Parking Rules & Regulations

Members of the University community who need to park on campus must obtain the appropriate permit from Transportation & Parking Services (TPS). Parking privileges are non-transferable and regulations are enforced year-round. The following parking rules and regulations apply to members of the Princeton University community and visitors who wish to park on campus.

  • A removable hangtag and window decal must both be properly displayed any time a staff, faculty, or student vehicle is parked on campus. Contractors or other university affiliates with permits under 12 months do not require a decal.
     
  • The hangtag indicates parking zone and lot assignments and must be hung from the rearview mirror so that the assignment information is visible through the front windshield.
     
  • Decals must be applied to the driver’s side passenger window from the inside. For pick-up trucks, the decal should be applied to the back window behind the driver’s seat.
     
  • Visitors to campus do not need to display a permit when parked in Lots 20, 21, or 23.
     
  • Tampering or altering a University parking permit is prohibited, subject to a $200 fine, and will result in the suspension of parking privileges.
  • All permit holders must register their vehicle(s) in order to park on campus. TPS will issue decals for each vehicle, but only one hangtag per permit holder. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to transfer the hangtag in the vehicle that will be parked on campus each day.
     
  • When driving a loaner or rental vehicle to campus, please notify TPS to receive a special temporary permit for the duration of the rental.
  • Each permit holder is assigned a parking zone and specific lot determined by the permit holder’s affiliation with the University. Vehicles parked in unassigned lots will be cited.
     
  • A University parking permit does not guarantee an available parking space in your assigned lot at all times. If your assigned lot is full, please notify TPS and proceed to any lot with vacancies in your assigned zone. If parking is not available in any lot within the designated zone, park in Lot 21.
     
  • Lots 8, 9, and 18, and small unnumbered lots next to campus buildings are accessible by special permit only and are not included in zone overflow parking.
  • Absence of signage is NOT authorization to park. Parking is only permitted within signed lots and in unrestricted stalls (painted parallel lines). See TPS map for authorized parking areas.
     
  • Parking on grass, sidewalks, roadways, or in loading docks is strictly prohibited.
     
  • "University Vehicles Only" parking is reserved for vehicles owned by the University. Personal vehicles of employees or students are not permitted to park in these spaces.
     
  • Visitor parking areas are reserved for campus visitors only. Faculty, staff, students, and all other University permit holders are NOT allowed to park in Visitor Lot 23 or other marked visitor spaces on campus.
  • Faculty and staff permit holders may park in their designated lot overnight (2am-7am) for up to two consecutive days. Faculty and staff that need to park for up to seven consecutive days, when traveling on University business, must contact TPS to register for a special overnight parking permit.
     
  • After seven consecutive days a vehicle is in violation, even with a valid University parking permit displayed.
     
  • No vehicle may remain parked in a University resident parking area while the resident has sublet their unit nor while the resident is not paying rent on the unit.
  • Vehicles parked in restricted areas without a permit or otherwise impeding access to any area of campus may be booted or towed at the owner’s expense.
     
  • Vehicles with current permits that are parked in violation of the parking rules and regulations with outstanding citations may be booted or towed at the permit holder’s expense.
     
  • Any vehicle towed at Princeton University that is not retrieved within 48 hours will encumber a storage fee of $25 per day. Vehicles not retrieved after 15 business days will be considered abandoned.
     
  • Vehicles unattended for an extended period of time will be classified as abandoned and will be towed and stored at the owner’s expense. Vehicles unclaimed after 90 days will be disposed.
  • All citations and expenses related to violations, including the towing or booting of vehicles with University parking permits are issued against the parking permit holder.
     
  • For non-University registered vehicles, the vehicle owner is responsible for all violations and citations.
     
  • Frequent violations or disregard for University parking rules and regulations will result in the revocation of University parking privileges.
     
  • Princeton University and TPS are not responsible for damage, loss of property, or theft of vehicles parked on University property.