University of Dubuque


Vehicles & Parking

Vehicle Registration Fees and Fines

 Vehicle Registration

All vehicles of students enrolled at the University of Dubuque must be registered with the University and have the appropriate parking permit properly displayed in the required place. All persons registering or driving vehicles on UD property are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations governing parking and traffic. Students must register vehicles by the end of the first week of classes or within 24 hours of bringing a vehicle on campus at the Safety and Security Office located in Smith Hall, Room 112. Students must bring a valid driver's license, current proof of insurance, and a state vehicle registration form before a permit will be issued. Depending on where the student resides, a permit fee may or may not be billed to student's account. 

All vehicles parked on campus must be currently licensed and operational at all times. Vehicles may not be left on campus, unattended, for extended periods of time. If you need to leave your vehicle in a residence hall lot over Christmas or Spring Break, please contact the Security Office to make appropriate arrangements. Vehicles may not be left on campus during summer break when you are not currently enrolled, or if your status shows that you are no longer a student.

Parking Fees

  • Student Parking Permit: $75.00 per year
  • Replacement Permit (with old sticker, in pieces): no charge
  • Replacement Permit (without old sticker, in pieces): $25.00

Fee for permit will be billed to student's account.

Students who have not registered their vehicles and have accumulated parking violations will be assessed a $25.00 license plate research fee, which will be charged to the student's account.

Parking Fines
Violating University motor vehicle policies will result in the following fines:

  • Handicapped Parking Violation: $200.00
  • Parking in a Fire Lane or Alley: $50.00
  • Parking on the Grass or on a Sidewalk: $25.00
  • Parking in a Faculty/Staff Parking Area: $20.00
  • Parking in a Visitor Area: $20.00
  • Parking in a No Student Parking Area: $20.00
  • Parking where Permit Not Valid in Lot: $20.00
  • Improper Parking: $10.00
  • No Current Permit: $75.00
  • Improper Display of Permit: $ 20.00
  • Falsifying A Permit: $50.00
  • Careless or Reckless Driving: $75.00

All parking fines are the responsibility of the student registering the vehicle. All parking fines are to be paid at the Student Accounts Office in the Myers Center. Failure to pay parking fines in a timely manner (30 days) will result in those fines being charged against your student account. Please note that unpaid student charges, including unpaid parking fines, may prevent registration for classes and withholding of grades and transcripts.

Parking Questions and Violation Appeals

Questions concerning parking violations can be addressed with the Safety and Security Office. Appeals on traffic or parking violations must be made in writing and sent to the Safety and Security Office, or you may make an appointment to speak with a Security Office Supervisor.

Parking Lots/Permits

Signs designating the lot name and parking hours are located at the entrance of each campus parking lot.  Parking, in accordance to these signs, is strictly enforced.  Vehicles are only allowed in these designated parking areas, except when under the direction of Safety and Security.  Proper parking is required, with vehicles placed only in marked spaces and parked in between the lines.  A state-issued handicapped parking permit (permanent or temporary) will allow parking in handicap spaces available in the lots. If there is not a handicap parking space available, please contact the Vice President and Dean of Student Life or the Safety and Security Department to make arrangements for an available space.

University of Dubuque students are not allowed to park in any parking lot other than those listed below during designated times, except when under the direction of Safety and Security. Faculty/Staff parking lots are No Student Parking areas from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the entire calendar year. At all other times, students must observe specific parking lot sign(s), which allow parking in Faculty/Staff designated lots between 5pm-7am M-F and on weekends with a current valid permit.  

The following outlines the permit colors that allow students to park in certain designated areas during peak traffic hours Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: 

Orange Stickers are issued to Commuter Students who may park only in the following areas:

    • The Hardee's Parking Lot at the corner of McCormick Street and University Avenue
    • The Peters Commons Parking Lot located behind the University Science Center and Peters Commons adjacent to  Algona Street.


Yellow Stickers are issued to Cassat or Donnell residents who may only park in the following areas:

    • The Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center Lot adjacent to the football field at the end of the McCormick Street extension.


Green Stickers are issued to Aitchison Hall residents who may park only in the following areas:

    • The Pearl Street Parking Lot located adjacent to the corner of Pearl and McCormick Streets.


Purple Stickers are issued to Park Village residents who may only park in the following areas:

    • The Park Village Parking lot


Black Stickers are issued to Seminary Village residents who may only park in the following areas:

    • The Seminary Village (SV) parking areas


Brown Stickers  are issued to students who may park only in the Lower Finley lot.

Teal Stickers  are issued to commuter students who may park only in the University Park Drive lot.

Silver Stickers  are issued to commuter students who may only park in the Aitchison Parking lot.

No Parking Areas

No Parking Areas include any areas marked by permanent or temporary signs, grassy areas, building entrances, crosswalks, garage entrances and any other area not designated as parking areas. The absence of NO PARKING signs does not imply that parking is allowed. It is illegal to park in any area that is not designated for parking. Parking on most other streets surrounding the University is prohibited by signs marking areas designated as "NO STUDENT PARKING" or "NO UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE PARKING" areas. The fine for parking in these areas is $20.00. Additionally, some residential streets are maintained as residential districts and all non-resident parking is prohibited by the City of Dubuque. 

In addition, parking is not allowed in the following areas:

    • Service lane between Peters Commons and the University Science Center
    • Stoltz Sports Center service lane behind Smith Hall
    • Loading area and drop zone behind Peters Commons
    • Drive-through lanes in all parking areas
    • Middle and end of drive lane in Cassat and Donnell Halls parking area
    • All areas marked as fire lanes, either by sign or yellow-painted curb
    • All sidewalks and patios on campus

Visitor Parking
All visitors to campus must obtain a Visitor's Parking Permit before parking in any University parking area. These are available 24 hours a day from the Safety and Security Department. Students expecting guests may obtain a daily Visitor's Parking Permit in advance for family members or friends who will be parking in University parking. You will need to have information detailing the license plate number and state of issue, year, make, model and color of the vehicle.

Seminary Village Parking
Please park in the driveways and not within the circles on the street. This will help others to see children playing and allow access for any emergency vehicles in the event of a fire or other urgent situation. Additionally, please park cars in driveways close to the garages so they are not blocking the vision of other drivers backing out of driveways.

Students renting in houses located on “No Student Parking” streets
Students who live in houses located on a street surrounding the University or designated by the City of Dubuque as a “No Student Parking” area, must register their vehicle at no charge. Those students are allowed to park in close proximity to their residence only and may never park on campus.

Vehicle Vandalism
Please report all vehicle vandalism and theft immediately to the Safety and Security Office (589-3333) and the Dubuque Police Department (589-4414). The best protection against loss from vandalism and theft is to lock your vehicle at all times. The University does not insure privately owned vehicles parked on University property. Please make sure your car is covered under your insurance policy.

Vehicle Tow Policy
Any vehicle blocking another vehicle, blocking a driveway or fire lane is subject to towing without notice, at the owner's expense. Vehicles with excessive tickets are habitual violators of the parking regulations, and may be subject to judicial referral to the Office of Student Life and/or towed at the owner's expense.