Traffic and Parking Regulations
The University of Missouri-Columbia employs the use of License Plate Recognition (LPR) as the means to manage parking permissions and enforce parking regulations on campus.
Parking permissions are issued virtually, and are based on the license plate number. No decals or hangtags are used to park on campus.
Citations are issued and delivered through email. No paper ticket or envelope will be placed on the vehicle. A “Multiple Violations” notice may be placed under the windshield wiper of a vehicle when the vehicle has reached three violations that have not been paid or there is no connection to the vehicle and/or driver in the parking management system.
Vehicles must be parked so that the license plate is visible from the driving aisle.
The license plate must be securely fastened to the exterior side of the vehicle facing the driving aisle in a horizontal, upright position of not less than 12 inches from the ground. (Some Motorcycles use vertical plates)
Removable tow hitches must be removed and stored when not in use.
No covers may be placed over the license plate that would inhibit the reflectivity of the plate.
The alphanumeric characters of the license plate must be visible and not obstructed by license plate frames, accessories or other items (e.g. paper, tape, etc.).
Persons must ensure their current vehicle is registered and associated with their parking account. This may be done through the Tiger Park Portal or at the office of Parking &Transportation Services.
Employees who hold reserved space or reserved area registration permissions may register up to three vehicles on their account. Accounts with multiple vehicles do not allow more than one motor vehicle to be on campus during the reserved period. Students are allowed to have only one vehicle on their account at any given time. However, they may update their plate as often as necessary.
Visitor Permissions may be provided to individuals who qualify as a visitor as defined below. Vehicles with visitor permissions may utilize any visitor space on campus for the date(s) specified. In lots where multi-space meters are present, the meter fee must also be paid.
a. The University shall provide parking lots/structures on the grounds of MU for the exclusive use of its employees, students, and visitors, within the limitations of, and the priorities for the resources and space at MU.
b. All parking lots/structures provided by MU that are owned, operated, or administered by MU, or any agency administratively responsible to MU, shall be available on a fee (paid parking) basis and at a rate to be specified by the Chancellor and published annually. No refunds shall be made for any unused portion of a paid Visitor or Guest parking permission, except as shall be authorized by the Committee.
c. Upon the recommendation and approval of the Committee, selected parking lots/ structures may be made available on a reduced fee or no fee basis, provided that any such action by the Committee is also approved by the Chancellor or Designate.
- Visitor - any person who is not a student, employee, faculty member, contractor, vendor or service technician.
- Guest - any person to whom an official invitation to MU has been issued
a. All parking lots/structures for staff are restricted to holders of paid parking permissions during the restricted hours for each lot/structure. No other person may hold a parking permission for these locations except as authorized by the Committee with the approval of the Chancellor.
b. All staff who elect to use MU parking lots/structures are required to obtain a parking permission.
c. All staff to whom permissions have been issued shall pay for MU campus parking at the established monthly rate in advance or through payroll withholding.
d. All employee and faculty-staff parking permissions are issued by special request or through automatic renewal through Parking and Transportation Services on an annual basis, unless otherwise requested and specified. Renewals shall become effective September 1 of the year for which such permission is issued and shall expire on August 31 of the following year. Payroll withholding shall be continued until such time that the permission holder notifies Parking and Transportation Services to cancel their parking permission, or the permission holder is no longer an employee of MU.
e. All employee and faculty/staff parking permissions are restricted to designated parking lots/structures during the restricted hours specified for each individual parking lot/structure.
f. All federal employees, state employees, and/or other University employees who are members of the staff but not on the University payroll, and who elect to use the MU campus parking lots/structures, shall pay in advance for a parking permission at the established monthly rate.
g. Health/Accessible parking permissions shall be available to staff on an individual need basis. Parking and Transportation Services has the authority to require medical opinion of degree of the condition before issuing the special assignment.
