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Parking Policy

Parking on Campus

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are obligated to adhere to the College’s rules and regulations at all times. Safety and parking enforcement are the purview of Campus Security.

Parking is available in three primary lots along the perimeter of the campus, as indicated in the map shown below.

Parking is very limited at Menlo College and obtaining a permit does not guarantee a space. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of space is not a valid reason for violating Menlo College regulations. A citation, booting and/or towing are the enforcement actions which may be taken on illegally parked vehicles.

Parking Permits

All vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the College by filling out a registration form online . Registrations must take place annually, for the period August 1 through July 31 of each year. A new application must be made each year. Light trucks, cars, and motorcycles may all be parked on campus, but only one permit per individual is allowed. Thus, for example, if you own a car and a light truck, you will be able to park only one of the two vehicles on campus.

After completing the form online, the driver of the vehicle must present a valid Menlo College ID and the vehicle registration at the Menlo Post Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to pick up the permit. Permits must be displayed on your vehicle at all times while parked on campus. Failure to display a permit will not absolve the vehicle owner and/or operator from fines incurred from parking without the display of a permit.

Menlo College students residing in campus housing are not permitted to bring cars to campus for the duration of their freshman year (fall and spring semesters). Additional information about the freshmen parking restrictions is available on page 5. Eligible students can obtain parking permits for designated student parking areas on campus. Note that cars bearing student permits parked in designated faculty/staff parking areas will be ticketed and/or towed.

Vehicle Registration Procedures — Faculty/Staff

Menlo College Faculty/Staff parking decals will be issued to faculty, staff, and contract employees. While only one permit will be issued per person, resident staff and faculty may obtain a second decal if there is more than one driver and vehicle in the household.

Vehicle Registration Procedures – Students

Sophomores, juniors and seniors are entitled to register one vehicle. Verification of student status is required at the time of application for parking privileges. Falsification or misleading information on the vehicle registration application may lead to the loss of parking and driving privileges on Menlo College property.

There is NO CHARGE for registering a vehicle or for obtaining the first parking permit. Replacement permits cost $25.00, payable in the Business Office. The receipt must be presented at the Menlo College Post Office to obtain a replacement.

Restricted Parking Areas

A limited number of parking spaces on campus are reserved for express purposes, such as areas marked as fire lanes, spaces for Zipcars, electric car charging, loading zones, and handicapped access. Parking in any of these restricted areas at any time without authorization will result in a citation and/or immediate towing. Other areas on campus are restricted to faculty/staff-only parking, as indicated.

If you have a temporary or permanent disability or medical condition that necessitates the use of a vehicle, we suggest you apply for a handicapped placard from your home state or from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have a temporary disability, the Student Affairs office will assist in determining your needs, including making a determination about the need for a vehicle on campus.


While all parking lots are lighted and patrolled by a security officer, the following are suggestions to keep you and your property as safe as is reasonably possible:

No Liability

Menlo College provides space for parking.  No bailment is created, and the College is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, vehicles or their contents.

Falsifying Information

Anyone who obtains a parking permit by providing falsified information, including the attempt to obtain a permit for someone else under false premises, will have parking privileges revoked and may face disciplinary action.

Adherence to Applicable Policies and Laws

Parking a motor vehicle on the campus is a privilege that is granted to students, faculty, staff, and guests on an individual basis. Menlo College Parking Policy requires that all vehicles operated on the Menlo College property observe ALL LAWS of the California Vehicle Code, San Mateo County Local Code, and Menlo College Parking Policy. Permission to drive or park a vehicle on the campus may be revoked by Menlo College at any time.

Visitor and Event Parking

Visitors and guests who do not have a visitor permit issued by their host should obtain a Visitor Permit by calling Security at (650) 400-5837. Visitor permits are issued to contractors, persons on official business, and visitors. There is no fee for visitor parking at Menlo College. All parking is subject to applicable regulations.

Event parking may be made available to any department hosting a major campus event. Arrangements must be made with the Director of Security in advance of the scheduled event. The Director of Security may at times during the year suspend, change or revise the normal operating parking regulations to meet the needs of the College community and its operating functions. Changes are made for certain events, including commencement, VIP visits, and Admissions Open Houses. During such events, the College community will be notified of any parking changes.


The registered owner of the vehicle (not the driver or permit holder) will be held responsible for violation of Menlo College regulations. It is the responsibility of each vehicle operator to park legally on campus. The lack of available parking will not be considered a valid excuse for violation of any parking regulation. It is the sole responsibility of the owner/operator of any vehicle to be completely familiar with all parking regulations. Any vehicle parked in an area that compromises public safety will be towed immediately at the operator’s expense.

