- Some spaces shall be marked for compact Vehicles. These spaces shall be fifteen feet in length and five feet in width, with two and one-half feet of hatching between spaces. It is unlawful for any Vehicle to occupy more than the five-foot portion of the space. Signs shall be posted or on-ground markings shall designate compact spaces.
- It is a violation of this Ordinance to occupy portions of more than one space when such spaces are defined by painted lines. It is also a violation of this Ordinance to park in any portion of the area not clearly designated for parking.
- When spaces are painted at an angle (diagonally) to a street curb or dividing median, Vehicles must park with the front of the Vehicle next to the curb or median. When parking spaces are parallel to a curb or dividing median, Vehicles must park with the front of the Vehicle facing the direction of travel authorized for that side of the street or driveway.
No Vehicle will be placed on the disabled Vehicle list more than one time per month unless the operator will accept assistance from the Department of Transportation and Parking or a tow firm. Persons who exceed the limitations for placing their Vehicle on the disabled list and do not accept assistance shall be subject to the appropriate penalty if the Vehicle remains parked in violation of this Ordinance. If the Department of Transportation and Parking has permits available for the lot in which the Vehicle is parked, the operator may be required to purchase a permit rather than be placed on the disabled list.
If the assigned zone is full, a temporary permit for an alternate zone may be obtained from the Department of Transportation and Parking in the Public Safety building located off Manning Drive (285 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599). UNC Hospitals’ employees may obtain temporary permits from the Hospital Parking Office.
It is unlawful for any person to park a Vehicle within any zone other than the one authorized by the appropriate permit. Any person possessing a valid special permit obtained through the Department of Transportation and Parking may park as indicated by use of those permits and their related restrictions. All Main Campus permits shall also be valid in any R Zone lots, excluding R2 lots.
A guide that summarizes the regulations and a map depicting the University’s parking zones is available on the Department of Transportation and Parking website. The University’s parking zones are as follows:
- Aycock Circle
- Battle Lane
- Business School Deck
- Bell Tower
- Areas designated by bicycle racks or specifically designated bicycle
- Chatham County Park and Ride
- Friday Center Park and Ride
- Franklin Street Park and Ride
- Hedrick Park and Ride
- 725 Martin Luther King Blvd.
- Craige Deck
- Fraternity Court
- EPA Gated
- Jackson Deck
- Knapp-Sanders Deck
- Morrison Circle
- Hinton James
- Areas designated for Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles
- McCauley Deck
- Cobb Deck
- 440 North
- 440 South
- Morehead Planetarium
- Alumni Place
- Emerson Drive
- Hickerson House
- Lenoir Drive
- Love House
- Boundary Street
- Forest Theater
- Park Place
- University Relations
- Undergraduate Library
- International Studies
- University Development
- New Venable
- Night Parking
- Cardinal Deck
- Rams Head Deck
- Estes Resident
- Electrical Distribution
- Energy Services
- Physical Plant
- Art Building
- Administrative Office Building
- Cogeneration Facility
- Frank Porter Graham
- 200 Finley Golf Course Road
- 212 Finley Golf Course Road
- 220 Finley Golf Course Road
- Continuing Education
- Day Care Center
- School Leadership Program
- Bolin Creek
- 725 Airport Rd.
- Hedrick Building
- Cone Tennis Facility
- Chapel Hill North
- Carolina North
- Baity Hill
- Mason Farm Residence
- Public Safety
- Law School
- Navy Field
- Ridge Road
- Law Programs
- Stadium Drive
- Carmichael Drive
- EPA Loading
- Isaac Taylor
- Mason Farm Road
- South Chiller
- Kenan Field House
- Dean E. Smith
- Bernard Street
- Branson Street
- Community Building
- Hibbard Drive
- Jackson Circle
- Mason Farm Road
- Branson Overflow
- Mason Farm Overflow
- Outdoor Recreation
- Weeknight Parking
Pursuant to North Carolina Motor Vehicle Laws; Regulating; Delegating of Authority, the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may modify parking zones, by adding or deleting University parking areas from such zones, and may change traffic flow patterns and hours of operation as deemed necessary or advisable for the administration or enforcement of this Ordinance.
