- 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 compact 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.
- It is a violation of this Ordinance to backend park a Vehicle in any parking space on Campus if said Vehicle does not also display a current and valid front license plate that matches the back plate that is either (i) issued by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or the corresponding agency of another state or nation, or (ii) purchased through the Department.
It is unlawful to leave a disabled Vehicle parked in violation of this Ordinance without immediately notifying the Department. If the Vehicle is obstructing traffic, in a reserved space, or creating a hazard, it must be moved immediately.
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 or a tow firm. Persons who exceed the limitation for placing a Vehicle on the disabled Vehicle 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 has permits available for the parking facility in which the Vehicle is parked, the operator may be required to purchase a permit rather than be placed on the disabled Vehicle list.
If the assigned zone is full, a temporary permit for an alternate zone may be obtained from the Department, located in the Public Safety building (285 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599). UNC Health employees may obtain temporary permits from the UNC 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 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’s 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
- Friday Center South Park and Ride
- Hedrick Park and Ride
- 725 Martin Luther King Blvd.
- Craige Deck
- Fraternity Court
- EPA Gated
- Jackson Deck
- Knapp-Sanders Deck
- Craige Lot
- 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
- 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
- Bolin Creek
- 725 Airport Rd.
- Hedrick Building
- Cone Tennis Facility
- Chapel Hill North
- Carolina North
- Baity Hill
- Mason Farm Residence
- 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 Statutory Background; Delegation of Authority, the Chancellor, through his/her/their designee(s), may modify parking zones by adding or deleting University parking facilities 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.
Parking Permit Fees
Parking permit fees for employees are established based on an employee’s base salary as of April 1st prior to the beginning of the permit year. The salary scale determined on April 1st will be used for the entire permit year and will not change if salary changes occur during the permit year. If an employee’s employment begins after April 1st, the employee’s starting day base salary will be used to determine the parking permit fee.
Flex Parking Fees
Parking permit fees for employees with a gated, nongated, park-and-ride, or weeknight permit may be reduced to recognize hybrid/flex schedules and reduced on-Campus presence. Such flex parking fees are calculated based on three (3) days or less parking per week. Departments/units are responsible for verifying an employee’s reporting schedule when requesting flex parking fees. It is a violation of this Ordinance for an employee to exceed three (3) days of parking within a week with this type of permit. An employee found in violation will be subject to the cancellation of the flex parking permit and required to purchase a full week permit.
The student parking permit fees shall be charged as follows:
|RR (Estes Drive)||$347|
|WN (Weeknight Parking)*||$0|
|Motorcycle Permit (no on-campus permit)||$192|
|Motorcycle (with on-campus permit)||$48|
|Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle (non-motorcycle)||$26|
|Electric Vehicle Charging Station Decal**||$268|
** The Electric Vehicle charging station virtual permit fee is supplemental to the base parking permit fee. Electric Vehicle users who have purchased this virtual permit 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)||2021-2022|
|Weeknight Parking (CAP)||N/A||$25|
|Motorcycle Permit (no on-campus permit)||<$32||$191|
|Motorcycle Permit (with on-campus permit)||<$32||$43|
|Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle (non-motorcycle) Permit||<$32||$26|
|Electric Vehicle Charging Station Decal*||N/A||$268|
* The Electric Vehicle charging station virtual permit fee is supplemental to the base parking permit fee. Electric Vehicle users who have purchased this virtual permit 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 flex parking permit fees shall be charged as follows:
|Permit Type||Salary Scale (in thousands)||2021-2022|
The service permit fees shall be charged as follows:
|15 Minute Service Permit||$82|
|2-Hour Service Permit||$658|
|Official Visitor Permit||$658|
|Vendor Service Permit||$816|
The Chancellor, through his/her/their designee(s), is authorized to change permit prices (higher or lower)as he/she/they determines is reasonable and appropriate in his/her/their discretion. Notice of such change shall be given at least 30 days prior to the enforcement of such change and will be posted on the Department’s website (https://move.unc.edu/). 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||
|Daily Permit Fees||
*The maximum daily parking fee for the Dogwood Parking Deck and/or the Ambulatory Care Center Lot may be changed from time to time by mutual agreement of the Department and UNC Health.
Parking in certain areas will be reserved by Campus units for events held in Campus venues and facilities for specifically authorized persons. Management of the areas is the responsibility of the Department. Event permits may be required and shall be issued and controlled by the Department, as applicable.
The Director of the Department is authorized to remove and/or cite Vehicles parked in reserved spaces prior to football and basketball games pursuant to Section 3-20. On the day such relocation occurs,
- Information electronically mailed to all permit holders affected by event parking;
- Informational signs posted at the entrances to areas reserved for events;
- Press releases;
- Information posted on the website of the Department; and
- Other methods as appropriate.
- The Chancellor, through his/her/their designee(s), may reserve in advance parking facilities for use by authorized persons during times designated for football or basketball home game day operations. Game day permits are issued and controlled by the Athletic Department, Educational Foundation, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Department. Vehicles without the appropriate authorization or credentials are not permitted in the affected areas during home game days.
- Certain parking facilities will be designated and reserved in advance for use by working employees who have permits for areas that have been reserved for events and others as defined by the Chancellor, through his/her/their designee(s). Vehicles already parked in parking facilities 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
- 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 will arrange for monitor services for events upon request of the sponsoring unit or department, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Section Parking Fees.
- Reserving Meters. The Department may reserve meter spaces for an event, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Parking Fees.
- Permit Fees. The Department may issue event permits during normal regulation hours, subject to the payment of applicable fee(s) described in Parking Fees.
- Equipment Set-up. The Department will provide the necessary equipment and signs for an 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 a citation for each additional meter activation period 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 meter activation.
