All vehicles must be registered with Campus Safety and have a properly displayed permit decal. This applies to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Improperly displayed decals may result in tickets or towing.

Parking permit applications can now be submitted online. With a Colgate University account, click Login to sign in using single sign on (network username and password). Without a university account, select Non-Colgate Member on the login page to register.

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Registration and Permits (Free of Charge)

Vehicles must be registered within 24 hours of being on-campus. Vehicle registrations / parking permits may be obtained online or at the Campus Safety office (88 Hamilton Street). Parking decals must be properly affixed to the vehicle's driver side rear window. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be unregistered.

All non-faculty, staff, or student users of any of the athletic facilities must register their vehicles online or at Campus Safety. Parking decals must be properly affixed to the vehicle's driver side rear window. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be unregistered. Parking is available at 113 Broad Street, Lineberry Natatorium, and the north side of Reid Athletic Center.

It is the responsibility of students, faculty, and staff to ensure their visitors and guests obtain temporary parking permits online in advance, or from Campus Safety upon their arrival at Colgate and that their visitors and guests park legally. Institutional hosts are responsible for the fines of their visitors and guests.


Student vehicles with state-issued license plates or permits for the disabled should apply for a university-issued handicap parking decal. Students who have been issued handicap parking decals have no parking restrictions, including overnight.

Medical Exception

Students who do not have state-issued license plates or permits for the disabled who request special parking privileges due to a medical condition must obtain written authorization from Student Health Services who will determine if the medical condition warrants the issuance of a handicap or medical parking decal. Student Health Services will notify Campus Safety to issue the appropriate parking decal. Issuance of a student medical parking decal allows parking in any lot on campus with the exception of Academic Drive, Alumni Hall, and the James B. Colgate Hall lots. Students who have been authorized for a medical decal by Student Health Services and have been given an overnight parking pass by Campus Safety have no overnight restrictions. The responsibility of shoveling vehicles out during snowstorms rests with the permit/decal holder.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff who possess state-issued license plates for the disabled will be issued a handicap parking decal. Faculty and staff who do not possess state-issued handicap license plates for the disabled who request special parking privileges due to a medical condition must submit this request and any supporting documentation to the Campus Safety Department Head.

A temporary parking permit may be issued if a vehicle is temporarily replacing the vehicle to which a decal has been previously issued. Temporary parking permits are also issued to vehicles which will only be on campus for a few weeks or less. Apply for temporary permits online or at Campus Safety.

Parking Regulations

Vehicles may only be parked in clearly designated (via white-lined) legal parking spaces. Areas which are posted with signs or have yellow pavement painting indicating a restriction or prohibition of parking (service vehicles, loading zones, fire lanes, etc.) must be observed and complied with. Parking in or along the roadway, in any travel lane, taking more than one parking space, blocking another vehicle, or parking on the lawn are all prohibited. Driving or parking on any sidewalks or pedestrian walkways is prohibited. Parking, stopping, or standing at the COOP mailroom, Academic Drive, Frank Roundabout, or any other designated loading/unloading area is prohibited. It is neither possible nor desirable to post all areas on campus where vehicles may not park. 

Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours a day throughout the entire year, including breaks in the academic calendar.

During the hours of 3:00 a.m.–7:00 a.m., parking is only allowed in the General Use lot.

Students may not park on campus from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and student vehicles will be subject to tow upon the third parking offense. Exception for students with handicap, medical, or special parking permits. Only students with off-campus permits may park in the 113 Broad Street lot and designated areas of Lally Lane (except for those areas posted for faculty/staff).

Students who need to use a vehicle for mail services, package pickup only, may park in one of three designated 15-minute spaces in the Coop lot.

Student parking restrictions are lifted after 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, and parking is permitted in any designated, unrestricted, legal parking space on campus, with the exception of the faculty/staff spaces at the library.


During the hours of 3 a.m.–7 a.m., parking is only allowed in the General Use lot.

Parking at Broad Street houses and College Street Apartments (Newell, Parker, and University Court), for residents/members only, is available behind the buildings. Parking in the driveways of houses is prohibited.

Students who live off-campus (non-University-owned property) are issued a yellow off-campus permit and are allowed to park in the 113 Broad Street lot and designated areas of Lally Lane between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. If these areas are full, the General Use lot located between Tyler’s Field and the hospital may be utilized. The 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. parking prohibition applies to all lots with the exception of the General Use lot.

Payment of Fines

There are financial penalties and progressive levels of enforcement for student parking violations. For example, fines for parking in faculty/staff designated areas start at $25 and double for each repeat violation up to $100. Students with excessive parking violations may also be subject to a vehicle boot, student conduct hearing, and/or loss of parking privileges.

All fines are payable at the Office of Accounting and Control within ten days of receipt of the ticket. Students must pay all outstanding fines before grades and transcripts will be released. 

Ticket Appeal Information


All vehicles towed are done so at the owner's expense. Vehicles properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be registered. Any registered vehicles towed to 175 Utica Street will be assessed a tow fee of $145 plus tax. Vehicles not properly displaying a valid decal or permit are considered to be unregistered. The fee for unregistered vehicles towed to VonBank’s Collision and Service Center starts at $165 plus tax. A storage fee will also be assessed by the tow company starting at the time of the tow. A tow claim slip must be obtained from Campus Safety and then presented to the tow company before any vehicle will be released. Any vehicle eligible for towing in which the owner returns to the vehicle, or the vehicle is moved before the arrival of VonBank’s Collision, shall be assessed a drop charge of $85.00 plus tax.

Services Provided to Disabled Vehicles

Upon request, the Campus Safety Department will assist on-campus motorists with disabled vehicles by providing a jump-start. In addition, the department also provides assistance to those who have locked their keys in their vehicle. Call the Campus Safety Department at 315-228-7333.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Campus Safety Department responds to all motor vehicle accidents occurring on campus. Campus Safety will contact and request the Hamilton Police or, if unavailable, another law enforcement agency to conduct the accident investigation.