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Parking Rules & Regulations


Registration/Parking Decals

Who must get a parking decal?

All motor vehicles operated on campus by faculty, staff, administrators and students (resident and off-campus) must display a current valid parking decal or temporary pass. 

Are they available to all students?

First and second year students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus. Requests for exceptions must be submitted to the Office of Disability Services (ADA) or through the Class Dean.

How do we get a student permit?

Parking permit applications for students are available online. Please use the online parking permit link below.

Online Parking Permit Application  

Instructions for Filling Out Application

Invoice Form

Non-Resident Driver Statement

Once you have filled out and submitted the application, it usually takes one (1) working day for the permit to be processed. You may then report to the Public Safety office between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday, to pick up your decal (September 18, 2017 on).

What else do we need to bring to get the parking decal?

  • A completed and signed invoice form (see above link)   
  • Completed "Non-Resident Driver Statement" form (if vehicle is registered out-of-state)    
  • Vehicle registration with proof of insurance
  • Your Holy Cross ID

How do we get a staff or faculty parking decal?

Staff and faculty members can visit us at the Public Safety office in the Fieldhouse, room 104. Please bring your vehicle registration with you. You will fill out a permit form and you will then receive a decal. There is no charge to staff and faculty members.

How do we register a guest’s vehicle?

Guests of students must register their vehicle with Public Safety if they are staying overnight and must obtain a temporary pass for their vehicle. A valid vehicle registration certificate and a copy of the STAR registration must be produced at the time the temporary pass is obtained. There is no charge for the pass. All guest vehicles must park in the designated student parking areas. The sponsor of the guest is responsible for any violations of the parking regulations. Guest permits may be picked up at the Public Safety office in the Fieldhouse (open 24/7).

Can we get a temporary permit?

Temporary parking passes may be issued in extreme emergency situations, but only for a short period of time. Passes are issued at the Public Safety Office, Fieldhouse 104.  A valid vehicle registration and current ID card must be furnished when applying for the pass. This is at the discretion of Public Safety. A fee will apply based upon the number of days and will be billed to the student’s account.


  • Resident Students: $150.00 per academic year
  • Off-Campus/ Commuting Students: $100.00 per academic year
  • Off-Campus Students (24 hour parking): $350.00 per academic year

The parking decal must be permanently placed on the on the lower left (driver's) side of the front windshield.

Public Safety must be notified when a replacement vehicle is brought to campus. A temporary pass will be provided, at no cost, for the duration that the vehicle is on campus.


Parking Areas

Resident Students are required to park in Student Lots 1,2,3,4 or the parking garage student levels.  The student lots are directly in front of the hill residence halls.

Off-Campus/Commuting Students with a "Day Student" parking decal must park in Student Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4. Parking is allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. There is no overnight parking for off-campus/commuting students.

Off-Campus Students with a 24-hour parking decal must park in Student Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 or the parking garage.

Faculty/Staff may park in the Hogan Faculty/Staff Lot, Loyola Lot and the upper levels of the parking garage. There is no overnight parking in any of these lots without the express permission of the Public Safety Department. 

Summer Resident Students must park in the Student Lots Only.  The Garage is not available for student summer parking.


Restricted Parking

Linden Lane, Haberlin Road and O'Kane Square are restricted areas.  Students, faculty and staff are not allowed to park in these areas. They are reserved for visitors to the Admissions Office and Administrative Offices.

There is NO student parking in the Loyola lot at any time.  It is strictly reserved for faculty/staff parking, This includes no student parking on weekends or overnight.Summer Resident Students must park in the Student Lots Only.  The Garage is not available for student summer parking.


Towing Information

Chapter 266, section 120D of the General Laws of Massachusetts gives the College authority to have vehicles towed off campus. The owner of the vehicle or the person whose name the vehicle is registered under at the College is responsible for the towing and storage charges, which are to be paid directly to the towing company.

Vehicles are subject to being towed for:

  1. Excessive parking violations
  2. Parked in front of a fire gate(whether open or closed)
  3. Parked within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  4. Obstructing the flow of traffic
  5. Hindering snow removal
  6. Abandoned vehicles
  7. Parked in loading zone or oil delivery zone
  8. Parked in student lots without valid parking permit
  9. Parked in a "Reserved" or "Handicap" parking space without proper authority
  10. Failure to display current parking decal
  11. Blocking interior gates to the camps or inside the interior of the campus without permission.
  12. Any situation that is deemed necessary to maintain orderly parking and traffic flow.

Tow List - Any vehicle with a valid parking decal that receives six (6) or more violations in an academic year will be placed on the TOW LIST. The vehicle will be removed from campus at the owner's expense and parking privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the academic year. Any vehicle parked in the student lots or the student levels of the garage without a valid parking decal will be towed at the owner's expense.

Penalties and Fines

Parking fines are the responsibility of the person who purchased the parking decal and registered the vehicle.  All roadways are considered 'fire lanes' and must be kept clear for emergency vehicles. 


Snow Removal

Resident Student Lots and Hogan Lots 1, 2, 3 

Three inches or more of snow will necessitate snow removal operations. As soon as the main roads on the campus and the Hogan parking lots are cleared, students will be notified by signs posted in resident halls, voice mail and e-mail to move their vehicles into the Hogan lots so that the resident lots can be cleared. Sufficient time will be given within which student vehicles must be moved. Any student having a question as to when they should move their vehicle may call Public Safety at ext. 2224 at any time.  After the student lots are cleared, students must move their vehicles back into the student lots. Failure to move back when instructed will result in a fine or removal of the vehicle at the owner's expense.

All Other Parking Areas 

Persons parking in all other areas are responsible for moving their vehicles for snow removal. Every effort will be made to clear these areas as soon as possible. Vehicles left in these lots during snow removal are subject to be towed at the owner's expense if said vehicle is deemed to be hindering snow removal.


On-Street Parking

The City of Worcester has designated most streets adjacent to the campus as "Resident Permit Required." Therefore, these streets are restricted to residents only who display a City of Worcester parking permit.  In addition, the City of Worcester winter parking ban on all streets is in effect in inclement weather. Please visit the Worcester DPW site for more information on the parking ban -


Citation Appeals

Appeal of any citation issued for a violation of any of these regulations must be made to the Public Safety Office within 5 days of the date of the violation. Click here to appeal online

If the appeal is granted, the Bursar's Office will be notified to post a waiver to the appropriate account.  

No appeals will be honored after the 5-day time limit. Campus speed limit is 15 M.P.H. and is strictly enforced.