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​​​​​​Overview

The University at Albany has designated parking lots for students, employees, and visitors as well as spaces for community members.

 

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Parking Policies

These rules are set by the University President, in consultation with the University Council and/or the SUNY Board of Trustees, when appropriate. Compliance with parking regulations is encouraged by fair and consistent enforcement.

All patrons park their vehicles at the University at their own risk. The University is not responsible for theft of any vehicle, its contents, or damage sustained by a vehicle parked on University property.
 

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Parking Enforcement

Parking permit regulations are enforced from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday, a timeframe of 108 consecutive hours. 

Other parking violations including but not limited to parking in fire/travel lanes, accessible spaces, at fire hydrants, along a curb, or on the grass are enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Overnight parking is not allowed in any visitor lot, metered parking space, or any parking lot where signage indicates no overnight parking. That includes the SEFCU Arena as well as the University Administration Building and Management Services Center parking lots.

The University is under no obligation to mark all areas where parking is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to park in accordance with the regulations. Lack of signage does not imply lack of enforcement.

Immobilizations

The immobilization policy is designed to provide vehicle owners or registrants the chance to avoid the cost and inconvenience of having their vehicle towed from campus for excessive parking violations.

If you owe $100 or more in fines, an immobilization device may be attached to your vehicle. The owner or registrant of an immobilized vehicle has 72 hours to contact the Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services, settle their fines, and pay a fee of $100 to have the device removed. After 72 hours, the University reserves the right to tow the vehicle from campus at the expense of the vehicle's owner or registrant.

Attempting to remove, tampering with, or damaging the immobilization device without payment may result in additional fines and fees, and in student instances, referral to Community Standards. 

Abandoned, Unsafe, or Inoperable Vehicles

Any vehicle on University property that is abandoned, unsafe, inoperable, or under repair will be ticketed as “unsafe” and must be removed immediately from campus.

These vehicles can also be towed off campus at any time at the expense of the owner or registrant.

Unsafe vehicles are those that present a clear and present danger or are threat to life, safety, or the environment. For example, a vehicle that is leaking gas, oil, or anti-freeze.

Vehicles without a valid state or province vehicle registration are considered abandoned. These vehicles will be ticketed as “abandoned” and towed from campus at the expense of the owner or registrant.

Citations issued for towing charges are not eligible for appeal.

Snow Emergencies

The University may declare a snow emergency if accumulation impedes emergency vehicles’ access and/or access for individuals who need to park in authorized areas, or when snow removal operations are necessary for the general health and safety of our campus community.

Snow emergencies and where to park are announced on the University website, on the Parking & Mass Transit Alerts webpage and via UAlbany Alerts.

Visit the Office of Facilities Management website for University’s Snow and Ice Response Guide and Snow Emergency Parking Plan.

Parking Citations

To maintain safety, no one can park a vehicle so that it interferes with the use of a fire hydrant, fire lane, travel lane, or other emergency zone, creates any other hazard or unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of a roadway or pedestrian way. Special parking restrictions imposed during emergencies, including snow emergencies, must be followed.
 

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Receiving a Citation

The person who was issued the parking permit is responsible for any parking violations issued to their vehicle and/or vehicles belonging to family members. It is your responsibility to know and follow University parking rules and regulations, and to inform your family of these policies.

All citations issued for a violation will record the vehicle’s description and licensing information, the time the ticket was issued, the parking decal and fee tag numbers, and the badge number of the citing officer or parking attendant.

Citations will also note location of violation and specific offense(s), with the corresponding fine(s). As a courtesy, vehicles remaining illegally parked in the same parking space will not be held responsible for more than one ticket per calendar day.

All citations must note an administrative violation, a parking violation, or both and be placed on the vehicle.

A vehicle’s parking registration may be revoked for the rest of the academic year if cited seven times in one academic year.

Appealing a Citation

For students:

  • Using MYUAlbany, select the Campus Life heading at the top of screen then... 
  • Select My Parking Information on the left side.
  • Enter your appeal and a decision will be sent to your University email address within 2-4 weeks.
  • Failure to use MYUAlbany will result in the decision being mailed to the vehicle's registered owner.

For employees:

  • Using MYUAlbany, select My Parking Information. At that time....
  • Open citations will populate at the bottom of the parking information page.
  • Enter your appeal and a decision will be sent to your University email address within 2-4 weeks.
  • Failure to use MYUAlbany will result in the decision being mailed to the vehicle's registered owner.

All others:

  • Email appeals to [email protected] or by visiting our office during business hours to obtain a hard copy form. 
  • Include full name and address of vehicle's owner, citation and license plate numbers, and reason the citation should be rescinded.
  • A decision will be mailed to the vehicle's registered owner via the U.S. Postal Service.

