Parking Policies & Procedures
The Department of Parking and Mobility Services (Parking Services) serves the University of Denver by providing parking for students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus. The department reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management and Planning, under the Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs. Parking and Mobility Services strives to provide equitable, quality service to the University community by providing timely, efficient and fair customer service. This goal is achieved by:
- Courteous, fair and timely customer service
- Proactive planning for campus parking needs
- Maintaining safe and clean parking facilities
- Enforcing University parking policies
- Managing the permitting process in an efficient and service-oriented manner
- Managing special event parking
- Promoting and providing access to mobility alternatives including bicycles, bike sharing, campus shuttle, and car sharing resources
Parking and Mobility Services is a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise. All monies collected through permit sales, visitor fees, and citation fines fund the cost of the operation, maintenance, and development of the University's parking facilities. Colorado Seminary, which owns and operates the University of Denver, has approved the use of user fees and fines to finance, manage, maintain and develop the University's parking facilities.
University of Denver Parking & Traffic Rules and Regulations are issued supplemental to all state laws and City and County ordinances. Under the authority of the Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs, the Department of Parking and Mobility Services is charged with managing, promoting and regulating the efficient and safe conduct of vehicular parking on University property.
Parking is limited on various parts of campus, thus this department has been authorized to manage the demand by formulating and enforcing parking rules and regulations, charging fees and fines, and otherwise regulating parking on campus.
Vehicle Operator Responsibility
Any person who owns, operates, and/or parks a motor vehicle on University property submits fully to all the rules and regulations outlined in this document. Faculty, staff, and students are responsible for knowing the regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles at the University of Denver as outlined in this website. Anyone operating a vehicle that is in violation of University parking policy will be held responsible for any such violation.
All parking and traffic rules and regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays and periods when school is not in session, or unless otherwise indicated by traffic control devices. Each operator of a vehicle using a University parking facility must display a proper permit when applicable while parking in a University parking space or pay the requisite fee for parking in a hourly paid parking lot. No person may legally use any University parking facility without payment of the appropriate fee(s) or without first obtaining and displaying when applicable the necessary parking permit.
The University of Denver's Office of Campus Safety strives to ensure the safety of vehicles and persons in University parking lots. However, thefts have occurred from campus lots. We urge members of the DU community to remove all valuable items before leaving their vehicle. The University of Denver is not responsible for and assumes no liability arising from fire, theft, damage to or loss of vehicle, or any article left therein. No bailment is created by the granting of any parking or operating privileges regarding a vehicle(s) on any property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the University of Denver.
The University of Denver desires to be a good neighbor to residents living around the perimeter of the campus and expects faculty, staff, students, and visitors to respect the rights of residents living near our campus. The University cooperates fully with property owners and the City and County of Denver in enforcing traffic and parking regulations in the area of our campus. It is recommended that all University of Denver employees and students utilize the University parking permit program or seek alternative transportation programs (i.e., RTD, carpooling, bicycling, or walking) rather than parking in residential areas. The immediate 3-block radius of the campus periphery has been designated a restricted parking area by the City of Denver. Parking is restricted to residents and their guests, and one-hour visitors only.
Parking Facility Types
These parking lots are identified by the color red and a letter designator on the campus parking map as well as the sign at the entrance of each restricted lot. These lots are restricted by an automated gate controlled barrier. A programmed parking permit is required for access into the lot.
General Parking Lots
These parking lots are identified by the color yellow and a 100-series number on the campus parking map. They are available for parking on a first-come, first-served basis to only those individuals displaying a valid University of Denver parking permit. Permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays and when school is not in session, or unless otherwise indicated by traffic control devices.
Visitor & Short Term Parking
These parking lots are identified by the color green and a 300-series number on the campus parking map. They are intended for short term use by visitors to the campus. Long-term users are expected to obtain an appropriate parking permit for a fee. Several types of parking facilities are available in this category:
- Metered parking. These facilities are controlled by a conventional parking meter. All users must pay to park in these spaces from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week, unless otherwise indicated. The time allowed is limited to a maximum of 3 hours, excluding short-term meters. Each meter contains a sign indicating the denomination and number of coins required to operate such meters. Parking permits are not valid in these areas unless specifically indicated on the permit.
- Central Pay Stations. These facilities are controlled by a central pay station location. All users must pay to park in these spaces from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week, unless otherwise indicated. The time allowed is limited to a maximum of 5 hours. Each station contains instructions indicating the methods of payment accepted at that station. All stations produce a receipt, which must either be placed on the vehicle dashboard or retained as proof of purchase. Parking permits are not valid in these areas unless specifically indicated on the permit. NOTE: Pay stations do not give change. Please use exact change. Please note instructions at the pay station.
Scooter parking is only available in areas that are identified by an S followed by a lot number.
University Service Vehicles Only
These areas are strictly designated for University-owned service vehicles actively engaged in service or maintenance of University property. These motor vehicles must display a University logo seal on the vehicle door or a valid University Service Vehicle permit from the rear view mirror.
Loading zones include any area designated for loading and unloading by traffic control devices or the loading dock area of any University owned or controlled building.
University vendors may park in loading zones in the course of their business. Vendor vehicles should have permanent vehicle markings identifying the vendor company. Vendors in unmarked vehicles must obtain a temporary loading zone parking permit from the Department of Parking Services.
University Departments may obtain loading permits from Parking Services by contacting our offices prior to their needed use.
Loading zones have a maximum time limit of 20 minutes and are restricted at all times unless otherwise indicated by traffic control devices.
Pedestrian walkways and sidewalks may not be used for loading and unloading without prior explicit permission from the Department of Parking Services.
All vehicles using a loading zone area shall activate the vehicle emergency flashing lights to indicate the process of loading and unloading.
Learn how you can appeal any traffic or parking violation issued by the University.
View definitions for terms used frequently in University of Denver parking and mobility policies and procedures.
Read rules and regulations around parking permits, which are necessary for all non-metered spaces on the DU grounds.
Find parking information for special events held on campus like conferences, performances and athletic events.
Read traffic regulations and policies for all vehicles operating on the University campus grounds and surrounding areas.
Parking & Mobility Services
2130 S. High St.
Denver, CO 80208
In-Person Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Closed 12:00 Noon – 12:30pm