Parking Policy Overview

Everyone - Students, Faculty and Staff - Vehicle registration is REQUIRED before picking up a permit. Click here to REGISTER. Vehicle registration is ENCOURAGED regardless of where you park or whether or not you have a permit.

  • A permit is required in order to park in the campus lots between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the regular school year. Permits cost $199.  Permits are picked up at Safety and Security in Drew Residence Hall
  • Evening only students (after 4pm) and weekend students that come on campus to study during the week: permits are $35 per semester.
  • Adjunct Instructors and Coaches permits are $35.00 per semester or $70.00 per year.
  • Anderson University Center Parking Ramp parking is available from 7 a.m. through 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Parking in the Anderson Center is by the hour and is $1.00 per hour with a maximum charge of $19.00 ($1.00/Hour for each hour open)) A lost ticket charge will be $20.
  • For repeat violations of parking policies, a car may be immobilized or towed. Don't get your car towed for failing to register - registration is free!
  • If your vehicle was parked on a city street and is not there any more, contact St. Paul Police at 651-291-1111.
  • Visitor parking: It is located in the Anderson Center Ramp. Visitors take a ticket to enter the ramp and park in any open, non-reserved stall then take the elevator to the first floor and check-in with the front desk. Visitors will check out at the front desk, and at that time they will be given a voucher to exit no charge from the ramp. The Anderson front desk is able to exit visitors remotely from the desk phone also.
  • Large Event Parking: For large events, Hamline Safety and Security will suspend parking enforcement. When coming to Hamline for an event, parking is allowed in all non-reserved stalls in any surface lot. The Anderson Center ramp is not included in event parking. The ramp fee is $1.00 per hour. All large group event request need to be made to Jim Schumann, Director of Security at least 10 business days before the event. A decision on parking suspension will be communicated to the requester.
  • Department or Small Group Event Parking: Requests for permits must be made at least 10 business days in advance to Jim Schumann, Director of Security. Safety and Security will review request and either suspend parking parking or send PDF permits to requestor to send or e-mail to attendees.
  • Overnight parking is available only in designated areas at the north end of the Lot B and the south end of the Lot E. Signs are posted identifying the overnight parking area. A vehicle is considered as parking overnight if it is parked in a campus lot at 3 a.m.

Safety and Security Services is responsible for overseeing the establishment of parking policies and procedures for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Because the university is located in a residential area, parking is a very important issue. The policies and procedures listed at this site have been established to maximize the use of parking facilities for the entire university community and minimize the impact of university parking on our neighbors. 

Security offers free escorts, jump starts and vehicle openings as part of the Hamline parking program.

Safety and Security Services reserves the right to change and adapt this policy throughout the academic year in order to accommodate the changing parking needs of the Hamline community. Any parking policy changes will be communicated fully to the Hamline University community. Hamline University assumes no responsibility for any damage to or theft of vehicles or any property with those vehicles parked in university lots.  

Contact Safety and Security Services at 651-523-2100 for more information.

Parking Lot Key - Do NOT park anywhere it states Reserved, Handicap, or Reserved for Faculty/Staff in the parking lots.

Lot A – Taylor Avenue

Lot A-2 - Facilities Services Lot

Lot B – Drew Parking Lot

Lot C – White House Parking Lot

Lot D – East Hall (Reserved lot ) Parking Lot

Lot E – Heights/Law School (formerly Law and Graduate Schools building) Parking Lot

Lot F – Reserved Parking Lot

Lot G – Apartment Surface Lot

Lot I -  1564 Englewood Avenue Lot

Lot HMC – Hamline Methodist Church

Lot J - Admissions Parking Lot (Admissions guest only)


Two Facts You Need to Know about Hamline Parking

1 - ALL Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to register their vehicle regardless of where they park(even a neighborhood street). Registration is FREE.

2 - You must have a permit to park in campus lots 8 a.m. -through 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Fridays 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. during the school year.

PLEASE NOTE: Taylor Avenue, from Snelling to Pascal, and Simpson Avenue from Hewitt to Taylor are permit parking only.

**"Reserved" permits are always required to park in reserved parking spots, and reserved parking is enforced twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

Weekend and Summer Parking

You may park without a permit on weekends and during the summer (Commencement to the start of CLA classes).

EXCEPTION: The faculty-staff parking lot ALWAYS requires a faculty-staff permit, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Also, you must of course abide by other restrictions as noted: handicapped parking, reserved spaces and other signage.

Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registration is an important safety and security issue. In case of an emergency, vehicle registration allows security to easily identify vehicle owners in university parking lots and on area streets. Registration is necessary whether or not a parking permit is purchased. During the school year, university lots require a Hamline parking permit to park 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday (See Apartment-Style Residence Hall for student apartment parking permits).

Important Note: Two vehicles may be registered to the same permit but only one vehicle can be parked at Hamline at a time. Vehicle registration does not grant permission to park in Hamline University parking lots. Please see Parking Permits for information regarding permits.