The student parking permit fees shall be charged as follows:
|RR (Estes Drive)||$347||$347||$347|
|WN (Weeknight Parking)*||$0||$0||$0|
|Motorcycle Permit (no on-campus permit)||$192||$192||$192|
|Motorcycle (with on-campus permit)||$48||$48||$48|
|Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle (non-motorcycle)||$26||$26||$26|
|Electric Vehicle Charging Station Decal**||$268||$268||$268|
* This student permit fee for weeknight parking is waived with the across-the-board student weeknight parking fee adopted as a component of student fees at the level of $3/semester in 2019-2020, $4/semester in 2020-2021, and $5/semester in 2021-2022.
** The Electric Vehicle charging station decal fee is supplemental to the base parking permit fee. Electric Vehicle users who have purchased this decal are entitled to use the charging station equipment/space and receive electricity to recharge their Vehicle’s battery. After the battery has been fully charged, Electric Vehicle users are encouraged to relocate their Vehicle to a different location in the parking facility to allow other Electric Vehicle users access to the charging station.
The employee parking permit fees shall be charged as follows:
|Permit Type||Salary Scale (in thousands)||2019-2020||2020-2021||2021-2022|
|Weeknight Parking (CAP)||N/A||$25||$25||$25|
|Motorcycle Permit (no on-campus permit)||<$32||$191||$191||$191|
|Motorcycle Permit (with on-campus permit)||<$32||$43||$43||$43|
|Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle (non-motorcycle) Permit||<$32||$26||$26||$26|
|Electric Vehicle Charging Station Decal*||N/A||$268||$268||$268|
* The Electric Vehicle charging station decal fee is supplemental to the base parking permit fee. Electric Vehicle users who have purchased this decal are entitled to use the charging station equipment/space and receive electricity to recharge their Vehicle’s battery. After the battery has been fully charged, Electric Vehicle users are encouraged to relocate their Vehicle to a different location in the parking facility to allow other Electric Vehicle users access to the charging station.
|15 Minute Service Permit||$82||$82||$82|
|2-Hour Service Permit||$658||$658||$658|
|Official Visitor Permit||$658||$658||$658|
|Vendor Service Permit||$816||$816||$816|
The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, is authorized to change permit prices (higher or lower) once per permit year prior to the beginning of the permit year. Notice of such change shall be given at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the permit year. Any such change shall be reported to the Board of Trustees for information and shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board of Trustees as an amendment to this Ordinance.
|Metered Space Parking||
|Electric Vehicle Charging Station Usage by Visitors on Nights and Weekends||
|Hourly/Daily Pay Parking|
|Dogwood Deck, Ambulatory Care Center Lot||
|Morehead Lot, Raleigh Road Visitor Lot, Rams Head Deck||
|Parking Validation Coupons|
|Visitor Campus Parking Areas (valid at Morehead Lot, Raleigh Road Visitor Lot, and Rams Head Deck)||
|Patient Care Parking Areas (valid at Dogwood Deck and ACC Lot)||
|Space Reservations made by University Units in Pay Lots and Pay Decks|
|Morehead Lot, Raleigh Road Visitor Lot, Rams Head Deck||
|T&P assistance with chartering bus service with local companies||
|T&P Monitoring Service||
|Reserving Meters – T&P may reserve meter spaces for an event||
|Small Event Permit Fees||
Parking in certain lots or areas will be reserved by campus units for events held in campus venues and facilities for specifically authorized persons. Management of the lots or areas is the responsibility of the Department of Transportation and Parking. Event permits may be required and shall be issued and controlled by the Department of Transportation and Parking, as applicable.
The Director of Transportation and Parking is authorized to remove and/or cite Vehicles parked in reserved spaces prior to football and basketball games pursuant to Temporary Parking Restrictions. On the day that the relocation occurs, a list of all relocated Vehicles will be available at the offices of the Department of Transportation and Parking in the Department of Public Safety building.
- Information electronically mailed to all permit holders affected by event parking,
- Informational signs posted at the entrances to lots reserved for events,
- Press releases,
- Information posted on the website of the Department of Transportation and Parking, and
- Other methods as appropriate.
