Parking and Traffic Regulations
These regulations are prepared and distributed to assist individuals operating and/or parking motor vehicles on University of Alabama property. The University is committed to providing the highest level of service and ensuring the safest and most efficient use of University Parking Resources.
These regulations are established by virtue of the authority vested in the Board of Trustees in accordance with state statutes. By virtue of the powers granted to the Board of Trustees by the Constitution, the Board of Trustees has the authority to adopt and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations for the management and governance of the institution. These powers may be delegated to various University officials for the governance of students and the administration of University Affairs, Ref: Alabama Code SS16-47-2, 34(1975).
The responsibility of obtaining knowledge of all laws and regulations in force rests with the motor vehicle operator. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to be familiar with and abide by these regulations. The fact that a violation notice is not issued when a vehicle is illegally parked does not mean or imply that the regulations or laws are no longer in effect.
All ordinances of the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, related to traffic which are not in conflict with or inconsistent with these regulations, are made a part thereof and are enforceable as provided herein.
Statement of Accuracy
As a result of the dynamic environment, every effort is made to ensure accuracy of information provided on written material such as maps or University signage. However, one should consult www.bamaparking.ua.edu for any recent updates pertaining to rules, regulations and announcements. This website will supersede any written material as a determining factor.
Reservation of Space
The University of Alabama reserves the right to set aside areas for special events, i.e., concerts, athletic events, parades, funerals, etc., in all parking areas of the University campus. The University further reserves the right to temporarily block certain areas of streets and/or parking lots in order to facilitate repairs, without notice to the general public.
Parking and Traffic Rules
- Vehicles must be parked within a designated parking space at all times. Parking in any other manner, including but not limited to, along curbs, in driveways, in roadways, on sidewalks, in crosswalks, on the grass, etc., is prohibited at all times and may result in the vehicle being cited or impounded.
- Standard rules of the road for the city, county, and state will be observed on campus.
- The speed limit is 25 mph, except where otherwise posted. Additional reductions in speed may be necessary in areas of vehicular and pedestrian congestion or during inclement weather.
- Individuals cited for moving violations will be issued a State of Alabama Uniform Traffic Citation.
- During zone-enforced hours (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) vehicles parked on campus must display a valid University of Alabama permit and the vehicle must be parked within the permitted zone. Any changes to this rule during summer or interim terms will be posted under Announcements on the Transportation Services website.
- Safety violations, including but not limited to; parking on a curb, yellow line, sidewalks, crosswalks, blocking a fire hydrant, double parking, parking on the grass, parking in a Tow Away Zone or parking in any manner that creates a safety hazard is prohibited at all times.
- Accessible (handicap) parking regulations are enforced at all times.
- Area Coordinator parking spaces are enforced at all times. Designated signage is posted for these spaces.
- Driving or parking in a transit or bicycle lane is prohibited at all times.
- Once a parking citation has been issued, removal of the citation by blowing or falling off the vehicle or by the action of another person does not absolve the vehicle’s owner from responsibility for the violation.
- Motorists must yield to pedestrians in designated crosswalks.
- Motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles are subject to all traffic rules and regulations, and should move in the same direction on the same side of the street as other vehicles. These types of vehicles may not be operated on sidewalks or lawns.
- Motorcycles are prohibited in gated areas.
- Vehicles should be parked within a designated parking space. Transportation Services cannot provide special accommodations for vehicles that are modified or are not “standard” size. An Improper Parking citation will be issued for vehicles parked with the body, tires, or the length of the vehicle exceeding the designated parking space lines.
- Non-registered vehicles with three outstanding citations are subject to wheel-lock, towing or impoundment. All charges, including towing charges and outstanding fines, must be paid before the vehicle is released.
- Permits are only valid when an individual’s University status corresponds with their parking permit zone. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to notify Transportation Services with changes in campus status.
- Faculty or staff may not purchase a permit for use by a student.
