Parking Tickets

The best way to avoid a ticket is to pay attention to signs and surroundings when parking on campus, and to be familiar with KU Parking Rules & Regulations.

KU Parking uses license plate recognition for parking enforcement on the Lawrence campus. All vehicles must park with their valid license plate facing the driving lane.

In most cases if you receive a ticket, you have two options:

Ticket Forgiveness

Students, faculty and staff who receive their first-ever KU parking ticket may be able to have the ticket canceled by successfully completing a parking quiz.

Excessive Violations

Three or more tickets issued to any vehicle or posted to the account of any owner/operator and that have not been paid within 14 calendar days constitute “excessive violations.” All vehicles on an account with excessive violations are subject to being immobilized with The Barnacle or towing. All tickets must be paid in full before the vehicle will be released (see section 13.0 in KU Parking Rules & Regulations for payment methods). In addition, the Parking Commission may revoke the privilege of operating a vehicle on the University of Kansas campus.

The Barnacle

Some vehicles may be immobilized using The Barnacle instead of being towed from campus. For more information about the device and how it works, check out our Barnacle information page.

Towing and Impounding Vehicles

Vehicles may be towed from the University of Kansas property at any time if they interfere with the efficient operation of traffic and parking on the KU campus or if they are parked in an area not specifically designated for or designed as a parking area. All charges for towing and/or storage fees are the responsibility of the owner/operator and may be assessed as a separate ticket.

IMPORTANT NOTE:Moving a vehicle that has a wheel-lock attached will damage the vehicle.