The following regulations have been formulated to:
- Familiarize users of campus facilities with the University’s
expectations regarding parking
- Provide all participants of the University community with an
explanation of the rules governing the registration and use of
- Assure that emergency vehicles will have unimpeded access to
the campus at all times
The following definitions are specifically for use with the
Seattle Pacific University parking regulations.
- Abandoned vehicles:
Any motor vehicle that
has not been driven for 10 consecutive days, and the owner of
which cannot be immediately identified or contacted. Vehicles
left abandoned will be impounded at the owner’s expense.
- Academic year: The period of time between
the first day of Fall Quarter and the last day of Spring Quarter.
- Emergency vehicles: Fire equipment,
ambulances, paramedic vehicles, police vehicles, and Campus
- Motor vehicles: All vehicles that are
self-propelled (trucks, automobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters
- Service vehicles: Commercial and
University vehicles engaged in the service and maintenance of
campus buildings or grounds.
Vehicle Registration and Parking Application
All students and employees who bring a car to campus must register their vehicle with the Office of Safety and Security, regardless of whether the vehicle is parked on the street or in an SPU parking lot. SPU does not charge for vehicle registration, but SPU does charge for parking, and also issues fines for vehicles that are not registered. Vehicles must be registered within 10 business days of the start of a quarter (for students) or of the start of employment (for employees). If a student or employee wants to park on campus, they need to both register their vehicle and complete a parking application.
Registering vehicles and applying for on-campus parking permits can be done online. To access the online parking application, log on to the Banner Information System and select the Personal menu, then the Parking and Commuting menu. Under this menu, you will be able to register your vehicle and apply for a parking permit. This process must be completed each year and updated as information changes. After this process has been completed, the Office of Safety and Security will issue a decal to the vehicle owner. The decal will reflect whether the vehicle is merely registered or whether it may also park in an SPU lot, as further described below.
Permit (decal) placement: A vehicle will not be considered as registered unless the decal is attached to the driver’s side of the rear window.
Parking permits and privileges
SPU’s zone parking system consists of four types of parking
- Residential student parking lots
- Faculty/staff/student/commuter parking lots
- Visitor parking areas
- Service vehicle parking areas
Resident student parking (assigned spaces)
Spaces in the parking lots of Emerson Hall, Ashton Hall, Hill Hall, Arnett Hall, and campus apartments are reserved for students living in the corresponding areas. Level two of the Dravus lot is also reserved for on campus residents. Any on-campus resident may apply for a space in level 2 of the Dravus lot, which has been designated the Moyer lot. On-campus student residents who register their vehicle and receive a space will be assigned a numbered space for the academic year.
Some parking lots have limited spaces. Space assignments will be issued based on the first and second choices on the parking application. A waitlist option is also available on the parking application. Please check this option to be placed on the waitlist. Students who have applied for a space but have not received one will be added to the waiting list compiled during the application process. Until a resident receives a space, their vehicle must be parked on the street.
Vehicles authorized to park in one of the above lots are not authorized to park in any other campus parking lot. Any unauthorized car parked in an assigned residential space is subject to ticketing and impoundment. Assignments to residence hall or apartment parking lots are based on:
- The student’s year in school
- Date application is received by the Security Office
- Living area of the student
- Need of the student
Commuter and resident students can apply for a commuter decal, which means
they can park in any of the commuter lots.
Faculty and staff parking
Faculty and staff who wish to purchase a parking permit will receive a permit that is designated “Fac/Staff.” With this permit, a vehicle may be parked in any of the above commuter lots or in the Faculty/staff parking lot located behind the Crawford building.
Carpool Parking: The designated permit for vehicles in carpools is “RS.” Faculty or staff participating in a carpool with three or more riders may receive a free reserved parking space by completing a Commute Trip Reduction form and a Vehicle Registration form. These forms are available online or in the Office of Safety and Security.
Faculty or staff participating in a carpool with two riders may also receive a reserved parking space and will be charged half of the annual amount of a parking permit. For all carpools, participants will receive a permit valid only in their space. In the event that one carpool member is unable to participate, he or she must park on the street. Parking in a lot, other than in the reserved carpool space, may result in a parking citation. All participants in carpools must register with the Office of Safety and Security to receive these preferred spaces.
Day parking permits: Students, faculty and staff may purchase a permit from the Office of Safety and Security to park in a commuter lot for the day. Costs of day parking permits are posted here.