h. Additional Parking Permissions - A permission to park in a second restricted parking lot/structure may be issued, provided that parking space is available. Such permissions may be issued when a staff member requests to Parking and Transportation Services and shows clearly in writing that such permission will be of direct service to the University. Each request must be approved by the applicant’s department chairperson or supervisor and Parking and Transportation Services in order to be effective.
i. As a condition of issuance, retention, and continued use of staff parking permissions, all applicants for permissions shall at all times meet the regulations of the Committee and the laws of the State of Missouri that pertain to the operation of motor vehicles.
j. Faculty and staff are required to register their motor vehicle(s) on or before the date they commence operating a motor vehicle on campus. Faculty and staff may register up to three vehicles under a single account; however, only one vehicle may be on campus at a time or risk one of the vehicles receiving a citation.
k. Upon termination of employment with the University, an employee’s parking privileges will be revoked.
Parking for Retired Staff
Parking and Transportation Services shall issue parking permissions to retired faculty/staff persons who request, provided that: (1) parking space is available in the area for which a request is made, (2) the applicant meets all other requirements of these regulations, and (3) retired employee parking will be at a rate set annually by the Committee, subject to approval by the Chancellor.
a. All student parking spaces on the MU campus are restricted to assigned student parking permission holders. The parking spaces are under exclusive control of the Committee and administered by Parking and Transportation Services. Students are required to register the motor vehicle they will be operating on campus when they register for school or at such time as they commence operating a motor vehicle on campus. Students are limited to registering one vehicle at a time on their parking permission, due to the demand for parking on campus.
b. As a condition of issuance, retention, and continued use of student parking permissions, all purchasers of permissions shall at all times meet the regulations of the Committee and the laws of the State of Missouri that pertain to the operation of motor vehicles.
c. All student parking permissions are authorized by the Committee and are purchased and issued through Parking and Transportation Services upon receipt of an established fee as published prior to student registration.
d. Student Apartment Parking Facilities – The Committee has authorized Parking and Transportation Services to provide the Residential Life Office with parking permissions for restricted parking spaces that are a part of and assigned to apartments under the operation and control of the Department of Residential Life. All users of apartment parking spaces are subject to all Traffic and Parking Regulations. These regulations shall be enforced by Parking and Transportation Services and the MU Police Department.
e. The Committee may designate selected parking spaces for student use of non-fee, condition-use basis (restricted hours or days of the week). All student vehicles using these designated spaces must have a valid student parking permission.
f. Health/Accessible parking permissions shall be available to students on an individual need basis. Parking and Transportation Services has the authority to require that the student be evaluated by the Student Health Clinic or the Disability Center before issuing the special assignment.
Official University-Vehicle Parking
a. The University shall provide parking and/or storage facilities for all vehicles owned, operated and/or administered by MU, and/or for any agency administratively responsible to the University, provided that these official vehicles are not specifically assigned to a staff member (or department) for his/her (its) exclusive daily use. Parking and Transportation Services will be reimbursed for the direct cost of providing this service.
b. Drivers of official vehicles are subject to all Traffic and Parking Regulations. The vehicles are not exempt from parking permission requirements.
c. The Committee may designate official vehicle parking and/or storage areas and may limit and control the use of all official vehicle parking spaces within restricted parking areas for students, staff, or any other area in order that the safety and security of these vehicles may be achieved and to establish priorities that will ensure the best use of all parking lots/structures on the MU campus.
a. MU shall furnish visitor parking, including vendors and service technicians, provided that priority is given to staff and students.
b. Limited visitor parking space may be provided in prime location areas of campus.
c. Visitors must provide their license plate number and a valid email address as contact information.
d. Any visitor receiving a traffic or parking citation or a violation of these regulations should communicate with or appear in person at the Parking and Transportation Services office.
e. Service technicians who need their vehicles close to their work should apply to Parking and Transportation Services for a special permission.
a. Loading zones are reserved exclusively for the loading or unloading of materials or equipment.
b. All loading zones on the MU campus shall, at all times, have a maximum use limit of 15 minutes.
c. When it is necessary that a vehicle park in a loading zone (to load or unload) for a period longer than 20 minutes, authorization must be obtained from Parking and Transportation Services or the MU Police Department prior to using the loading zone.
