Parking Regulations

Johnson & Wales University’s Denver Campus Parking Policy and Regulations apply to all on-campus parking lots, driveways, dock areas, thoroughfares and walkways. For purposes of this policy, vehicles are defined as any 'self-propelled' vehicle designed to carry passenger(s), to include, but not limited to, passenger cars and trucks, motorcycles and mopeds, and e-scooters and e-bicycles. All drivers are expected to abide by the regulations defined by this policy, all on-campus parking lot and space signage, as well as any temporary parking restriction or lot closure directed by Campus Safety & Security. Parking policy, regulations and fines are subject to change at the discretion of the university.

All vehicles parked on university property require a valid parking permit. All parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The issuance of a parking permit does not guarantee the permit holder a parking space.

The university is not responsible for the loss of or damages to any vehicle or its contents, while the vehicle is parked on university property. In the event a Student Code of Conduct and/or other university policy violation has occurred, or is believed to have occurred, which involves a vehicle parked on university property, that vehicle is subject to search.

Students, faculty and staff may be asked to move their vehicles to help facilitate the snow removal process during inclement weather months, or to clear parking areas for other maintenance activities.

Download a printable Denver Campus Map for parking lot information.

Street Parking

Street parking is available in the areas surrounding the Denver Campus. When parking on city streets, please be aware of all street and parking signage. Read and understand all parking restrictions that may limit parking by days of the week, holidays, weekends, by time, and by street sweeping schedules. It is also important to be respectful of our neighbors, whose homes border the campus. Avoid blocking driveways, crowding other parked vehicles, blocking fire hydrants, and encroaching upon intersections.

Parking tickets received for illegal parking on the street are issued by and payable to the City of Denver Parking Violations Bureau, 1-866-280-9988.

Guest Parking

Guests of the Admissions Department are directed to park in the lot behind Presidents Hall, located west of the entrance from Montview Boulevard (refer to the Denver Campus Map). “Future Wildcat & Guest Parking” designated parking spaces in the Admission Parking Lot are for the use of the Admissions Department only. Persons utilizing these spaces should follow the Wildcat prints directing them from the lot to the Academic Center; all guests must sign-in at the Welcome Desk in the Academic Center Atrium.

Visitor or temporary parking permits are only available to faculty and staff, and can be obtained by contacting Campus Safety & Security; temporary permits will be distributed in electronic format to the requester.

Guests of students are asked to utilize street parking only; visitor or temporary parking permits are not issued to students.

Parking Permits

All permits must be displayed by being hung from the rear view mirror; the front of the permit, facing forward, must be visible and readable from the front windshield and/or front door windows. Permits should not be blocked by any other permits, sun visors, dashboard covers, frost/ice shields, air, or any other decorative item.

Students are not authorized to share, transfer or sell parking permits to other students. Unused permits must be returned to Campus Safety & Security.

Obtaining a Parking Permit

Read and understand the Parking Policy and Regulations.

It is the responsibility of the person applying for the permit to possess and maintain:

  • Valid driver's license
  • Valid vehicle registration
  • Valid vehicle insurance

Purchase your permit online or in person at Student Academic and Financial Services or the Campus Safety & Security Dispatch Office; you must have your receipt of purchase to receive your permit.

Permit Rates
  • Annual: $120
  • Per Semester: $75

Note: Annual permits may be prorated once the fall semester has ended. See Campus Safety & Security for details.

Go to the Campus Safety & Security Dispatch Office and complete a Student Parking Permit Application Form; all vehicles utilizing the permit must be listed on the application. A valid parking permit will be issued upon confirmation of payment for the permit requested and payment of any outstanding parking citations.

Parking permits are nonrefundable and only transferable to vehicles listed on the parking permit application for that person. Students who purchase a new vehicle or change vehicles prior to their permit's expiration date will need to provide Campus Safety & Security with the new vehicle information.

Summer Permits

Campus Safety & Security requires a summer parking permit for all students living on campus, all department interns working on campus, and all continuing education students taking classes on campus over the summer. If a permit holder intends to be away for an extended period (seven days or more, but not to exceed 15 days) during the summer and leaves their vehicle on campus, they must request an exemption for Short Semester Absentee Parking from Campus Safety & Security.

There is no fee for summer permits, however you will need to visit the Campus Safety & Security Dispatch Office and complete a parking permit application in order to receive a valid permit.

Summer permitting allows Campus Safety & Security to identify vehicles and communicate with vehicle owners, should there be a need to contact them in cases such as lot maintenance, grounds work, or construction. It also helps to distinguish community members’ vehicles from those that are unauthorized or may be abandoned on university property.

Summer permitting is not intended for long-term parking or storage of a vehicle between academic years.

Long-Term Parking

On a case-by-case basis, Campus Safety & Security may provide an exemption to valid permit holders, allowing them to leave their vehicle on campus in their absence for periods longer than 15 days, but not to exceed 90 days. Contact Campus Safety & Security for more information.

Parking Citations

Campus Safety & Security issues monetary fines to individuals who park or operate vehicles on campus in violation of the Parking Policy and Regulations. Fines are due within 30 calendar days of issue and are subject to change at the discretion of the university.

It is the permit holder and/or vehicle owner's responsibility to check on their vehicle periodically. If a parking citation has been issued, it can be found on the windshield of the vehicle. The fact that a citation has been issued is evidence enough for enforcement of the parking fines; personal service is not required.

If a vehicle receives more than five parking citations in an academic year, the permit holder may be subject to loss of parking privileges for the remainder of that year. The decision to suspend parking privileges will be reviewed and decided by the dean of students.

