Grand Valley Police Department

Chapter 2: Parking on Campus

2.1: Vehicles on campus: All vehicles parked on campus must be properly registered and display current registration credentials as prescribed by the state within which they are registered. 

2.1.1: Disabled Vehicle: Disabled vehicles on campus must be reported to a Campus Safety office immediately and may remain on campus for a period not exceeding 24 hours.

2.1.2: Impoundment: Vehicles parked in violation of these regulations or any local, state or federal ordinances, laws or statutes are subject to impoundment or immobilization by Grand Valley State University at the vehicle owner’s expense.

2.2: Parking Options: Parking permits are required in all GVSU parking lots with the exception of paid parking meters. Detailed maps of each campus can be found at

2.3: Designated Parking Spaces/Areas: Parking is permitted in marked spaces in designated areas throughout the campus. Officially designated parking areas are posted and enforced 24/7. If an area is not posted for parking, parking is prohibited. Vehicles occupying or obstructing more than one space are subject to citation. 

2.4: Parking Permits: A current permit must be displayed in the lower left corner of the front windshield of the vehicle. Cling permits must be completely affixed to the windshield on full display. All expired permits must be removed from the windshield.

Parking permits are issued for the exclusive use of the person applying for the permit. The permit is the property of GVSU. Permits may not be sold, altered, copied or modified in any way. If more than one permit is received in the mail please contact Campus Safety immediately for its return. Lost or stolen permits must be reported to Campus Safety immediately.

Unauthorized or improper use of any permit may result in confiscation, criminal charges and/or University sanctions. Fraudulently obtaining goods or services is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $2,000.

2.4.1: Temporary Permits: Twenty free day permits are available per academic year to GVSU students. Faculty/Staff who need a permit must obtain one from either Campus Safety office. Those choosing to park on campus without a permit may park and pay at a meter.

All temporary parking permits must be displayed with the effective dates in full view on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel.

2.5: Student Parking: Student permits are required Monday-Thursday: 7:00 am-6:30 pm;
Friday: 7:00 am-5:00 pm. Overnight parking (3:00 am-7:00 am) in Student Commuter lots is prohibited and always enforced unless otherwise noted.

2.5.1: Student Commuter – Red Permit: Students who do not reside in University housing are considered commuter students. Designated parking areas are marked by a red “S” throughout campus.

2.5.2: Student Resident: Students who reside on campus in University housing are considered residents. There are two types of student resident: Allendale Resident – Yellow Permit: Students who live on the Allendale campus in University housing are considered Allendale residents. Designated parking areas are marked by a yellow “R” throughout the Allendale campus and a red “S” on the Pew campus. Pew Resident – Brown Permit: Students who live on the Pew campus in University housing are considered Pew residents. Designated parking areas are marked by a brown “R” on the Pew campus as well as any red “S” on the Allendale campus. All areas of Pew Resident parking are enforced at all times throughout the calendar year.

2.6: Faculty and Staff Parking: Faculty/Staff permits are required Monday-Thursday: 7:00 am-6:30 pm; Friday: 7:00 am-5:00 pm. Overnight parking (3:00 am-7:00 am) in faculty/staff lots is prohibited and always enforced.

2.6.1: Faculty/Staff – Blue Permit: Active faculty and staff of GVSU are issued a permit valid in any space designated by a blue “F”, as well as any space designated by a red “S”.

2.6.2: Faculty/Staff Reserved: Faculty/Staff who qualify for a reserved parking permit are afforded additional parking in several locations throughout campus as marked by “Reserved” signs.

2.6.3: Service Vehicle – Green Permit: This permit is only valid in service vehicle spaces, faculty/staff parking areas and at metered spaces without payment.

2.6.4: Retiree – Gold Permit: Faculty and staff who have retired from GVSU are eligible for a retiree permit. This permit offers the same privileges as a blue faculty/staff permit.

2.7: Special Parking Categories: Designated spaces with a sign require an appropriate permit and are enforced 24/7.

2.7.1: Tenant – Black Permit: Tenants with lease agreements for spaces in GVSU buildings may be eligible for a black tenant permit. This permit offers the same privileges as a faculty/staff permit with the exception of the CHS Parking Ramp.

2.7.2: Vendor: Employees of vendor companies that provide services to GVSU on a regular basis may qualify for a permit. A request must be made to either Campus Safety office by a GVSU department head on behalf of the vendor company.

2.7.3: Alternative Fuel: These spaces require a special parking permit. Contact a Campus Safety office for more information.

2.7.4: Electric Vehicle Charging Space: These spaces are provided throughout campus for actively-charging electric vehicles only. The spaces are limited, so parking and/or charging is not guaranteed. A valid GVSU permit for that specific parking area is required.

2.7.5: Small Car Only Space: Small car spaces marked with hashed end lines are enforced at all times. Vehicles parking in these spaces must be contained within all sides of the space and not overhang any line.