Driveways and/or Fire Lanes
a. The use of driveways, fire lanes and motor traffic entrances, and exits is restricted to moving traffic only.
b. These areas and all areas in MU parking lots/structures that are not clearly designated as parking spaces shall not be used for parking or temporary placement of motor vehicles.
MU Policy on Golf Cart Vehicles
All golf cart vehicles, including gators or other similar utility vehicles, leased or owned by the University of Missouri shall be registered with Parking & Transportation. This policy also applies to golf cart vehicles rented for use at special events. In addition to being registered, each golf cart vehicle must display clear identification of the department that is operating the vehicle on the outside of the vehicle. Failure to register and identify a golf cart vehicle may result in violators being ticketed by MU Police or Parking and Transportation Services. All drivers must possess a valid driver’s license. Golf cart vehicles may not be operated on roadways unless they meet all of the requirements of the National Highway Safety &Traffic Administration (NHSTA) for being street legal. This policy does not apply to golf carts operating on A.L.Gustin Golf Course (unless a cart leaves the confines of the course) or University Farms. No privately-owned golf cart vehicles may be operated on University of Missouri property without the written approval of Administrative Services.
Missouri State Laws All persons operating motor vehicles, bicycles, skateboards or skates on or within the MU campus area shall observe and obey all applicable Missouri laws and the rules and regulations of MU.
Speed Limits No person shall drive a motor vehicle on the property of the MU campus at a speed greater than the posted speed limit. A maximum of 20 mph shall be the legal speed limit on MU property unless otherwise posted.
Traffic Control Signs and Devices All persons including pedestrians, drivers of motor vehicles, bicycle riders, skaters and skateboarders shall obey all traffic control signs, markers, and/or other traffic control signals and devices on the MU campus.
Report of Accident All persons are required by Missouri law to make reports of accidents involving motor vehicles. Accidents that occur on the MU campus shall be reported to the MU Police Department.
All persons owning and/or operating a bicycle or moped under 50cc on the MU campus, and/or skating by use of skate board, in-line skates, roller skates, roller blades or other skating devices on the MU campus, shall observe and obey all signs and control signals applicable to motor vehicles, all Missouri laws, and these rules and regulations.
All persons owning and/or operating a bicycle or moped on the MU campus are required to register their bicycle or moped with the MU Police Department.
a. Issuance of registration/license stamp shall be effective for the life of the bicycle or moped.
b. Every person riding a bicycle or moped on a roadway shall have all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties of an operator of a motor vehicle, as provided by Missouri Laws and these regulations.
c. Bicycles or mopeds shall park in, or immediately adjacent to, the bicycle racks provided.
1. They shall not be parked on lawns, sidewalks, ramps, or entrances accessible to persons with disabilities. Nor shall they be chained to trees, light poles, fences, benches, railings etc.
2. Bicycles or mopeds parked improperly may be ticketed and/or impounded by cutting and removing locking devices if necessary.
d. Bicycles shall not be taken inside any University building except as authorized by these regulations. Parking and Transportation Services and the Department of Residential Life have authorized the storage of bicycles only in University-operated residence halls student rooms.
e. Mopeds or any gasoline-powered vehicle shall not be taken inside any University building, including residence halls, at any time.
f. Bicycles or mopeds must be dismounted in areas of the campus where riding a bicycle or moped is prohibited.
g. Bicycles or mopeds considered to be abandoned will be removed by cutting and removing the locking devices, if necessary, and impounded.
Any person skating by board, in-line skates, roller skates, roller blades or other skating device shall adhere to the following rules and regulations.
a. Skating of any kind is not permitted in the areas of Student Center Mall, Lowry Mall, Speaker Circle (west side of the Ellis Library), or on the north and south sides of Jesse Hall.
b. Skating is not permitted in any of the University parking structures.
c. Skating is not permitted in any University building.
d. All skaters must yield the right-of-way to pedestrian and vehicular traffic at all times.
e. Skating stunts of any kind are not permitted. Skating is not permitted on any steps, retaining walls, landscape walls, benches, handrails, etc. due to damage that may be caused to University property and for personal safety.
