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Rules and Regulations

The University of Houston has adopted a parking and traffic program to create an orderly traffic flow and equitable parking conditions on campus. Your personal safety, the recognition of others’ needs, campus appearance, and applicable laws were prime considerations in the formulation of these regulations. This program is administered by Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), 4224 Elgin St., Building E, Houston, TX 77204 (832-842-1097), and enforced by its Parking Enforcement Division (713-743-5849).

  Permit Properly Displayed in Vehicle      Permits must be properly displayed.

To park on the University of Houston campus, you must display a valid UH parking permit unless parked in a paid visitor parking area (parking meters, designated visitor lots, or visitor areas of university parking garages). Purchasing a permit does not guarantee a parking place but allows you to park if space is available.

The permit is only transferable between vehicles and NOT between individuals. The registered driver and/or permit holder is responsible for any issued parking citations. In the event the vehicle is not registered with PTS, Motor Vehicle Records from TXDOT will be used to determine responsibility.

All vehicles parked on campus must be in operable condition, currently registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety or other valid state issuing agency, and display proof of current registration.

Park only where your permit allows. Examples of restricted areas are: fire and no parking zones, the grass, sidewalks, along curbs not designated for parking, any unmarked spot, parking meters or any place that would disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

  • If an area is not specifically designated for parking, then it is considered a no parking zone with vehicles being subject to citation and/or tow.

If you receive parking citations and do not resolve them, your vehicle will be subjected to tow or immobilization at your expense. Vehicles may not operate on University of Houston property if they are in violation of state law. 

Certain low-lying areas of the campus, especially areas abutting Entrance 6 and Entrance 16, are prone to flooding in heavy rains. The University of Houston is not responsible for any damage or loss of motor vehicles or personal property contained in any motor vehicle on campus. Vehicle operators are responsible for familiarizing themselves with current parking rules and regulations.

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on UH property is asked to register that vehicle with Parking and Transportation Services. Authorized university vehicles and equipment are exempt from registration. For the purpose of these Policies and Procedures, a university holiday is defined by the closing of university business offices.

Special Parking Areas and Provisions

Loading Zones

Loading zones are restricted to vehicles loading and unloading. Vehicles must be moved when finished. All loading zones have a maximum twenty (20) minute time limit. A valid permit must be obtained from the Parking and Transportation Services customer service offices or at the information booth to park in a loading zone.

Bicycles

Bicycles must be parked in bike racks. It is recommended that all bikes be registered with the UH Department of Public Safety (713-743-0600). 

Evening and Weekends

Vehicles displaying a valid student or faculty/staff permit may park in any non-restricted space in most surface lots between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday–Thursday, and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday and university holidays.  Gated lots are restricted at all times, and if you park in metered spaces, you must pay at the meter.

A malfunctioning gate does not justify unauthorized entry into a gated lot. Restricted areas such as fire and loading zones, and disabled and reserved spaces are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Enforcement and Violations

University streets and parking lots are patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Violators of the parking rules and regulations can receive warning citations, a University of Houston citation or a Harris County citation. You are responsible for all citations issued to your vehicle or permit. Habitual or flagrant disregard of the rules and regulations is grounds for suspension of campus parking privileges or stronger action by the university.

Fines can be issued for the following violations:

 Fine 

 Code 

Violation Type

Violation Details

$25 D1 Permit/Other Violations
  • Permit obstructed/incorrectly displayed
  • Overtime at parking meter
  • Parked with incorrect permit
  • Overtime in loading zone
  • Valid permit not displayed
  • License plate not registered with Parking and Transportation
  • Violation of other regulation* (see list under chart)
$50 D2 Minor Parking Offense
  • Not designated at parking space
  • On sidewalk, curb or in construction area
  • Parked or blocking drive lane
  • Blocking sidewalk, crosswalk or grass
  • Improper garage/lot entry/exit
  • Disobeying signs or barriers
$75 D3 Immobilization
  • Relocation of vehicle
  • Barnacle
$100 D4 Major Parking Violations
  • Parked in reserved space/lot
  • Parked in fire zone/by fire hydrant
  • Parked in a tow-away zone
  • Tow fee
  • Damage to parking facility/equipment
  • Altered/forged or the use of lost/stolen UH parking decals/permits
$250 D5 ADA Violation
  • Parked in an ADA space