- The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may reserve in advance parking lots for use by authorized persons during times designated for football home game day operations. Game-day permits are issued and controlled by the Athletic Department, Educational Foundation, the Chancellor’s Office and the Department of Transportation and Parking for these times. Vehicles without the appropriate authorization or credentials are not permitted in the affected lots during these times.
- Certain parking lots will be designated and reserved in advance for use by working employees who have permits for lots that have been reserved for events and others as defined by the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers. Vehicles already parked in lots designated and reserved for working employees will not be required to move.
- Parking is prohibited at metered and permitted spaces on Main Campus roadways between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight on home football game days to accommodate routing of incoming and outgoing traffic.
- Charter Bus Services. The Department of Transportation and Parking will assist with chartering service for buses with local companies, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Parking Fees.
- Monitor Services. The Department of Transportation and Parking will arrange for monitor services for small events upon request of the sponsoring department, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Parking Fees.
- Reserving Meters. The Department of Transportation and Parking may reserve meter spaces for an event, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Parking Fees.
- Permit Fees. The Department of Transportation and Parking will schedule small events during normal regulation hours upon the request of the sponsoring department, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Parking Fees.
- Equipment Set-up. The Department of Transportation and Parking will provide the necessary equipment and signs for a special event, including equipment set-up and removal services, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Parking Fees.
- Expired Meter. It is a violation of this Ordinance for any Vehicle to occupy a metered space without the meter being activated by appropriate payment.
- Cumulative Violations of Expired Meter. Any Vehicle in violation of Expired Meter will be subject to the issuance of an additional citation for each additional period of one hour that the Vehicle occupies the space with the meter expired.
- Extended parking at meters. It is a violation of this Ordinance for any Vehicle to occupy any portion of a metered space for more than twenty-four consecutive hours, regardless of whether or not the meter is activated.
- Abuse of meters. It is a violation of this Ordinance for any person to damage, tamper with, willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of, or open without lawful authority any parking meter installed pursuant to this Ordinance. It is a violation of this Ordinance for any person to insert any object into a parking meter that is not a lawful currency of the United States or a credit/debit card.
It is unlawful for Vehicles to enter or park in an hourly/daily pay parking area or other controlled access area during the posted operation hours without paying the appropriate fee or displaying a valid permit for that controlled-access area. Whether or not a gate is open during the hours of pay parking operation is not an indication that an unauthorized Vehicle may legally drive through and park in the gated zone.
It is unlawful for any person to deface, damage, tamper with, willfully break, destroy, impair the usefulness of, evade without tendering due payment or open without lawful authority an entry or exit gate or equipment. A $10.00 fee will be charged for replacing damaged access mechanisms, in addition to the applicable parking fine.
It shall be unlawful for a Vehicle to enter or exit a controlled-access zone by trailing immediately behind another Vehicle before the gate has an opportunity to drop (a.k.a. “tailgating”) for the purpose of evading payment of the applicable parking fee or permit fee. It shall be unlawful to allow a Vehicle to enter or exit a controlled-access zone by tailgating behind one’s own Vehicle for the purpose of knowingly enabling the second Vehicle to evade payment of the applicable parking fee or permit fee. Violators of either of the two preceding sentences, in addition to being responsible for the applicable parking fine, shall have their card-access rights to University controlled-access zones deactivated for a period of one calendar year.
The applicable parking fees for the University’s various hourly/daily pay parking lots and decks are listed in Parking Fees. The hours of operation for each hourly/daily pay parking lot or deck shall be posted at the entrance to such lot or deck. During holidays when the parking attendants are not on duty, the parking gates will be open, and there will be no charge for parking in the University’s hourly/daily pay parking areas.
Vehicles are prohibited from parking in any hourly/daily pay parking lot or deck, without prior authorization from the Department of Transportation and Parking, for more than 15 concurrent days without moving from the space. If any Vehicle continues to remain parked without moving from such parking space 5 days after having been ticketed for this parking violation, such Vehicle shall be deemed abandoned and subject to impoundment procedures in accordance with Impoundment of Abandoned and Derelict Vehicles. If the Vehicle is impounded, the owner shall be responsible for both the towing fees and the parking fee for such hourly/day pay parking lot or deck for the applicable number of days.