Any person who violates any provision of the Bicycle, Mopeds (under 50cc), Skating, and Skateboarding Regulations may have the bicycle or skate equipment impounded for a period not to exceed five days upon issuance of a receipt to the user or owner.
VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES
General It is a violation of these regulations to do any act prohibited by these regulations or to fail to do any act required by these regulations.
Persons responsible for violations Each person is responsible for all violations (moving or non-moving) of these regulations committed by that person. Each person shall be responsible for all non-moving violations of these regulations committed by other persons operating a vehicle owned by or in the custody of the first person (first party) with their express or implied permission to operate that vehicle, unless the person actually operating the vehicle (second party) acknowledges and accepts the responsibility for the violation.
False parking permissions Transferring a parking permission to another driver or giving any false information while purchasing a parking permission or at a hearing is a violation of these regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, altering a license plate by covering all or part of the letters and/or numbers in the plate sequence – as the license plate serves as the means to obtain permission to park.
Failure to obtain a parking permission as required Failure of any person to obtain a parking permission as directed by the Parking and Transportation Services and failure to update license plate information on parking permission is a violation of these regulations.
Non-Moving Vehicle Violations and Penalties The penalties set forth below are hereby established for violations involving non-moving motor vehicles, bicycles, skates or skateboards owned or operated by or in the custody or possession of students, staff, or visitors.
Moving Vehicle Violations Penalties The penalties set forth below are established for violations involving moving vehicles and the drivers of such vehicles.
Excessive Violation Fees Parking and Transportation Services is authorized to assess an administrative fee (excessive violation fee) on any vehicle identified as one which has received an excess of five prior violations (paid or unpaid) during a semester. Such administrative fee shall be recommended by the Committee annually, subject to approval of the Chancellor.
Effective August 1st, 2017,the administrative fees shall be $25.00 per citation after the third issued citation and $75.00 per citation after the seventh issued citation.
Additional Imposition of Penalties In addition to the imposition of penalties and charges hereby established, the Parking Committee, the Director of Parking and Transportation Services or the MU Police Department, or any University police officer may refer any violator of these regulations to the appropriate MU committee for additional action and may suggest additional penalties.
THE FOLLOWING FINE AMOUNTS WILL BE IN EFFECT as of AUGUST 1st, 2017
Non-Moving Violation Fine Amount
1 Parking at a yellow curb 25.00
2 University parking facilities may not be used for long-term storage. Any vehicle 25.00
not moved within 14 days is considered in long-term storage and may be towed
at the owner’s expense. Reasonable effort will be made to contact the owner
prior to removal.
3 Parking in pedestrian crosswalk 50.00
4 Parking over or beyond curb 25.00
5 Parking in a space or area not clearly designated for parking 25.00
6 Parking in loading zone 25.00
7 Parking in an assigned area without having permission 25.00
8 Parking in an area in which permission does not apply 25.00
9 Parking in a driveway or any entrance to or exit from University grounds 50.00
10 Parking in visitor’s space or a space reserved for special purposes 25.00
11 Parking vehicle so that it occupies more than one designated parking space 25.00
12 Parking overtime in a space with limited time parking 10.00
12 Meter Violation 10.00
13 Selling/Transferring a parking permission or Altering/Obscuring a License Plate 150.00
14 Parking in disabled space without displaying appropriate permission 300.00
15 Parking in fire lane. 100.00
21 Obstructing vehicular traffic 50.00
Moving Violation Fine Amount
16 Improper driving 25.00
Driving on any University drive or property of the University in excess of
posted speed limit or 20 mph where not posted. Tiered fee structure:
17 10 mph over 30.00
18 20 mph over 50.00
19 30 mph over 100.00
20 Driving in the opposite direction on any University drive marked for one-way traffic 25.00
22 Failing to obey posted traffic regulations signs. 15.00
23 Failing to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk. 50.00
The Committee shall prescribe the rules and procedures for appeals, which may be made to the Appeals Committee. Any person who is subject to disciplinary action under these regulations may appeal such action to the Committee (or the appropriate group).
