The Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing parking services and traffic control for all faculty, staff, students and visitors to the University of North Carolina Asheville campus. Providing adequate parking facilities is a constant concern of the University of North Carolina Asheville. Comprehensive management of the University's more than 2,000 parking spaces is accomplished by:
These regulations are designed to establish guidelines for parking and traffic that will enhance the safety and welfare of the entire University community, and to support the UNC Asheville Department of Public Safety Mission:
The mission of the UNC Asheville Department of Public Safety is to facilitate a safe, secure, and service oriented environment for its students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.
Through the following resolutions, the Board of Trustees of The University of North Carolina Asheville has adopted the regulations contained herein as official policy of the University.
Be it resolved that pursuant to and in accordance with the authority vested in the University of North Carolina Board of Governors by the State of North Carolina, as found in current North Carolina General Statutes, and pursuant to the delegation of authority in reference to parking and traffic matters as stated in the Board of Governors resolution approved on July 7, 1972, the Board of Trustees of The University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) hereby adopts and records the following Regulations Governing Traffic, Parking, and the Registration of Motor Vehicles for Use on The Campus of the University of North Carolina Asheville. These regulations are intended only to supplement current statewide motor vehicle laws, all provisions of which, under the terms of current North Carolina General Statutes, are incorporated herein and now apply to the campus of UNC Asheville. After filing a copy of these regulations with the office of the Secretary of State and providing the appropriate signs, they shall apply to and be in effect on the streets, roads, alleys, ways, sidewalks, parking spaces, parking areas, parking lots, and all other parts of the campus of UNC Asheville.
The Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police, acting pursuant to the authority vested by the Board of Trustees, will exercise discretion and authority in a manner as to assure the proper conduct of the necessary business of the University and the effective utilization and control of the available parking areas and facilities on the campus of the University for the benefit and maximum convenience of visitors, students and employees.
The Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police is authorized to issue exceptions to these regulations, to issue temporary regulations and suspend enforcement of parking regulations to allow for the benefit and maximum convenience of visitors, students, and employees. The Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police retains the right to authorize or deny the use of or closing of campus streets and parking lots. The Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police retains the right to remove vehicles from closed streets and/or parking lots.
The Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police may suspend enforcement of parking regulations to allow for special events on campus. Exceptions to regulations, temporary regulations and enforcement suspensions are valid only for when and how specified, and will not be considered precedent for future situations.
The Chancellor, through his/her designated administrative officers, shall cause to be posted a public notice of these regulations on the campus of the UNC Asheville. Once posted, these regulations are in effect at all times unless otherwise stated.
The Chancellor, through his/her administrative officers, shall cause copies of these regulations issued pursuant hereto to be printed and made available to students, visitors, and employees of the University.
A certified copy of these regulations, except temporary police regulations, shall be filed in:
The Office of the President of The University of North Carolina; the Office of the Chancellor of UNC Asheville; the Office of the Secretary of the State of North Carolina; the Office of Public Safety; and, the Office of Student Affairs.
UNC Asheville assumes no liability or responsibility for damage or theft to any vehicle parked on University properties. The provisions of these regulations shall apply to all operators of all vehicles, public and private, and they shall be enforced twenty-four hours a day except where otherwise specified by these regulations.
The operator of any vehicle shall obey the lawful instruction of any law enforcement officer and/or parking enforcement officer, and all official traffic signs or control devices appropriately placed in accordance with the provisions of these regulations.
When a vehicle is found to be in violation of these regulations, it shall be considered prima facie evidence that the vehicle was parked by:
The person to whom the University parking permit for the vehicle is registered;If no parking permit has been issued for the vehicle, the person, company, corporation or firm in whose name the vehicle is registered with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or the corresponding agency of another state or nation; or
The prima facie rule of evidence shall not apply to the registered owner of a leased or rented vehicle when said owner can furnish evidence that the vehicle was, at the time of the parking violation, leased or rented to another person. In such instances, the owner of the vehicle shall, within reasonable time after notification of the parking violation, furnish the University Police with the name and address of the person or company who leased or rented the vehicle.
The responsibility of finding an authorized parking space rests with the driver of the vehicle. Lack of convenient parking space, mechanical problems, inclement weather conditions or other issues are not considered valid excuses for failure to comply with these parking regulations. A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space in any particular lot.
All monies received from parking fees and penalties imposed by these regulations, as well as any parking impact fees, shall be placed in trust accounts and may be dispersed only in accordance with law.