- Vehicles impounded and not claimed within 30 days are subject to State of Alabama abandonment code.
- The University of Alabama assumes no liability for damages to vehicles operated or parked on campus. Any such damage is a risk assumed by the owner as operator of the vehicle.
- Trailers, boats, campers, and similar non-motor vehicles are prohibited from parking on campus.
- Parking in Loading or Service Zones is restricted to delivery service and vendor vehicles for the purpose of loading and unloading only. Individuals who wish to temporarily park their personal vehicle in a loading zone must first obtain permission from the Transportation Services office.
Vehicles must be parked within a designated parking space at all times. All vehicles parked on The University of Alabama campus between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday must properly display a current University of Alabama parking permit. Vehicles not parked in accordance with University Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations are subject to being cited, towed and/or impounded and held until all citations and tow charges are paid. Vehicles parked on campus without a license plate and/or vehicle identification number visible are subject to immediate impoundment until proof of ownership is established. Individuals registering a vehicle accept responsibility for all citations issued. Registration in itself is no guarantee of a parking space, or guarantee of a parking space near the location where one works or attends class. The responsibility of locating a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. A lack of space where one prefers to park is not a valid excuse for violating any parking regulation. Vehicles parked in such a manner are subject to receiving citations.
- Permits must be displayed from the rearview mirror, with the permit number facing forward, during zone-enforced hours (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday).
- Permits may be displayed on multiple vehicles. The permit owner is responsible for the permit at all times, and is responsible for any citations written while the permit is displayed.
- All permits are the property of The University of Alabama and must be surrendered upon separation. Permits may not be given, resold, or transferred to another individual.
- Permits must be exchanged in person at the Transportation Services office.
Individuals parking vehicles on campus that cannot be secured such as convertibles, soft top jeeps, broken windows or door locks, etc. may bring their permit to the Transportation Services office and request an Emergency Parking Permit (EPP). The EPP will only be valid on their registered vehicle. The individual’s permit will be kept on file in the Transportation Services office.
Student Permit Registration
Parking permits are issued according to zones. Residential students are only allowed the option to purchase a permit for their residential zone. Commuter students may purchase a commuter permit or a perimeter zone permit based on availability when they register. Permits from other local colleges or universities are not valid during zone-enforced hours.
- First semester graduate students may request a waiver in person at the Transportation Services office if their desired zone is no longer available online.
- Accessible (Handicap) permits and motorcycle permits must be purchased in person at the Transportation Services office.
- Student permit prices are prorated by semester.
- Summer semester permits may be purchased at the Transportation Services office.
- Student permits are billed to the student’s account. Payments are processed through Student Account Services located in room 105 of the Student Services Center.
- It is the purchaser’s responsibility to report permits as lost in the mail if the permit is not received within ten business days from the date of purchase. Permits purchased prior to August 17, 2016 must be reported lost in the mail by August 30, 2016. Failure to report a permit lost may result in the individual receiving parking citations and being required to purchase another permit.
When registering for an academic year permit prior to the beginning of the fall semester, students must wait until their permit registration window opens.
- The day after registering for classes, students may log in to their myBama account to purchase a parking permit. In the center box on the home page titled Currently on myBama, select the link Register for Parking/Manage Your Account located under the Parking Permit Registration heading. Follow the step by step instructions to complete the permit purchase.
Faculty and Staff Permit Registration
Full-time faculty/staff and part-time faculty/staff not currently enrolled as a student may purchase a Faculty/Staff (Green), Faculty/Staff Reserve (Black) or a Perimeter permit. Permits from other local colleges or universities are not valid during zone-enforced hours.
Current reserve permit holders have the yearly option to purchase a permit for their current reserve lot or deck. Any vacancies that occur in the reserved lots or decks are filled using the established waitlist. Faculty and staff may add their names to the waitlist for the reserve lots or decks by logging in to myBama and selecting the Employee tab. In the center red box titled Enterprise Operations, select the link Register HERE for a Parking Permit. The Add/Edit Waitlist option is located at the bottom of the page.
