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Rules and Regulations

Please follow this guide to parking rules and regulations on campus to help make your uptown parking experience easier. 

Tulane University recognizes the necessity to access our campuses, and therefore we are committed to providing the highest level of service and ensuring the safest and most efficient use of university parking resources.

While parking on our campus, we ask that you adhere to all parking regulations, including displaying a valid parking permit, starting a parking session in a Park Mobile space, or using the T2 Paystation in the Diboll Garage. Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Parking permits are required Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., including academic holidays. 

Updated July 2021; effective August 2021.

DAILY PERMITS are ONLY VALID in the Diboll Garage floors two through six, and in the Claiborne Lot. 

Section I: General Parking Information

Anyone parking a motorized vehicle on UNIVERSITY OWNED PROPERTY must register that vehicle with Parking Services by purchasing a parking permit or paying to park in an hourly space. Except for hourly parking spaces, vehicles parked on Tulane University property must display a valid parking permit from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All vehicles parked in hourly spaces in the Diboll Garage must either pay the T2 Paystation, or the Park Mobile app and on-street hourly parking spaces must use the Park Mobile app, 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, whether displaying a Tulane permit or not.

The following parking rules and regulations have been enacted by the university for the security and safety of the Tulane community and apply to all persons who operate a motor vehicle on campus property. The parking plan is designed to provide parking spaces as conveniently as possible within the limits of available space. Operating a motor vehicle on the campus is a privilege and is conditioned on compliance with these rules and regulations.

“Campus,” “Campus area,” or “University Property” includes all properties owned or controlled by Tulane University. “Motor vehicles” includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and moped or scooter-type vehicles.

Permits are valid from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31 unless otherwise stated on your permit.

Parking permits are not valid for game day parking. Vehicles found on university property on football game days that do not have the appropriate game day permits will be relocated and fined. 

During the summer, parking in the Diboll Garage is on the first thru fifth floors.

Annual cleaning of the garage begins the Monday following Spring Commencement and lasts through the end of July. The fifth floor will always be available for parking. Signs will be placed on other floors and ramps to advise when floors and ramps are closed to parking. Vehicles parked in the garage (stored) over the summer or for an extended period that would hinder cleaning must be parked on the fifth floor. Vehicles parked on floors designated as “no parking” will be relocated at the owner’s expense plus assessed an administrative fee.

The Permit Holder is responsible for all citations issued to the vehicle regardless of the vehicle operator. In addition to fines and fees levied for violations, certain offenses may be additionally directed to the Office of Student Affairs for further disciplinary action. 

University Emergency Closure 

In the event that there is a university emergency, such as an imminent storm alert, only vehicles bearing current uptown Tulane campus annual permits (faculty, staff or student) will be given access to the Diboll Garage. The garage will be placed in “Restricted Mode” to ensure essential personnel have parking spaces reserved and to accommodate as many uptown annual permit holders as possible. Parking in the garage during “Restricted Mode” for uptown annual permit holders is based on space availability. Once the university closes, no one will be allowed entrance into the Diboll Garage except essential personnel even if you have an annual parking permit. Once the emergency is over and the university resumes normal operations, all parking rules and regulations will be in effect.

Immobilization

Any vehicle having two or more unpaid citations totaling $50 or more will be subject to immobilization if the citations remain unpaid after 10 working days. Vehicles placed on the immobilization list are subject to be immobilized 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even if legally parked at the time of immobilization. The fact that a citation is not issued at the time a vehicle is illegally parked does not mean, or imply, that the regulation or law is no longer in effect. 

Purchasing an annual permit when registering the vehicle, or paying current outstanding citations removes the vehicle from the immobilization list. Outstanding citations are required to be paid in full prior to removal of an immobilization device and removal of a vehicle from the immobilization list. Subsequent multiple violations will again make the vehicle eligible to be immobilized.

Unauthorized removal, tampering with, or damaging an immobilization device will result in fines and a fee appropriate to the amount of damage caused to the device. 

The University is not responsible for theft or vandalism and always encourages owners/operators to lock their vehicles while parked on campus.

Any motor vehicle that has remained on university property five days or more without a valid parking permit is considered abandoned. Tulane University Police Department’s Unauthorized/Abandoned Vehicle Policy will be followed when removing abandoned vehicles. Vehicles parked on university property but found to hinder the performance/function of the university may be towed at the owner’s expense.

In addition, vehicles which remain immobilized after 48 hours may be relocated at the owner’s expense. The campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour at all hours unless otherwise stated, such as in the Claiborne Lot where it is 9 mph.

Section II: Parking Permits

Students

Freshman Residents Are Not Allowed To Register Their Vehicles and Cannot Utilize Campus Parking Areas.