Vehicle operation and parking may be prohibited under emergency and/or other law enforcement operational necessities. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate law enforcement instructions related to this section. A University citation or a North Carolina Uniform citation may be issued for violation of this regulation.
It is unlawful to operate a vehicle on designated streets and roadways of the campus in excess of 20 mph., unless otherwise posted. It is unlawful to exceed a safe speed in all other vehicular areas of the campus.
The Department of Public Safety has the responsibility to enforce all traffic regulations approved by the Board of Trustees. All motor vehicle laws of the State of North Carolina are enforced by University Police.
University citations or North Carolina Uniform citations may be issued for violations of moving traffic laws.University traffic citations may be appealed to the UNC Asheville Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police. North Carolina State Uniform citations will be handled in the appropriate District Court.
The Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police shall be the University official charged with overseeing the establishment of signs governing parking control, traffic control, and/or general wayfinding as called for by these regulations. When signs are erected, placed, or installed, no person shall drive or otherwise operate a vehicle on UNC Asheville campus except in accordance with these official signs. It is unlawful for any person to deface, damage, tamper with, break, destroy, impair the usefulness of, remove, relocate, steal, or in any way injure any official sign erected by UNC Asheville. Possession of any such sign shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this regulation.
It is unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to park in such a manner as to interfere with normal vehicular or pedestrian traffic on the campus.
Traffic may be temporarily restricted or rerouted as necessary by construction, emergency situations, and special events. UNC Asheville sawhorses, barricades, canes, and/or other traffic control devices placed for blocking of spaces and/or parking lots are not to be moved except by authorized personnel. Violations of this nature could result in a $100 fine and vehicle being towed at driver's expense.
A University citation or a North Carolina Uniform citation may be issued for violation of this regulation, and the vehicle may be towed at the driver's expense.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way while in a crosswalk. All crosswalks will be designated by signage and/or diagonal lines on the road surface or by brick paved sections of the roadway. Parking or loading and unloading in crosswalks are prohibited. A University citation or a North Carolina Uniform citation may be issued for violation of this regulation, and the vehicle may be towed at the driver's expense.
Motor vehicles, bicycles, scooters/mopeds, roller skates of any kind, roller blades and skateboards are prohibited on campus sidewalks and walkways. A University citation may be issued for violation of this regulation.
All eligible students who wish to register a motor vehicle and purchase a parking permit must complete the appropriate documentation and present a valid OneCard card at the time of registration.
All eligible University employees who wish to register a motor vehicle and purchase a parking permit must complete the appropriate documentation and present a valid OneCard card at the time of registration.
Only one parking permit may be registered to a vehicle. Parking permits are non-transferable between vehicles or people. Individuals wishing to register more than one vehicle must purchase an additional parking permit for each vehicle he/she intends to park on campus.
Any student, faculty or staff member who knowingly allows the use of their parking permit for any purpose other than the intended use will have their parking privileges revoked.
A vehicle's registered owner will be held financially responsible for citations issued vehicles not properly displaying a valid parking permit while parked on the UNC Asheville campus.
All Faculty, Staff, Undergraduate, and Graduate students must purchase a decal to park on campus at any time.
All UNC Asheville parking permits expire on August 1st of each year. New permits for each new academic year must be displayed no later than the first day of classes.
Each parking space shall be defined by appropriate signage and/or painted lines (when the parking area is paved). Parking spaces in unpaved lots will be marked by signage and/or wheelstops. When parking spaces have been designated, vehicles shall be parked within the spaces so designated at all times.
It is unlawful at any time to occupy portions of more than one space when such is defined by painted lines or to park in any portion of an area not clearly designated for parking.When parking spaces are parallel to a curb or dividing median, vehicles shall be parked with the front of the vehicle facing the direction of travel authorized for that side of the street or driveway.
If mechanical failure results in a potential violation of the parking regulations, the owner should contact University Police immediately. The owner will be provided with a Disabled Vehicle Permit. This permit should be placed on the front dash of the vehicle so that all information is visible. Vehicles not moved within 72 hours will be considered abandoned and will be towed at the owner's expense.
The University Police will attempt to contact the registered owner of any vehicle parked on campus that appears to be derelict or abandoned. When a vehicle is declared to be derelict or abandoned on any property under the control of UNC Asheville, University Police shall place a tag on the vehicle as notice to the owner, the person in possession, or any lien holder of the vehicle that it has been declared abandoned. Vehicles not moved within 72 hours of being so tagged, shall be towed from the property and the registered owner shall be notified that the vehicle is being held in accordance with NC G.S 20-137.7.