Permits may be purchased online by logging in to myBama and selecting the Employee tab. In the center red box titled Enterprise Operations, select the link Register HERE for a Parking Permit. The Purchase Permit option is located at the bottom of the page. Follow the step by step instructions to complete the permit purchase. It is the purchaser’s responsibility to report permits as lost in the mail if the permit is not received within ten business days from the date of purchase. Failure to report a permit lost may result in the individual receiving parking citations and being required to purchase another permit.
- Faculty and Staff who purchase permits online may choose to payroll deduct the 12 monthly payments (or for the number of months the permit is valid) or pay in full with a credit card.
- Faculty and staff who purchase permits in person may choose to payroll deduct the 12 monthly payments (if eligible), or pay in full with cash, check, money order, or credit card. A campus wide identification number, photo identification and vehicle license plate information are required when purchasing a permit in person.
Accessible (Handicap) Registration
Accessible permits will be issued to individuals who are certified by the State of Alabama or by the state in which they reside. Individuals should bring their state-issued accessible documentation (placard and receipt) to the Transportation Services office to obtain a University Accessible permit.
Temporary Emergency Parking Permits
- Students disabled on a temporary basis who need transportation beyond the capabilities of the University’s transit system must obtain a parking permission slip from the Student Health Center. Documentation from a personal physician will expedite this process at the SHC. Students must bring their SHC parking permission slip to the Transportation Services office to obtain a temporary Emergency Parking Permit.
- Temporary Emergency Parking Permits must be displayed from the rearview mirror in front of a valid University of Alabama parking permit. All information must be visible at all times.
- Temporary Emergency Parking Permits are available at no cost to individuals with a current University of Alabama parking permit.
- A valid University of Alabama parking permit must accompany the temporary emergency parking permit, unless otherwise on file at the Transportation Services office.
- All motorcycles parked on The University of Alabama campus between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday must be permitted. Individuals must purchase a permit for a motorcycle or a motorized scooter in person at the Transportation Services office. Individuals with a current University of Alabama vehicle permit may register their motorcycle or motorized scooter free of charge by contacting the Transportation Services office at 205-348-5471. The motorcycle or motorized scooter parking will be restricted to the permitted vehicle parking zone. Motorcycles are prohibited in gated areas. Motorcycle or motorized scooter parking spaces are designated by ground markings.
All bicycles must be registered through the Transportation Services office. Individuals should register their bicycle online through myBama. Bicycles should be secured to a bicycle rack each time they are left unattended on campus for any period of time. Bicycle racks are conveniently located throughout campus.
Retired Faculty and Staff Permits
Retired faculty and staff are eligible to receive a Retired University parking permit free of charge. Two-year permits are issued when retirement is verified and a registration form is completed. These permits expire bi-annually in October. Retired faculty and staff permits are valid in any surface lot on campus except reserve lots. These permits are not valid in any state-designated space, area coordinator spaces, handicap spaces (unless a state issued plate or placard is displayed on the vehicle), or in parking decks. Retired faculty/staff permits are issued as a privilege and should only be used by the retiree. Abuse of this privilege may result in the deactivation of the permit.
The University of Alabama welcomes visitors to our campus. All visitors must display a University of Alabama parking permit during zone-enforced hours (7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday). The Crimson Ride transit hub is conveniently located inside the Campus Drive Parking Deck and will provide visitors access to all areas of our campus. Visit their website at www.crimsonride.ua.edu for more information.
- Day Visitor permits may be purchased in person at the Transportation Services office located at 451 Campus Drive East. A valid driver’s license and license plate information are required.
- Visitors may pay $5.00 per day to park in one of the three visitor accessible parking decks on campus: Campus Drive, North ten Hoor and Ferguson.