Guest parking permits: All visitors are welcome to the campus and may park in any of the commuter lots by purchasing a day pass from Office of Safety and Security to place on the dashboard of their vehicle. There are also limited Visitor parking spaces in the lower Dravus lot, which visitors can park and can call the Office of Safety and Security to register their vehicle for the day. Visitor permits are not required on weekends, holidays, during quarter breaks, and summer quarter. Visitors may not park in any reserved spaces. As noted below, there are also 30 minute parking spaces available on campus.
Handicap Accessible permits: Handicap parking areas are designated in each Commuter parking lot on the University campus. Designated handicap areas require a University issued “H” permit in addition to a State-Issued pass. Please follow the regular Parking Registration process through Banner to obtain your “H” permit.
Service parking permits: Service areas are
designated throughout the campus for use by any University
department vehicle. Authorized, off-campus service vehicles
are also permitted to use these specially designated areas.
Bank and bookstore parking area: Customers of the
bank or campus bookstore may park in this parking area for a
period not to exceed 30 minutes. No permit is necessary.
30-minute parking zones: There are several 30-minute parking zones located around campus. These locations may
be used without a permit for up to 30 minutes by any visitors, as
well as students, faculty and staff. By obtaining a visitor
permit from the Office of Safety and Security, visitors may park
for longer than 30 minutes in the NC lot 30 minute spaces.
Other things you should know
Expiration dates: The expiration of all decals
is indicated by the colored bars on each decal. A decal without
bars expires at the end of fall quarter; one bar on the decal
indicates the decal expires at the end of winter quarter; and
two bars indicates the decal expires at the end of spring quarter.
Residents are issued one decal for the academic year, but are
charged the quarterly fee at the beginning of each quarter.
Assignments are automatically renewed quarterly unless the
student cancels his or her assignment. Commuter students who
have received parking lot assignments are also automatically
renewed each quarter, unless written notice to cancel is given
to the Security Office. Commuter students, however, are sent new
decals each quarter. Faculty and staff members have the option
to purchase decals quarterly or annually.
Fees: A fee schedule for parking privileges is
documented on the parking application form.
Finals week: Parking rules and regulations are
enforced during finals week.
Summer sessions: During the summer, visitors and students may park in any lot on campus, provided they park legally and do not park in any loading zone, reserved or handicap accessible space (unless they have a H permit or state-issued permit) or in a fire lane.
License plate and address changes: These must
be reported to the Office of Safety and Security within 10 days of
Vehicles sold or traded: If a registered vehicle
is sold or traded, the permit should be removed, if possible, and
returned to the Office of Safety and Security. Otherwise, the person
who originally obtained the permit will be held responsible for
any and all citations that the vehicle receives as long as the
permit is valid.
Falsification or forgery: Any falsification of
information used in obtaining a permit or a decal renders the decal
or permit invalid and subjects the offender to disciplinary action
from the University. Any falsification, forgery, or alteration of
any permit issued by the University also subjects the offender to
disciplinary action from the University.
Unattended vehicles/engine running: Vehicles may
not be left unattended while the engine is running. The ignition
key must be removed from all unattended vehicles.
Possession of stolen decals: Decals obtained
without the knowledge of the Security Office will be considered
stolen. Any person found to be in possession of stolen decals
will be immediately fined $30 and could face criminal charges.
Open parking: Open parking, except for reserved and handicap spaces, is allowed in the Dravus, Crawford, Ross, OMH, McKenna, and Sixth Avenue West lots between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. Persons living off campus but attending night classes at SPU, either for credit or for audit, are permitted to park in these lots during these times as long as their vehicle is registered with the Office of Safety and Security, which is free of charge.
Places on campus to never park
Illegal parking: Any vehicle or any part of a
vehicle that is not authorized to park in a fire lane, loading
zone, service zone, reserved space, visitor parking, or on a lawn
or sidewalk will be subject to fines, towing, or both. Any vehicle
that is double-parked or outside the parking stall is subject to
a citation. Any vehicle that is parked in a manner which obstructs
the flow of traffic or is parked in an unmarked space or alleyway
will be subject to towing.
Towing policy: The owner of a vehicle that
receives five parking violations will receive a letter as warning
that the next citation will result in the immediate impoundment of
the vehicle, without further warning at the owner's risk and
expense. Under the following circumstances, owners of vehicles
will not receive a letter of warning:
- Fire lane: Any unattended vehicle parked with any part of the
vehicle extending into a fire lane area will be impounded if not
moved within one hour from the time the citation is issued.