2.8: Visitor Parking: Visitor permits or paid meters are required Monday-Thursday: 7:00 am-6:30 pm; Friday: 7:00 am-5:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Overnight parking (3:00 am-7:00 am) is only permitted in residential lots and always enforced unless otherwise noted.

2.8.1: Permits: Visitors may obtain a one-day parking permit from a Campus Safety office or from the faculty or staff member they are visiting. These permits must be displayed in full view with valid dates showing in the lower left corner of the windshield.

2.8.2: Meters: Vehicles parked at a paid meter do not require a permit. Jammed, broken, failed or otherwise malfunctioning meters are considered no parking zones and should be reported to Campus Safety. Meters accept only U.S. coins. Parking permits are not valid at meters unless specifically designated. Residential Meters:  Meters located in the residential areas are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2.8.3: Overnight Visitors: Visitors staying on campus overnight (3:00 am-7:00 am) must obtain a parking permit from the Campus Safety office on that campus. Overnight visitors are limited to twenty overnight permits per year excluding weekends.  Please see the Parking 411 for hours of enforcement.

2.8.4: Fieldhouse/Recreation Members: Alumni and outside members can obtain a Fieldhouse parking permit by showing their current membership card and driver’s license to the Campus Safety office in Allendale. Fieldhouse/Recreation Permits: These permits will be valid for the current semester only and will need to be replaced each semester. The sole use of this permit is for non-academic fieldhouse recreational facilities use. It may not be used for any other purpose including events or academic classes. Campus Recreation Classes: Long term parking permits are not available to members of the community taking classes at the Recreation Center or Kelly Family Sports Center. Grand Valley is a permit only campus. Options for parking while on campus are to pay and park at meters or to obtain a permit from GVPD before each class.  There is no cost to community members for daily permits.

2.9: Parking for People with Disabilities: Disability parking is always enforced. A valid GVSU permit is required to accompany a disability placard or plate. If disability parking spaces are not available, the disability 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.  Parking in disability spaces in pay station lots will require payment and is limited to a two hour stay.

2.9.1: University-Issued Disability Permits: Mobility impaired persons shall be issued, without charge, a temporary permit not to exceed thirty days. A written statement from a physician must be presented and must specifically state the need for handicap parking and the time frame for which it is necessary. These permits are not renewable. Those individuals needing handicap parking privileges beyond thirty days must obtain a permit from the Michigan Secretary of State. If temporary handicap parking accommodations are needed, contact either Campus Safety office.

2.9.2: Illegal Use of a Disability Parking Placard or License Plate: Under Michigan law, it is illegal to use a disability placard or license plate when the disability permit holder is not being transported; to lend a disability placard to another person; and to make a copy of a disability placard. Campus Safety will confiscate any disability placard found to be in use illegally and return said placard to the Secretary of State with an explanation of misuse.

2.10: Loading Zones: Loading zones are always enforced.

2.10.1: Allendale Campus: Kirkpatrick, Stafford, Swanson and Seidman Living Centers and Laker Village Apartments are provided with one entrance to be used for loading and unloading for a maximum of fifteen minutes. Vehicles must contact GVPD to gain authorization to park in these areas. All other buildings must use regular parking areas, metered spaces or loading docks.

2.10.2: Pew Campus: All loading and unloading must be done in designated loading docks or from the use of regular parking spaces. Parking on curbs, sidewalks, fire lanes or any other place not designated for parking is strictly prohibited.

2.11: Motorcycle/Moped Parking: This section is applicable to all two-wheeled motorized vehicles. Motorcycles and mopeds parking on campus do not require a parking permit. Overnight parking is only permitted in designated motorcycle parking areas in residential lots.

2.11.1: Allendale Campus: Two-wheeled motorized vehicles must be parked in the yellow hashed area at the end of parking rows. Blue hashed areas are prohibited.

2.11.2: Pew Campus: Two-wheeled motorized vehicles must be parked in designated motorcycle parking areas only. All other areas are restricted. These areas are designated by signage in the Center for Health Sciences ramp, Eberhard Center loading dock, DeVos Center loading dock, DeVos lot, Seward ramp (yellow hashed areas) and Watson lot. Residents may park in the yellow hash marks at the end of parking rows in the Secchia lot only. All blue hashed areas prohibited. Marked spaces in the lower level of the Center for Health Sciences and DeVos lot are reserved from April 1 to October 31 each year.  These spaces are open parking from November 1 to March 31.

2.12: Bicycles: Bicycles must be stored in the provided bicycle racks. Bicycles improperly stored will be removed at the owner’s expense. Bicycles are not allowed inside buildings. Free bicycle registration is available at

2.13: University’s Rights & Responsibility: GVSU reserves the right to close, restrict parking and/or driving to, or otherwise make unavailable any and all campus roads and parking areas at any time to any vehicle, whether properly permitted or not.

The University also reserves the right to remove, at the owner’s expense, any abandoned, unlawfully parked or inoperable vehicle on campus.

The University assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to vehicles driven or parked on campus, or for the contents thereof.

Page last modified June 26, 2015