In all instances, appeals must be submitted within 14 calendars days of the citation. Tow charges, as well as any citations issued for altered, stolen, or forged decals are not eligible for appeal.

Decisions are generally made within two to four weeks by the Parking Appeal Board which consists of faculty, staff, and students. The Board is independent from the Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services. If the first appeal decision is unfavorable, you may request a 2nd appeal hearing by calling 518-442-5766.

Failure to appear at a scheduled second appeal hearing, without notifying the board in advance, will result in a denial of the appeal. No further hearings will be scheduled and all fines will be imposed. All decisions rendered by the Board are final.

Students have 14 calendar days to respond to a citation before a hold is placed on their student account. A pending second appeal does not remove a hold or suspend a late charge. Late charges added 14 days after the first appeal is denied or 30 days from the date the citation was issued, whichever is longer.

The following reasons are not sufficient grounds for appealing a parking citation:

  • Failure to purchase, renew, or properly display a valid parking permit

  • Preferred parking lot is full

  • Amount of time the vehicle was parked illegally

  • Being late or in a hurry

  • Picking up or dropping someone or something off

  • Inclement weather

  • Others parked in the same way didn’t receive tickets

  • Four-way hazard lights were on

Paying a Fine

You can pay a parking-related fine in one of four ways:

  • Via our Online Payment Center

  • Inside our office during business hours (You may use the 15-minute parking spaces outside our building, located at the corner of Tricentennial Drive and University Drive West.)

  • Over the phone (518-442-3121) during business hours

  • Via posted mail (University at Albany, Parking & Mass Transit Services, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222)

If you are paying by check, please make it out to “University at Albany” and include the ticket number(s) on the check. Checks of $110 or more cannot be accepted.

If full payment or an appeal is not submitted within 14 calendar days of the citation being issued, this will be considered an admission of liability.

Citations can be paid while under appeal; however, payment won’t affect the appeal outcome. If the appeal is accepted, the payment will be refunded via check within six to eight weeks.

Late charges added 14 days after the first appeal is denied or 30 days from the date the citation was issued, whichever is longer.
 

Citation Fine Late Fee
Altered or Forged Decal $150 or more $100 immobilization fee
Accessible Space $100 $10
Expired or No Permit  $50 $10
Expired Meter $30 $10
Restricted or No Parking  $30 $10
Other $30 $10
Decal Not or Improperly Displayed $20 None


Unpaid parking fines are referred to the New York State Attorney General's Office or a collection agency for collection.

State Finance Law §18 allows state agencies or their representatives to charge collection fees to cover the estimated costs of processing, handling and collecting delinquent debts. The amount can be as much as 22% of the outstanding debt.

Students who fail to pay parking fines will have their transcripts, registration or diplomas withheld, as per the Board of Trustees Resolution 76-137, as promulgated in Section 301.2(5) of Title 8 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York. Payment of all outstanding fines is required to remove a hold from a student account.

Unionized employees who fail to pay parking fines may be subject to payroll deduction, per Title 8 of the Regulations of the State University of New York, Part 561.

Parking by the Numbers

This statistical information demonstrates our parking lot occupancies, as well as the number of permits purchased, citations issues and appears administered each registration year (September 1 to August 31).

The number of permits purchased in any given registration year often exceeds the available parking lot occupancies because not all permitted vehicles are at the University at the same time, due to varying work and class schedules, some students only attending classes during certain terms, etc.
 

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Parking Lot Inventory

Uptown Campus

Type of Parking Lot

Number of Spaces

Faculty/Staff

1,432

Student

5,010

Visitor

203

Accessible

207

Metered

42

Time Limit

13

Special Permit

83

Reserved

52
University Vehicle

51

Electric Vehicle 

10

ETEC Regular 

424

Other

143

Total

7,670

 

Downtown Campus

Type of Parking Lot

Number of Spaces

Faculty/Staff

63

Student

258

Accessible

13

Special Permit

5

Reserved

9

University Vehicle

7

Electric Vehicle

2

Other

5

Total

362

 

Number of Permits Issued

2020-21

6,633

2019-20

12,613

2018-19

13,329

2017-18

13,640

 

Number of Citations
Academic Year

Number of Citations

2020-21

4,787

2019-20

7,775

2018-19

10,402
2017-18

12,308

 

Number of Appeals

Academic Year

Total Appeals Accepted Denied

2020-21

1,405 1,006 399

2019-20

2,171 1,384 787

2018-19

3,033 1,847 1,186

2017-18

3,376 1,801 1,575
Total 9,985 6,038

3,947

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

UAlbany has six electric vehicle charging stations (12 ports) on its campuses.

Uptown Campus

Downtown Campus

  • Thurlow Terrace parking lot on Western Avenue (operated by ChargePoint)

 

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