Parking & Transit, a Division of Campus Operations

12. Violations

Regulations have been updated to FY19, effective August 1, 2018. Current regulations are still available in PDF form.

KU Parking & Transit uses License Plate Recognition (LPR) for the enforcement of parking on the Lawrence campus. All vehicles must park with their valid license plate facing the driving lane.

12.0 Responsibility for violations. The person in whose name a motorized vehicle is titled or the person who normally operates that vehicle shall be responsible for all tickets identified to the vehicle. When applicable, if the owner is not a member of the University, Parking & Transit assumes the student or faculty/staff member who is related to the owner is the operator of the vehicle on campus. If a parking permit is displayed, or the vehicle is registered for an e-permit, then the owner of the parking permit/e-permit shall be responsible for that ticket. A $10 late fee will be added to all tickets not paid within 14 calendar days.

12.1 City violations. City of Lawrence ordinances shall cover moving violations on the university campus and may cover standing or parking violations on city streets within the campus.

12.2 Disabled Vehicles. Immediately notify Parking & Transit or the Office of Public Safety if your vehicle becomes disabled on campus. Failure to do so within one (1) hour of vehicle being disabled or issuance of ticket will result in enforcement of all appropriate penalties. Disabled vehicles must be moved within forty-eight (48) hours of being reported.

Abandoned Vehicles. A vehicle will be considered abandoned if it appears undrivable (e.g. flat tires, broken windows, etc) and has not moved for five (5) or more days, regardless of valid license plate or permit. Abandoned vehicles will be towed after a letter/email is sent to the registered owner or permit holder, if they can be identified, stating date by which vehicle must be moved, unless vehicle is proven to be drivable.

Unidentifiable Vehicles. A vehicle will be considered unidentifiable if it has no license plate or visible VIN number. Any vehicle that is unidentifiable shall be towed immediately.

12.3 Multiple tickets may be issued for same violation on consecutive days, and may also be issued on the same day for multiple, separate instances (e.g. vehicle has moved), or at parking meters (see section 8.6).

12.4 E-Citations may be issued to vehicles that move before a paper ticket can be placed on the vehicle (e.g. bus zones, loading zones, double parked, blocking traffic, etc.).

12.5 Escalating fines. Fines that escalate increase $10 each time they are issued to the same car in the same academic year (e.g. a $25 ticket will increase to $35 the second time it is issued, then $45, and so on). Once a fine has escalated 6 times, the violation becomes a towable offense. If a vehicle is towed twice for the same escalating fine, parking will be revoked for the remainder of the academic year.

12.6 Group 0 University violations. Fee: $15.

a) Expired meter.
b) Garage toll not paid.
c) Failure to update license plate/transfer e-permit.

12.7 Group I University violations. Fee: $25. Vehicle may be towed from posted tow away zones.

d) No valid permit or other authorization for use of parking facilities, including wrong zone, where assigned permit is not valid. Fine escalates in staff zones (see section 12.5).
e) Permit not properly displayed.
f) License plate not visible from driving lanes, obsurced (e.g. with mud, cover, bicycle rack, etc.; not the same as 12.10.v), or not properly displayed (e.g. in car window).
g) DMV Lookup required to re-identify a vehicle previously on the same account after removal.
h) More than one vehicle parking on campus at the same time (issued to second vehicle found).
i) Vehicle not within stall lines of a legal parking space.
j) Parking in restricted area (e.g. student, faculty, or staff parked in a 40-minute guest meter, service stall, construction area, etc.). Fines escalate (see section 12.5).
k) Parking after event restriction begins. Fines escalate (see section 12.5).
l) Overstaying permit or parking stall time limit. (e.g. loading zones, etc).
m) Facing wrong way – Vehicles using parallel parking areas must park with the front of the vehicle pointing in the same direction as flow of traffic.

12.8 Group II University violations. Fee: $50. Vehicle may be towed. Fines escalate (see section 12.5).

n) Parked in reserved stall.
o) Non-designated parking in an area not specifically designated for or designed as a parking area for motor vehicles (e.g. on grass, sidewalk, "no parking" sign, areas not marked as a parking space, such as at the end of a row, or in any building not designated for the repair or storage of vehicles, etc.).
p) Blocking driveway, roadway, bus stops, dumpsters, doors, or legally parked vehicles; or restricting the normal flow of traffic.
q) Unauthorized storage of vehicle on university premises (Vehicles not bearing a license tag or current permit, or parked illegally and not moved for five (5) or more days).

12.9 Group IV University violations. Fee: $75. Vehicle may be towed. Fines escalate (see section 12.5).

r) Booth run. Unauthorized entry to closed area of campus.
s) Excessive violator. Assessed if vehicle is impounded by wheel lock or towed (see section 13.4).

12.10 Group V University violations. Fee: $100. Vehicle may be towed. Fines escalate (see section 12.5).

t) Tampering. Issued to any person who tampers with any gate, cameras, or LPR equipment. Cost of repair will be added to the fine.
u) Parked in designated fire lane or adjacent to a fire hydrant.
v) Deliberately Obscured. Issued to any vehicle which has covered its license plate to "avoid detection" by LPR system (not the same as 12.7.f).
w) Display of forged, altered, lost or stolen parking permit, or fraudulent report of lost or stolen parking permit. Cost of forged, altered, or stolen permit will be added to the fine, and parking privileges will be revoked for one year.
x) Use of permit/e-permit for which user is not eligible; or purchase of permit/e-permit by eligible third party for a user who is not themselves eligible for the permit/e-permit.

12.11 Group VI University violation. Fee: $250. Vehicle may be towed. Fines escalate (see section 12.5).

y) Illegally parked in or blocking an accessible or limited mobility space, accessible aisle, or ADA-compliant ramp designated as accessible.
z) Parking on campus after parking privileges have been revoked.


You must have a permit or pay by the hour to park in a KU lot
Parking is self-funded, receiving no state funding or tuition money
15,000 parking spaces on campus
Main campus closed to drive-through traffic 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Anyone with a valid KU Card can ride buses free
Parking meters using Parkmobile now accept credit cards
Follow parking on Twitter: @parkingKU
Visitors should park in parking garages or at meters
Red, Blue, and Gold zones are ticketed Monday through Friday year-round
Using a yellow annual parking permit costs $1.28 per day
To use ADA parking, you must register your placard with Parking & Transit and buy a parking permit
In residence hall zones, we patrol continuously and issue tickets day and night starting at 7 a.m. Monday and ending at 5 p.m. Friday when classes are in session
You don’t need to own a car to have a car – rent 1 of 4 cars by the hour with Hertz on Demand
48 hours before closing lots for events, we'll post a real estate sign with the date and time at the entrance
Walking time from lot 57 (Stadium) to Wescoe: 6.5 minutes
Walking time from lot 90 (Recreation Center) to Wescoe: 8.5 minutes
Going to Watkins Health Center? Park at the meters, pay for 1 hour