- Abuse of meters. It is a violation of this Ordinance 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 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 or parking pay station 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 facility 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 fee equal to the amount of the cost of the repair or replacement of the damaged equipment will be assessed to the individual or entity responsible for such damage, 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 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 or permit fee. A tailgating violation, in addition to the applicable parking fine, may result in the deactivation of a violator’s parking permit for a period of one calendar year from the date of occurrence.
The applicable parking fees for the University’s various hourly/daily pay parking facilities are listed in Parking Fees. The hours of operation for each hourly/daily pay parking facility shall be posted at the entrance to such area. During holidays when the parking regulations are not in effect, the parking gates will be open and there will be no charge for parking in the University’s hourly/daily pay parking facilities.
Vehicles are prohibited from parking in any hourly/daily pay parking facility, without prior authorization from the Department, for more than fifteen concurrent calendar days without moving from the space. If any Vehicle continues to remain parked without moving from such parking space five 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 fees for such hourly/day pay parking facility for the applicable number of days.
- Dogwood Parking Deck. The Dogwood Parking Deck is primarily reserved for UNC Health patient services. In order for a University-affiliated employee or student to legally park in this deck, such individual:
- must be a bona-fide patient or visitor of UNC Health and possess a permit for affiliated parking Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; or
- may be authorized and permitted to park on the 4th and 5th levels outside of normal patient and visitor hours (or Monday through Friday 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 24-hours a day on weekends), unless otherwise posted.
- Ambulatory Care Lot. The Ambulatory Care Lot is primarily reserved for UNC Health patient services. In order for a University-affiliated employee or student to legally park in this parking facility, such individual:
- must be a bona-fide patient or visitor of UNC Health and display an approved permit for affiliated parking 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- may be authorized and permitted to park outside of normal patient and visitor hours (5:00 p.m. to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday and weekends), unless otherwise posted.
- Morehead Lot. Visitors must park in designated visitor spaces. Employees and students are not eligible to park in visitor parking spaces Monday through 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 fee.
- Raleigh Road Visitor Lot. Employees and students may park and pay the applicable fee described in Section 3-4. No Vehicle shall remain parked for more than a 24-hour period in a visitor space without exiting and paying the required parking fee.
- Rams Head Deck. Student commuter permits are valid unless otherwise posted. Students without a commuter permit, as well as any employee or visitor, may park and pay the applicable fee described in Section 3-4. No Vehicle shall remain parked for more than a 24-hour period in the deck without exiting and paying the required fee.
- Parking Validation Coupons and Validation Stamps. A unit or departments wishing to pay parking fees for visitors or patients may purchase validation coupons from the Department. Such coupons are valid in designated pay and hourly visitor parking facilities on Campus. The one-day validation coupon is valid for eight 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 application and payment to the Department. The fees for the types of parking validation coupons are described in Section 3-4. A unit or department that is unable to use coupons for parking in the visitor pay areas may apply for a validation stamp. This stamp is designated for use by the unit or department to authorize parking for visitors and patients. The parking charges will be billed to the hosting unit or department on a monthly basis by the Department. 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, and any misuse by the aforementioned persons will result in the revocation of stamp and coupon privileges for one calendar year with no refund to the unit or department.
- Reserving Spaces in Controlled-access Lots. A unit or department that wishes to pay for reserved spaces in the Morehead Lot, Raleigh Road Visitor Lot, or Rams Head Deck must purchase reservation coupons from the Department. 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 a visitor arrives any time after noon.
Parking at the Carolina Inn, Horace Williams Airport, School of Government, Friday Center, Kenan Center, and certain other designated University parking facilities, 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, tow, impound, or boot. 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.
- 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 Health affiliated mobility impaired persons. It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to cause a Vehicle to occupy these designated spaces or park in a manner denying access to a disability parking space or disability access to a building or sidewalk.
- Disability Parking. Employees (including contract employees) and students are required to apply for and purchase the appropriate permit to park in the spaces reserved for mobility impaired employees and students.
- Service Parking. The Chancellor, through his/her/their designee(s), shall decide the quantity and location of service spaces. It is unlawful for any person to cause a Vehicle to occupy a service space for any purpose other than that for which the area is designated or without the appropriate permit. Service spaces will be signed to indicate time restrictions.
- 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-owned Vehicles for the amount of time indicated on the sign designating the space as a State-owned Vehicle space.
- State-owned Vehicles may park in any regular parking space for no more than forty-eight hours. All State-owned Vehicles owned or assigned to the University are required to display parking permits.
- Units and departments with State-owned Vehicles, including utility or golf carts, are required to complete a parking permit application indicating each Vehicle owned or leased. Units and 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 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 facilities 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 Vehicle parking. Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles may park at metered spaces upon activation of the meter. In parking facilities, Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicles are required to park in designated Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle parking facilities 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. Full payment will be required for a Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle permit when purchased in conjunction with a PR permit or a permit for other park and ride areas. No more than one Vehicle permit and one Motorized Two-Wheeled Vehicle permit shall be issued to any registrant.
Employees and students are required to display a Bicycle permit when bringing Bicycles to Campus. This permit is issued free of charge upon the completion of a Bicycle registration form. Bicycle parking is available throughout Campus and is designated by the presence of Bicycle racks or specifically designated areas.
At the beginning of each semester, a four week warning period will be in place to allow for the registration and display of the Bicycle permits to occur. Warning tags issued by the Department may be attached to a Bicycle in violation of this Ordinance. Bicycle 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, but not limited to:
- 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.
Overnight Parking Restrictions
As specifically designated by the Department, parking facilities or parking spaces may be restricted from overnight parking to ensure availability of 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
Certain parking facilities shall be restricted from overnight parking to ensure availability of the facilities during athletic events and other events. Signs and/or barriers shall be posted at these locations. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate such regulations.