- Service zone: Service areas are designated as 7-day-a-week
tow-away zones, and are restricted to vehicles with special
designations or authorization. All vehicles shall be impounded if
not moved within one hour from the time that the citation is issued.
- Handicap Accessible Spaces: Handicap spaces are designated as
24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week tow-away zones, and are restricted to
vehicles with special State decals and valid permits. Vehicles
will be towed if not moved within one hour from the time the
citation is issued.
- Residential Spaces: Residential students with assigned spaces
may, through complaint to the Office of Safety and Security, arrange
to have violators parked in their assigned spaces either ticketed
or towed at the expense of the owner of the vehicle. Vehicles may
be towed at the space owner's request if not moved within one hour
from the time the citation is issued. The identity of the person
making the complaint will be verified in person, either in the
Office of Safety and Security or at the parking lot before any action
- Obstructing: Any vehicle which is obstructing an access route
to a parking lot or building shall be impounded if not moved
within one half hour from the time the citation is issued.
- Ignoring direct warning: If the owner or driver of a vehicle
ignores a request to move the vehicle by a Campus Security officer,
the vehicle may be impounded without further warning.
- Emergency Situations: Any vehicle which experiences parking
brake failure, thus posing a hazard to vehicles and to people in
the vicinity, or any vehicle which is leaking gasoline, may be
towed immediately, unless the owner can be located to assist in
- Special Events or Construction Areas: Occasionally, there may
be the need to have vehicles cleared from an area of campus in
order to prepare for a special event or to secure a construction
area to provide access for construction vehicles. In such a
situation, all attempts will be made to locate the vehicle's
owner. If signs were posted, and if the owner is not located,
the vehicle will be impounded at the owner's expense. If
circumstances require that cars must be towed without warning,
towing will take place at the University's expense.
What happens if I violate parking regulations?
Responsibility for citations
and staff are responsible for any citations issued to their
vehicle, regardless if the vehicle is registered with the Office
of Safety and Security. If a visitor receives a citation in a
vehicle registered to a person affiliated with the University,
the person to whom the vehicle is registered is responsible for
the citation. It is the responsibility of the student or
faculty/staff member to instruct others who drive his or her
vehicle as to where they may park.
Citations will be issued to any vehicle parked on University property that is in violation of the Parking Regulations, or when the vehicle displays no valid SPU parking permit or guest permit. If, after the Office of Safety and Security has issued five citations and a warning letter, a vehicle is found again in violation of the Parking Regulations, it will be subject to impoundment at the owner’s risk and expense, without further warning. Payment of any towing and storage fees does not preclude the payment of the citation for failure to register or of any monies due on the issued citations.
Schedule of fines
- 1st offense: Warning
- 2nd offense: $30
- 3rd offense: $35
- 4th offense: $40
- Each additional offense: $45
- Handicap space: $45
- Fire lane: $45
- Failure to register: $45
Where to pay parking fines
University faculty/staff: Employees of SPU (faculty and staff)
will be billed on their SPU account for all citations and parking violations issued.
Failure to pay fines may result in suspension of all parking privileges. Information
about Faculty/Staff accounts
is available in Student Financial Services.
Students: Charges for citations
and other violations are assessed against the student's account in Student Financial
Services. Information about Student accounts
is available in Student Financial Services and in the SPU catalog.
How to appeal a parking citation
All appeals must be initiated at the
Office of Safety and Security
within 30 days from the time of issuance of the citation.
Otherwise, students or faculty/staff members may lose their right
to appeal the citation. All appeals are reviewed and decided upon
by the Parking Coordinator. An online parking citation appeal form is available here.
Accidents and Collisions
It is the responsibility of any person involved in any traffic accident on Seattle Pacific University property to report the incident immediately to the Office of Safety and Security, either in person at 601 W Emerson or by calling (206) 281-2911.
The Seattle Pacific University campus is private property. The University reserves the right to deny any person permission to operate or maintain a motor vehicle thereon. Failure to heed such a denial may constitute a trespass. The University reserves the right to inspect any unidentified motor vehicle parked on University property in order to learn the identity of the owner or operator, and to remove, by impoundment, any vehicle that violates these regulations, is improperly parked, or constitutes a hazard to the health or property of others.
The University assumes no responsibility for the care of, protection of, or damage to any motor vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated on, parked on, or removed from University property.