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CMU Traffic Ordinance

  • I. Vehicle Registration - Section 15.1
  • II. Registration Fees and Refunds - Section 16.00
  • III. Parking Regulations - Section 17.00
  • IV. Traffic Regulations
  • V. Parking Violations
  • VI. Parking Enforcement Re-Ticketing Guidelines

Vehicle Registration

Section 15.1

All motor vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds parked on Central Michigan University property by students, faculty/staff (food service/janitorial contract employees, etc.), visitors and vendors must be registered with the CMU Police/Parking Services Department and shall properly display one (1) valid Central Michigan University parking permit. Exceptions include metered spaces and Pango lots.

  • On-campus resident window parking permits are distributed to sophomores, juniors and seniors following their online registration. Freshman students will be assigned to the parking area located south of the football field (lot 63) and next to Theunissen Stadium (lot 70).
  • On-campus resident hall students may only register one vehicle due to parking availability.
  • A student is not allowed to register a vehicle owned by another student or another student's family or display a permit issued to another student, faculty or staff member.
  • A commuter student is defined as a currently enrolled student who resides off-campus.
  • An on-campus resident student is defined as a currently enrolled student who resides in a CMU residence hall or apartment.
  • Parking permits are required year-round and must be displayed by the first day of classes.

Purchasing Parking Permits

  • Annual parking permits are purchased online or in-person Monday through Friday at the CMU Police/Parking Services Department between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Temporary permits are available to students, faculty and staff who wish to park a vehicle temporarily on campus. Permits are available at the CMU Police/Parking Services Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Two free weeks (max 4 weeks) are given to those that have a current annual parking permit.
  • Guests/visitors may obtain a parking permit for $5.00 a day at the CMU Police/Parking Services Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Designated parking area(s) will be listed on the permit depending on the location you will be visiting.
  • A valid vehicle operator's license or student ID along with vehicle registration will be needed at the time of registering and purchasing a permit. Parking permits for the upcoming academic year are available for online registration beginning June 14. Permits purchased online between June 14 and August 1 will be automatically mailed to the student’s permanent home address. Permits purchased online after August 1, until the first Thursday of classes, will be mailed to the selected permanent or campus address. Online parking permit requests received after the first Thursday of classes must be picked up at the CMU Police/Parking Services Department to assure that the permit is received.
  • On-campus resident students can register online and purchase one (1) window parking permit. This is to make sure we have enough parking for all our students that live on campus. Your permit will indicate where you are allowed to park. The permit must be attached to the inside driver’s side lower-left corner of the windshield. The permit must be permanently affixed according to the instructions on the permit backing. Tape or other materials are not accepted.
  • Off-campus commuter students can register online and purchase one (1) commuter parking permit. If needed, commuter students can purchase an additional window permit. Your permit will allow you to park in any commuter lot on campus. Remember you cannot park overnight in a commuter lot. If you need to park overnight please stop in to our office and pick up a temporary permit. Window permits must be attached to the inside lower-left corner of the windshield on the driver's side. The permit must be permanently affixed according to the instructions on the permit backing. Tape or other materials cannot be used.
  • Faculty/staff can register online and purchase one (1) faculty/staff window parking permit or hang-tag. We now offer faculty/staff the ability to register up to three (3) vehicles to one (1) moveable hang-tag permit (window permit is not eligible). You can then move your faculty/staff parking permit hang-tag to any of these vehicles (only 1 vehicle can park on campus at a time.) Faculty/staff and commuter lots are designated for this permit. The hanging parking permit is to be displayed on the rearview mirror with the print facing the windshield.
  • Motorcycle/moped permit is required for motorcycles/mopeds and shall be attached to the front/rear fender or windshield.

Registration Fees and Refunds

Section 16.00

Annual Parking Costs

• $150 — On-Campus Resident
• $175 — On-Campus Apartments with Commuter Parking Privileges
• $175 — Off-Campus Commuter
• $185 — Faculty/Staff
• $200 — Senior Officer

Spring semester permit will be half price

Temporary Parking Costs

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

Guest/Visitor Parking Cost

Daily       $5.00  

Fee Refunds

Students withdrawing or employees leaving the university on or before the end of the first week of spring classes may apply for a 50% refund of fees paid for vehicle registration for the academic year. The hanging permit or an identifiable portion of the window permit must be returned in order to receive a refund. Students, faculty and staff who purchase permits but do not use them, may receive a refund by returning the permits to the CMU Police/Parking Services Department within two weeks from the date of purchase.

Lost/Stolen Parking Permits

Any lost/stolen parking permit will need to be reported to parking services right away so we can assist you in getting a replacement; a replacement fee may apply. To protect you further, a lost/stolen permit will be entered as such in our system and if someone uses that lost/stolen permit, our procedures are as follows: identify the user, tow the vehicle and forward the violation to the County Prosecutor for criminal larceny or fraud charges, and /or CMU Student Conduct or Human Resources. So please let us know if you find it and promptly return any lost permits to parking services so this does not inadvertently occur.

Permit Exchange/Replacement

You may find yourself needing to exchange or replace your window parking permit due to a vehicle accident, replacing a windshield or change of address. If this happens you must bring in an identifiable portion of the permit. Permits can be removed by covering the permit with tape and using a razor blade scraper. Scrapers are available at the CMU Police/Parking Services Department. An additional charge may result from privilege changes.

