Student Parking Rules, Regulations, and Information

Student Parking Rules, Regulations, and Information

University Police
Poplar Building
236 E. Wopsononock Ave.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Phone: 814-949-5222
Fax: 814-949-5133

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Vehicle Registration

Student semester parking permits must be obtained by registering online. The parking permit Web page can be accessed through the Penn State Altoona University Police Web page or directly on the Parking page. Follow the links and instructions to complete the registration process.

After completing the registration process, allow two business days for processing. The permit will be available to be picked up at the University Police Office, Poplar Building. Proof of ownership (permanent or temporary registration), driver’s license, PSU ID+Card, and signature must be presented at time of registration. Students may pay for the permit online with a credit or debit card or by cash, check, or money order upon pick up of the permit. Registration process is not complete until permit is picked up and displayed on the vehicle. The cost of student permits may be obtained from the University Police Office or Web page. Insurance must be maintained on the vehicle while registered at the University. Any vehicle parked on campus is parked at the owner’s risk. The University assumes no liability for vehicles parked on Penn State property.

The parking permit must be affixed on the outside of the rear window, lower corner of the passenger side. State law requires the top of the permit be no higher than 31/2 inches from the bottom of the window.

Motorcycle or other motorized vehicle permits will be issued for motorcycle or other motorized vehicle parked on campus. Permits should be vertically affixed to the front right fork just above the axle. Parking should be restricted to a regulation parking space in a student lot or in a designated “motorcycles only” space.

The campus offers bicycle registration free of charge. Bicycles must not be chained to trees, signs, or any other structures. Racks are provided at several locations on campus to secure bicycles.

Parking spaces that are reserved for people with disabilities are for vehicles legally displaying state-issued plates or placards. Students with disabilities who are in need of special parking considerations and who do not have a state-issued plate or placard should contact the Office of University Police.

If a permit is mislaid, lost, or stolen, it is the student’s responsibility to immediately notify University Police to nullify the old number and obtain a new permit.

All numbers and letters on a parking permit must be legible. Should a parking permit become damaged or unreadable, the student must go to the University Police Office to obtain a new permit. The old permit must be completely removed and replaced with the new one.

When a registered vehicle is exchanged or sold, the permit must be removed from the vehicle and returned to the University Police Office. All subsequent violations issued to this vehicle will be charged against the original registrant if it retains the parking permit.

Permit holders are responsible for reporting all address, license plate, and vehicle registration changes to University Police Office immediately. Should a permit holder have a need to drive a vehicle other than the one registered with University Police, a temporary parking permit must be obtained for a limited period – not to exceed one week –or an additional permit will be issued if the vehicle will be used for an extended period.

Obedience to Regulations

Parking and traffic regulations are in effect at all times; however, during registration periods at the beginning of semesters, unregistered vehicles are allowed in student parking lots. This registration period is normally the first five (5) days of classes.

It is the responsibility of all students to know the parking and traffic regulations. Students must park in the student parking areas at all times.

All vehicles must be parked between two lines designating a legal parking space, and not to extend into adjoining spaces or the roadway. Parking is prohibited in any area that is not specifically designated by markings or signs as a student parking space, or where access is limited by sign, barricade, or gate.

Any vehicle not parked in a designated legal space is subject to ticketing, immobilization, or towing.

Speed on all campus roads is limited to 15 miles per hour, unless conditions dictate a slower speed. All Pennsylvania traffic laws apply to campus as well.

If a vehicle is disabled, the permit holder must notify University Police IMMEDIATELY with their name, the vehicle’s license plate number, and the vehicle’s location. A grace period of up to twelve (12) hours may be allowed. No extensions will be made. This grace period does not automatically exempt your vehicle from being ticketed; however, it may be used as a basis for appeal. Notes left on a vehicle stating that the vehicle is mechanically disabled are given no consideration by enforcement personnel. Vehicles not properly reported to University Police may be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Residence Hall Parking

Parking for residence hall students is as follows. Red Permits: residents of Oak Hall must park in the Larch Lot. Yellow Permits: residents of Cedar, Maple, and Spruce Halls must park in Rider Lot. If Larch or Rider Lots are full, residence hall students may park in the Ivy or Juniata Gap Lots until a space becomes available in their designated lot, but not to exceed a 24-hour period.

Student parking behind residence halls is for temporary unloading and loading of persons or items, and is restricted to 15 minutes, with flashers, in the designated spaces. Additional temporary parking may be indicated by signs during evening hours.

Guests of students, during the work week, must obtain a temporary hanging permit from the University Police Office and park in the student parking area designated. This registration is not necessary during weekends, but parking must be in the appropriate student lot.

Commuter Student Parking

Students living at Nittany Pointe, Pennview Suites, or Wehnwood Court are not permitted to park in any campus lot 6 a.m. –5 p.m., Monday – Friday, unless they purchase a “Special Commuter Permit” each semester (available in limited quantities) or park at one of the designated meter spaces in the Ivy, Hawthorn, or Juniata Gap Lots. Students living at these locations who would like to park on campus after 5 p.m. must purchase a restricted commuter parking permit or park at one of the designated meter spaces.

Green Permits: Commuter students may park in the following lots: Cypress, Hawthorn, Ivy, Juniata Gap, and Science.

Downtown Student Parking

Students utilizing the Altoona Parking Authority parking lots – located in downtown Altoona – must purchase and display a parking permit issued by Penn State Altoona.

NOTE: Students are encouraged to ride Amtran buses between Ivyside and Downtown campuses for free with student I.D.

