Grand Valley Police Department

The Parking 411 - Commuter


  • Enforcement Hours
    • Monday –Thursday: 7am to 6:30pm
    • Friday: 7am-5pm
    • Weekends: Only specially marked spaces and overnight parking in non-residential lots are enforced
    • Non-residential lots are enforced overnight every night between 3am and 7am
  • Meters  - Costs:
    • Housing Meters -  25 cents for each 15 minutes, 30 minute limit
    • Academic meters -  30 cents for each 12 minutes or $1.50 per hour, 4 hour limit
    • Failed or Out of Order meters are a “No-Park” zone, unless paying with ParkMobile
  • Visitors
    • Visitors must have a permit. Guests must stop in to Public Safety with photo ID and their license plate number to receive a temporary permit at no cost. Students may not pick up the permit for their guest.
    • Visitors are limited to 20 overnight parking passes between Sunday and Thursday nights per school year.
    • Visitors with citation balances cannot be issued permits until the outstanding balance has been paid.
  • Handicapped Parking
    • A valid handicapped permit and a GVSU permit are required to park in Handicapped spaces on GVSU’s campus.
    • If handicap parking spaces are not available, the handicap permit holder may park at a meter (payment not required) or in a Faculty/Staff or Student lot only.  Parking in any other space is prohibited.
  • Motorcycles
    • Motorcycles do not require a parking permit. Motorcycles may park on the yellow hash marks at the end of parking rows. Motorcycles are NOT allowed to park in the blue Handicapped hash marks.
  • Overnight parking
    • Overnight parking is limited to Residential lots. Vehicles are NOT allowed to park overnight in Commuter or Faculty/Staff lots. A RESIDENTIAL permit is required.
    • If your vehicle breaks down and cannot be moved overnight, the Police Department or Pew Security must be notified.
  • Permit Placement
    • Place your parking permit decal on the lower left side of your vehicle windshield. You may receive a citation if it is not in the proper location.
    • Parking permits decals are transferrable between vehicles.  The person registered is responsible for all citations incurred while the permit is displayed on a vehicle.
  • Temporary Permits
    • Students are allowed 20 days of temporary parking permits per academic year at no cost. To use a temporary permit, bring your Student ID and license plate number to Public Safety or Pew Campus Security.
    • Temporary permits are placed on the driver's side dashboard to the left of the steering wheel.  Permit dates must be visible from outside the vehicle for the permit to be valid.

Student Commuter

In what lots may I park?

On the Allendale Campus: Any lot marked with a Red "S"  

  • Lot B-1 (North of Ravines Drive and Laker Village Drive) - Temporarily Construction Parking Only
  • Lot C and C-West (North of Fieldhouse)                                                       
  • Lot G (South of Lot F)
  • Lot H (Across Campus Dr. from Kirkhof Center)
  • Lot K-East                       

On the Pew Campus: Any lot marked with a Red "S"

  • Seward Flat Lot (North of Fulton St.)
  • Seward Ramp (South of Lake Michigan Dr.)
  • Mt. Vernon Lot (South of Fulton St.)
  • Winter Lot (West of Winter St.)
  • Watson Lot (Non-resident area only, South of Winter Hall)

Where am I not allowed to park?

  • Meters (still require payment)
  • Faculty and Staff Lots
  • Pew Resident or Allendale Resident Lots
  • Any specially signed spaces

*Some lots are shared by two designations – make sure your vehicle is only parked in Student Commuter portions of these lots.

IMPORTANT! Unauthorized or improper use of this permit may result in a referral to the University Judicial process.  Fraudulent use of this permit will result in its confiscation, and may result in criminal penalties.  Fraudulently obtaining goods or services is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of not more than $2,000. 

Page last modified December 9, 2014