Parking Regulations

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Parking Regulations

Trent University has the authority under the Trent University Act to regulate parking for safe, orderly and equitable use on all properties owned, leased or rented by the University. The University grounds are private property, giving the University the right to take action against violators of the parking and traffic regulations.  Please remember that the parking of a motor vehicle on campus is a privilege, which may be withdrawn at any time by Trent University.

It is the responsibility of the owner or operator of a vehicle to know and comply with these regulations.  A vehicle’s third unpaid violation at Trent will include a wheel clamp/tow warning.  If there is fourth unpaid violation, a wheel clamp will be affixed to the driver’s side front wheel of the vehicle.  In the event all clamps are in use or the vehicle is parked unsafely or in a manner that blocks access or egress of other vehicles, the vehicle will be towed. 

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Students and staff must fill out an application to receive a parking pass that shall be displayed in their vehicle at all times. Parking passes may be obtained in the Main Office, Room 101, Trent Durham.

Information Regarding the use of Wheel Clamps at Trent

Parking and Traffic Regulations Quick Links

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Special Provisions Someone getting a ticket put under their windshield wiper
Accessible and Medical Accommodations Persons with a Ministry of Transportation Accessible Parking Permit
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Enforcement A meter attendant writing a ticket
Appeals A car with a ticket on it and a question mark
Special Event Parking   
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Parking and Traffic Regulations

1. General

  1. The lands and grounds of Trent University are PRIVATE PROPERTY. The University reserves the right to control motor vehicle access, parking and driving on all of its property. All Regulations, Provincial Laws and Municipal Bylaws may be invoked by Trent University at any time for the purpose of preventing unauthorized parking, unsafe vehicle operation and ensuring access to fire routes.
  2. Trent University shall not be held responsible for any loss (including contents) or damage to motor vehicles, or personal injuries however caused. Losses, damage and/or injuries should be reported to the Security Office. The issuance of a permit to park only constitutes permission to park in a designated parking areas. Persons using access roads and parking areas do so at their own risk and are urged to use all necessary care.
  3. That the University does not insist upon strict compliance with any regulation contained herein in any one or more instances shall not be interpreted as a waiver for the future enforcement of any such regulations.
  4. Trent University reserves the right to amend parking and traffic regulations from time to time.
  5. Valid permits are required to park anywhere on the Symons and Traill campuses. Visitors are required to use a pay and display machine, HotSpot parking app or a parking code issued by the school/department they are visiting.
  6. Parking and traffic regulations are in effect at all times, 24/7 365 days a year.
  7. Persons operating motor vehicles on campus must obey all posted traffic and parking signs. 
  8. Parking is permitted in designated parking areas only, as indicated by parking lot signs. All other areas, whether signed “no parking” or not, are "no parking" zones. This includes road shoulders, grassed areas (excluding permeable parking areas), sidewalks, interlock bricked areas and any other area that is not specifically designated as a parking area. 
  9. All vehicles, including motorcycles, must be properly aligned between stall lines. The fact that other vehicles are parked improperly shall not constitute a valid appeal for parking improperly. 
  10. The University reserves the right to suspend parking privileges temporarily in any area for special events, emergencies, or ongoing construction. The Parking Office should be contacted for alternative arrangement.
  11. Parking between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM from September 1 to April 30 is limited to lot P. Persons with valid reasons to park elsewhere on campus during this time period are to contact the Parking Office. Overnight parking restrictions do not apply to accessible or service permit holders.
  12. All vehicles on Trent property must possess a valid licence plate. Vehicles without a valid licence plate will be towed.
  13. The University reserves the right to exclude any person or motor vehicle from University property.
  14. Camping or sleeping overnight in vehicles parked on Trent property is prohibited.

2. Permits

  1. All vehicles parked on Trent property must purchase a valid parking permit for the lot and space in which the vehicle is parked. Patrons must enter the correct licence plate for their vehicle(s) when purchasing a permit. 
  2. Patrons must register and buy permits  via ParkAdmin, with the Hot-Spot app or directly from a pay and display machine. Payment for ParkAdmin may be made on-line or at the Parking Office in Blackburn Hall. 
  3. In order to obtain a ParkAdmin parking permit, all outstanding parking policy violation fees and penalties must be paid in full.
  4. Change of information: Permit holders are responsible to update their Parkadmin user account whenever there are changes to their vehicle or user profile information.
  5. Permit availability: Trent reserves the right to discontinue or limit the number of permits available for purchase at any time.
  6. The number of parking spaces is limited.  Purchase of a permit does not guarantee that a space will be available in the lot of your preference.
  7. Employees who retire from Trent University with a pension and who do not continue to work at Trent are eligible for a retiree permit. The permit may only be used by the retiree themselves and is not valid for anyone else using the retiree’s vehicle.  The permit is not valid in carpool, visitor or service spaces. The permit will be revoked if the retiree is re-hired at Trent in any capacity, including contract.
  8. Misuse of permit – providing false information on account, false licence plate number, false information given to parking office staff/security.   