- Dogwood Parking Deck. The Dogwood Parking Deck is primarily reserved for UNC Hospitals patient services. In order to legally park in this deck, University-affiliated faculty members, staff employees and students must be a bona-fide patient or visitor of UNC Hospitals and display an approved permit. Permits are valid on the 4th and 5th levels and between the hours of 5:00 p.m and 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday and on weekends, unless otherwise posted. The maximum daily parking fee for the Dogwood Parking Deck listed in Parking Fees may be changed from time to time by mutual agreement of the Department of Transportation and Parking and UNC Healthcare Systems.
- Ambulatory Care Lot. Parking is available in the Ambulatory Care Lot solely for patients and visitors. Employees and students are not eligible to park in this lot during operational hours unless attending a medical appointment.
- Morehead Lot. Visitors must park in the designated visitor spaces. Faculty, students, and staff are not eligible to park in visitor parking spaces Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m, unless otherwise posted. No Vehicle shall remain parked for more than a 24-hour period in the visitor spaces without exiting and paying the required fees.
- Raleigh Road Visitor Lot. Staff, Faculty, and Students are not eligible to park in visitor parking spaces at any time when a permit is required unless otherwise posted. No Vehicle shall remain parked for more than a 24-hour period in a visitor space without exiting and paying the required parking fees.
- Rams Head Deck. Student commuter permits for the deck are valid in the deck unless otherwise posted. Students without a commuter permit, as well as any employee or visitor, may park in the Rams Head and pay the applicable fee described in Parking Fees. No Vehicle shall remain parked for more than a 24-hour period in the deck without exiting and paying the required fees.
- Parking Validation Coupons and Validation Stamps. Departments wishing to pay parking fees for visitors or patients may purchase validation coupons from the Department of Transportation and Parking, which are valid in all pay and hourly visitor parking areas on Campus. The One-day validation coupon is valid for 8 hours of parking. Fees not covered by the validation coupons are the responsibility of the visitor or patient. Parking validation coupons can be obtained by submitting an approved application and payment (Account Number for Direct Transfer (DT), a check, Visa or MasterCard, or cash) to the Department of Transportation and Parking. The fees for the various types of parking validation coupons are described in Parking Fees. Departments unable to use the coupons for parking in the visitor pay areas may apply for a validation stamp. This stamp is designated for use by the departments to authorize parking for visitors and patients. The parking charges will be billed to the hosting department on a monthly basis. There will be a monthly processing fee of $10.00 for all validation stamp accounts. Validation stamps and coupons are not to be used by employees or students of the University or UNC Hospitals, and any misuse by the aforementioned persons will result in revocation of stamp and coupon privileges for one calendar year with no refund.
- Reserving Spaces in Controlled-access Lots. Departments wishing to pay for reserved spaces in the Morehead Lot, Raleigh Road Visitor Lot, or Rams Head Deck must purchase reservation coupons. The fees for reservation coupons are listed in Parking Fees. A half-day coupon is to be used when a visitor is arriving and leaving before 12:00 p.m. (noon). A full-day coupon is used when a visitor arrives before noon and leaves after noon or when they arrive any time after noon.
Parking at the Carolina Inn, Horace Williams Airport, School of Government, Friday Center, Kenan Center, and certain other designated University lots, as posted, is reserved parking. Spaces are charged at the reserved rate unless otherwise provided herein.
It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to park a Vehicle in a reserved space. Notice of the reserved status of a parking space shall be prominently posted at the space. Once posted, such spaces are reserved at all times unless otherwise indicated.
- Visitor Disability Parking. It is unlawful for non-mobility impaired affiliated individuals to display a State disability plate, State disability permit, or disabled veteran license plate. Misuse of such plates or permits shall result in the issuance of a parking citation, immobilization, and/or impoundment. A sufficient number of parking spaces shall be reserved to meet the needs of the mobility impaired. It is unlawful to park a Vehicle in a space posted for disability parking or in a manner denying access to a disability parking space or disability access to a building or sidewalk. Public disability spaces are reserved at all times unless otherwise indicated. University and UNC Hospitals’ employees (including contract employees), and students are required to apply for and purchase the appropriate permit to park in spaces reserved for disability.
