Use Space Efficiently
Park your vehicle between the marked lines, using the minimum amount of space required.
Do Not Obstruct
- No vehicles may obstruct parking or removal of another vehicle.
- It is illegal to park within 15 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 transportation services director. Bicycles are subject to the same restrictions, except that they may be ridden on campus sidewalks in accordance with provisions of Michigan Tech traffic ordinances.
- Designated parking areas (lots and meters) are enforced between 7 a.m.–4 p.m. (except Saturdays, Sundays, and University-closed holidays), unless otherwise noted below.
- University community members may park only in their assigned parking lots as indicated by their vehicle parking hangtag. All other parking regulations and resident lots are enforced 24/7.
- Residential lots are enforced 24/7 for proper permit.
- 7W, 15E, 15W & 16 are enforced seven days a week from 2 a.m.–4 p.m. for proper permit.
- Refer to our winter parking policies for exceptions.
Winter Overnight Parking
To allow for snow removal, parking is prohibited on campus between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from November 1 through April 30—whether it is snowing or not. Exceptions:
- Campus housing residents may park in their designated lots.
- Employees who work an assigned shift may park in an overnight parking space assigned to them by transportation services.
- Those needing to park on campus overnight who ask for and receive a special overnight parking permit from transportation services. If it is after 5 p.m. on weekdays, holidays, or on weekends, contact Public Safety and Police Services for parking permission.
Transportation services posts notices in residence halls at least 24 hours in advance when lots are going 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.
Parking for Persons with Disabilities
Designated parking spaces are available to people who possess a valid disability parking placard or license plate issued by the Secretary of State. View the Secretary of State’s regulations for disability plates and placards.
Rozsa Performing Arts Center and Theater Parking
Lots 5, 8, 9, 14 and the visitor lot next to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Building 13) are open for theater parking during evening and weekend theater performances.
Lot 22 at the Student Development Complex
The two-hour time limit for parking in SDC Lot 22 is enforced.
- Metered parking is available to everyone for a fee between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Vehicles may park in a metered space for a maximum eight. Meter rates are 25 cents for 20 minutes. Meters only accept quarters and CashKeys.
- CashKeys may be purchased at the Transportation Services office (Administration Building Room 100) in amounts of $25, $50, or $100. CashKeys allow parking at a rate of 75 cents per hour and may only be used in hour increments.
- Metered spaces may also be paid using the Parkmobile, LLC Payment App or by calling the Parkmobile 800 number displayed on meters and nearby signs.
- Visitor Lot 27 is available for $3 per entrance.
These regulations apply to all University property, including the Houghton campus, apartment housing, Lakeshore 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.
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 48 hours or more in prohibited areas will be considered abandoned.
Hot rods, drag-strip racers, modified stock cars, or other unconventional vehicles (except bicycles, motor-driven cycles, or motorcycles) are not allowed on campus.
All vehicles must be in good operating condition. No major repairs will be permitted on roads or in any parking areas on campus.
The speed limit is 25 miles per hour on campus roads, unless otherwise posted.
Parking Permit and Decal Regulations
- It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the permit is legible at all times. On motorcycles, the decal must be displayed in plain view. Otherwise, the vehicle will be considered not registered.
- Permits are to be hung from the rear-view mirror with color and permit number facing outward.
- Temporary or visitor permits must be filled out completely and displayed from the rear-view mirror. Printable visitor permits must be displayed on the passenger’s side dashboard.
Lost or Stolen Permits
- Student/faculty/staff who lost their permits are required to purchase an additional hangtag at the prorated price or risk being ticketed.
- Student/faculty/staff permits that are stolen are replaced free of charge, with a copy of the police report.
Old Decal Removal
- 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 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, to have old decals removed free of charge. Failure to remove old permit decals could result in a $25 violation fee for non-compliance.