- Departments may purchase scratch-off daily permits in bundles of 25 for $100.00 to issue to individuals visiting their department by completing the Department-Issued Permit form.
Vendors and Contractors
Vendors and contractors working on campus will be required to have prior approval before a surface lot parking permit will be sold. Approval for a one month, three month, or six month surface lot parking permit must be forwarded by the department or college authorizing the sale for the extended permit.
Contractors on campus for construction projects will be sold surface lot parking permits or will be instructed to park in a designated area in close proximity to the project strictly based on the scope of the work agreed upon in the bid documents by Construction Administration and the individual or company awarded the bid.
Patrons who are utilizing the services of the Recreation Center, the Aquatic Center and the Moody Music Building must purchase a parking permit if their vehicle will be parked on campus during zone-enforced hours (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday). Permits may be purchased at the Transportation Services office located inside the Campus Drive Parking Deck at 451 Campus Drive East by completing the UA Patron Registration form. No refunds will be issued for Patron Permits.
Conference or Group Parking
Conferences and/or groups must contact the Office of Transportation Services – Event Management at 205-348-0024 at least seven days in advance to arrange parking for their event.
Gameday and RV Parking
Visit www.uagameday.com or call the hotline at 205-262-2811 for gameday and RV parking information.
During zone-enforced hours (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) vehicles must be parked in their permitted zone. Failure to comply may result in citations or immobilization.
|Permit Type||Permitted Parking Area / Zone|
|Accessible (Handicap) Permit||Accessible designated spaces or any legal space – excludes reserved lots/decks|
|Faculty/Staff (Green) Permit||All green zones, Perimeter Zone, and Upper Rec Lot. Action Card swipe access to the following: Campus Drive Parking Deck, Ferguson Parking Deck, North ten Hoor Parking Deck, Ridgecrest South Parking Deck – Level 1 Only, gated areas surrounding the Magnolia Parking Deck, and the Margaret Drive gate|
|Faculty/Staff/Student Reserved (Black) Permit||Designated reserved deck/lot (Swipe Action Card on entrance for access), Perimeter Zone, and Upper Rec Lot|
|Faculty/Staff/Student Perimeter Permit||Perimeter Zone|
|West Commuter Permit||West Commuter Zone including the North ten Hoor Parking Deck (Swipe Action Card in “A” slot on entrance or exit), Perimeter Zone, and Upper Student Rec Lot|
|Northeast Commuter Permit||Northeast Commuter Zone, Perimeter Zone, and Upper Rec Lot|
|Southeast Commuter Permit||Southeast Commuter Zone, Perimeter Zone, and Upper Rec Lot|
|Yellow Residential Permit||Yellow Residential Zone including the Ferguson Parking Deck (Swipe Action Card in “A” slot on entrance), Ridgecrest Parking Deck (Swipe Action Card in card reader at roll-up door entrance), Riverside Parking Deck, Perimeter Zone, and Upper Rec Lot|
|Orange Residential Permit||Orange Residential Zone including the gated areas surrounding the Magnolia Parking Deck (Swipe Action Card at gate entrances for access), Perimeter Zone, and Upper Student Rec Lot|
|Silver Residential Permit||Silver Residential Zone including the Campus Drive Parking Deck (Swipe Action Card in “A” slot on entrance), Perimeter Zone, and Upper Rec Lot|
|Tan Residential Permit||Tan Residential Zone, Perimeter Zone, and Upper Rec Lot|
|UA Patron Permit||Designated Area Only|
|Motorcycle Permit||Designated zone – spaces are designated by signage and/or ground markings – prohibited in gated areas|
|Retired (Gold) Permit||Any legal surface lot space – excludes decks and gated areas|
*There are three distinct commuter zones each having its own distinct permit: West Commuter, Northeast Commuter and Southeast Commuter. Commuter permit holders should ensure they are within their permitted commuter zone when parking.