- Service Zone Parking. Sufficient areas shall be set aside for two-hour service zones for the use of persons making deliveries to and pick-ups from University buildings. The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, shall decide the size and location of each two-hour service zone. It is unlawful for any person to cause a Vehicle to occupy a two- hour service zone for any purpose other than that for which the area is designated or without the appropriate permit.
- Disability Parking for UNC Employees, Students and Affiliates. A sufficient number of parking spaces shall be reserved to meet the needs of University and UNC Hospitals affiliated mobility impaired persons. It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to cause a Vehicle to occupy these designated spaces.
- Electric Vehicle Parking. Electric Vehicle charging stations have been installed in a limited number of parking facilities on Campus. Adjacent to each Electric Vehicle charging station, one or more parking spaces shall be reserved for Electric Vehicle parking. It is unlawful to park a non-Electric Vehicle in a space reserved for Electric Vehicles.
- State-owned Vehicles may park in any spaces specifically reserved for state Vehicles for the amount of time indicated on the sign designating the space as a state Vehicle space.
- State-owned Vehicles may park in any regular parking space for no more than forty-eight hours. All State Vehicles owned or assigned to the area are required to display parking permits.
- Departments with State-owned Vehicles including utility or golf carts are required to complete a parking permit application indicating each Vehicle that it owns or leases. Departments will be issued a permit and charged an annual fee for all Vehicles utilizing parking spaces.
- State-owned Service Vehicles are subject to parking actions as follows:
- State-owned Service Vehicles are prohibited from parking in a regular parking space for more than forty-eight hours and are subject to the issuance of a civil penalty, and Vehicle immobilization/booting and/or towing fees.
- Certain regular parking spaces on Campus may be restricted from use by State-owned Vehicles from time to time, in accordance with Temporary Parking Restrictions.
Owners of Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles are required to purchase and display a Permit and must park in designated parking areas for Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles. No person shall park a Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle in any area of Campus not designated as Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles parking. Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles may park at metered spaces upon activation of the meter. In parking lots, Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles are required to park in designated Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle parking areas with the appropriate permit.
In the case of a person wishing to register a combination of an automobile and a Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle, full payment will be required for the automobile permit, but there will be a reduced charge for the additional Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle permit. A Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle permit is at the full price when purchased in conjunction with a PR permit or other park and ride areas. No more than one Vehicle permit and one Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle permit shall be issued to any registrant.
Warning tags issued by the Department of Transportation and Parking may be attached to a bicycle in violation of this Ordinance. Bicycles owners finding such warning tags attached must remove the bicycle within eight hours or it will be impounded. However, impoundment for violation of this Ordinance may be executed with or without such tags attached.
Improper Bicycle Parking
Any bicycle parked in violation of this Ordinance is subject to impoundment without prior warning. Bicycles shall not be parked or stored in any location other than areas designated for bicycle parking, including:
- inside a University building, where an unsafe or hazardous condition is created for building occupants;
- against or attached to any tree, bush, plant, or foliage;
- against or attached to any electrical fixture, sign post, railing, public seating fixture, or emergency safety device; or
- in any other area where parking is prohibited specifically by this Ordinance.
Any bicycle parked on Campus will be required to register for and display a bicycle permit. At the beginning of each semester a four week warning period will be in place to allow for the registration and display of the permits to occur. Repeated violations of this section may result in bicycle impoundment.
Overnight Parking Restrictions
Certain parking lots, parking areas, or parking spaces shall be restricted from overnight parking to ensure availability of the facilities during alternate hours. Signs and/or barriers shall be posted at these locations. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate such regulations.
Athletic and Special Event Parking Restrictions
As specifically designated by the Department of Transportation and Parking, parking lots, parking areas, or parking spaces may be restricted from overnight parking to ensure availability of the facilities during athletic events and other special events. Signs and/or barriers shall be posted at these locations. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate such regulations.