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 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM (except Saturdays, Sundays, and University-closed holidays), unless otherwise noted below.
- Faculty/Staff and Commuter Permits are valid only in Lots indicated with their applicable parking permits.
- Residential Lots are enforced 24/7 for proper permit. Residential permits are specific to an assigned lot.
- Lots 7W, 15E, 15W & 16 are enforced seven days a week from 2:00 AM to 4:00 PM for proper permit.
Night Parking Ban
November 1 through April 30, between 2:00 AM and 7:00 AM, parking is prohibited on campus—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 granted extended parking accommodations by Transportation Services or Public Safety and Police Services. Public Safety and Police Services can be contacted after 1:00 AM on weekdays to request extended hours parking accommodations - those granted permission must have a permit or pay to park at their assigned meter area.
- Campus visitors with a purchased parking permit may park in Lot 24.
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
Students needing temporary accommodations should contact Disability Services to discuss options available.
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.
Permits are required to park within any Lots on campus. Please see Transportation Services to register your handicap placard and inquire about permit options.
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 (SDC Visitor Lot) and Lot 95 (ATDC/Mineral Museum Visitor Lot)
SDC Lot 22 and the ATDC/Mineral Museum Lot 95 have free two-hour parking for visitors. Permits are available for purchase at the SDC Ticket Office and Mineral Museum (or the Transportation Services Office) for community members/visitors who need extended parking while visiting any of these facilities.
Metered parking is available to everyone for a fee between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Vehicles may park in a metered space for a maximum of eight hours. Meter rates are 25 cents for 20 minutes. Meters can be paid with US Quarters or via Parkmobile.
Credit card payments can be made using the Parkmobile, LLC Payment App or by calling the Parkmobile 800 number displayed on meters and nearby signs.
- Register with Parkmobile using the Parkmobile App or at parkmobile.com.
- For instructions, see: How to Register and Pay
These regulations apply to all University property, including the Houghton campus, apartment housing, Lakeshore Center, Portage Lake Golf Course, Mont Ripley, the Ford Forestry Center, the Advanced Technology Development Center, the Mineral Museum, the Keweenaw Research Center, the Alternative Energy Research Building (AERB) and the Tech 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. Vehicles must be licensed and street legal to be on campus property.
All vehicles must be in good operating condition. No major repairs will be permitted on roads or in any parking areas on campus. Disabled vehicles must be towed from 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/snowmobiles/trailers, the decal must be displayed in plain view in the location stated when the permit was purchased. 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. If a hangtag can not be hung from a rear-view mirror, accommodations can be made with the Transportation Services office for an alternate approved location.
- 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
- Students/faculty/staff who lose a permit are required to purchase an additional hangtag at the rate of $50 or prorated price (whichever is less) or risk being ticketed.