Parking Regulations

Section 17.00

All permit holders must park their vehicles in designated lots only. All parking lot permit regulations are in effect Monday - Friday from 2 a.m.-5 p.m. From 5 p.m.-2 a.m. you do not need to display a parking pass to park on campus, although there is no parking at any time in lot 41 (near Towers residence halls) which is restricted to faculty/staff only. Meter and Pango spaces are available to park for those without a permit. (See below for meter times)

There is NO PARKING in any area from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. except for on-campus residents with a valid CMU resident or apartment parking permit. Service drives, handicap spaces, restricted areas, reserved spaces and fire lanes are enforced 7 days a week, 24 hours a day year-round.

  • All vehicles must be parked within designated parking spaces.
  • Parking so that a portion of the vehicle hangs over or blocks a sidewalk is prohibited.
  • Parking is prohibited in any driveway (including end of a row, service drive, loading dock, etc.) at any time unless otherwise posted.
  • When classes are NOT in session, parking enforcement will continue in all faculty/staff lots, metered, reserved, service drive, handicapped spaces and fire lanes.

Summer Parking

Summer parking regulations are still in effect, although parking permits are allowed additional privileges such as:
  • Commuter permits may park in commuter and all residential hall lots.
  • On-campus resident permits may park in “all” residential lots.
  • On-campus apartment permits may park in apartment, commuter and all residential lots.
  • Faculty/staff permits may park in faculty/staff, commuter and all residential/apartment lots.

Parking Areas

  • Permit A-(Apartment): Includes Kewadin Village, Northwest Apartments and all “C” commuter lots. No overnight parking in “C” commuter lots
  • Permit C-(Commuter): Lots 2, 8, 14, 18, 22, 27, 28, 33N, 33S, 43, 51, 62E, 62W, 64, 65 and Calumet Ct. Must pay at the meters or mobile pay spaces. No overnight parking in “C” commuter lots
  • Permit F-(Faculty/Staff): Lots 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 16, 20, 21, 22(F), 23, 29, 31, 34, 41, 50, 54, 55(F), 56, 61, 68, 69 and all commuter lots. No overnight parking in “C” commuter lots
  • Permit FR-(Freshman): Lot 63 and 70
  • Permit G-(Graduate Housing) Graduate apartments (north section of lot 8), also includes all “C” commuter lots. No overnight parking in “C” commuter lots
  • Permit N-(North): Lots 1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 62E/W and 64
  • Permit S-(South): Lots 39, 40, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 52, 53, 55 (except faculty/staff area within Lot 55), 62E/W and 64

Guest/Visitor Parking

Provided parking area(s) on permit, based on location needed.

Handicapped Parking

A handicapped person may park a motor vehicle in a parking area designated for use by a handicapped person by displaying (a) a university handicapped parking permit from the CMU Police Department OR (b) a State of Michigan (or other State) issued handicapped plate, hang-tag, in addition to a CMU parking permit. Visitors must display a state handicapped permit and a CMU guest permit.

Metered Parking

Hundreds of meters are located on campus for visitor use. When parking at a meter, note the maximum time and hours of operation on the meter head. Campus meters will only accept United States quarters. A failed meter is considered a no-parking zone.

Meter fees must be paid between 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No parking shall be permitted in a metered parking zone between 2:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. Metered areas may be closed or designated as other parking pursuant to CMU police order or approval for designated special events.

Pango (Mobile Pay) Parking Spaces

Use the free Pango parking app instead of carrying around a pocket full of quarters or taking a chance on receiving a parking violation. Our objective is to make it more convenient and reduce frustration and violations. No parking shall be permitted between 2:00 a.m.- 6:00 a.m.

All iOS and Android smartphones can be used with the free PANGO app.

  • Park your vehicle in a Pango signed space or designated meter space.
  • Download the free PANGO app, setup an account, start a parking session, include the “zone” listed at the parking space. Go to for further directions.
  • Remotely pay via the app – you can start or stop your parking sessions and only pay for what you use. Pango will apply the maximum time of 4 hours. The UC Drive and Lot 57 have a session max of 30 minutes. You will be charged a convenience fee for the Pango service.

Vendor Permit

Vendors are required to register their vehicles with CMU Police/Parking Department. Fees - $150 (year), $75 (semester) or $5 a day.

Senior Officer Parking Permit

Senior officers parking privileges include all campus parking lots and meters, except metered parking in lot 15 and the Bovee University Center circle drive.

Special Parking Permit

Special parking is reviewed upon request based on a demonstrated need and department head approval.

Closing of Parking Areas

The University reserves the right to temporarily close any parking area for a special event, construction or other purpose deemed necessary by CMU Police.


Central Michigan University or any of its employees assume no responsibility for loss from theft or damage to cars parked in university parking lots.

Special Event Parking

Those attending special events on campus should park in designated event lots as assigned and as directed by event staff. A special event parking fee may be charged at the lot entrance. Some event lots are reserved for those with special passes (such as Chippewa Club, etc.) Visitor, faculty/staff and student permits may not be valid in the lots during special events.

Visitors, students and faculty/staff attending athletic football events at Kelly/Shorts Stadium may utilize specific lots surrounding the stadium through a daily parking fee or a displayed valid Chippewa Club member parking pass. On football game days, only football game day passes are valid, not annual university parking passes. Students parking in Lots 63 (near the Kelly/Shorts Stadium) will be directed to evacuate those lots for game day parking.

Traffic Regulations

Laws in Effect

The Michigan Motor Vehicle Code of the State of Michigan and university traffic ordinances are in effect on university property.


The speed limit on campus property is 20 mph unless otherwise posted.


Motor vehicle accidents on university property must be reported to the CMU Police Department by calling 989-774-3081.