A Faculty/Staff or Staff Resident parking permit is required to park in the Faculty/Staff lots located behind the Sports Pavilion/Library and behind the Administration building. A Staff Resident permit is required to park in spaces in the O’Brien parking lot and the Kratt parking lot that are posted for Faculty/Staff Resident parking only.

When moving in or out of residence halls, it is permissible to park in areas immediately adjacent to the hall for loading and unloading only, subject to a 30-minute time limit. Vehicles left parked over 30 minutes will be cited.

Electric car charging spaces may be used when CHARGING only. Vehicles not being charged will be cited, including electric vehicles.

Failure to park within a designated parking space, within the lines, is a violation. Vehicles may not be parked in a loading zone if the act of loading and unloading is not visible. Parking is prohibited in the loading dock behind the Dining Hall.

Motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, and mini pocket bikes may only be operated on roadways and in parking lots. Driving and parking is specifically prohibited on pedestrian paths and sidewalks, landscaped areas, construction areas, and in any other area that would constitute a safety hazard or interfere with the use of or access to College facilities. Such vehicles should not occupy a regular parking space suitable for a car. There are many areas in the parking lots too small for a car which motorcycles and similar vehicles can occupy. Parking permits are not issued for motorcycles.

No person may abandon, wreck, dismantle, repair, service, or render any motor vehicle inoperable on Menlo College property. Abandoned inoperable vehicles may be cited, booted and/or towed. Removal or tampering with any barrier, gates, fence, post, cone, sign, or other item placed for control of traffic or parking is prohibited and is considered vandalism.

Reckless driving is a serious offense. Violators will be fined. Students will be written up and referred to the Menlo College Judicial Board. A second reckless driving violation will result in the automatic loss of driving and parking privileges for the duration of the student’s Menlo College enrollment.

The Director of Security may establish and enforce temporary parking restrictions deemed necessary for the safety and convenience of the Menlo College community. Persons who operate a vehicle on Menlo College property are responsible for knowing and complying with these regulations.

  1. No valid permit displayed = $50.00
  2. Parked in a restricted space (staff, electric charging, Zipcar or loading zone) or not in a designated parking space = $50.00
  3. Blocking loading zone/traffic = $50.00 and immediate towing
  4. Improperly displayed permit =$30.00
  5. Illegally parked in handicapped space = $400.00 and immediate towing
  6. Reckless Driving = $250.00
  7. Driving on Quad or any landscaped area = $250.00 and costs of repairs
  8. Causing damage to parking gates = $500.00 and costs of repairs
  9. All vehicles cited with three or more violations may be booted and/or towed.

Parking citations are administered by a third party company, and fines are payable to the third party. Unpaid fines will be subject to late payment charges and/or a hold on the vehicle registration with the DMV.


All appeals will be conducted through an online form. A host department may appeal a citation issued to a visitor. Only appeals for legitimate discrepancies concerning the current parking policy will be considered. Appeals will NOT be granted for the following reasons:

Late fees for unpaid tickets will apply, even if an appeal is pending.

Suspension of Parking Privileges

If any individual receives six (6) citations during the course of an academic year, on-campus parking privileges will be suspended. The number of citations includes paid and unpaid violations.

Freshman Parking Policy

Menlo College students residing in campus housing are not permitted to bring cars to campus for the duration of their freshman year (fall and spring semesters). Our policy reflects our goal to reduce the number of cars on campus, strengthen the variety and number of social activities available to students, and offer alternate methods of transportation. Limiting parking privileges to upperclassmen and commuter students affords residential freshmen with more opportunities to focus on academics and integrate themselves into the campus community by encouraging them to take full advantage of the on-campus social activities designed with their needs and interests in mind.

We realize that freshmen students will want to take advantage of the many activities available off-campus as well. A number of alternative solutions to help freshmen get off campus for social, public service, and other discretionary purposes have been created and are outlined in our description of alternative transportation options.

Students who can demonstrate a compelling need or who would suffer undue hardship under this policy can apply for a waiver. Waivers will be reviewed by the Menlo College Parking Committee, and will be kept to an absolute minimum. Information on waivers can be obtained by contacting Director of Security Rick Edge.  Please note that after a waiver request is granted the vehicle must have the permit properly displayed prior to bringing the vehicle to campus.

Freshmen who obtain a parking permit by providing falsified information, as well as upperclassmen who attempt to obtain a permit for a freshman, will have all parking privileges revoked and may face judicial action.

Students are expected to comply with the spirit of this policy by not bringing cars to campus with the expectation that they can be parked on the streets or public areas of our neighboring communities. Menlo College works with its neighbors to reduce traffic flow and parking in nearby off-campus neighborhoods, and students are expected to help the College be a good neighbor.

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