Register Your Vehicle

Motor Scooters

Motor Scooters are not permitted to drive or park on Hamline sidewalks, walkways or grounds. Motor Scooters should park in designated areas only. The designated areas are: small parking area south of the East Hall and the southeast corner on Simpson at Hewitt.

Parking Permits

The fee for a permit is $199. All faculty, staff, and students are eligible to purchase parking permits. 

New permits are issued each school year and you must come in person to Safety and Security Services to pick up your permit. Each school year permits will be available to faculty and staff beginning in the middle of August. Permits will not be issued without current vehicle registration (See Vehicle Registration) and photo ID. 

All other violations are enforced year-round. All permits are the property of Hamline University and may not be transferred or re-sold. While parked on campus, parking permits must hang from your rear-view mirror, with the permit number facing outward. If you change vehicles or your license plate changes, you must update your vehicle information on line. 


Parking Permit Payment

Payment for parking permits will be billed to student accounts for students or payroll deduction for staff and faculty. Payment will not be billed until a permit has been issued. Each person purchasing a parking permit will have to go to Safety and Security Services to be issued a parking permit and to have their permit date-validated. At this point billing for the permit will be made electronically either through student account or payroll deduction.

Faculty or staff who choose not to use payroll deduction to purchase their permits must go to the Cashier's Office and pay the permit fee in advance. Then proceed to Safety and Security Services with the paid receipt for permit purchase and validation.

Note to staff and faculty from the Payroll Manager:
Did you know that parking permit fees are a pre-taxed benefit? By electing payroll deduction, you can take advantage of this tax benefit. You will have the option of paying for your parking permit as a one-time deduction or in monthly installments. As long as you choose payroll deduction, the entire amount of the parking permit fee will be pre-taxed. If you choose to pay for your parking permit at the Cashier's Office you do not receive any tax benefit.


Apartment-Style Residence Hall

Parking on the surface lot and underground garage will be enforced twenty-four hours a day. Special parking permits will be issued for the surface lot and underground garage by the Office of Residential Life.

Handicap Parking Permits

Safety and Security Services does NOT issue handicap permits. If you wish to obtain a handicap permit, please complete the application provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services Division located on the Web at or contact Driver and Vehicle Services at 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164, Saint Paul, MN 55101-5164. You may also send correspondence to: or call 651-296-6911. Vehicles parked illegally (without a MN state permit) in handicap spaces will be ticketed by Safety and Security Services and/or the City of Saint Paul Police Department. 

Tickets, Fines, and Towing

Safety and Security Services will patrol all university property for the purpose of enforcing policies, providing general aid and assistance, and crime prevention. Vehicles parked in violation of the parking policy may be ticketed and/or towed/immobilized. 

Hamline University Parking Tickets

Parking tickets may be issued for, but are not limited to, any of the following violations: 
    •  No permit 
    •  Failure to register vehicle 
    •  Failure to display permit 
    •  Expired/revoked/stolen permit 
    •  Fraudulent permit/Plate not registered to vehicle 
    •  Taking two parking spaces or parking over the yellow line 
    •  Parking on grass/sidewalk 
    •  Parking where signs prohibit/restrict 
    •  Parking beyond the end of row 
    •  Parking in an unmarked space 
    •  Parking in a handicap space without authorizing permit 
    •  Parking in a reserved parking space 
    •  Parking in a fire lane 
    •  Blocking entrance/exit 
    •  Loading zone 
    •  Overnight parking, restricted area 
    •  Wrong way on a one way 
    •  Snow lot violation 
    •  15/30-minute violation  

Hamline University Parking Fines

All violation fines are $30 except for the handicap parking violation, which is $100. The vehicle owner will be responsible for any towing and/or impound charges incurred.  


A vehicle may be wheel locked/towed at the owner's expense when a third or subsequent violation has been issued within a school year.  The registered owner of the vehicle or person to whom the HU parking permit is issued is responsible for parking violations.  A person whose driving or continued disregard of the Hamline University parking regulations or whose driving threatens the safety of persons walking or driving within the University property will be required to meet with the traffic coordinator to discuss their parking issues.  On receipt of a third ticket the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a letter from the traffic coordinator providing the information on how to schedule the meeting.  The Dean of Students will also be copied on this letter.  It is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to schedule a meeting time.  If a meeting is not scheduled within 5 business days the parking coordinator will schedule a meeting.  The vehicle will be wheel locked or towed if the meeting request ignored.

Hamline University and Safety and Security Services reserve the right to tow or impound a vehicle based upon circumstances, regardless of the number of previous violations. For example; vehicles may be towed immediately if improperly parked in reserved, handicap spaces or fire lanes.

The Saint Paul Police Department has jurisdiction over city streets, all fire lanes and handicap parking spaces, even if these spaces are located on private property. Therefore, you may also receive a ticket from, or be towed by, the City of Saint Paul.  