Commuting Permits (C Permits)

Commuting permits are available to all commuting students. Vehicles with C permits are restricted to parking in red and yellow zones between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., vehicles with C permits are permitted to park in all zones (for exceptions, see section III). Permit color: red.

Resident Permits (R permits)

Resident permits are available to all residential students who have achieved at least second-year status. Vehicles with R permits are restricted to parking in the yellow zones between (includes fourth floor and above in the Diboll Garage only) 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., R permits are permitted to park in all areas (for exceptions, see table). Permit color: yellow. 

Special Permits (SP Permits)

Special permits are available to all students and Reily Center members who need access to campus Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  and after 3 p.m. Parking from 8 a.m.  to 11 a.m. is valid only in the Diboll Garage. Parking after 3 p.m.  is valid in all zones (for exceptions, see table). SP permitted vehicles on campus between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday must park at and pay for an hourly parking space or purchase a daily Guest Permit. Permit color: light gray.

Faculty Permits (F Permits)

Faculty permits are issued for persons who are FACULTY and Tulane Executive Officers. Emeritus Faculty (no charge) will be issued an F permit. Permit color: royal blue.

Staff Permits (E Permits)

Staff permits are issued to persons who are staff members and sub-contract employees (food service, travel agency, bookstore, bank employees and temporary employees). Vehicles with “E” permits are restricted from parking in blue zones until after 3 p.m. except Newcomb Circle. Permit color: forest green.

Handicap Permits (H Permits)

Handicap permits may be issued to a mobility impaired person. H permits are available to students, faculty, and staff members with a valid state-issued placard or license plate indicating mobility impairment. Permit color: light blue. Temporary H permits may be issued to persons who suffer a short-term disability which limits or impairs their ability to walk. Medical certification of such impairment must be made by a physician explaining the effects of your condition and its expected duration and sent to Parking Services at parking@tulane.edu. Temporary H permits may be issued as a replacement for an authorized parking permit, for a period not to exceed six months. Vehicles with this type of permit may park in any legal unmarked parking spaces, excluding ADA spaces, reserved spaces, or hourly parking spaces. Permit color: yellow.

Motorcycle Permits (MC Permits)

Motorcycle permits are required for any two- or three-wheel vehicle which has a motor or engine to propel it. These permits may be parked only in posted motorcycle areas, which are located in all zones of the campus. Motor vehicles inclusive of motorcycles, motorbikes, motor scooters, and others with internal combustion engines are not permitted inside buildings. They may not be parked on any pedestrian walkway or sidewalk or at bike racks. Permit color: blue sticker.

Vendor/Contractor Permits (V Permits)

Vendor/Contractor permits are issued to outside agents who conduct business on the Tulane uptown campus on a periodic basis. Vendors must work with their Tulane contact to purchase annual parking permits. The Tulane contact must submit a request to Parking Services for no more than two Vendor A or two Vendor B permits for each vendor. This request must include name of company, company contact, company phone numbers, number of permits, location work is performed, and reason vendor permits are needed. Any requests for Vendor A or Vendor B permits that exceed two permits must be submitted to the Senior Associate Vice President University Services. Vendor A permits are valid in all zones and Vendor B permits are only valid in the Claiborne Lot. Permit Color: VENDOR A is dark gray; VENDOR B is pink.

Alumni Permits (ALU Permit)

Alumni of the university who are NOT current faculty, staff or students may obtain a permit from the Campus Services office in the LBC. This permit will authorize parking in all areas of the campus, except where signs prohibit parking, such as RESERVED ALL HOURS spaces, fire lanes, handicapped spaces, and controlled access areas. Alums do not have access to fixed shuttle lines.  Permit color: royal blue. 

Reserved All Hours Permits (RAH Permits)

Reserved All Hours permit requests should be submitted to parking@tulane.edu.

In the event of loss or theft of a parking permit, the owner must file a LOSS/THEFT REPORT in the Campus Services office within five days of the incident. The parking permit replacement fee is $10.

Entry onto Law Road weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. shall be by card access. Access to the parking area behind Reily Student Recreation Center shall be by card access 24 hours a day seven days a week. 

These zones do not include reserved all hours and hourly parking spaces.

Permit Type Authorized Zones
Faculty (F), Alumni (ALU), Vendor A (VA), and Handicap (H) All Zones
Vendor B (VB) Claiborne Lot
Motorcycles (MC) All Zones in Spaces Specifically Marked for Motorcycles
Staff (E) All Green, Red and Yellow Zones 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Blue Zones After 3 p.m. Except Newcomb Circle
Resident Student (R) Yellow Zones 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (includes fourth floor and above in the Diboll Garage only); Red, Blue and Green After 3 p.m. Except Cowen Circle and Newcomb Circle
Commuter Student (C) Yellow And Red Zones 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Blue And Green After 3 p.m. Except Cowen Circle And Newcomb Circle Special Permit (SP) Valid From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Garage Only After 3 p.m. Blue, Green, Yellow, Red Zones Except Cowen Circle and Newcomb Circle