Violations and Fines
  1. Vehicles that do not display a valid permit, to include the absence of a permit or an expired permit, will receive a $25 fine.
  2. All vehicles must be parked properly within a designated space so as not to interfere with another parking space or obstruct a lane of travel or pedestrian walkway. Vehicles that fail to park correctly in marked spaces will receive a $15 fine.
  3. Maximum speed limit on university property is 10 miles per hour. Operating your vehicle without a reasonable amount of care may result in receiving a $60 fine for reckless or careless driving, revocation of parking privileges and/or additional disciplinary action.
  4. Vehicles illegally parked in Fire Lanes will receive a $50 fine and are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  5. Vehicles parked in handicapped spaces without a valid handicapped placard or license plate will receive a $60 fine and are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  6. Vehicles parked in reserved spaces designated by specific signage (including but not limited to “Future Wildcat & Guest Parking,” “Res Life Staff,” “Guest of the President,” “University Vehicles Only,” “Special Permit Only” or “Campus Safety & Security Vehicles Only”) will receive a $15 fine and are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  7. There is no overnight parking allowed in the North Chapel Lot, South Chapel Lot, Aspen Hall Lot and Wildcat Lot at any time. Vehicles parked in these lots between midnight and 6am without prior authorization from Campus Safety & Security will receive a $15 fine.
  8. Vehicles parked in a loading zone or metered time space longer than 30 minutes will receive a $15 fine. Vehicles left in these spaces for more than two hours are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  9. Vehicles parked in loading docks and other designated campus delivery areas without prior permission from Campus Safety & Security will receive a $15 fine and are subject to tow at the owner’s expense. Exceptions may be made for vendors, delivery agents, and other contracted services while conducting university business; vehicles must be moved immediately after loading or unloading, or if extended parking would interfere with other business.
  10. Vehicles operated on or obstructing walkways, sidewalks, landscaping, or other thoroughfares not intended for vehicles will receive a $15 fine. Exceptions are made for the operation of university vehicles used in an official capacity, emergency vehicles, or contracted or other vendor vehicles when authorized.
  11. Vehicles parked in a No Parking or Standing area, either designated by signage or by painted hashmarks, will receive a $15 fine and are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  12. Vehicles left in a driveway or thoroughfare will receive a $15 fine and are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  13. Vehicles left idling and unattended while parked will receive a $15 fine.
  14. Vehicles parked on the lawn and/or landscaping will receive a $15 fine and are subject to tow at the owner’s expense.
  15. Vehicles shall not be abandoned in campus parking areas and must be in good working condition at all times. Failure to comply will result in a $15 fine. Subsequent violations could result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.
Additional Violations

The following actions are considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action. Students will be referred to Community Standards and Conduct.

  • Moving, defacing or damaging a university traffic or parking sign.
  • Fraudulent use of or falsifying parking permits.
  • Unapproved reservation of parking spaces for personal benefit.
  • Disobeying or moving temporary traffic markers restricting parking space(s) or lot(s).
Parking Citation Payment

Fines must be paid in person at the cashier’s window in Student Academic & Financial Services (first floor of the Academic Center). All fines may be paid by cash, check, or credit/debit card during Student Academic & Financial Services’ business hours. IOUs will not be accepted.

After-hours payments may be made at the Campus Safety & Security Dispatch Office in the form of credit/debit card only; cash or checks will not be accepted.

All fines must be paid within 30 calendar days of issue. If payment has not been received within 30 calendar days, an attempt to notify the vehicle owner of the outstanding violation will be made. If no remediation has been made after seven calendar days of being notified, an immobilization device or “boot” will be placed on that vehicle. Notifications will only be sent to those vehicle owners that can be identified.

If a vehicle receives a boot, a $75 boot fee must be paid at the cashier’s window to remove the boot. The boot fee is in addition to any outstanding violation fines and/or late fees. Vehicle boots will not be removed until the boot fee and all outstanding violations are paid in full. If fees are not paid in full within 72 hours of the boot being placed on the vehicle, the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense. Vehicle boots are property of Johnson & Wales University and can only be removed by authorized personnel. Unauthorized removal of a vehicle boot is strictly prohibited. Violators will be referred to Community Standards and Conduct for further action. Damage resulting in unauthorized removal of the vehicle boot and/or theft of the vehicle boot will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Parking Citation Appeals Process

Parking appeals may be submitted in writing to the Campus Safety & Security Dispatch Office during normal business hours. Appeals may also be emailed to the assistant director of Campus Safety & Security. To file a parking appeal regarding a violation or vehicle boot discrepancy, the following must be completed:

  1. Write a formal letter outlining the disagreement with the issuance of the violation or vehicle boot.
  2. Include the violation number, date, time and reason for the violation and/or vehicle boot.
  3. Include a return address, phone number and valid email address.
  4. Submit to Campus Safety & Security within 30 calendar days of the date the violation or vehicle boot was issued.

Parking appeals will be reviewed by the Parking Appeals Committee. The committee will make a decision on a case-by-case basis and notify the person submitting the appeal within five business days of their decision. If the committee grants the parking appeal, the violation will be voided. If the vehicle was booted as a result of the violation, the boot fee will be returned to the payee. If the committee denies the parking appeal, all fees relating to the violation must be paid within five calendar days of notification that the appeal was denied. If a parking appeal is received, the violation fee will be waived until the Parking Appeals Committee has made a final decision regarding the appeal. However, all vehicle boot fees must be paid up front and will be refunded if the appeal is granted by the committee.


Towing/impound of vehicles may occur when circumstances require it. If a vehicle is towed from the campus, the owner should contact Campus Safety & Security at 303-256-9500 to determine where the vehicle is being stored. All tow and storage charges are set at the discretion of the individual tow companies, and must be paid directly to them.

Normally, tow companies will only hold a vehicle for a maximum of 30 days. After 30 days, any vehicle still in their possession is considered abandoned, and will be sold or disposed of at their discretion.