* To include, but not limited to:

  • Parked in two or more spaces
  • Remote campus before 3 p.m.
  • Must display valid UH permit with runner permit
  • Blocking ADA ramp
  • Parked in reserved space
  • Blocking dumpster
  • Overtime with runner permit
  • Need UH ADA permit
  • Expired permit


Academic Terms Definitions

  • Fall: First day of fall classes thru Dec. 31
  • Spring: Jan. 1 thru last day of spring classes
  • Summer: Last day of spring classes thru first day of fall classes

Escalation for Repeat Offenders per Academic Term

  • First Offense: Citation only
  • Second Offense: Orange sticker and citation
  • Third Offense: Immobilized with a Barnacle device and citation
  • Fourth and Subsequent Offense(s): Tow and citation

Orange repeat offender violation stickers can be difficult to remove. UH Parking and Transportation Services assumes no liability for damage or injury associated with the removal of stickers nor may any of their personnel assist in removal. Recommended procedures for removal are:

  • Heat the sticker with a hair dryer or hot water
  • With the edge of a scraper or razor blade lift a corner of the sticker enough to hold it with your fingers. CAUTION If the window is laminated do not use a razor blade or metal scraper to remove the sticker. Instead, use a plastic scraper or the edge of a plastic credit card
  • Slowly pull the corner back at a 90 degree angle and carefully use the scraper or razor blade at the edge of the exposed adhesive.

To ease removal and to remove any adhesive residue, you may use glass cleaner or WD-40. Care should be taken to prevent staining when using WD-40.

Towing

The university reserves the right to tow any illegally parked vehicle or vehicles with excessive unpaid citations. Vehicles are towed to an on-campus tow lot located at 4224 Elgin St., adjacent to the Elgin Street Garage. In addition to the above mentioned tow fee of $100, a $5 per day storage fee will be assessed commencing the second day the vehicle is maintained in the tow lot.

Cars are subject to towing for the following reasons:
  1. Any D3, D4 or D5 violation
  2. If vehicle is deemed abandoned. Vehicles parked on UH property for more than 30 days without moving are considered abandoned. Moving a vehicle from one space to another to give the appearance of vehicle being utilized is not permissible (even if a valid permit is displayed).
  3. If a motor home, trailer, or boat is parked overnight on UH property without prior permission from Parking and Transportation Services.
  4. If a vehicle is parked in a student zone without a permit or with an incorrect permit. 
  5. If a vehicle is subject to excessive violations

The University of Houston reserves the right to tow any vehicle at any time.

In order to retrieve your vehicle, you must present a valid driver's license, and, if you are a UH student, faculty or staff member, you must also present your Cougar Card.

Visitors are required to pay all fees applicable to towing, citation(s), and storage before the release of their vehicle. Towed vehicles should contact UHPTS-Parking Enforcement Division at 713-743-5849.

Barnacle

   

For some serious infractions, the Barnacle immobilization device may be used in lieu of towing. The Barnacle is a light-weight device equipped with GPS that is attached to the windshield using two large suction cups, preventing the vehicle from being driven by blocking the view of anyone sitting in the driver’s seat.

If a Barnacle has been placed on your vehicle's windshield:

  • Visit the website listed on the device (pay.barnacleparking.com). You can also call the phone number listed on the Barnacle.
  • The Barnacle has a device number on it. Enter that number where prompted on the website.
  • Enter your mobile phone number.
  • You will receive a text message with a one-time verification code.
  • Enter the three-digit verification code where prompted on the website.
  • Enter your credit card payment information.
  • In addition to paying the fine, there is a $100 hold placed on the card.
  • After paying the overdue citation fines as well as a $75 Barnacle fee, you will receive a text message with a four-digit release code.
  • Enter the release code into the keypad on the Barnacle to release it. (It may take up to 30 seconds to release).
  • Return the Barnacle by placing it in the large drop-off box located outside of Suite C in the Stadium Parking Garage (next to the visitor parking entrance). If returned within 24 hours of payment, the $100 hold will be released.

