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Parking Services

Fitchburg State University’s Parking Services Department operates in partnership with University Police and Capital Planning & Maintenance to coordinate parking-related services for the campus community. An established Parking Committee, comprised of staff, faculty, and student representatives, reviews policy, procedure, and planning relevant to parking functions for the university.

The university maintains 25 parking areas on the main campus. A permit is required to park in any lots on the main campus. Additional parking is available at the Wallace Civic Center, which is a public parking area maintained by the university. The Wallace Civic Center is a remote parking location (10-12 minute walk from the main campus) and is serviced by two shuttle buses that transport students, employees, and guests to and from the main campus. There is no charge for the shuttle service. Please note: the university is not responsible for any loss or damage to vehicles while parking in lots on the main campus or at the Civic Center.

Parking lot maps, shuttle bus schedules and the current parking rules and regulations guide are available at Parking Services, located in the Housing & Residential Services Department in Aubuchon Hall.

Apply Now for your 2019-2020 Parking Permit!

User ID and Password will be your Falcon Key.

Students who wish to purchase a parking permit must have an active class registration before attempting to apply.

2019-2020 parking permits are available for pick up upon your arrival to campus:

  • On-campus residents: Move in
  • Commuters: The first day of classes

Until you have obtained your parking permit, your vehicle can only be parked at the Wallace Civic Center. Enforcement of parking rules and regulations is in effect 24/7.

UPDATE! Shuttle Route added for Theater Block

As of January 22, 2019, The University added a stop at the Theater Block (717 Main Street) to its regular Fitchburg State shuttle route, 5 times per day. This provides students with transportation to the new Game Design Studio! Prior to stopping at the Intermodal Transportation Center, the shuttle will divert onto Main Street and stop at the Theater Block, before returning to the ITC and resuming the regular shuttle route. The shuttle designated to run the extended route to the Theater Block will operate on the following schedule (Monday through Friday on class days only):

Depart from Aubuchon Hall:   8:30am  11:45am  1:00pm  5:00pm  6:30pm

The shuttle buses that follow the extended route will be clearly marked with a sign in the window indicating the route change. This extension route will add approximately 15 minutes to the total route time. These shuttles will not be making any unscheduled stops at other locations during the travel on Main Street and Boulder Drive.

As a reminder, students, faculty, and staff with a valid Fitchburg State University ID can travel to Main Street and the Theater Block/Upper Common at other times of the day by taking the shuttle to the Intermodal Transportation Center and transferring to a Route 5 bus or Route 6 bus. Please refer to the MART website for current schedules and for the Intermodal Transportation Center and Upper Common departure times for Routes 5 and 6. These times are subject to change.

Permit and Citation Information

Parking Services

Aubuchon Hall
Phone: (978) 665-3219
Email: parkingservices@fitchburgstate.edu

University Police

32 Clinton Street
Phone: (978) 665-3111

Parking Permits

Each student, faculty, staff member, or visitor who operates a motor vehicle on the property of Fitchburg State University must obtain a parking permit in order to use university regulated parking facilities.

Permits are available for purchase through the Parking Portal. During the academic year, permits are available to pick up 1-2 business days after purchase. Permits can be picked up by presenting a valid Fitchburg State University One Card at Parking Services from Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. The individual's status with the University determines which permit they are eligible to purchase.

Permit fees must be paid in full at the time of purchase and are non-refundable (please note: permit fees are no longer added to student bills, rather paid at the time of purchase).

Faculty/Staff, Civic Center and GCE permits are free of charge.

Hang-tag permits must be properly affixed to the rear-view mirror of the registered vehicle before the permit is considered valid. The hang-tag permit is transferable between vehicles belonging to the permit holder.

No vehicle should, at any time, display more than one current permit. Vehicles doing so are subject to violation fines/tow.

Commuter Permit (Red)

All full or part-time students who do not live on campus are eligible for this permit. Motor vehicles bearing such a permit may park in areas designated by a red parking sign labeled ‘Commuter’. Additionally, between the hours of 4:00pm to 12:00am (midnight), vehicles may also park in blue faculty/staff lots (except for Sanders and Highland, which remain faculty/staff or reserved parking 24 hours).This permit is valid from 7:00am through 12:00am (midnight). It is not valid for overnight parking (which is defined as 12:01am-6:59am according to the Parking Rules and Regulations). The permit is only valid when hung from the rear-view mirror (red side out).

