The University seeks to assure that safe and accessible parking is available for intended users and that University business may be conducted in a safe and orderly fashion. The following rules and regulations are in effect throughout the year, including holidays and all University recesses and intercessions.
A complete list of campus rules and regulations, consistent with the Vehicle and Traffic Law relating to parking, vehicular and pedestrian traffic and safety, is on file with the Secretary of State, Town of Vestal office of the clerk and the office of the University’s Director of University Police. The complete list of campus rules and regulations may be reviewed within these offices during their business hours.
24 Hour Lots
The following lots can be used by anyone with a valid decal, 24 hours a day, all year round: Lot E1, Lot G, Lot H, Lot I, Lot M1, Lot N, Lot O1, Lot O2, Lot S1, Lot S2, Lot S3, Lot X, Lot Y1, Lot Y3, Lot Y4, Lot Y5, Lot Z, Lot ZZ North and Lot ZZ South. If you are parked in a metered space, you are still required to pay.
In addition, the Parking Garage can be used by anyone who pays the hourly or daily rate or who has purchased a current semester or annual garage pass.
Citations for overtime parking can be issued every hour and a half for vehicles left in a space without payment. All other citations can be issued each day, midnight to midnight, that a vehicle is in violation of a campus rule.
Non-affiliated visitors may have the first ticket issued for "03 no current vehicle registration decal displayed" and/or "04 no current University parking permit displayed" waived if the current daily rate is paid at Parking Services within five business days of ticket issuance.
An operator of a vehicle parked on campus is presumed to be affiliated with the University. Responsibility for parking violations cited to a vehicle will lie with the owner or family member of the owner affiliated with Binghamton University. The person affiliated with the University is held responsible for parking tickets issued to family members' vehicles. It is your responsibility to inform your family and friends of the parking rules and regulations.
Vehicles illegally parked may be towed at the owner's expense. If your vehicle is towed to another location on campus, you must pay your account in full and show a currently valid driver's license and insurance card to University Police before you can claim the vehicle.
Any customer or visitor who accumulates $150 dollars or more of unpaid citations is immediately eligible for having any vehicle on their account immobilized and/or towed and will no longer be allowed to park on campus until the full amount of their account has been paid. If a vehicle associated with the customer or visitor is found on campus additional citations, boot fees, and/or towing & storage fees can be applied. If a booted vehicle's account isn't paid in full within 24 hours, the vehicle can be towed to a storage site. All costs associated with towing and storage are the responsibility of the customer or visitor.
Anyone who tampers with, makes fraudulent use of, counterfeits, makes other unauthorized use of or obtains a decal by giving false information is subject to additional fines, University disciplinary action and/or arrest and the rescission of campus vehicle registration and/or parking permit privileges.
Commuter lots are reserved for commuter parking from 5 a.m. to midnight every day; no overnight parking is allowed in these lots at any time. Vehicles parked at any time between midnight and 5 a.m. can be ticketed and towed.
The following are commuter lots: Lot A, Lot AD (the Administration Circle), Lot B, Lot B1, Lot C, Lot D, Lot E, Lot F, Lot F1, Lot F2, Lot F3, Lot J, Lot J2, Lot K, Lot L, Lot LT (disabled parking area), Lot M0, M-2, M-3, M-4, Lot M-5, Lot O3, Lot O4, Lot P, Lot Q1, Lot Q2, Lot T, Lot U, Lot V, Lot Y2, and the University Downtown Center parking lot.
Students, faculty, and staff may use a Courtesy Card for the first ticket issued for "03/04 No Current Decal/Permit Displayed" if permanent (semesterly or annual) permit/registration is purchased at Parking Services within five business days of ticket issuance.
Customers who already hold a currently valid parking permit or a current University parking registration have three Courtesy Cards for a full academic year permit/registration or one for a one semester permit. A Courtesy Card can be used for citations "04 no currently displayed University parking permit", "07 Overtime parking", or "12 parking while displaying an expired DMV registration or vehicle inspection" and must be submitted within 30 days of the citation. The vehicle must have been parked in compliance with all other parking rules in order to use a Courtesy Card. Customers who have had their vehicles immobilized with a boot are no longer eligible for Courtesy Cards or citation price reductions.
In all other cases, the full amount of the ticket must be paid.
Vehicles in spaces reserved for disability parking must follow the parking rules regarding University parking permits, decals and paid spaces.