Method of appeal The Appeals Committee may provide an appellate court to hear and decide appeals. The method of selection of the members of an appellate court and its powers shall be determined by the Appeals Committee. Any decision of the appellate court may be appealed to the Appeals Committee by the person involved or by the Director of Parking and Transportation Services. Any person who is subject to assessment of fees under these regulations may appeal such assessment to the appellate court. Any decision of the Appeals Committee may be appealed to the Vice Chancellor for Operations/Chief Operating Officer or MU Health Care, whose decision shall be deemed final.
Payment of Fine and/or Fees It shall be the duty of any person receiving a notice of violation of parking or traffic regulation to make payment for the violation within 10 days after receipt thereof, or to submit a written appeal within five days from the date of issuance. No exception or appeal to a violation may be made after this five-day period has passed. If a citation appeal is not submitted and the citation remains unpaid after ten days, the citation fine and/or fee may be charged to a student’s account or set up to be deducted from an employee’s pay. In the event a citation remains unpaid after 30 days, and was not appealed, the driver’s parking permission may be suspended. The permission may then be canceled within 48 hours.
Referrals A referral by the Parking Committee of a student’s case to the Student Conduct Committee may be appealed in accordance with the regulations governing that body.
Failure to appear A $10.00 administrative fee will be assessed by Parking and Transportation Services to any person who fails to appear before the Appeals Committee at the appointed time or fails to reschedule appearance 24 hours prior to the appointed time.
ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT
The Chief of the MU Police Department and the Director of Parking and Transportation Services are authorized, and it is their duty, to establish programs to administer and enforce these regulations. This will be done with the assistance of the Parking Committee, but under the control and supervision of the Chancellor.
Issuance of Citation for Violation of these Regulations
A citation for a violation of these regulations may be issued by any officer of the MU Police Department, Parking and Transportation Services, or MU Hospital Security. Citations will be delivered electronically via the driver/owner’s University email account, once the vehicle is connected to a University community member. Each citation issued shall state the substance of the violation and the penalty for such violation. In cases where a vehicle is not registered with Parking and Transportation Services, a “Multiple Violations” notice shall be conspicuously placed on the vehicle after three (3) citations have occurred.
Immobilization, Removal, or Impoundment of Unattended Vehicles
a. The MU Police Department, Parking and Transportation Services, and Hospital Security Services are authorized to immobilize, or remove and impound unattended vehicles on/from MU parking lots/structures, or on/from other real property of the University at the owner’s expense, under the following circumstances and subject to the following conditions:
1. Any vehicle that is in violation of these regulations, including during the commission of the first violation.
2. Any vehicle that is left unattended and its presence at the location, in the judgment of an officer of the MU Police Department or a representative of MU Parking and Transportation Services, constitutes or is likely to constitute a safety hazard to persons or property, or because of an emergency, or because the vehicle is obstructing traffic.
3. A vehicle identified by the MU Police or Parking and Transportation Services as one which has been involved in three (3) or more unpaid violations of these regulations, for which traffic or parking citations were issued during that academic year.
b. Removed or impounded or immobilized vehicles shall be released to the owner or authorized representative upon request, provided that:
1. Payment of the costs for the removal and/or impoundment of the vehicle is made.
2. Identification of the person responsible for violations is made.
3. Payment of unpaid fines by non-University affiliated drivers is made.
Parking and Transportation Services is authorized to assess an administrative fee (excessive violation fee) on any vehicle identified as one which has received an excess of three prior violations (paid or unpaid) during a semester. Such administrative fee shall be recommended by the Committee annually, subject to approval of the Chancellor. Effective August 1st, 2017,the administrative fees shall be $25.00 per citation after the third issued citation and $75.00 per citation after the seventh issued citation.