This permit costs $75 and is valid from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

Resident Permit (Green)

Students living on campus in residence halls with 24 or more earned credits are eligible for this permit. Motor vehicles bearing a resident parking permit may park in areas designated by a green parking sign and labeled ‘Resident’. The permit is valid only when hung from the rear-view mirror (green side out).

24-hour-parking with a resident permit is available in the following lots:

  • North #1
  • Green Street #2
  • Upper Cedar
  • part of McKay rear (staff parking spaces are not 24 hour parking)
  • McKay lower.

Overnight parking is permitted in commuter and staff lots with the exception of Sanders and Highland, which will remain faculty/staff/reserved parking 24/7. Overnight parking is defined as 5:00pm until 7:00am according to the Parking Rules and Regulations. Vehicles must be moved to lots approved for their permit (or to the Civic Center, if parking in designated lots is unavailable) by 7:30am on class days. Failure to comply with this policy will result in ticketing and/or towing of your vehicle.

This permit costs $150 and is valid from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

GCE Student Permit (Gold)

Graduate and Continuing Education students who only attend classes in the evening/online or summer sessions are eligible for this permit. This permit is only valid between the hours of 4:00pm and 12:00am (midnight. Motor vehicles bearing a GCE permit may park in red (Commuter) or blue (staff/faculty) lots, except for Sanders and Highland which remain faculty/staff/ reserved parking 24 hours. The permit is only valid when hung from the rear-view mirror (gold side out). During Summer session classes, the GCE permit is valid from 7:00am - 12:00am (midnight).

This permit is free of charge and is valid from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

GCE students and Graduate Assistants who need to park on campus between 7am and 4pm during the academic year are eligible to utilize either of the following options:

  • Utilize the Civic Center lots and shuttle system (available at no cost)
  • Purchase a Commuter Permit (Red) at the cost of $75 per year

Civic Center Permit (Light Green)

All students are eligible for this permit. Motor vehicles bearing such a permit may park at the Wallace Civic Center 24 hours. During weekends (defined as 5:00pm Friday – 12:00am Sunday), vehicles with this permit may also park in Overnight Parking Lots (commuter and staff/faculty lots with the exception of Sanders and Highland which are staff/faculty/reserved 24/7). Vehicles must display a valid parking permit and must be moved back by midnight on Sundays. Exception to this is a Sunday preceding a Monday holiday. Failure to move by midnight will result in ticketing and towing of your vehicle.

The permit is valid only when hung from the rear-view mirror (light green side out). This permit is free of charge and is valid from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

Staff/Faculty Permit (Blue)

All full or part-time employees of the university are eligible for this permit. This permit is only valid when hung from the rear-view mirror (blue side out). The hang-tag permit is transferable between vehicles. Employees of the University Bookstore, Food Services, city employees at McKay School/FAA, and staff of affiliated programs are also eligible. Motor vehicles bearing such a permit may park in lots designated by a blue parking sign. The parking permit is valid from 7:00am - 12:00am (midnight) only. This permit is free of charge.

"E" permits (designated for part-time employees of the university including adjunct faculty, athletic coaches, employees of the University Bookstore, Dining Services and city employees at McKay School/FAA) are valid from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

"S" permits (designated for full-time employees of the university) are valid through September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2021.

Overnight Guest Parking

Overnight guest parking permits can be obtained from Parking Services during business hours and from University Police after business hours.

Resident students must accompany their guests to pick up their guest parking permit. The resident student must present a valid Fitchburg State University One Card. The guest must present their vehicle registration and a photo ID to obtain the permit.

The permit will indicate the lot in which the vehicle should be parked. Vehicles must display the required overnight guest parking permit and must be moved to the Civic Center by 7:30am on class days. Failure to relocate the vehicle by 7:30am will result in ticketing and towing of your vehicle.

Overnight guests, along with the host, are responsible for all parking regulations including the snow removal policy.

Replacement Permits

Permits that are lost, stolen, destroyed, or otherwise compromised may be replaced at Parking Services.

The vehicle should be parked at the Civic Center until a new permit is obtained.

There is a $10 fee for a replacement permit. The original permit will be deactivated. If a deactivated permit is found to be in use, vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed and the permit holder may also face action including referral to the Student Conduct Office or revocation of parking privileges.

Motorcycle Parking

These vehicles will be parked only in areas designated for them. Motorcycles are not required to display a permit.

Handicapped Parking

A number of parking spaces have been designated on campus for the handicapped. These spaces have been identified by signs and painted decals within each parking spot.