Any person parking a motor vehicle in the parking lots and areas described in this section must display the appropriate permit for that lot or parking area during those days and hours specified at the entrance to such lots or areas. Any vehicle parked without displaying a valid permit is subject to the issuance of a University citation, vehicle immobilization/booting, and/or towing.
It is unlawful to park a motor vehicle within any zone other than the one authorized by permit, as displayed on the registered motor vehicle. Vehicles displaying a valid special permit obtained through the University Police may park as indicated by use of those permits and their related restriction.
Unless otherwise designated by signs or directives, the following zones are designated by painted lines and/or curbs:
White Lines (not marked "Visitor") = Student parking, both resident and non-resident
White Lines (marked "Visitor") = Visitor parking only
Green Lines = Faculty and staff parking
Diagonal Lines/International Symbol of Accessibility = ADA Accessible parking only
Red Lines = Fire Zone, Emergency vehicle parking only
Orange Lines = Service Vehicle parking only
Yellow Lines = No Parking at any time
Curbs = No parking at any time.
A vehicle does not need a permit to park in a 30-minute parking space, but 30-minute parking spaces are monitored at all times. Vehicles exceeding the 30-minute time limit will be issued a University citation. Ticketing can occur after 30 minutes for each 30-minute period that the vehicle remains in the space. After one hour, a boot will be placed on the vehicle and all citations plus a boot removal fee must be paid before the boot will be removed.
No person shall park a vehicle, whether attended or unattended, within 15 feet in either direction of a fire hydrant or in any area designated as a fire lane.
No person shall park a vehicle, whether attended or unattended, in any area designated, whether by signs or yellow painted curbs as a No Parking Zone. In addition to those areas designated by signage or painted curbs as No Parking Zones, any area not specifically marked, striped, or designated for parking shall be considered a No Parking Zone.
When Bus Stop signs are erected, placed, or installed upon any street or roadway, the operator of a vehicle shall not park a vehicle in this area. A University citation or a North Carolina Uniform citation may be issued for violation of this regulation, and the vehicle may be towed at the owner's expense.
Motorcycles and scooters/mopeds are subject to the same traffic and parking regulations as motor vehicles, and as such, must be registered with University Police. Operators of motorcycles and scooters/mopeds are required to purchase a motorcycle parking permit, and must park in spaces designated for motorcycle parking. Vehicles other than motorcycles or scooters which park in designated motorcycle spaces shall be cited. Motorcycles and scooters/mopeds are prohibited on all campus walkways and sidewalks, and may not be parked in bicycle racks.
Bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks. Bicycle racks are located outside academic buildings, residence halls, and throughout campus. Bicycles shall not be ridden on sidewalks at any time.
Bicycles cannot be parked blocking walkways, nor attached to trees, signposts, handrails, or to any other piece of University property other than bicycle racks. Bicycles that are repeatedly parked illegally or bicycles that appear to be abandoned may be temporarily locked in place or confiscated by police officers, security officers, or parking enforcement officers employed by University Police.
UNC Asheville shall assume no liability for damages to bicycles, bicycle locks, and/or other bicycle equipment that may occur during confiscation. Bicycles which have been locked in place or confiscated and are not claimed within thirty calendar days shall be surplused.
To prevent theft and to support improved bicycling facilities on campus, bicycle owners are encouraged to register their bicycles at University Police during between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Missing or stolen bicycles should be reported to University Police.
Parking areas for special event parking are determined by the Director of Public Safety in consultation with the sponsor of the event. A special parking fee may be charged for special events only with the approval of the University’s Board of Trustees. The fee structure for parking at a particular special event is developed by the Director of Public Safety in consultation with the sponsor of the event. Collection and use of fees charged for special event parking will be in accordance with all applicable laws and policies as stated in section II.H. above.
All resident students must park in lots specifically designated for resident student parking at all times (this includes evenings, weekends, and holidays). Refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific lot numbers and locations.
All non-resident students must park in lots specifically designated for non-resident student parking from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific lot numbers and locations). Non-Resident students may park in faculty/staff lots from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends, holidays, and campus breaks. Non-resident students are not permitted to park in resident student lots at any time.
Freshman students are not permitted to park cars on campus for the duration of their freshman year (Fall & Spring semesters). This includes transfer students who are classified as freshman by the Office of the Registrar.
Freshmen may complete a "Freshman Parking Waiver Application" to seek a waiver to this policy. Freshmen who are granted a waiver to this policy will be required to park in the Vivian Street Parking Lot at all times (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for parking lot location).
