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Parking Services

The Parking Services division of the CMU Police Department distributes parking permits for CMU affiliates and campus visitors while maintaining all related records. This area is also responsible for the collection efforts associated with parking citations and citation appeals. For questions concerning billing, parking permits, citations and locations, contact us at (989) 774-3083 or email

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Need-to-know parking info

Vehicles and Parking Permits

  • Parking Permits are required Monday-Friday, from 2:00 am—5:00 pm year-round.
  • All parking lots on CMU's Campus are designated for specific permits.
  • Lot entrance signs designate which permits are required to park.

CMU Parking Meters

  • Metered parking is regulated Monday-Friday, from 6:00 am—5:00 pm. 
  • The maximum meter time is two hours. 
  • Cost for the meter is 50 cents per 30 minutes (quarters only).
  • Parking is prohibited in metered spaces from 2:00 am—6:00 am.

Pango Mobile Pay Parking

  • Pango is a mobile app that manages payments for short-term parking sessions while parked in designated Pango parking spaces.
  • Pango sessions are regulated Monday-Friday, from 6:00 am—5:00 pm. 
  • The cost is 50 cents per 30 minutes (plus a convenience fee).
  • The length of Pango parking sessions vary from 30 mins (UC Drive and Lot 57) to four hours (all others). 
  • Parking is prohibited in Pango spaces from 2:00 am—6:00 am.

Open Parking Times

  • Permit Regulations are not in effect Monday—Friday, from 5:00 pm—2:00 am and weekends. 
  • Exceptions to this rule are Reserved Spaces, Firelanes, Handicapped spaces, Carls Center spaces, and the 24/7 restricted Lot #41 which is reserved for faculty/staff).

Temporary Permit Information

  • Students, Faculty and Staff without a Current Annual Permit: $5.00/DAY  
  • Students, Faculty and Staff with a Current Annual Permit:  Two free weeks per semester (max. 4 wks per Annual Permit) or $5.00/DAY.