Vehicles displaying a valid handicapped license plate or official placard from a Registry of Motor Vehicles are allowed to park in designated handicapped parking spaces. Vehicles also must display a valid Fitchburg State University parking permit.

Vendor Permits

Vendor parking is available at the Wallace Civic Center without a permit.

Approval must be obtained before a permit to park in on-campus parking lots will be issued to a Vendor. Contact Parking Services for further details on this process.

Visitor Permits

Visitor parking permits are required of each visitor or guest who parks a vehicle on campus. The faculty, staff, or student sponsoring the guest may obtain the permit from Parking Services in advance.

Large groups of visitors or guests (6 or more vehicles) are encouraged to park at the Wallace Civic Center. If on campus parking is required, approval must be granted. Contact Parking Services for further details on this process.

Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations set forth have been developed to control traffic and parking for all persons utilizing the parking areas at Fitchburg State University. Anyone operating a motor vehicle on property owned, operated, or controlled by Fitchburg State is subject to these regulations and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts unless otherwise exempt by state or federal laws. It is the responsibility of all persons utilizing the university parking facilities to be aware of and follow these regulations.

Permission to operate a motor vehicle on the grounds of Fitchburg State is a discretionary privilege given by the Board of Trustees of the University for conference attendees and other guests. This privilege may be denied, revoked, suspended, or modified by the Board of Trustees or by officers of the university authorized to take such action under Chapter 73, Section 18 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth.

No one may park a vehicle in violation of these rules and regulations. The permit holder of the motor vehicle will be held responsible for all parking violations issued to the vehicle. Ignorance of these regulations will not be an acceptable reason for appealing a violation. Fitchburg State assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked or operated on University property.

Registered Vehicles

Properly registered motor vehicles may be parked on campus within white-lined spaces with a valid Fitchburg State hang-tag affixed to the rear-view mirror of the vehicle. Use of these parking facilities during non-designated hours without written authorization constitutes illegal parking.

Non-Massachusetts Driver Statement

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that a Non-Resident Driver Statement form must be completed by every non-resident enrolled as a full-time student at a school or university in the Commonwealth who operates a motor vehicle in Massachusetts that is registered in another state or country during any period beginning on September 1 of any year and ending on August 31 of the following year.

This applies to students commuting from out-of-state to a school in Massachusetts and students temporarily residing in Massachusetts. This form is available from Housing and Residential Services. The completed form will be filed with the Police Department in the city or town where the school is located, the local assessor, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Housing and Residential Services will issue the required decal, which must be affixed to the uppermost center portion of the windshield. The penalty for a non-resident's failure to comply as required is up to $200.

Snow Removal Policy

In order to facilitate the removal of snow from the parking areas of the university, parking is prohibited in accordance with the following:

  • When school has been cancelled due to inclement weather, all motor vehicles must be removed from all staff and commuter student parking areas within one hour of the official closing of school.
  • In the event of snowfall, instructions will be available at (978) 665-3006.
  • Each storm is different and additional snow removal may be necessary days after a storm is over. Staying aware of the parking policies during this time is the permit-holder and guest's responsibility.
  • Vehicles will often be required to be moved to the Civic Center parking lot to allow for plowing operations to proceed. Shuttle transportation will be provided for as long as possible to transport you back to campus and again the following day to return cars to campus lots.
  • If it snows and classes are not cancelled, normal regulations are in effect.
  • If classes are cancelled during the course of the day, you will be instructed where to put your car at the time of the closing. (978) 665-3006 will need to be called between 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and again between 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. the next day for further information.
  • If classes are delayed or cancelled for the entire day, or if snow falls on a weekend or holiday, (978) 665-3006 must be called between 6am - 8am for instructions, and again between 11am - 1pm and 5pm - 7pm for further instructions. University Police also attempts to notify resident students by email when possible.
  • All vehicles found to be impeding snow removal operations will be ticketed, towed and stored at the owner's expenses, whether the owner is present or away from campus.