 

After 3 p.m. and on weekends, registered vehicles with valid campus parking permits may park in all zones, except where posted signs prohibit parking there, i.e.:

  • Cowen Circle (24-hour green zone)
  • Newcomb Circle (24-hour blue zone)
  • Fire lanes Handicapped spaces
  • Reserved spaces
  • Controlled access areas
  • Hourly parking spaces
  • Special coned-off/roped-off areas
  • Parking permits are not valid in any area of Tulane property during home Football games
Section III: Registration Process

A single parking permit will be issued to an individual according to their job classification or status as a student, alumnus or guest. Use of the permit is restricted to the registered individual.

  • All persons requesting a parking permit must present the appropriate documentation at the time of registration.
  • Faculty, Staff: validation online using the Splash Card ID #
  • Students: valid Tulane Splash Card
  • Alumni (other than current faculty, staff, or students): Tulane Alumnus ID
  • Vendors and Contractors: Completed application/request form approved by the designated sponsors in facilities services or capital projects

Parking permits may be purchased online at https://parking.tulane.edu or in the Campus Services office, located in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (LBC) Room 107.

Questions regarding interpretation or clarification of the parking rules should be directed here as well. Faculty and staff permits ordered online must be picked up from the Campus Services office.

Section IV: Visitor & Hourly Parking

We provide hourly parking on the ground level and designated, marked spaces on the second floor of the Diboll Garage (building #103) as well as throughout campus on private streets and surface lots. Hourly parking spaces are marked by signage throughout campus. Permits are not valid in hourly parking spaces. 

Daily permits are ONLY VALID in the Diboll Garage on the third floor and above, and in the Claiborne Lot. 

There are several ways to pay for visitor parking on our campus. ParkMobile app: located on Newcomb Place, Newcomb Circle, and Cowen Circle as well as the Diboll Complex and the Claiborne Avenue lot.

The zone number can be found on posted signs or painted on the ground in the parking space. On Tulane’s campus, ParkMobile spaces are space specific, excluding Claiborne Lot.

The entire area is not a ParkMobile zone. Parking in a ParkMobile space is limited to a two hour maximum.

Daily Permits: only valid in the Claiborne Lot and Diboll Garage third floor and above. Online Parking Permits ($5 each day) can be purchased at https://parking.tulane.edu for one or more days. Print the permit and place on a visible spot on the vehicle’s dashboard.

A daily parking pass may also be purchased from the Diboll T2 Paystation using space code #50 for a cost of $5 and must be placed on a visible spot on the dashboard. This permit is not valid in a hourly parking space. Date-range temporary hang tags ($5 each day) may be purchased in the Campus Services office. This permit will be issued only for short periods of time.

Guest permits are required Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to park in an accessible space when displaying their state-issued handicap permit and a Tulane permit.

State issued handicap permits are not valid at hourly parking spaces as they would be in a municipal metered space.

Hourly parking space enforcement is from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.   All vehicles parked in the Diboll garage hourly parking spaces must pay the T2 Paystation or use ParkMobile and on-street ParkMobile spaces must use ParkMobile, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, whether displaying a Tulane permit or not.

Section V: Violations and Penalties

All appropriate Louisiana criminal laws, motor vehicle laws, New Orleans City Traffic Ordinances and Tulane University regulations are in effect on Tulane property. Careful adherence to all regulations is required to protect pedestrians and vehicles and to provide access for emergency vehicles. Jurisdiction to enforce these regulations is vested with the Tulane University Police and Parking Services Departments and the employees thereof.

All contractors/vendors, outside agents, sales representatives, service technicians, etc., are required to purchase parking permits. In addition, the Senate Committee on Physical Facilities has determined that these persons are responsible for paying any fines/fees incurred against their vehicles. If payment, after notification, is not received within the prescribed time, vehicles are subject to immobilization and all fees must be paid before the vehicle will be released. Outstanding traffic citations will be billed to parent company.

All driveways leading to residence halls, administrative, and academic buildings, are designated as Emergency Fire Lanes and therefore parking is prohibited at all times except where parking is designated by appropriate lines, signs, or TULANE UNIVERSITY POLICE OR PARKING SERVICES DEPARTMENT personnel.

The use of skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, unicycles and all bicycles are forbidden as a means of transportation on any of the garage surfaces, ramps, walkways, elevators, benches, etc. (Exception: Tulane Police bicycle patrols will be permitted in all areas.)

Category One Fines

Parking on campus without a current parking permit is: $40 fine per day. The first violation only for “Parking on campus without a current parking permit” may be waived if a parking permit is acquired within five working days of the citation. Daily permits are excluded.