Payments

Citations may be paid online via your parking account or in person at the parking office located in University Lofts (by appointment only), or by mailing a check or money payable to The University of Houston. Visitors may pay citations by clicking here.

Payments may be mailed to:

University of Houston
Parking and Transportation Services
4224 Elgin St., Building E
Houston, TX 77204-2007.

DO NOT ENCLOSE CASH.

Fees not paid within 10 days are doubled and transferred to the Bursar's office for collection.

Appealing Citations

The parking citations appeals process is intended to provide an objective process to review a citation. There must be substantial and valid evidence that the parking violation was not committed or that it occurred due to circumstances beyond the appellant’s control.

Valid documentation of the evidence must be provided when the appeal is submitted. When appealing meter violations, please submit your receipt or the last four digits of the credit card used to pay. Copies of bank statements will not be accepted.

Claims of lack of intent to violate the regulations, though allowable, are not sufficient grounds for appealing a parking citation.

The following reasons are invalid as a basis for appeal and will result in an automatic guilty ruling:

  • Lack of knowledge of the regulations. For example, new to campus or have not reviewed regulations
  • Other vehicles were parked improperly
  • Only parked illegally for a short period of time
  • Stated failure of parking officer to ticket previously for similar offenses
  • Late to class/appointment
  • No other place to park
  • Inability to pay the amount of the fine
  • Using personal car for university business
  • Inclement weather
  • Operation of the vehicle by another person
  • Someone other than a PTS employee gave permission to park
  • Permit fell or was blocked by sunshade
  • Forgot permit in other vehicle

How to Appeal a Citation

  • Log in to your myParking Account using your Courgarnet username and password, or, if you are a visitor, create a guest account.
  • Select "Citations" on the top menu bar.
  • Look for the citation you would like to appeal, and click “Appeal this Citation.”
  • You forfeit the right to appeal after the tenth calendar day from when the citation was issued.

Appeals Process

The parking citation appeals process involves two progressive levels of review of the citation and appeal. 

First Level: Administrative Review

  • The appeal, citation, and the appellant’s UH parking history will be reviewed by the Parking & Transportation Appeals Panel.
  • Results will be mailed/emailed within 10 calendar days of submittal.
  • If an appeal is denied at this level, a request can be made for a second level appeal if the appellant can provide substantial and valid evidence that the parking violation was issued due to process error, was not committed, or there is new evidence not presented for the original appeal. Please note: opposition of the first level appeal decision without additional evidence presented is not grounds for a second appeal. And the request will be denied without action and appellate notified by email/mail. The email/letter will be attached in Flex as a note.
  • Second level appeals must be filed by the 10th calendar day from the date the first level decision is rendered. Such requests must be made in writing via email to appeals@uh.edu.
  • If a second level appeal is not selected, the payment due date will be 10 calendar days from the date of the first level decision.

Second Level: Transportation & Parking Advisory Committee Designee

  • The Chair and designees from the Transportation & Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC) will review the appeal and written citation, as well as the appellant’s UH parking history. A member from the Student Government Association will review student appeals. A member from the Faculty Senate will review faculty appeals. A member from the Staff Council will review staff member appeals. No designees are associated with PTS.
  • Second-level appeal results will be emailed by the Chair of TPAC within 10 calendar days.
  • Second level appeal decisions are final. Payment is due 10 calendar days from the date of the second-level decision.

Additional Information

  • Appeals must be submitted within 10 calendar days of citation issuance.
  • Appellants receive email notice of receipt of a completed online appeal. If you do not receive an email acknowledgment, please contact PTS at parking@uh.edu.
  • Notice of the decision regarding your appeal will be sent by email or US mail.
  • Please allow one to three weeks for a decision regarding your appeal.