In addition, Binghamton University's Policy and Procedure for Disability Parking requires individuals parking in designated disability parking areas on campus to display a state disability parking hang tag from the vehicle's rear-view mirror or have disability parking license plates on the driven vehicle. Drivers do not need to request any specific campus-based disability parking from Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) to park in standard disability parking spaces.
Individuals whose disabilities limit them from walking long distances, can apply for a SSD L- permit, provided they have a state disability parking hangtag or disability parking license plates. These permits allow people to park in areas closer to building destinations. Questions may be directed to Services for Students with Disabilities at 607-777-2686.
Disabled vehicles may not be left in roadways, parking lot aisles or other locations where they can interfere with traffic. If your vehicle becomes disabled, move it as quickly as possible to a valid parking space and immediately report the vehicle description, license plate number, location and name of the owner or operator to University Police. Leaving a note on the vehicle does not serve as adequate notification.
Once a vehicle is in a valid parking space and is reported as disabled, University Police or Parking Services will give you up to 24 hours to make the necessary removal arrangements. Vehicles left for more than 24 hours or vehicles that are left in roadways, parking lot aisles or other locations where they can interfere with traffic will be towed.
Freshmen residing in University residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus, including at parking meters, the Parking Garage and the Visitor's Paid Lot. First-year resident, non-transfer, matriculated freshmen must complete at least 24 academic credits at Binghamton University to register a vehicle and be issued a parking permit. Credits earned while in high school do not count toward parking.
Freshmen who reside off-campus may register a vehicle on campus and purchase a parking permit.
Requests for exceptions to this policy are to be directed to Parking Services. Resident freshmen who park a car on-campus without permission from Parking Services and upperclassmen who purchase a parking permit for a resident freshman, or attempt to do so, will be fined and/or face campus judicial action.
Garage and Paid Lots
Proximity card permits can be purchased. These permits allow parking in any open flat lot when decal sticker is adhered to the right side of the front windshield and also allows unlimited entry to the Garage or Paid Lot during normal hours of operation. The proximity card permit does not allow for free parking in metered spaces and only one vehicle at a time is allowed to park on campus. Misuse can result in monetary fines/remuneration, loss of parking privileges, loss of proximity card without a refund, campus judicial and/or arrest.
Motorcycles, motorbikes, mopeds, scooters and skateboards are not allowed in the garage.
Loading and Unloading
Service roads and residence hall patio areas are strictly reserved for service vehicles. No other vehicle may be operated in those areas without prior permission from University Police. If you are granted permission to load or unload, your vehicle's four-way emergency flashers must be displayed while in any restricted area. A 20-minute time limit, and a five mph speed limit on service drives is strictly enforced. Vehicle operators who do not seek prior permission, who do not use flashers and/or who exceed the time and speed limit may be ticketed and/or towed.
Lost or Stolen Permit
If you lose your permit or if an online ordered permit is lost in the mail, you may replace it. A replacement fee will be charged. If the lost decal is later recovered, the fee will be refunded upon return of the second decal to Parking Services.
If your decal is stolen, you may receive a replacement. You must provide Parking Services with furnished proof that the theft was reported to the police and have jurisdiction for the location of the theft offense. A replacement fee will be charged. Individuals in possession of lost or stolen parking decals are subject to additional fines, University disciplinary action and/or arrest.
Motorcycles, Snowmobiles and Trailers
All motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, dune buggies and motorbikes must be registered with Parking Services and display a parking decal. Proof of vehicle registration is required.
These vehicles can park in regular parking spaces but are not allowed in the Parking Garage. In addition, special spaces for motorcycles and mopeds are located in Lot S1, Lot Q2, Lot T, Lot A, Lot Y4, Lot K, Science 2, Lot H, Lot F1, Lot J, Library Tower and Library dock.
Snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles may not be operated on University grounds without specific permission from the University Police or Parking Services. Vehicular living quarters may not be parked on University grounds at any time without the permission of the University Police Chief or his designee.
Official Business Parking Pass
Official business parking passes passes provide temporary, short-term access to state and service parking spaces for departments on official University business.
When using an official business pass, passes must be displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle with a current University registration decal or parking permit. Vehicles must be parked in a space reserved with signage for state and service vehicles. The pass is not valid in any other area. Parking is limited to two hours in the reserved spaces. Doors must be locked when using the pass, and must be returned to the dean or department chair's secretary after use.
