the Advanced Technology Development Center, the Mineral Museum, the Keweenaw Research Center, and ski trails.


  • The University does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, any vehicle or the content thereof.  It is recommended that owners carry personal insurance to cover such losses.

Abandoned vehicles

  • No vehicle is to be abandoned on campus.  A fine, plus towing costs, will be imposed on the owner of record if abandonment occurs. Vehicles parked for forty-eight hours or more in prohibited areas will be considered abandoned.

Prohibited vehicles

  • Hot rods, drag-strip racers, modified stock cars, or other unconventional vehicles (except bicycles, motor-driven cycles, or motorcycles) are not allowed on campus.

Vehicle maintenance

  • All vehicles must be in good operating condition.  No major repairs will be permitted on roads or in any parking areas on campus.

Speed limit

  • The speed limit is 25 miles per hour on campus roads, unless otherwise posted.

Parking Permit and Decal Regulations

Permit Placement

  1. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the decal or permit is legible at all times. On motorcycles, the decal must be displayed in plain view.  Otherwise, the vehicle will be considered not registered. 
  2. Hang tags are to be hung from the rear view mirror with color and permit number facing outward.
  3. Temporary or visitor hang tags must be displayed from the rear view mirror.  Printable visitor permits must be displayed on the passenger’s side dashboard.

Lost or Stolen Faculty/Staff Hang Tags

  1. Student/Faculty/staff permits that are lost will be required to purchase an additional hang-tag at the prorated price or risk being ticketed.
  2. Student/Faculty/staff permits that are stolen will be replaced free of charge with a copy of the police report.

Old Decal Removal

  • All old parking decals must be removed from the vehicle before registration is considered valid.  Students and Faculty/Staff can bring their vehicles to Husky Motors (Building #44 on the waterfront) between the hours of 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday, to have old decals removed free of charge.  Failure to remove old permit decals may be subject to a $25 violation fee for non-compliance.