3. Special Provisions

  1. Motorcycles with engine displacements in excess of 50 ccs require parking permits. If you already have a permit for your car, you can add your motorcycle to your parking account as a second vehicle. 
  2. Oversize vehicles: a permit is valid for a single parking space only.  The Parking Office is to be consulted in advance for permission to park vehicles on Trent Property that require more than one parking space, including vehicles towing trailers.  Additional fees and lot restrictions may apply.
  3. Vehicles parking in marked accessible parking spaces must have a valid Trent permit and display a provincial accessible parking permit or a temporary Trent accessible parking permit.  Temporary Trent accessible permits are available from the Parking Office if a permit holder is experiencing reduced mobility due to a temporary medical condition. Accessible spaces are exempt from overnight parking restrictions. See section 5. Medical Accommodation.
  4. Service Permits may be issued to employees whose job duties and responsibilities include a regular and ongoing requirement to use a personal vehicle to transport goods, equipment and supplies between various university sites or employees who are required to use their personal vehicle for university business for an average of 200 km a month or more. A service permit allows the employee to park in any regular or designated service space while actually performing such duties. Permits will be issued upon authorization of the employee's Department Head. The cost of the permit may be borne by the individual or the department.
  5. Overnight Permits may be issued to persons who have employment (i.e. custodial staff, MNR, CRLC) or academic reasons (research for grad students) to park on campus between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM Monday to Sunday when authorized by their Department Head.
  6. Special events.  With the prior approval of their Vice-President, organizers of special events may request complimentary parking for attendees. Requests are to be submitted to the Parking Supervisor before any event notices indicating complimentary parking are published and at least two weeks before the event. Complimentary parking may be authorized when the event directly supports a Trent strategic initiative and paid parking would jeopardize the success of the event.  In the event of ambiguity, the Vice-President Finance and Administration make the final decision on complimentary parking.  Discounted day permits are available to departments who wish to invite guests to campus.

4. Accessible Parking

  1. Persons with a Ministry of Transportation Accessible Parking Permit must also purchase a University Parking Permit, pay for parking at a Pay & Display Machine or use the HotSpot Parking App. Accessible parking is strictly enforced.   
  2. Persons with Ministry of Transportation accessible parking permits who wish to purchase a Trent University ParkAdmin Permit are required to bring their Ministry of Transportation Accessible Permit with them to the Parking office for verification.
  3. The fee for a Trent Accessible Parking Permit shall be the same as for a Regular Lot Permit.

5. Medical Accommodation 

  1. In the event an employee or a student has a short term injury, illness or medical condition that restricts their mobility, accommodated parking may be provided subject to conditions outlined below.
  2. Such accommodations shall be for 90 days or less. Persons with injuries, illnesses or medical conditions that will require longer accommodations must apply for Temporary or Permanent Accessible Parking Permit from the Ministry of Transportation at the following link:
  3. The individual must substantiate the need for a temporary accessible permit.
  4. No medical documentation will be kept on file at Parking Service

6. Violations

  1. Vehicle operators are required to comply with all parking and traffic regulations of the University, and are subject to the applicable charges for violations incurred by any vehicle owned or operated by them or registered in their parking account.
  2. Violation fees are subject to changes at any time. The University will seek to collect the payment of all parking policy violation fees from the person who has registered a vehicle and/or licence plate with the University, or the person recorded as the owner by the Ministry of Transportation, or out-of-province equivalent. The registered owner is also responsible for all parking policy violation fees and penalties when the vehicle is being operated by another person, with or without his or her consent.
  3. Parking policy violation fees are as follows:


Parking in an accessible spot without a permit $300
Vandalism to a parking facility, removing, moving or defacing an official sign  $200
Altering or duplicating AC permits $100 and a clamp or tow warning
Towed off Property for any reason