The standard procedures for snow removal and plowing at Fitchburg State University should be as follows:

  • When the University is closed because of snow or parking lots are closed during snow removal phases, all essential personnel who must report to work, such as maintenance, public safety, power plant and recreation center staff, etc. are expected to park in the Lower Cedar and North 4 lots.
  • Signs will post the information of lot closings times and dates. These will be placed at the entrances to the parking lots. Please refrain from parking in closed lots. If vehicles are left in closed parking lots they may be ticketed and possibly towed at owner's expense.
  • The actual plowing procedures will be done in two (2) phases. First (1) phase will be the commuter and faculty/staff lots, as well as the Civic Center lower lot. Once those lots are completed phase two (2) will be posted and the resident student parking lots, including the Civic Center Upper lot, will be cleared. Please check emails and the Snow Hotline for details, dates and times of the phases.
  • Due to the size of our new lots, Capital Planning and Maintenance wants to make sure that the snow is cleared properly and to ensure as many parking spaces stay open as possible. McKay Front and Upper Ross Street (new addition to the Ross Street Lot) will also be closed during Phase II operations. Resident students will still be allowed to park in the larger part of Ross Street Lot during Phase II.
  • The Civic Center Parking lots included on the list below will be part of the snow removal phases to assure these lots get cleaned properly. During these phases the shuttle bus will be scheduled to provide extended service to facilitate vehicle moves. Resident students may park in any open lot on campus during Phase 2 but will need to have their car returned by 7:30AM the next day to their approved lots. Students will not be allowed to park in Sanders Lot or Highland Ave during Phase II.

Phase I

  • North 2 Lot/Clinton Street
  • Green Street Lot 1
  • Ross Street Lower Lot
  • McKay Front
  • McKay C (rear)
  • Herlihy Lot
  • Lower Weston
  • Upper Weston
  • Sanders Lot
  • Town House South
  • Lower Cedar
  • Conlon Rear
  • Highland Ave.
  • Service Center
  • Congress
  • *Civic Center Lower Lot

Phase II

  • North 1
  • Green Street 2
  • Upper Cedar
  • South Cedar
  • McKay Front
  • McKay Lower
  • McKay Rear
  • North 4
  • Ross Street Upper Lot
  • *Civic Center Upper Lot

Winter storms can be very unpredictable and inconvenient, so we ask everyone to assist by monitoring emails and checking the Snow Hotline for updates as your assistance can make a big difference in the university’s snow removal process.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

If a motor vehicle should become disabled, you must notify University Police at 978-665-3111. Every effort must be made to remove disabled vehicles from state property within a reasonable period of time.

Authority to Regulate Parking Fines

Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 73, Section 18 (Acts of 1963, Chapter 642, Section 18) and in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90, Section 20A (Acts of 1981, Chapter 647), the Board of Trustees of the University and/or their designated representative have established the following motor vehicle violations and fines, as well as the efforts in enforcing such violations and the collection of all fines. Any of the following parking manners shall constitute illegal parking and subject the offender to the following penalties:

Violation Group A - $100 fine

  1. Unauthorized parking in a handicapped area

Violation Group B - $75 fine (Towing is possible)

  1. Obstructing Fire Lane
  2. Impeding Snow Removal/Snow Policy
  3. Parking on Land Not for Vehicles (sidewalk, lawn, etc.)

Violation Group C - $50 fine

  1. Obstructing:
    1. Building entrance
    2. Stairway
    3. Ramp
    4. Gate
    5. Loading dock/zone
    6. Driveway
    7. Dumpster
    8. Other vehicles
  2. Parking in an access lane
  3. Parking in a restricted area
  4. Unauthorized overnight parking
  5. No proper sticker or permit
  6. Chapter 90

Violation Group D - $90 fine

  1. Towing

Warning - No Payment

  1. Warning. No payment required.

Responsibility for citations are assigned to the permit holder, regardless of ownership of the vehicle. Citations assigned to a non-permitted vehicle are the owners' responsibility.

Citation Payments

The University Police Department is authorized to enforce parking policies and to have the ability to issue citations and/or towing of vehicles found in violation of parking policies. All fines are payable to Fitchburg State University within 21 days after the date of violation. Payments may be made by mail, in person, or by an authorized person. Payments may be made at Housing and Residential Services on Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or by mailing a check or money order to:

Fitchburg State University,
Parking Services
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Checks should be made payable to Fitchburg State University.

Citation payments can now be made online using a credit card through our Parking Citation Portal.
You will need to provide the citation number, state in which the vehicle is registered, and the license plate in order to make payment.

Failure To Pay Fines

Individuals who fail to resolve a parking violation within 21 days will be assessed the appropriate late fine. Students who have failed to resolve a parking violation within 90 days will have a "hold" placed on their Fitchburg State University records (BANNER), which can prevent such functions as registration, issuance of transcripts and financial transactions.

Faculty/Staff permit holders and individuals of non-permitted vehicles who have failed to resolve a parking violation within 90 days may be reported to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), which can result in the non-renewal of one's license to drive or vehicle registration.