All graduate students must park in lots specifically designated for non-resident student parking from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific lot numbers and locations). Graduate students may park in faculty/staff lots from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends, holidays, and campus breaks. Graduate students are not permitted to park in resident student lots at any time.
All NCCCR members must park in lots specifically designated for non-resident student parking from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific lot numbers and locations). NCCCR members may park in faculty/staff lots from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends, holidays, and campus breaks. NCCCR members are not permitted to park in resident student lots at any time.
All faculty and staff must park in lots specifically designated for faculty/staff parking from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific lot numbers and locations). Faculty and staff may park in non-resident lots from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends, holidays, and campus breaks. Faculty and staff are not permitted to park in resident student lots at any time.
There are no specific lots assigned to certain buildings or departments. All parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
A visitor is any person on the campus of UNC Asheville who is neither a student, graduate student, North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR) member, service personnel, Board of Trustees, facility user, faculty member, staff member, temporary employee, nor adjunct faculty member. Visitors may park in Lot 6 and the lower left side of the Sherrill Center Parking Deck (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific locations), or in any area temporarily designated as special event parking.
Visitors who receive a parking citation may appeal the citation by completing the appropriate documentation at the offices of the Department of Public Safety. Visitors who receive a warning citation will be billed for all future violations.
All valid disability placards or license plates, as defined by NC G.S. 20-37.6, will be honored on campus. However, disability placards or license plates may not be used in lieu of a valid UNC Asheville parking permit. Vehicles displaying a disability placard or license plate may park in any space designated for disability parking, or if none is available, in any faculty/staff or student space. Emergency or fire lanes, service vehicle spaces, reserved spaces, and no parking zones may not be used for ADA Accessible parking.
Persons displaying a state issued temporary disability placard are entitled to the same parking considerations and restrictions as those individuals displaying permanent disability placards or license plates.
Facility User permits are available to frequent guests of the University who are neither faculty/staff nor students, but who are frequent users of the University's facilities. Facility users must park in lots designated for non-resident student parking (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific lot numbers and locations).
Vehicles parked in designated service vehicle spaces (including product and/or service vendors) must be a University-owned vehicle, or must have a Service Vehicle permit displayed. Vendors and contractors must park in approved service vehicle spaces, and may not park in such a way as to interfere with either pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Contractors directly associated with an on-campus building or construction project must get permits via the appropriate Contract Manager in Campus Operations/Facilities Management.
Board Member permits shall be issued annually to members of the Board of Trustees and/or The University Foundation Board. These permits shall allow their holder to park in any lot designated as faculty/staff parking (refer to the UNC Asheville Campus Map for specific lot numbers and locations).
Lot B, (Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church) on Edgewood Road has special policies governing its use:
UNC Asheville non-resident students, faculty, staff, and guests are only permitted to park in the gravel portion of this lot Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. No UNC Asheville parking will be permitted in the paved portion of this lot at any time.A UNC Asheville parking permit is not required to park in this lot.Repeated parking in this parking lot outside specified hours will result in ticketing and/or towing of a vehicle.
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville parking lots are to be used only by visitors to the Botanical Gardens. These parking lots are not to be used by UNC Asheville students, faculty, staff, or facility users. Repeated parking in this parking lot outside specified hours will result in ticketing and/or towing of a vehicle.
Parking rates shall be set following the tuition and fee schedule and presented to the Board of Trustees annually. Specific information regarding the current year's rates can be found at http://publicsafety.unca.edu/parking .
All students, faculty, staff, and facility users who park on UNC Asheville property must display a valid parking permit on the vehicle being parked. Any person wishing to register more than one vehicle may purchase additional permits for $20 each. Current parking permit holders who may need a temporary parking permit due to extenuating circumstances should contact the Public Safety Office to make arrangements
Any student, faculty, staff, or any other permit holder who transfers a permit to another vehicle or another individual or who knowingly allows the use of their parking permit for any purpose other than the intended use will have their parking privileges revoked. Possession of or displaying a parking permit that has been stolen, defaced, removed from a vehicle, altered, or reproduced, or possession of a permit for a parking area other than the classification of the permit holder is prohibited and will result in fine of $100 and/or the revocation of parking privileges.
Lost or stolen permits should be reported to the Department of Public Safety immediately. It is the permit holder's responsibility to take the necessary steps to replace the permit. Lost or stolen permits not reported will remain the responsibility of the original owner. Stolen permits will be replaced (only once per year) once a Police Report has been filed. The penalty for filing a false report of a stolen permit is a $100.00 fine.