Fraudulent registration of a motor vehicle:  $1,000 fine. Among others, the following practices are fraudulent: The registration of a vehicle by any student for the purpose of obtaining the permit for themselves or for another person who is not eligible for the privilege it grants. Unauthorized duplication of any permit, alteration of date or class permit designation also constitutes fraudulent usage.

Parking too far from curb/bumper: $20 fine. All vehicles parking parallel to a curbing must not park more than 18 inches from that curbing. Vehicles parked in a perpendicular space shall have front or rear wheels within six (6) inches of a curbing or parking bumper.

Pickup trucks, SUVs and full-size vans may not park on ramps of the Diboll Garage. 

Failure to obey a Parking Services staff member: $75 fine and possible suspension of campus parking privileges for one semester.

Parking in a place marked “RESERVED ALL HOURS,” or “RESERVED FOR HANDICAP PERMITS,” handicapped spaces, “RESERVED FOR PHYSICAL PLANT VEHICLES,” blocking/parking in a fire lane, driveway or next to a fire hydrant: $100 fine.

Vehicles without annual permits parked in the garage during storm alert: $100 fine per day.

Parking in an area not designated for parking (loading zone, lawn, sidewalk, “NO STOPPING,” or “NO PARKING” zones as indicated by signs or markings): $30 fine. 

Parking out of zone: $40 fine. Possession, removal, or damage to traffic signs, access control gate arm, speed bumps, traffic markings or immobilization devices: $75 fine plus the cost of the damaged item.

Riding a skateboard, roller skates, roller blades, unicycles or a bicycle within the parking garage surfaces, ramps, walkways, elevators, benches, etc. is forbidden at all times. (Exception: police bicycle patrols shall be permitted in these areas.): $150 fine.

Tulane-sanctioned vehicles, without permit and unattended on campus in a space other than the assigned reserved space: $30 fine.

Failure to move vehicle for home games: $40 fine. 

Category Two Fines

Failure to properly display parking permit: $10 fine.

A two-wheeled motor vehicle occupying an automobile space, and vice-versa: $20 fine.

Diagonal parking in a parallel space, perpendicular space, or vice-versa: $20 fine. Parking across lines of a designated parking space: $20 fine. 

Unauthorized possession/use of an access card or transferable parking permit, and fraudulent duplication: $1,000 fine.

All other violations, including State of Louisiana and/or City of New Orleans traffic regulations not enumerated herein: $30 fine.

Category Three Fines

Blocking crosswalks, dumpsters, or vehicle traffic: $25 fine.

Parking against traffic on a one-way street is a $30 fine.

Disregarding or moving a police barricade: $75 fine. 

Category Four Fines

Any vehicle which has two or more unpaid citations (totaling $50 or more) will be subject to immobilization if the citations remain unpaid after 10 working days. Immobilization of vehicles will be by the Tulane University Police or Parking Services Departments, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An administrative fee of $100 will be collected before the vehicle may be released. Vehicles still immobilized after a period of 48 hours may be towed by a private towing company at the owner’s expense. This is in addition to the fines already imposed.

Vehicles will remain subject to immobilization and/or towing until the delinquent citations are paid. Payment of outstanding citations will remove a vehicle from the immobilization list. Tulane affiliates may elect to receive an immobilization citation in lieu of the fee to release the immobilization device. 

Any unauthorized vehicle parking in a space marked “reserved all hours,” “reserved for handicapped,” “reserved for delivery/service vehicles,” or blocking a fire lane or fire hydrant will be immobilized and/or towed by the Tulane University Police Department or parking services. An administrative fee of $100 will be assessed in addition to the towing fee of the private towing company.

For continued disregard of the rules and regulations and at the discretion of the Tulane University Parking Director, on-campus parking privileges may be suspended for a period of up to one semester or permanently revoked.

Vehicles which cannot be identified by visible license plate or VIN may be immobilized for identification and will be released upon presentation of proper identification at Campus Services office or Tulane University Police Department.

Any unauthorized vehicle parked on campus after Game Day Parking restrictions become effective shall be towed. An administrative fee of $100 will be assessed in addition to the towing fee of the private towing company and any other fees for related violations.

Category Five Fines

Failure to pay hourly parking, including expired hourly parking: At all hourly spaces $10 for each 30 minutes parked at an hourly space which is expired.

After two hours of continuous violation (four citations issued) at any hourly parking space, the vehicle may be immobilized. All vehicles which have four or more outstanding unpaid meter violations will be subject to immobilization 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for release of the vehicle.

Category Six Fines: Other

Tampering with an Immobilization device: $600 fine and the cost of the damaged device.

Section V: Responsible Parties

The University Senate Committee of Physical Facilities is responsible for advising the Senior Vice-President of Operations and the Chief Financial Officer regarding the promulgation and/or revision of the Rules and Regulations contained herein.