$100 plus towing fees

 Parking in a Premium Space without Premium Permit $50 plus immediate clamp or tow (clamp and tow fees extra)
Giving false or incomplete information when applying for a permit $50
Parking in a fire route $50
Speeding or reckless operation of a motor vehicle  $50
Obstructing other vehicles  $30
 Failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to stop at a crosswalk when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk  $30
Operating a motor vehicle on other than a campus roadway $30
Parking outside of a designated parking area $30
Occupying 2 or more parking spaces  $30
Parked in a 15 min designated space longer than 15 min  $30
Parked in a loading zone, boulevard, reserved space, landscaped/grass area, or other non-designated space $30
Parked in a Service vehicle space without Service Permit $30
Parked on roadway or driveway $30
Expired Pay & Display $25
Wheel clamp/removal $25
Licence plate incorrectly entered $25
No Proof of Payment $25
No valid Overnight Permit $25
Parked in AC parking space without an AC Permit $25
Parked at Traill Campus without a Traill permit $25
Vehicle not registered to Permit $25
Smoking in Prohibited Area $25
  1. Parking policy violation fees are payable upon issuance of the violation notice. Unpaid parking policy violation fees may be subject to additional administration fees, along with any fees required to identify the registered owner and may also result in the:

    i. Suspension of parking privileges;
    ii. Referral to a private collection agency;
    iii. University sanctions and/or legal action;
    iv. Withholding of marks/transcripts.
    v. Vehicle clamp or tow.

  2. Parking policy violation fees and penalties may be paid by cash or debit card (in person at the Parking Office or by VISA or Mastercard securely on-line via your ParkAdmin account).

  3. Violations paid within 7 days of issuance will be reduced by $5.00

Any student parking violation fees not paid by the end of the semester will be transferred to the Finance Office at an additional fee of $20.00. Outstanding fees will be sent down to the Finance Office on the fourth Friday in November, third Friday in March and the fourth Friday of April.

7. Enforcement

  1. Parking staff and security guards patrol parking areas and issue violation notices as necessary. Owners/drivers who have two (2) unpaid parking violations will be issued a wheel clamp or tow warning on the third parking policy violation notice. If the parking policy violation fees have not been paid, a wheel clamp will be attached or the vehicle will be towed on the fourth violation. Parking privileges may be suspended until all parking policy violation fees are paid. Any University parking permit issued with respect to a towed vehicle may be cancelled.
  2. A vehicle may be immediately towed if it is:
    1. Obstructing traffic flow, maintenance work, or snow removal operations;
    2. Parking in a Pedestrian, Emergency or Disabled area;
    3. Creating a nuisance or an environmental or safety hazard;
    4. Under suspension from unpaid parking policy violation fees or penalties;
    5. Displaying a suspended, lost, stolen or otherwise invalid parking permit;
    6. Parking on the campus road or walkway system, in loading areas, or on landscaped areas;
    7. Deemed to be abandoned in that there is no valid permit and/or licence plate and the vehicle has not been moved for 7 days or more.
  3. Parking privileges may be cancelled for:
    1. Non-payment of parking policy violation fees;
    2. Repeated violations or obvious disregard of regulations;
    3. Supplying false or incomplete information to obtain parking privileges;
    4. Misuse of a permit;
    5. Using altered, duplicated or otherwise unauthorized permits AC permits. 
  4. Cancelled parking privileges will be reinstated by the Parking Office when all outstanding parking policy violation fees and penalties have been paid.

8. Appeals

  1. Any person receiving a violation notice may appeal the notice via the on-line parking account or in person at the Parking Office within 7 days of the date of issue of violation notice. The appellant should include the violation number and all relevant facts pertaining to the incident.
  2. All persons requesting an appeal may, on written request, appear in person before the Parking Supervisor or his/her designate.  The second level of appeal is the Director of Risk Management and the third and final level of appeal is the VP Finance and Administration. 
  3. At each level of the appeal process the person will receive a response within 7 working days. The response could extend the decision time frame in the event of unforeseen circumstances. (Note: permit renewals will be processed pending appeals). Information on the violation notice such as vehicle make, colour, body style may be corrected by the Parking Office and may not be used as grounds for appeal.

The person hearing the appeal may decide to reduce, cancel or uphold the violation fee based on the evidence presented.​

9. Refunds

  1. Permit holders may apply for refunds in circumstances beyond their control such as an extended medical leave, involuntary academic withdrawal, termination of employment or personal circumstances that result in withdrawing from Trent.  Each refund will be reviewed and will be pro-rated based on the time used.