Defaced, altered, reproduced, forged, counterfeited or unauthorized possession of permits will result in a $100 fine and/or loss of parking privileges. State owned vehicles are not required to display a parking permit.
Hangtags and any other hanging permit, permanent or temporary, must be hung from the rear view mirror with the printed side facing outward toward the windshield so that all information is visible from outside the vehicle. Obstructions preventing the clear visibility of hangtags will result in a citation for "Improper Display of Permit." Decals must be peeled and affixed to the lower driver's side rear window (do not place over rear window wiring for rear defroster), with the permit number and expiration date clearly visible and facing outward.Permits designed to be displayed on the dash of a vehicle shall be placed on the driver's side dash so that all information is visible through the windshield. Motorcycles/mopeds/scooters must display their permits on the front fork.
Persons or vehicles found in violation of the Regulations Governing Traffic, Parking, and the Registration of Motor Vehicles for Use on The Campus of the University of North Carolina Asheville will be issued a citation, with penalties as indicated on the citation. No person shall park a vehicle on campus except in spaces marked or designated for parking. Parking violations for which citations will be issued include, but are not limited to (please note: current year's fines can be found at http://publicsafety.unca.edu/parking ):
Fire hydrant, Fire Lane, or Fire Zone
ADA Accessible Parking Space or Access Aisle
Service Vehicle Parking
Exceeding the allowed time limit
Encroachment of Two Parking Spaces
No Valid Permit
Improper Display of Permit
Unauthorized Parking Zone
Obstructing or Parking Against the Flow
Parked on Curb, Grass, Landscape Area Sidewalk
Blocking Drive or Crosswalk
Bicycle/Moped/Skateboard/Roller Blades/Skates on sidewalk
Exceeding Posted Speed Limit
Disregarding Stop Sign
Failure to Yield to Pedestrian
Failure to Heed Instructions of Officer
Other (fine depends on severity of offense)
University Police officers, security guards, or parking enforcement officers will utilize a tire immobilization device (boot) to immobilize habitual parking offenders' vehicles. A boot may be applied to any vehicle operated by an offender who has received four or more paid or unpaid parking citations within the current academic year. Police, security, or parking enforcement officers employed by the Department of Public Safety will have the authority to boot vehicles on property owned by, leased by, or in the control of UNC Asheville.Vehicles will remain immobilized until payment of citations and boot removal fee is received.If payment is not received before 12:00 p.m. on the day following placement of the boot, the immobilized vehicle will be towed from University property and held until payment is made on outstanding parking fines.
Vehicles are subject to being towed and stored off campus without notice at the owner's or driver's expense for violations including, but not limited to:
If an offender's vehicle is towed from campus more than twice in the current academic year, that individual shall have his/her parking privileges revoked for the remainder of that academic year. Any student, faculty or staff member who knowingly allows the use of their parking permit for any purpose other than the intended use will have their parking privileges revoked for the remainder of the current academic year. Vehicles that are parked on campus after privileges have been revoked will automatically be towed at the owner's expense.
Persons or vehicles found in violation of the Regulations Governing Traffic, Parking, and the Registration of Motor Vehicles for Use on The Campus of the University of North Carolina Asheville will be issued a citation, with penalties as indicated on the citation. All permit users must pay unpaid citations in full before a new permit can be issued.
Unpaid penalties owed by employees of UNC Asheville must be collected at least once annually under the provisions provided by North Carolina General Statute 143-55.3 (Conditional Continuing Employment). Penalties not paid or cleared will result in one of the following actions:
Any person who owes outstanding parking citations to UNC Asheville will not be able to obtain a new parking permit until all fines have been paid.Unpaid penalties will be charged against a student's account; payments for charges are made in the Cashier's Office.Holds will be placed on student records and transcripts.Vehicle may be booted.
UNC Asheville has established a Transportation Committee composed of faculty, staff, and students. The Faculty Senate recommends two faculty members along with two other members serving as alternates. The Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee recommends two staff members along with two other members serving as alternates. The President of the Student Government Association recommends two students along with two other students serving as alternates. The group will annually select a chairperson from among its Faculty and Staff members and will periodically meet to provide advice on transportation-related regulations and projects and/or to hear appeals for parking violations. Persons with delinquent parking fines or persons who have received multiple citations for parking violations on campus shall not be eligible to serve on the Transportation Committee.
The UNC Asheville Transportation Coordinator, acting under the authority of The Director of Public Safety/Chief of University Police, will review the following:
Freshman Parking Waiver Applications:
Parking Citation Notices: