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Vehicle Registration and Traffic Regulations

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


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, UT Poe Parkway, in, around or near AMSCOT or the privately owned properties on the west side of campus. It is also illegal to park along the CSX Railroad tracks that parallel Cass Street. Parking does not change during holidays, breaks or summer. 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
Maureen A. Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building (first floor)
820 W. North A St.
Telephone: On Campus: x7777
Off Campus: (813) 257-7777

Registration and Parking Decals

Information about obtaining a decal to park on campus.

Register your vehicle »

  • All students, faculty and staff who intend to have and/or bring a vehicle on campus are required to register their vehicles. Students must preregister 48 hours in advance of picking up their permit. Parking decals will be issued Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and again from 3:30 until 10 p.m. as staffing permits. If you have an issue that prevents you from having availability during those hours you may contact Campus Safety to make arrangements. Valid parking decals are to be properly displayed, and vehicles are to be parked in the designated parking areas.
    • Faculty/Staff: Hanging decals 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 decal - if you feel you may have an issue needing to display another decal (such as for an apartment, housing community, handicap decal, etc.), it is recommended you request a sticker decal.
    • Students: Sticker decals must be permanently attached to the rear window, lower left corner (driver's side). For convertibles or other special situations, please contact the Department of Campus Safety as improper decal display will result in a citation.
  • Parking decals expire annually in August - see your parking decal for the exact date; they may not be reproduced, altered or transferred to another individual or vehicle. Faculty and staff, if you get a new vehicle or license plate make sure to update it with Campus Safety. Students who get a new car will need to register that vehicle and obtain a new sticker decal as the stickers will not transfer. Cost for decals (based on month purchased; all decals are good through the current school year) include the following:
    • August-December: $50;
    • January-April: $35;
    • May-July: $30; and
    • Replacement, reissue and secondary decals: $15.

All guests/visitors must obtain a temporary (no cost) decal from the Campus Safety Office located at 820 W. North A St., behind the Rick Thomas Parking Garage on the first floor of the Innovation and Collaboration Building. Guests must also register their vehicles either prior to visiting or once they arrive on campus, which can be done in the Campus Safety Office.

Parking Requirements

Requirements for all types of campus parking.
  • Freshmen Student Parking Policy
    Effective Fall 2015, residential freshmen are not permitted to have cars registered on campus. This includes students who have enough credits to be considered sophomores at any time during their first academic year. This policy does not apply to local students who live off campus and commute to UT, nor does it apply to students who matriculated prior to Fall 2015.
  • Students may park as designated by their residency status. Resident students may park in the West Parking Garage starting on the second floor ramp through the top floor. Commuter students may park in the Rick Thomas Parking Garage starting on the second floor ramp through the top floor, the West Parking Garage designated spaces on the first floor (follow signage) and second floor ramp and higher. All students may park in the designated spaces located on the west side of campus (spaces along Frederic H. Spaulding Street and Edison Avenue). Faculty/staff lots are open to students Monday – Thursday between 5 and 10 p.m., as well as on weekends, unless reserved for an event. You may not park in any specifically reserved space (Visitor, Residence Life, President, ROTC, etc.) at any time. These may be marked by signage, street markings or both.
  • Faculty/staff may park in faculty/staff parking lots, as well as designated areas in the parking garages. Faculty/staff may not park in visitor spaces or 15 minute loading zones longer than the allotted time.
  • Visitors are required to obtain a free visitor parking pass 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday or when visiting overnight. Bring your photo ID, license plate number and vehicle information to the Campus Safety Office to receive one – if visitors register online prior to visiting they will only need to bring photo ID. Visitors may park on the first floor of the Rick Thomas Parking Garage; entry to this level is located on North A Street, along the north side of Frederic H. Spaulding Street (not including the Graduate Studies or ZipCar spaces), and the second floor of the West Parking Garage. The John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center visitor parking is located on the seventh floor of the Rick Thomas Parking Garage and the available spaces are indicated with reserved signs. The parking lots by the Riverside Building and the Macdonald-Kelce Library are for Admissions visitors only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and require a pass from that office. Visitors not on campus for Admissions may use those spaces outside of those hours.
  • Motorcycles are permitted to park in the designated areas of both garages.

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 (5) days of the citation date. This includes weekends and holidays.
  • Appeal forms can be found here: ONLINE APPEAL FORM. All appeal results are FINAL.
  • Only one citation may be appealed per form. A new form will need to be submitted for each ticket you are appealing.
  • If you would like to include any pictures with your appeal, please send them to You may not email additional information and explanations once you have submitted your appeal. Only what is originally submitted will be taken into consideration.
  • Citations must be paid (Plant Hall, Bursar's Office, Room 428) within 14 business days of the citation date.
  • Students 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 decals and use their designated parking areas.
  • All University community members are required to register their vehicles, display valid parking decals 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 decal 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 decal: $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.