General Regulations

Summary of Vehicle and Parking Regulations

Parking Services at the University of Delaware is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and visitors with adequate, accessible, and well maintained parking facilities. The University of Delaware is not liable for damage or theft to any vehicle or personal property on campus.

Parking regulations help to ensure that there is an orderly system in place for all who use vehicles when coming to campus. The regulations also ensure that emergency vehicles and equipment have immediate access to all campus locations. Voluntary compliance is encouraged; however, individuals who disregard the University’s parking regulations will receive appropriate sanctions.

University parking regulations apply to the registrant of a permit and the operator of a vehicle on the University campus. The person to whom the permit or vehicle is registered is responsible for any parking violation(s) whether he or she is operating the vehicle or the vehicle is being used by another person.

Parking, for the purposes of these regulations, is defined as leaving a vehicle without a driver in attendance regardless of the time period involved. All vehicle and parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day. The University reserves the right to change any campus motor vehicle/parking regulation.

Driver’s Responsibilities

Registration – Faculty, staff, students, and visitors must register with Parking Services when parking on University property, excluding pay to park lots and metered spaces. Multiple vehicles can be registered to one permit, but only one vehicle can be parked on campus at a time per permit.
Finding Authorized Space – Registration of a vehicle in no way guarantees that a parking space convenient for the individual will be provided. The responsibility for finding a legal space rests with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of parking space, mechanical problems, inclement weather or other problems do not justify parking violations.
Permit Ownership – A parking permit signifies an individual has been granted the privilege of parking on University property. Ownership of the permit remains with the University of Delaware. Use of the parking permit is not transferable from the registered user.
The individual to whom a permit is registered is responsible for notifying the Parking Services Office within five days of any change in status, i.e., a commuter student moving on campus, resignation of a staff member who is then admitted as a University student, etc. If the change affects the eligibility of an individual to secure a parking permit, the Parking Services Office will determine the required modification and fee (if any).
License Plate of the Vehicle – Vehicles must be parked on campus in such a way that the license plate faces the drive lane.
Permit Display –Most permits are virtual, using the license as the parking credential. Under special circumstances, parking passes/permits will be issued. These parking passes/permits must be displayed according to the parking regulations or special instructions provided by Parking Services. These passes/permits are not considered valid unless displayed correctly on the vehicle.
Lost/Stolen Permit – If your permit is lost or stolen, you must come in to Parking Services and file a lost/stolen report. A replacement permit will then be issued; there is a fee for replacement permits.
Permit Returns – Student withdrawing from UD or faculty and staff terminating employment should cancel or return their permits and consult with Parking Services to determine eligibility for refunds.

General Regulations

Campus Speed Limit- Unless otherwise posted, the campus-wide speed limit is 15 miles per hour.
Safety – All vehicles must be operated in a safe manner, and vehicle operators must obey all traffic control devices on campus. Vehicles parked against the flow of traffic may be cited for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.
Pedestrians – Pedestrians will be given the right of way at all crosswalks.
Lot Restrictions- University parking lots are restricted, a permit is required at all times, and permitted vehicles are expected to follow the individual lot restrictions during the hours posted at the lot entrances.
Parking Spaces – Campus spaces are designated by white or yellow lines, and vehicles must be parked within the lines. Parking in driveways or access ways is prohibited. A driveway is defined as any area of roadway, including the area within a parking lot which is not specifically marked for parking, loading, or as a fire lane. An access way is any area, path or walkway which permits entry to or exit from a building.
Traffic Control – Any campus area that is closed by barricade or other traffic control device cannot be entered by any vehicle except as authorized by Parking Services or University Police.
Fire Lanes – All state laws governing movement, operation, and parking of vehicles shall apply on University property. Parking in fire lanes is a violation of a Newark ordinance as well as University regulations. Vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense. A licensed driver must be with the vehicle at all times. Use of flashers does not constitute legal parking.
Residence Hall Moving – Vehicles are permitted to load and unload in driveways adjacent to residence halls for up to thirty minutes at the beginning and end of each semester, when students move in and out of the residence halls. Each vehicle must be attended by a person who can move it immediately in the event of an emergency; any unattended vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense. Parking Services supervises and directs parking when it is for the purpose of loading student possessions during the change of semesters. Vehicles are not permitted to park in fire lanes. Handicap parking spaces are enforced at all times.
Overnight Parking – Overnight on-campus storage of automobiles, trucks, trailers or other vehicles is prohibited unless authorized by the Parking Services. Vehicles bearing a valid resident student or commuting student overnight permit are exempt from this prohibition.
Reserved Spaces – Unauthorized vehicles parked in reserved spaces will be cited and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Disabled Vehicles – Parking Services or the Department of Public Safety must be notified about all inoperable vehicles. The person operating the vehicle must remain with it until the officer arrives to determine if there is a hazard. Vehicles must be moved within 24 hours or will be towed at the operator’s expense.
Towing – The University reserves the right to immobilize (boot) or to remove and impound abandoned vehicles or vehicles in violation of University parking regulations.
Appeals – An appeal of parking violation penalties must be filed with the Parking Services Office within fifteen (15) calendar days of the issuance of the Notice of Violation.
Vehicle Maintenance – Maintenance to any vehicle in a campus parking lot is prohibited. This includes mechanical and cosmetic work. Maintenance would include but is not limited to car washing, waxing, oil changes, body or motor repairs.


Jump Starts –Free jump start service is available by calling Parking Services at 831-1184 during business hours or UD Police at 831-2222 after 5 PM. Give your lot number and car description; then lift your car’s hood for easy identification.

Lockout Service –Parking Services and Public Safety will provide assistance in cases of vehicle lockouts by opening the vehicle or facilitating contact with a locksmith if necessary.

Tire Inflation – Our staff will use a portable air compressor to inflate a low or flat tire for the purpose of moving the vehicle to a repair location.

Emergency Fuel Assistance – We will transport you to a local gas station and provide a container for fuel. Customers must purchase the fuel.

Summer/Winter Session Bicycle Storage – We will store your bicycle under cover from commencement to move-in if you are unable to take it with you for the summer. Please contact our office for the current pricing schedule.

Escort Service –For personal safety, you can request an escort from University Police to or from your vehicle during hours of darkness by calling 831-2224, or using a campus blue light phone.