**There are four distinct residential zones each having its own distinct permit: Tan, Yellow, Orange and Silver. Permit holders should ensure they are within their permitted residential zone when parking.
*** Please view the Parking Maps page for further details.
Permit holders with deck access must swipe their Action Card in the “A” slot to enter the parking deck at no charge. Swiping their Action Card in the “B” slot will result in a $5.00 deduction from the cardholder’s Bama Cash account. A one-time $5.00 refund will be issued for mistakenly swiping the wrong slot. Individuals may pay $5.00 per day to park in of the three visitor parking decks on campus: Campus Drive, North ten Hoor and Ferguson. Vehicles parked in decks must display either a valid permit for the correct zone or a current day’s parking receipt. Individuals who pay using Bama Cash will not receive a receipt when their Action Card is swiped. Bama Cash users who receive a citation for improper entry/exit of the parking deck should call 205-348-5471 the following day to request a swipe inquiry. The citation will be voided upon verification by Transportation Services staff. Individuals must remove their vehicles from the decks by 7:00 a.m. the following day, with the exception of residential students with deck access. Vehicles not displaying a current day’s receipt are subject to being cited. Vehicles left in parking decks without a valid permit or receipt are subject to impoundment.
Deck clearance is posted at the entrance to each deck. UA is not responsible for damage to vehicles that exceed the clearance restrictions.
To report a permit lost or stolen, a Lost/Stolen Permit form should be completed and submitted to the Transportation Services office as soon as possible. Student replacement permits may be purchased for a fee of $100.00 during the fall or spring semesters and for a fee of $50.00 during the summer semester. Faculty/staff replacement permits may be purchased for a fee of $100.00 during the fall or spring semesters and for the prorated permit fee (if less than $100.00) during the spring and summer semester. A police report describing forcible entry must be presented in order for a stolen permit to be replaced free of charge.
Student Refund Policy
Students purchasing permits prior to the beginning of classes will have ten days to return their permits for a full refund once classes begin. Students purchasing their permits after classes begin will have ten days from the date of purchase to return their permits for a full refund. Permits may be returned in person to the Transportation Services office located inside the Campus Drive Parking Deck at 451 Campus Drive East or by mailing the permit to Transportation Services – Box 870179 – Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
Students who purchase a parking permit in the fall of 2016 will pay full price for the permit. Students who leave the University in December and do not plan on returning in the spring may return their permit for a partial refund through January 31, 2017. All permits are deactivated upon separation from the University, regardless of whether they are returned.
Faculty/Staff Refund Policy
Refunds for parking permits will be issued if the permit is returned to the Transportation Services office within ten business days from the date of purchase. Permits may be returned in person to the Transportation Services office located inside the Campus Drive Parking Deck at 451 Campus Drive East or by mailing the permit to Transportation Services – Box 870179 – Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
- Faculty and staff who pay in full for a permit and leave the University during the permit year are eligible for a refund if the permit is returned. The refund amount depends on the prorated price at the time the permit is returned. All permits are deactivated upon separation from the University, regardless of whether they are returned.
- Faculty and staff who pay the monthly fee for their permit and leave the University must return the permit to the Transportation Services office. If the permit is not returned, the remaining monthly fees will be deducted from the final paycheck. However, individuals may recover this charge up to one month after their separation date from the University if the permit is returned. Permit fees are charged one month in arrears, so individuals are still responsible for paying for the month the permit was returned. All permits are deactivated upon separation from the University, regardless of whether they are returned.