Hamline Parking Violation Appeals

Any ticket may be appealed by completing a parking appeal within seven business days of the date the ticket was issued. Appeals filed after seven business days may not be accepted. Parking Appeal Forms are available at Safety and Security Services or use can be downloaded by clicking here

A Parking Appeals Committee will meet as needed to review appeals that have been submitted. Decisions of the appeals committee are final. Notification of their decision will be sent via electronic mail, Hamline mail, or U.S. mail. All fines upheld by the appeals committee must be paid within ten days of the date of the letter of notification. Tickets that are awaiting the decision of the Appeals Committee will not be counted as an offense for purposes of assessing fines for subsequent violations.  

Faculty and Staff Parking(Heating Plant Lot)

This lot is enforced twenty-four hours a day Monday to Friday, no parking 3 a.m. to 8 a. m. Saturday and Sunday, 365 days a year. All students and non-permit faculty and staff will be subject to the ticketing and towing policy.  

Visitor Parking

 Visitor parking is located in the Anderson Center Ramp on Englewood Avenue. 

There is also visitor parking in the Admissions House lot, 833 Snelling. Admissions visitor parking is enforced Monday-Saturday. Visitors using these spaces must sign in their vehicle with the CLA Admissions Office.  

Reserved Parking

The reserved parking spaces are enforced twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. A reserved parking permit is always required to park in reserved spots.

Loading Zones

Parking is not allowed in loading zones. Loading or unloading in these areas is by permission only and limited to fifteen minutes. You must call Safety and Security Services, 651-523-2100, in advance, for permission to use loading zones.  

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is available only in designated areas at the north end of the Drew lot and the south end of the Law Lot. A vehicle is considered as parking overnight if it is parked in a university lot at 3 a.m. Students, with or without parking permits, are strongly encouraged not to park on residential streets overnight. Overnight parking in any area of the Hamline United Methodist Church lot from midnight to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday is prohibited. Parking in the Hamline church lot is prohibited twenty-four hours a day on Saturday and Sunday, and may result in a ticket and/or towing.

Permits are not required for overnight parking. However, special rules apply for overnight parking during the winter. See Winter/Snow Parking Plan for winter parking restrictions.  

Permits During Holidays, Breaks, and Winter Term

If you would like to leave a vehicle at Hamline during a break, there are very limited spaces, which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If space is available, permits holders may leave their vehicle at Hamline by completing an authorization form at Safety and Security Services in 128 Drew Hall. Vehicles may be parked only in the area(s) assigned to the vehicle. Safety and Security Services will not keep car keys. No vehicles will be allowed to stay beyond the break for which they are registered, as there are not provisions for long-term storage at Hamline.  

Winter/Snow Parking Plan

 After a snowfall and when snow is present on lots; to facilitate snow removal efforts, there will be NO PARKING in the following lots on the days indicated, from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning.

Parking Lot


Days Plowed

Lot A

Taylor Ave

Tuesday and Saturday

Lot A-2

Facilities Services Lot

Tuesday and Friday

Lot B

Drew Hall Parking Lot

Wednesday and Friday

Lot C

 White House Parking Lot

Sunday and Wednesday

Lot E

Heights / Law Parking Lot

Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Lot F

Faculty / Staff Parking Lot

 Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Lot G 

Apartment Surface Lot

Tuesday and Friday

Vehicles in violation in these lots may be ticketed and towed. The ticket cost is $30.  

City of Saint Paul Parking Restrictions

All Hamline University students, faculty, and staff need to be aware of pertinent parking regulations issued from the City of Saint Paul. Hewitt Avenue, Englewood Avenue, and Pascal Avenue are all city streets and are enforced by the City of Saint Paul parking enforcement officers. We work closely with our neighbors who live on the streets around the university to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are aware of the city’s parking regulations. Tickets and towing may occur if vehicles are parked in violation of city regulations.

Following is a list of the most common Saint Paul parking regulations: 

    •  No parking for more than forty-eight hours in the same location on city streets 
    •  No parking in a no overnight parking zone (2 a.m.-6 a.m.) 
    •  No parking in a restricted parking area 
    •  No parking within 10’ of a fire hydrant 
    •  No parking within 5’ of a driveway or alley 
    •  No parking within 20’ of a crosswalk at intersection 
    •  No parking within 30’ of approach to stop, yield sign, or signal 
    •  No parking on a sidewalk 
    •  No parking on a boulevard 
    •  No parking over a curb 

City of Saint Paul Snow Emergencies

Snow emergencies may be declared by the City of Saint Paul. Please call 651-266-PLOW (7569) if you are unsure where to park. If you are parked on a city street during the snow emergency, your vehicle may be subject to ticketing and towing. All vehicles tagged and towed in a snow emergency are taken to the police department’s impound lot located on Como Avenue, two blocks west of Snelling Avenue, across the street from the State Fairgrounds. Snow Emergency Map of area streets.