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Rules and Regulations

The University of Houston has adopted a parking and traffic program to create an orderly traffic flow and equitable parking conditions on campus. Your personal safety, the recognition of others’ needs, campus appearance, and applicable laws were prime considerations in the formulation of these regulations. This program is administered by Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), 3874 Holman St., Suite C Houston, TX 77204 (832-842-1097), and enforced by its Parking Enforcement Division (713-743-5849).

To park on the University of Houston campus you must display a valid UH parking permit unless parked at a parking meter, visitor lot, or a university parking garage. Purchasing a permit does not guarantee a parking place but allows you to park if space is available.

The permit is only transferable between vehicles and NOT between individuals. The registered permit holder is responsible for any parking citation issued to a vehicle displaying their parking permit. In the event the vehicle is not registered with PTS, Motor Vehicle Records from TXDOT will be used to determine responsibility.

Park only where your permit allows. Do not park in areas that are not for your use or have a restricted status. Examples of restricted areas are: fire and no parking zones, the grass, sidewalks, along curbs not designated for parking, any unmarked spot, or any place that would disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic. If you receive parking citations and do not resolve them, your vehicle will be subjected to tow or immobilization at your expense. Vehicles may not operate on University of Houston property if they are in violation of state law.

Certain low-lying areas of the campus, especially areas abutting Entrance 6 and Entrance 16, are prone to flooding in heavy rains. The University of Houston is not responsible for any damage or loss of motor vehicles or personal property contained in any motor vehicle on campus. Vehicle operators are responsible for familiarizing themselves with current parking rules and regulations.

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on UH property is asked to register that vehicle with Parking and Transportation Services. Authorized university vehicles and equipment are exempt from registration. For the purpose of these Policies and Procedures, a university holiday is defined by the closing of university business offices.

Special Parking Areas and Provisions

Loading Zones:

Loading zones are restricted to vehicles loading and unloading. Vehicles must be moved when finished. All loading zones have a maximum twenty (20) minute time limit. A valid permit must be obtained from the PTS office located in room 112 of the Welcome Center Garage or at the information booths located at entrance 1 and parking lot 15G, to park in a loading zone.

Bicycles:

Bicycles must be parked in bike racks. It is recommended that all bikes be registered with the UH Department of Public Safety (713-743-0600). 

Evening Parking

Vehicles displaying a valid student or faculty/staff permit (excluding economy permits) may park in any non-restricted space in most gated surface lots as follows between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday–Friday, and all day on weekends and university holidays.  Gated lots 1C/1D, 6B, 15A and 19A are restricted at all times.

A malfunctioning gate does not justify unauthorized entry into a gated lot between the restricted hours of 5 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Restricted areas such as fire and loading zones, and disabled and reserved spaces are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Economy permits are exempt from the evening parking policy.

Enforcement and Violations

University streets and parking lots are patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Violators of the parking rules and regulations can receive warning citations, a University of Houston citation or a Harris County citation. You are responsible for all citations issued to your vehicle or permit. Habitual or flagrant disregard of the rules and regulations is grounds for suspension of campus parking privileges or stronger action by the university.

Fines can be issued for the following violations:

Fine

Violation

$30 V1. Failing to properly display a UH parking decal/permit
V4. Parked overtime at a parking meter
V6. Violation of other regulations as described on citation
V7. Parked in a lot without the proper decal/permit
V16. Overtime in loading/20-minute zone*
$60 V2. Parked in "No Parking" areas
V3. Parked on a sidewalk, along curbs or in a construction area
V5. Parked in a UH lot without a UH decal/permit
V8. Parked in or blocking a driving lane*
V10. Blocking a sidewalk, crosswalk or parking on the grass*
V18. Vehicle relocation
G2. Improper garage entry/exit**
$100 V9. Parked in a reserved space without the proper decal/permit*
V11. Parked in a fire zone*
V12. Parked by a fire hydrant*
V14. Parked in a tow-away zone*
V17. Tow fee*
G3. Damage to equipment**
$250 V13. Parked in a handicapped zone without the proper decal/permit*
*These violations are subject to tow at owner’s expense
**These violations may not be appealed 

Additional Violations:

C1. Changing, damaging, or moving any UH traffic sign or signal, or removing citations from cars $15
C2. Disobeying traffic directions given by UHPD $15
C3. Reporting false information on the decal/permit registration application or any other parking document $15
C4.** Altered/forged or the use of lost/stolen UH parking decals/permits $100 (plus the price of the permit)
C5. Failing to pay attention to traffic signs or barricades erected with the approval of the Director of Parking and Transportation and/or the UHDPS chief $15
Violators may be subject to criminal prosecution in accordance with Article 37.10 of the Texas Penal Code.

Towing

The university reserves the right to tow any illegally parked vehicle or vehicles with excessive unpaid citations. Vehicles are towed to an on campus tow lot located in parking lot 12A. In addition to the above mentioned tow fee of $2 per day, a storage fee will be assessed commencing the second day the vehicle is maintained in the tow lot. Valid vehicle registration must be presented before a vehicle is released.
Cars are subject to towing for the following reasons:
  1. Violations V8- V16 listed above.
  2. If vehicle is deemed abandoned. Vehicles parked on UH property for more than 30 days without moving are considered abandoned. Moving a vehicle from one space to another to give the appearance of vehicle being utilized is not permissible (even if a valid permit is displayed).
  3. If a motor home, trailer, or boat is parked overnight on UH property without prior permission from Parking and Transportation Services.
Visitors are required to pay all fees applicable to towing, citation(s), and storage before the release of their vehicle. Towed vehicles should contact UHDPS-Parking Enforcement Division at 713-743-5849.

Payments

Violations V1-V10, V14, V16 and G2 are ELIGIBLE for a 50% reduction when paid within the first 72 hours.

Violations v11 - V13, V17-V18 and G3 are INELIGIBLE for a 50% reduction when paid within the first 72 hours.

All fines (except towing) DOUBLE after 21 days.

Citations may be paid online via your parking account or in person at the Parking Services desk at the Welcome Center Garage or by mailing a check or money payable to The University of Houston. Visitors may pay citations by clicking here. 

Payments may be mailed to:

University of Houston
Parking and Transportation Services
3874 Holman St., Suite C
Houston, TX 77204-2007.

DO NOT ENCLOSE CASH.

Fees not paid within 21 days will double and are then turned over to the billing/receivable system for collection.

Appeals Process

(Violations G2 and G3 may not be appealed)

Parking citation appeals must be received by PTS within 21 calendar days of citation issuance. Appeals are filed online by logging in to your parking account

Appeals are heard by the University of Houston traffic court, which is comprised of student, faculty and staff appointed by their representative governing bodies. Once a decision has been issued by the court a notification will be sent to the appellant notifying them of the decision and the next steps, if applicable.

Visitor appeals are heard by the PTS Parking Citation Appeals coordinator, who will evaluate and determine the appropriate assessment based on the University of Houston policy. To submit a visitor citation appeal click here.  

The following reasons are considered invalid reasons for appealing a citation:

  • Lack of knowledge of the regulations. For example, new to campus or have not reviewed regulations;
  • Other vehicles were parking improperly;
  • Was only parked illegally for a short period of time;
  • Stated failure of officer to ticket previously for similar offenses;
  • Late to class/appointment;
  • No other place to park;
  • Inability to pay the amount of the fine;
  • Using personal car for university business