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Rules and Regulations

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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. Do not park in areas that are not for your use or have a restricted status. 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 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:



$30 V1. Failing to properly display a UH parking decal/permit
V4. Parked overtime at a parking meter
V6. Violation of other regulations as described on citation
V7. Parked in a lot without the proper decal/permit
V16. Overtime in loading/20-minute zone*
$60 V2. Parked in "No Parking" areas
V3. Parked on a sidewalk, along curbs or in a construction area
V5. Parked in a UH lot without a UH decal/permit displayed
V8. Parked in or blocking a driving lane*
V10. Blocking a sidewalk, crosswalk or parking on the grass*
V18. Vehicle relocation
G2. Improper garage entry/exit**
$100 V9. Parked in a reserved space without the proper decal/permit*
V11. Parked in a fire zone*
V12. Parked by a fire hydrant*
V14. Parked in a tow-away zone*
V17. Tow fee*
G3. Damage to equipment**
$250 V13. Parked in a handicapped zone without the proper decal/permit*
*These violations are subject to tow at owner’s expense
**These violations may not be appealed 

Additional Violations:

C1. Changing, damaging, or moving any UH traffic sign or signal, or removing citations from cars $15
C2. Disobeying traffic directions given by UHPD $15
C3. Reporting false information on the decal/permit registration application or any other parking document $15
C4.** Altered/forged or the use of lost/stolen UH parking decals/permits $100 (plus the price of the permit)
C5. Failing to pay attention to traffic signs or barricades erected with the approval of the Director of Parking and Transportation and/or the UHDPS chief $15
Violators may be subject to criminal prosecution in accordance with Article 37.10 of the Texas Penal Code. 

Flagrant Violators:

Vehicles will be deemed flagrant violators if it receives 3 citations in a rolling 30-day period or 12 citations in a rolling 12-month period regardless of whether the owner has been identified or if the citations have been paid or appealed. These violators will be subject to stickering or towing if any of the following conditions are met.

A vehicle will be stickered with a bright orange violation sticker in the lower rear corner of the driver's window near the door lock:

  • On the 3rd citation in a rolling 30-day period
  • On the 11th citation in a rolling 12-month period

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.


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 in parking lot 12A. 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. Valid vehicle registration must be presented before a vehicle is released.

Cars are subject to towing for the following reasons*:
  1. Violations V8- V16 listed above.
  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 UHDPS-Parking Enforcement Division at 713-743-5849.



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 ( 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.


Violations V1-V10, V14, V16 and G2 are ELIGIBLE for a 50% reduction when paid within the first 72 hours.

Violations v11 - V13, V17-V18 and G3 are INELIGIBLE for a 50% reduction when paid within the first 72 hours.

All fines (except towing) DOUBLE after 21 days.

Citations may be paid online via your parking account or in person at the parking offices located in University Lofts or the Stadium Garage (next to Taco Cabana), 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.


Fees not paid within 21 days will double and are then turned over to the billing/receivable system for collection.

Appeals Process

(Violations G2 and G3 may not be appealed)

Parking citation appeals must be received by PTS within 21 calendar days of citation issuance. Appeals are filed online by logging in to your parking account.  Appeals will not be accepted after 21 days. Once fines have transferred to the Bursar’s office, they are no longer owed to PTS, and all questions of payment should be directed to the Bursar.

Visitor appeals should be submitted here.  

The following reasons are considered invalid reasons for appealing a citation 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