|Failure to Register||$25.00|
|Improperly Affixed Permit||$25.00|
|Parked in Vehicle Space||Motorcycle or motorized scooter parked in vehicle space||$25.00|
|Parked in Motorcycle Space||Vehicle parked in motorcycle or motorized scooter space||$25.00|
|Use of Deactivated Permit||Wheel-lock fee will be enforced if the permit is displayed by an individual other than the original own||$25.00|
|Improper Use of Permit||$50.00|
|Improper Parking||Includes the following violations: Parking on a Curb, Yellow Line, Fire Lane, Fire Hydrant, No Parking Space, Parked on Grass, State Parking, Tow Away Zone, Double Parking, Motorcycle Parked in Gated Area||$50.00|
|Tow Away Zone||$50.00|
|Improper Entry/Exit of Deck||$50.00|
|Parked in Pedestrian Area||Motorcycle or motorized scooter parked in pedestrian area (sidewalk, grass, etc.)||$50.00|
|Wheel-lock/Tow||Wheel-lock/tow release requires payment of outstanding fines prior to release of vehicle||$100.00|
|Improper Parking/Relocation Fee||$100.00|
|Game Day Tow Fee||$100.00|
|Parked in a Transit Lane||$100.00|
|Parked in a Bicycle Lane||$100.00|
|HC Ramp/Sidewalk Blocked||$100.00|
|Dumpster/Tow Away Zone||$150.00|
|6th Avenue Reserve Tow Away||$150.00|
|Handicap||First offense – $250.00Second & subsequent offense – $500.00||$250.00/$500.00|
|Parked in an Area Coordinator Space||Subject to towing||$250.00|
|Storage Fee||May be accessed to all impounded or towed vehicles after the 3rd school day||$5.00 per day|
Unregistered vehicles receiving three or more citations are subject to being wheel-locked/towed. Vehicle release requires payment of all outstanding fines. Citations are reflected in the accumulation record of the violator. The accumulation period for violators is one year, beginning August 16th of the academic year and ending August 15th of the following year. If the fine on a citation is greater than the amount indicated by the accumulation record, the greater fine will be levied against the violator.
|5th and subsequent violations||$50.00 minimum or the higher value of the citation|
|10th and subsequent violations||$100.00 Minimum or the higher value of the citation|
|20th citation||Individual is referred to the Office of Student Conduct|
Payment of Fines
Parking citations are automatically charged to student accounts. Payments may be made at Student Account Services, 105 Student Services Center.
Faculty and staff may pay parking citations in person at the Transportation Services office, located inside the Campus Drive Parking Deck at 451 Campus Drive East. If payment is not made and an appeal is not filed within three days of citation issuance, the citation will automatically be processed for payroll deduction.
Visitors may pay citations in person at the Transportation Services office located inside the Campus Drive Parking Deck at 451 Campus Drive East or by mailing the payment to Transportation Services – Box 870179 – Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
All appeals are subject to the following stipulations:
- The citation appealed must be listed on the appeal form.
- Denied appeals will be assessed a $5.00 processing fee.
- Individuals must specify on their appeal form, at the time of submission, if they wish to appear before the appeals committee.
The following are not considered valid reasons for filing a citation appeal:
- The lack of knowledge of the rules and regulations.
- The inability to locate available space in the correct zone, inability to find a legal space, or inability to park legally due to other vehicles parked illegally.
- Inclement weather conditions.
- Tardiness to class or an appointment.
- The use of emergency flashers to justify illegal parking.
- Permission to park given by anyone other than a Transportation Services employee.
Students may only appeal citations issued during the current or previous semester to the Office of Student Conduct.
Faculty and staff may only appeal citations issued only during the current or previous semester to the University Parking and Transportation Committee Court of Appeals.
Board of Review
The University Parking and Transportation Subcommittee on Appeals and Petitions also exists to review appeals of student and/or faculty and staff that, because of extenuating circumstances, request a permit other than the one for which they originally qualify. These appeal forms are available, and must be filed, at the Transportation Services office at 451 Campus Drive East.
Motorist Assistance Program (MAP)
Transportation Services is pleased to offer the Motorist Assistance Program free of charge to students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our Motorist Assistance Technicians provide battery jumps, inflate tires, and will even give you a ride to the gas station if you run out of gas. Call the Motorist Assistance line at 205-348-0121 for any of these services.
Last Updated 7/27/2016