Downtown Parking

Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Students attending classes downtown are directed to park in one of the following two locations:

  • Altoona Transportation Center Parking Garage
    Located across from the center at the corner of 11th Avenue and 13th Street (NOT the parking garage at the corner of 12th Avenue and 13th Street)
  • Red Lot
    Located across 12th Avenue from the Aaron, Devorris Downtown Center and the Penn Building, behind the Yellow Lot.

All students with a valid Penn State Altoona Student Parking Permit will be permitted to park in these lots. Parking rules and ticketing will be enforced by the Altoona Parking Authority.

NOTE: Students are not permitted to park in the Yellow Lot or the Penn Lot.

Parking rules and ticketing by the Altoona Parking Authority will be enforced in both the Altoona Transportation Center Parking Garage, and the Blue, Red and Yellow Lots for violators.

Street parking is free weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and all day weekends.

Student Metered Parking

Parking meters for student use are located in the upper Ivy Parking Lot (near the Willow Building), the Hawthorn Lot, and the Juniata Gap Lot. They are intended for use by students who have not purchased a Penn State Altoona parking permit but find it necessary to park on campus for a short period not to exceed the posted time limits. Parking meters are posted with signs explaining the maximum period of time a student is permitted to park in a metered space. Students are responsible for inserting the appropriate amount of money into the parking meter. (Parking meters are intended for students who need to park on campus for a short period and are not intended for students attending regularly scheduled classes.) Vehicles displaying a valid Penn State Altoona parking permit are not permitted to park in the metered section.

Visitor Parking

Family members/guests or students from a Penn State campus are NOT considered visitors and may NOT park in the visitor sections. During weekdays, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., students and their family members/guests, who do not possess a current parking permit, must come to the University Police Office to get a temporary parking permit to park in the designated student lot.

Winter Parking

During snow emergencies, no parking will be permitted in any faculty/staff or commuter parking lot on nights of an announced “Midnight Clear.” Parking restrictions will occur between the hours of midnight to 7 a.m. “Midnight Clear” activity will be announced by e-mail, on the Penn State Altoona Web site, and closed circuit television when heavy snow is anticipated or has occurred. Students, faculty, and staff should remove vehicles from the faculty/staff and commuter parking lots during a “Midnight Clear” in order to allow for efficient removal of snow. Vehicles left in parking lots will be towed at the owner’s expense to allow for the snow removal. On-campus students will be notified by e-mail and by residence hall staff of scheduled times to move vehicles from the residence hall lots to designated areas to allow for the removal of snow.

University Park and Other Penn State Campuses

Current student parking permits issued by Penn State Altoona are valid at all other Penn State campuses, providing the rules and regulations of that campus are followed.

A Penn State Altoona student parking permit is valid at the University Park campus after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends in most, but not all, faculty/staff lots on campus. Lots that are open for evening/weekend parking are marked with yellow squares on the University Park student parking map. To park on campus between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, students must obtain a one-day permit to park in one of the commuter lots, Lot 44 (Jordan East), Stadium West, or Porter North; please go to any Kiosk Information Booth, the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau, or the Parking Office (1 Eisenhower Parking Deck). You will need to present your Penn State id+Card and $4.00 cash to obtain your permit. For more detailed information, call the University Park Parking Office at 814-865-1436 or email

Students who transfer to any other Penn State campus must remove the permit issued from Penn State Altoona, notify the University Police Office, and register their vehicle with the campus to which they have transferred.

Parking Violations and Penalties

  • Curb/Roadway $10
  • Fraudulent/Unauthorized Permit $15
  • Disabled Person Space $50 ($100 for subsequent violations)
  • Loading Zone $10
  • No Parking Area $10
  • Other $10
  • Overtime Parking/No Flashers $10
  • Parked Outside Lines $10
  • Permit Improperly/Not Displayed $10
  • Reserved Space $10
  • Unregistered Vehicle $50
  • Vehicle Immobilization $25
  • Wrong Area $10

More than one parking violation may be written for the same continuing offense if the vehicle remains parked in violation for four (4) hours or more.

No parking violations will be dismissed by the University Police Office except in the case of an officer error. Dismissals may be granted only by the Appeals Committee, or by a District Justice in the case of a state citation.

Any student/vehicle that receives six (6) or more parking violations in any semester or summer session may have their vehicle immobilized (booted) or towed. The fee to have the immobilizer (boot) removed is $25.00, plus any outstanding monies owed to Penn State for unpaid parking violations. Violators must pay unpaid parking violations and boot fee within 48 hours. Failure to do so will result in the vehicle being towed away at the owner’s expense.

All subsequent violations in the same semester may result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense and the revocation of parking privileges.

Appeals are NOT accepted on any outstanding parking violations for a student once a vehicle is immobilized or towed.

Payment and Appeal of Parking Violations

Parking violations may be appealed by visiting the Parking page online within seven (7) business days of the violation date. The appeal will be forwarded to the Appeals Committee for independent review. The appellant is notified of the committee’s decision. Appeals Committee decisions are final.

After seven (7) business days have passed the appeal process is closed and payment must be received at the Office of the Bursar within 30 calendar days of the issue date of the parking violation. Acceptable means of payment are check or money order payable Penn State. Please enclose a copy of the violation or your license plate number to ensure proper credit. Payment also can be made with a credit card by visiting the Parking page.


Refunds for parking permits shall be granted on a prorated basis. The amount of the refund is determined by the price paid for the parking permit. The refund price may be obtained by contacting the University Police Department during normal business hours. The parking permit must be returned in order to receive a refund.