Two violations in a calendar year could result in the pass being revoked. The department that requests the official business pass is responsible for the pass.
Binghamton University requires that all vehicles conform to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle rules and regulations regarding registration, insurance and safety inspections. In addition, violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law or any other applicable traffic ordinance will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the applicable law.
Vehicles must be parked within the boundaries of a valid parking space. Parking is restricted in crosswalks, sidewalks, off-pavement areas, yellow curb areas, beyond the end of a marked row, bus or loading zones, traffic lanes or barricaded or closed areas or any other non-valid space. Personal notes of explanation left on vehicles or the fact that other vehicles are parked illegally do not constitute justification for parking in violation of the regulations.
All parking permits are represented by a decal sticker. These decals are to be adhered to the right side of the front windshield, opposite of the car registration information. These decals are non-transferrable. Current parking decals must be properly displayed and be readable from outside of the vehicle. Displaying your permit improperly can result in a citation.
Motorcycle parking decals should be permanently and entirely affixed to the left front fork.
If you need to use a different vehicle during the year, the following options are available:
Stop at the Information Booth or the Parking Services Office and receive a complimentary day pass. If you have an annual permit, a day pass can be used three times a year for up to five days. If you have a semester permit, a day pass can be used once a semester for up to five days.
Trade in one decal for another and pay a $25.00 registration fee. A new decal will be issued to be placed on a new vehicle.
Register an additional vehicle your regular permit price and receive another decal to place on the additional vehicle.
Purchase a Permit
Permits are available for purchase online at myparking.binghamton.edu. To log in, you will need your Binghamton University PODS ID.
First time buyer? You must register your vehicle with the University by e-mailing a clear, readable copy of your vehicle registration along with your name and B-Number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Allow two business days for processing before returning to the TAPS website to purchase your permit.
If you are a returning customer, log in and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Permits will be mailed to the address of your choice. At this time, your Binghamton University local address is recommended. You will then be provided with a temporary permit that may be printed and placed on your front dashboard until your decal arrives in the mail. Temporary permits expire 10 days after the date of purchase.
To print your temporary permit, follow these instructions:
- Click "View Your Permits"
- Select the permit you just purchased
- Click "Print Permit" located at the bottom of the screen
During office hours, you may also register your vehicle and purchase a parking permit at Parking Services on the Ground floor of the Couper Administration Building, or at the Information Booth on Bartle Drive. At all other times, temporary parking permits may be obtained at the University Police Department located in the Couper Administration Building, room G-35.
Parking permit fees vary according to the type of permit; consult the fee schedule for more information. Be sure to obtain the permit best suited for your parking needs, as refunds will not be issued after seven calendar days of purchase. Also, refunds will be processed only after available funds have been credited to any outstanding fine balances.
Dates of validity for parking permits are: Fall: 9/1 to 1/31; Spring: 1/1 to 5/31; Summer: 6/1 to 8/31; Annual 9/1 to 8/31. Since parking spaces are limited, purchasing a parking permit does not assure a parking space.
Ownership of the parking permit is not transferable.
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on campus is 20 mph. Sidewalks and service drives are restricted to emergency and maintenance vehicles while performing their official duties. Any other vehicle operating on a sidewalk or service drive must have prior permission from the New York State University Police.
Special 24 Hour Lots
A few parking areas are designated as special 24 hour lots. If snow is expected overnight, all vehicles in these lots must be removed from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. to allow for snow removal. A green light in these lots will turn on the night prior if vehicles need to be removed the following morning. Vehicles remaining in these lots during these times will be ticketed and towed. The following are special 24 hour lots: the Visitor's Paid Lot, Lot LT (the metered area) and Lot J1.
Companies servicing the campus are expected to follow all parking regulations. Parking Services will issue special parking permits to service vehicles at the time of their registration. The service permit allows service vehicles to park for a maximum of two hours in specially marked State/Service spaces located in parking lots and near loading docks.
Anyone parking on campus starting at 7 a.m. on Monday through 4 p.m. on Friday must display a valid parking decal or be parked in a paid parking space. After 4 p.m. on Friday until 7 a.m. on Monday no parking permit is needed to park in a valid parking space, though paid parking spaces are still in effect. See Visitor Parking for more information.