Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What are the business hours for the Parking Office?
A: Business hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Q: Where is the Parking Office located?
A: College Park Office Building, Room 1
Q: Where can I find a detailed list of the BGSU parking rules and regulations?
A: Click here for a detailed list of the BGSU parking rules and regulations.
Q: Do I have to buy a parking permit?
A: No. You are only required to purchase a parking permit if you plan to park a vehicle on campus. Faculty, Staff, and Students who wish to park in University parking lots must purchase a valid BGSU parking permit from Parking Services. Several pre-pay lots and meters are available; however, they are intended to support the needs of visitors to campus.
Q: How do I buy a permit?
A: Faculty, Staff, and Students may complete the necessary documentation via the MyBGSU portal. Visitors, Vendors, and Contractors may purchase permits at the Parking Services office. Step-by-step directions and requirements are available here.
Q: Where can I park?
A: See this page.
Q: I am a Visitor. What are my parking options?
A: Visitors may purchase a visitor permit at the Parking Services office. These permits can range from one day to a full year. Other options provided are pre-pay lots and meter locations.
Q: When do permits expire?
A: Permits expire at 11:59 pm of the last valid day listed on the permit.
Q: How much are permits?
A: Click here for a list of permits, prices, and valid dates.
Q: Am I able get a refund for my parking permit?
A: Refunds are issued, in full, if you leave the University during the first 2 weeks of the Fall session for Annual, Academic, and Fall semester permits. Refunds for the Spring and Summer semester permits are issued, in full, if you leave the University during the first 2 weeks of each respective session.
Q: What if I lose my permit or it is stolen?
A: Your permit is a valuable resource and we recommend you keep it secure at all times. In the case that your permit is lost, you will be eligible for a replacement permit for a nominal charge at Parking Services. In the case that your permit is stolen, you will be eligible for a replacement permit for a nominal charge after a police report is filed with the BGSU Police Department (also located in College Park Office Building). If the prior permit is found to be in use on campus, the vehicle displaying the permit will be booted and/or towed and the vehicle owner will be fined and/or criminally prosecuted.
Q: How do I display my permit on a two-wheeled vehicle?
A: Beginning August 22, 2011, motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters will not be required to display your valid BGSU parking permit, but MUST BE REGISTERED under your valid BGSU parking permit. Any questions, please contact Parking Services.
Q: Where can I park my two-wheeled vehicle?
A: There are multiple designated motorcycle parking areas located throughout campus. Also, a two-wheeled vehicle may park in any parking space associated with your valid BGSU permit as long as the vehicle is registered under that permit.
Q: What if I change vehicles or need to update my vehicle information?
A: Individuals who change vehicles are required to update their registration with the new vehicle information. The vehicle update may be completed online at MyBGSU or in person at the Parking Services office.
Q: What if I forget my permit?
A: Registered vehicles are eligible for one (1) free daily pass per year, which may be picked up at the Parking Services office. Additional day passes may be purchased for $3.
Q: I have a state issued handicap license plate, hang tag or placard on my automobile. Do I have to register it with Parking Services?
A: A state issued handicap license plate, hang tag or placard does not need to be registered to receive a visitor permit. Although, in order to use a handicap license plate, hang tag or placard with a faculty / staff permit, commuter permit, or on-campus permit, it must be registered with Parking Services.
Q: I have a state issued handicap license plate, hang tag or placard on my automobile. Where can I park?
A: Anyone displaying a state issued handicap license plate, hang tag, or placard along with a valid BGSU parking permit may park in any designated handicap space on campus. When not parking in a designated handicap space, you must park in the lots designated by your valid BGSU parking permit.
Q: I have a state issued handicap license plate, hang tag or placard on my automobile. Do I have to pay for meters or pre-pay locations?
A: Yes. All vehicles parking at a meter or within a pre-pay lot must remit payment for the time they are expecting to park.
Q: Today is a University holiday, what parking restrictions are enforced?
A: On Holidays when the University is officially closed, only fire lanes, handicapped spaces, service vehicle spaces, and reserved parking spaces will be enforced. This does not apply to student-only holidays and breaks (the University is open for business), during which all permit and metered parking areas will be enforced.
Q: Today is a University break, are parking restrictions enforced?
A: Yes. If the University is open for business, regulations are enforced as usual.
Q: How long do I have to pay a citation?
A: Payments are due within fourteen (14) business days from the date the citation was issued.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept cash, check or credit/debit cards.
Q: I failed to pay a parking citation. What will happen?
A: All fines will be assessed against the vehicle owner as listed in the state vehicle registration records. Non-payments will eventually be turned over to the Attorney General office for collections.
Q: How long do I have to file an appeal?
A: Appeals on violations must be submitted within 10 calendar days of the date the citation was issued.
Q: How will I receive a response on my citation appeal?
A: The Parking Appeals Committee will deliver their decision via email. Results can also be viewed when logged into personal MyBGSU accounts under Manage My Parking.
Q: I am often unable to locate a valid parking space. Can I appeal my ticket?
A: The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space. When parking on campus, bring a map, familiarize yourself with parking options and always have a backup plan if your first lot choice is full.
Q: My hang tag permit was lying on the dashboard. Why did I receive a citation for ‘Failure to Display Valid Permit’?
A: This is not considered proper display. Hang tags must hang from the rear view mirror facing forward so the letters and graphics are visible below the tinted portion of your windshield. If hanging your permit from your rear view mirror is not an option, Parking Services can help to provide another solution.
Q: While I was parked on campus, my vehicle was booted. What do I do?
A: Contact Parking Services at (419) 372-2776 during business hours to arrange for boot removal. All fines and fees must be paid in full prior to boot removal.
Q: While I was parked on campus, my vehicle was towed. What do I do?
A: Contact Parking Services at (419) 372-2776 during business hours to request a tow release. At all other times, contact the BGSU Police Department at (419) 372-2346. Vehicles will not be released from the towing company’s impound lot with proper authorization from Parking Services or the BGSU Police Department.
Q: How much will it cost to reclaim my impounded car?
A: The tow fee charged is from the private towing company, and charges may vary. Aside from the citation which resulted in the tow, BGSU does not assess an additional tow fee.