Excessive Violations

Five (5) or more unresolved violations regardless of the age of the violation will have a hold placed on their Fitchburg State University records (BANNER), which can prevent such functions as registration, issuance of transcripts, and financial transactions.

Ten (10) or more parking violations, resolved or unresolved, within an academic year may be towed and/or referred to the Student Conduct Office for disciplinary action, which could include the loss of parking privileges.

Faculty/Staff permit holders and individuals of non-permitted vehicles who have five or more unresolved violations that are 90 days or older may be reported to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), which can result in the non-renewal of one's license to drive or vehicle registration.

Right of Appeal

Any person receiving a parking violation while parking a motor vehicle at Fitchburg State University has the right to appeal to the University Parking Appeals Officer. There will be no late fee assessed while the citation is in appeal.

Appeals may be submitted online. In order to submit an online appeal, you must have the following:

  • Your citation number
  • Your plate number
  • The state in which the vehicle is registered
  • Faculty, staff and students will need their full Banner ID # and Fitchburg State email address to be able to log into the system. Visitors and guests to the campus can create a guest account.

Citations are usually available for an online appeal 24 hours after they are written. If you are unable to appeal your citation online but have all the required data, please email the Parking Coordinator at parkingappeals@fitchburgstate.edu. If you have further questions about the appeals process, please contact the Parking Services Office at 978-665-3219 for assistance.

All appeals must be made in writing within fourteen (14) calendar days after the issue of the violation. Notification of decisions will be sent to the appellant in a timely fashion. The appellant has the right of re-appeal in person with the Parking Appeals Coordinator. All decisions of the Parking Appeals Coordinator are final. The Parking Appeals Coordinator can be reached via parkingappeals@fitchburgstate.edu.

City of Fitchburg Parking Enforcement

The streets surrounding the campus are under the jurisdiction of the City of Fitchburg, which has regulations regarding the use of these areas for parking. Students, faculty, staff and visitors electing to park on city streets are expected to understand and comply with City parking regulations. Individuals receiving parking tickets from the City of Fitchburg can pay those tickets online at the City of Fitchburg website or at the Treasurer's Office. Individuals wanting to appeal a City of Fitchburg parking tickets should report to the Treasurer's Office to schedule an in-person hearing or can alternately submit a written appeal by mail to the Treasurer's Office. The Treasurer's Office is located at 166 Boulder Drive and can be reached at 978-829-1830 for further information.

Civic Center Parking and Shuttle Bus Service

Parking is available to the university community at the Wallace Civic Center, serviced by shuttle bus transportation. When school is in session, the shuttle hours are on Monday - Thursday from 6:30am - 12:00am (midnight), on Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm, and on Sunday 4:30pm - 12:00am (midnight). There is NO service on Saturdays.

Exceptions to this are as follows:

  • On weekday holidays, the shuttle operates from 4:30pm to midnight.
  • There will be no service on the Sundays preceding a Monday holiday or during Spring Break March 9-16, 2019.
  • Shuttle service will end on May 16, 2019 at 6:30pm.
  • The shuttle runs continuous fifteen minute loops from the Civic Center through campus. The shuttle service is free of charge.

Shuttle Tracker

Please note that the shuttle operates only during the fall and spring semesters.

Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART)

Fitchburg State students and other members of the University community can ride the local MART bus system at no cost by presenting a valid Fitchburg State One Card. MART provides local bus service to locations throughout the Fitchburg and Leominster area. Go to the MRTA website for detailed routes and schedules.

Restricted Residential Freshmen Parking

All Residential freshmen students will be required to park at the Wallace Civic Center parking lot. A student with less than 24 earned credits and residing on-campus will not be eligible for a parking permit for the main campus. Students may obtain a Civic Center hang-tag at no charge. Students are encouraged to obtain this hang-tag, as it assists Campus Police and Parking Services in contacting a student if necessary.

Freshmen with a Civic Center hang-tag will be allowed to park in campus parking lots during the weekend as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, with the exception of Miller, Highland, and Sanders, which remain faculty/staff or reserved parking 24 hours. All freshmen must move their vehicles back to the Civic Center by 12:00 a.m. (midnight) on Sunday.

Questions? Call Housing and Residential Services

For parking questions and information, please contact Housing and Residential Services & Parking Services on Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You can reach our office directly at (978) 665-3219 or email: parkingservices@fitchburgstate.edu.

In an emergency, call University Police at (978) 665-3111. University Police can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.