Vehicle Registration and Traffic Regulations

This page contains important information about parking and having a vehicle on the UT campus. Please read carefully!

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION

IT IS ILLEGAL TO PARK: Anywhere on campus other than in a marked parking space. The absence of "No Parking" or "Fire Lane" signs, lack of curb paint or enough room for a vehicle to park does not suggest that parking is permitted. YOU MAY ONLY LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE IN MARKED PARKING SPACES. There are no exceptions.

Please note: It is illegal to park anywhere along North A Street, Brevard Avenue, in, around or near AMSCOT, or the privately owned properties on the North and South sides of Kennedy Boulevard. It is also illegal to park along the CSX Railroad tracks that parallel Cass Street. Anyone violating the University's parking policies may have their vehicle ticketed, booted, towed or impounded by the property owners, the City of Tampa and/or the University.

The University of Tampa assumes no liability, under any circumstances, for damaged, vandalized, stolen or impounded vehicles.

General Information

UT encourages its Campus Safety officers to strictly enforce parking policies.
The University of Tampa is a private, urban institution that encourages its Department of Campus Safety officers to strictly enforce parking policies. Faculty, staff and students, as well as their guests, are responsible for understanding and complying with these regulations at all times. Failure to do so may result in loss of parking privileges.

It is the vehicle owner's responsibility to contact Campus Safety in advance regarding any questions, concerns or circumstances that may result in a citation or vehicle impoundment.

Department of Campus Safety
ResCom Clubhouse Building
720 UT Frederic H Spaulding St. (next to Thomas Parking Garage)
Telephone: On Campus: x7777
Off Campus: (813) 257-7777
Email: campussafety@ut.edu

Parking Permits

Information about obtaining a permit to park on campus.
  • All students, faculty and staff who intend to have and/or bring a vehicle on campus are required to register their vehicles within the first week of classes. Valid parking permits are to be properly displayed and vehicles are to be parked in the designated parking areas Monday through Friday.   
  • Parking permits expire annually in August - see your parking permit for the exact date; they may not be reproduced, altered or transferred to another individual or vehicle. If you get a new vehicle make sure to update it with Campus Safety. Costs (based on month purchased; all permits are good through the current school year): August-December: $50; January-April: $35; May-July: $30; replacement permit: $15.
  • All guests/visitors must obtain a temporary (no cost) permit from the Campus Safety Office located at 720 UT Frederic H Spaulding St., next to the Thomas Parking Garage.
  • Hanging permits must be placed on the rear view mirror, printed side facing the front of the vehicle and should be plainly visible. Do not hang other items, permits, etc. in front of the permit - if you feel you may have an issue reference needing to display another permit (such as for an apartment, housing community, handicap decal, etc.) then it is recommended you request a sticker permit.
  • Stick-on permit must be permanently attached to the rear (driver's side) window, lower left corner. For convertibles or other special situations, please contact the Department of Campus Safety as improper permit display will result in a citation.

Parking Requirements

Requirements for all types of campus parking.
  • Freshmen resident students must park in the West Garage, fifth floor or higher at all times. Freshmen resident students are never permitted to use faculty/staff parking lots or 15 minute loading zones. For specific situations please contact the Department of Campus Safety.
  • Non-freshmen resident students are required to park in the Thomas Garage (not on the first floor) or in the West Garage (third floor or higher). Faculty/staff lots (this does not include the first floor of Thomas Parking Garage) are open to non-freshman students on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends, unless reserved for an event.
  • Commuter students may park in the Thomas Garage (not on the first floor) or in the West Garage (not in designated faculty/staff spots on the first floor (look for signs). Faculty/staff lots (this does not include the first floor of the Thomas Parking Garage) are open to non-freshman students on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends, unless reserved for an event.
  • Faculty/staff may park in faculty/staff parking lots and designated areas in the parking garages. Faculty/staff may not park in student or visitor spaces.
  • Visitors are required to obtain a visitor parking pass 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday–Friday and after 5 p.m. and on the weekends if staying overnight. Bring your photo ID and license plate number to the Campus Safety Office in order to acquire a free parking permit. Visitors may park across the street from the Campus Safety Office in a marked visitor spot (this does not include the Graduate and Continuing Studies spaces or Connect rental car spaces), on the first floor of the Thomas Garage, and second floor or higher in the West Garage. The two Admissions lots located next to the Riverside building and McKay residence hall are only available to those guest visiting the admissions office Monday - Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and are available to other visitors outside of those times, unless reserved for an event
  • Motorcycle parking is available in the designated spaces located in the Thomas and West Parking garages throughout.

Citation Appeals and Payments

Appeal a citation issued by UT Campus Safety.
  • A citation appeal may be filed with the University Traffic Board within five business days of the citation date.
  • Appeal forms are located on the UT website: ONLINE APPEAL FORM. All appeal results are FINAL. 
  • Citations must be paid (Plant Hall, Bursar's Office, Room 428) within 14 business days of the citation date.
  • Student with unpaid citations are not permitted to register for classes or obtain transcripts.

Parking and Traffic Regulations

All University community members are required to register their vehicles, display valid parking permits and use their designated parking areas.
  • All University community members are required to register their vehicles, display valid parking permits and use their designated parking areas at all times.
  • Parking on campus is allowed only when the vehicle’s operator is on University business, attending class or a University event.
  • The absence of "No Parking" signs or curb paint does not suggest that parking is permitted.
  • Vehicle may be impounded at the owner's expense for:
    • parking in a fire lane, reserved space or no parking area
    • obstructing traffic/pedestrian flow, creating a hazard, or interfering with University operations
    • remaining unmoved for three consecutive days
  • Parking or driving privileges may be revoked for:
    • five or more violations per semester or seven or more violations per academic year
    • providing fraudulent information or improper permit use
    • hit-and-run accident involvement
    • driving while under the influence or alcohol or drugs
  • Driving the wrong direction on one-way streets is prohibited and strictly enforced.
  • The maximum UT campus speed limit is 15 mph.

Schedule of Fines

A listing of fines for traffic and vehicle violations.

Parking Violations:
All parking violations are $35, except for the following:

  • Failure to display or properly display a parking permit: $20
  • Parking facing traffic: $20
  • Parking within 20 feet of a fire hydrant: $50
  • Parking in a Fire Lane: $50
  • Parking in a handicap space without a valid permit: $75
  • Moving, removing, altering, defacing or destroying traffic and/or parking devices (including traffic cones, barricades and gates). Campus conduct charges may also be filed. $75

Moving Violations:

  • Running a stop sign: $50
  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street: $50
  • Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk: $50

Speeding Violations (maximum campus speed limit is 15 mph):

  • 1-5 mph over campus speed limit: Warning
  • 6-14 mph over campus speed limit: $30
  • 15-19 mph over campus speed limit: $50
  • 20 mph or more over campus speed limit: $75

Note: Individuals driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, repeating serious violations or driving/parking on campus after privileges have been revoked will be referred immediately to the Office of Student Conduct.