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Parking Enforcement

Enforcement hours

"A", "C," and "shared" resident/commuter lots are enforced Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Meters are generally enforced 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted. Resident student lots are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking tickets range from $45 for a permit violation to $348 for illegally parking in a disabled space.

If people are parking in your lot who shouldn't be, request enforcement by calling the Stanford police dispatch office at 329-2413.

Observe the signs

Before you park, check the signs at the entrance to the lot. Note that many of our lots are "shared" between resident students and commuters. These lots may be marked, for example, "South Residences" or "C". You can park in such a lot with either a "C" or a "South Residences" permit.

Park only in marked spaces

Never park on unposted dirt, grass or along undesignated roadsides. If an area is not specifically marked for parking, assume you may not park there.

Abandoned vehicles

The police may tow any vehicle abandoned on campus or stored in a commuter lot for more than 72 hours without special permission. Storage and towing is at owner's expense.

Parking tickets/citations

Parking & Transportation Services does not issue or dismiss parking citations. We only issue parking permits.

Parking citations are issued in University commuter and resident lots and in Stanford residential areas by the Stanford Department of Public Safety (a division of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department). In the Hospital/Medical Center area, citations are issued by the Palo Alto Police Department. All parking citation revenue goes to Santa Clara County or the City of Palo Alto, not Stanford, so please buy a permit rather than collect citations!

Appeal or pay a parking citation

Violations of P&TS policies

Anyone found to be in violation of the Commute Club and/or parking permit policies set forth by Parking & Transportation Services (P&TS) is subject to revocation of transportation incentives and/or parking privileges. Instances of egregious misconduct may result in further administrative, disciplinary, and/or legal action, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.

Tour bus operators found in violation of Stanford parking policies and/or failing to adhere to its tour bus protocol will be cited and/or towed, or may be banned from Stanford property. Operators ignoring Stanford property rights may face legal action from the University.