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.
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
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.
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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. to 5 p.m. From 5 p.m. to 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)
in any area from 2 a.m. to 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 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.
- 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
Provided parking area(s) on permit, based on location needed.
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.
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. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. No parking shall be permitted in a metered parking zone between 2:00 a.m. and 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 "web app" (pay-by-phone 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. and 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 Pango.com 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.
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 signed 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.
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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.
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Fines and Penalties
The person who registers a vehicle with the university is responsible for all parking violations and is subject to all fines or disciplinary action.
- Failure to pay a parking violation within 7 days will result in a late fee.
- Parking violations that remain outstanding for 17 days or more will be billed to the registered owner's student or employee account.
Violations are handled through the CMU Police/Parking Services Department or can be paid
Parking Fine Schedule
Revocation of Privileges
After 7 Days|
|Handicap Parking Violation||$150||$150|
|Failure to Display Permit||$30||$45|
|Parking in Restricted Area||$30||$45|
|Parking in Service Drive Area||$30||$45|
|No Parking 2 a.m.-6 a.m.||$30||$45|
|Parking in No-Parking Area (Signed)||$30||$45|
|Overtime Meter Parking||$15||$30|
Parking privileges may be revoked for:
- Providing false information when applying for parking privileges.
- Using a fraudulent parking permit, or other fraud related actions.
After reviewing the CMU Parking Ordinances, you may appeal a citation if a valid explanation is provided. The appeals process is designed to provide a format in which the citation can be reviewed.
Parking citations can be appealed within 14 days from the issue date of the citation.
Appeals can also be submitted in person at the Parking Services Department at 1720 East Campus Drive or mailed to:
Central Michigan University
1720 East Campus Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Download Appeal Form
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The times for re-ticketing vehicles parked in violation at the same location are as follows:
- Meters may be re-ticketed after two (2) hours (maximum of two per day).
- Service drives and all other violations may be re-ticketed after four (4) hours (maximum of two per day).
- Vehicles parked in violation of university parking regulations, those that have three to five outstanding violations, failing to comply with the mandatory lot evacuation schedule or situations deemed necessary by CMU Police may be towed at the owner's expense.
- Vehicles displaying a fraudulent, lost or stolen parking permit may be towed at the owner’s expense.
The Michigan Vehicle Code, Central Michigan University established Ordinances and Rules & Regulations are adopted by the CMU Board of Trustees as part of the CMU Traffic Ordinance.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance. We are always here to help you, especially as you are welcomed to YOUR campus.
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