Vehicle Registration

Rules and Regulations for On-campus Parking

Many rules have changed from last year. Please make sure to read them thoroughly.

Student Lot Allocation by Permit

Lots 2 and 15:
All students residing on campus

Lots 2, 5, 9, and 15:
All commuter students

Lot 6:
Resident directors, resident assistants, and junior and senior residents of Alumni Hall, International Hall, Reed Hall, and Massasoit Hall

Lot 7:
Resident directors, resident assistants, and junior and senior residents of Lakeside Hall and Abbey-Appleton Hall

Lot 15:
Parking open to both resident students and commuters.

Lot 18:
Residents of the Senior Suites, Graduate Village, and Townhouses, as well as faculty

Lot 20 (Brennan Center Lot):
Open to all students with a Springfield College permit taking classes at the Brennan Center

Permit Placement

Please place the permit on the inside window of your vehicle as illustrated on the permit. The permit should be placed on the back door window of the driver’s side. For vehicles with tinted windows or two-door vehicles, place the permit on the lower left corner of the driver’s side windshield.

Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registration is done online by following the link provided below. Individuals are required to have read all of the regulation requirements prior to registering a vehicle. All vehicles with out of state license plates are required to obtain a secondary non-resident permit. See Massachusetts Department of Transportation for Non-Residents.

Who Must Register?

All faculty, staff, and students of Springfield College who park on College-owned property (whether on a part time or full time basis) must register their vehicles. Any employee or registered student of Springfield College is not considered to be a visitor. Any employee or student who parks in a reserved visitor space will receive a fine of $50.


Any employee or registered student of Springfield College is not considered to be a visitor. Any employee or registered student who parks in a reserved visitor space will receive a fine of $50. Frequent visitors can receive a pass, which is available online for a fee of $25 per semester and printable from your computer. The person registering the vehicle on campus is responsible for the legal use and parking of the vehicle, and any fines the vehicle may receive. “I wasn’t driving the vehicle at the time of the infraction,” is not an acceptable appeal.

Parking and Traffic Regulations

Parking spaces at Springfield College are limited. Therefore, certain regulations must be observed. All regulations have evolved in an effort to provide maximum benefit to the entire Springfield College community. Anyone parking/driving on the campus is expected to adhere to all rules. No vehicle is to be operated on interior campus roads at a speed in excess of 10 miles per hour with the exception of emergency vehicles. Parking privileges may be revoked at the sole discretion of campus police.

Permits may be transferable from one vehicle to another by calling the parking office at (413) 748-3355. They will inform you of the proper procedure. Permits must be permanently affixed with the original adhesive. As mentioned above, the alternative spot for vehicles with tinted windows or two-door vehicles is on the lower left corner of the driver’s side windshield. Any person who abuses and/or violates parking privileges and regulations also is subject to disciplinary action. It is the duty of the Springfield College Department of Public Safety, including the chief of police, campus police officers, and security guards, to enforce the provisions of these rules and regulations.

Where Can I Park?

Individuals will receive a permit number and lot assignment based on their academic year and residence when they apply for a parking permit. Once assigned a lot, that lot and any alternative lots designated on the permit are the only places on campus a person may park. Parking rules are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you don't adhere to these rules, you risk receiving a citation. You must park in your assigned lot(s). 

Lots 1, 2A, 4, 12, 14 and 19 are reserved 24-hour parking lots. Lot 10 at the PE Complex is a reserved Lot. Students are not allowed to park there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reserved spaces are for College administrators and faculty members only. This policy is strictly enforced. It is the responsibility of the driver to call the Springfield College Department of Public Safety if they are unable to find a space in their designated lot to obtain permission to park in an alternate lot.

Students who wish to receive medical permits or medical temporary passes are required to contact the parking office at (413) 748-3355. These passes do not allow you to park in handicap spaces. Students with these passes may park in lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 18, and 20, unless otherwise stipulated on your temporary pass.

Cost of Vehicle Registration

The vehicle registration fee is $125 per year, plus $4.95 shipping and handling.

The motorcycle fee is $65 per year, plus $4.95 shipping and handling.

Lost permits will incur a $125 replacement fee. As mentioned above, permits may be transferable to your new vehicle by calling (413) 748-3355. You must contact the Department of Public Safety with all new vehicle information. They will determine whether the permit can be transferred and the proper procedure to do so. In the event of a new vehicle, you should contact Department of Public Safety before the change is made. In the case of a new license plate for the same vehicle, or a new vehicle, the Department of Public Safety must be notified to avoid a violation and $50 fine.

Special Parking Privileges

Persons will an illness, injury, or documented disability that requires deviation from standard parking regulations must report to the Springfield College Department of Public Safety to obtain a special pass.

First-year Parking: First-year students who are permitted to have a vehicle on campus for medical or work-related reasons will be assigned two designated parking areas, Lot 2 and Lot 15, and may park in these lots only. First-year students who fail to park in these assigned lots will be issued a violation that carries a $50 fine.

Towing of Vehicles from Campus

Any vehicle parked illegally on Springfield College property, particularly those parked in tow away zones, fire lands, handicapped parking, reserved parking areas, and in any lot without a proper permit may be towed at the owner’s expense. No prior warning will be given to the owner.

In addition to towing expenses, the owner will be subject to any fines that result from the parking violation. The Springfield College Department of Public Safety will not be responsible for paying towing fees for any vehicle for any reason, including, but not limited to, the following.

  • Permit is not properly displayed.
  • Vehicle is Unregistered.
  • Vehicle belonging to a guest that does not have a parking pass.
  • Registered vehicle is parked in a non-designated lot.
  • Disabled vehicle is illegally parked and the owner did not notify the Springfield College Department of Public Safety.

If it becomes necessary to tow your vehicle, Springfield College reserves the right to unlock the vehicle to ensure its safe removal.

Placing a Vehicle Immobilizer on Motor Vehicle

Vehicles may be immobilized for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, the accumulation of five (5) citations for non-registration of vehicle, excessive parking tickets, and/or failure to adhere to parking regulations. A $35 fee will be added at this time for the installation of the boot. The owner will be unable to move the vehicle until he or she reports to the Springfield College Department of Public Safety in person. The vehicle owner must report within 24 hours or the vehicle will be towed. All fines are billed to the student. Illegal removal of a boot will result in an additional fine of $100 and/or disciplinary action. Legal action may also be taken. Two or more immobilizations will result in loss of parking privileges and towing of the vehicle. Permits may be taken back for the current year and it could affect your application for the following year.

No Parking Areas

  • Front of Abbey-Appleton Hall
  • Power House Road
  • Front of Alumni Hall
  • Loading Zone
  • Spaces marked with hashmarks
  • The back of Marsh Memorial
  • Any spot not properly marked as a parking space

The above areas are emergency vehicle lanes only; parking in them will result in a $50 fine. There also is no overnight parking in Lot 10 (Physical Education Complex) and there is no parking along the entrance or exit of the Physical Education Complex, except for handicap parking in marked spaces. Parking in fire lanes, emergency access roads, sidewalks, and all grass areas will result in an automatic $50 fine. Tickets resulting from parking in loading dock areas may not be appealed. All handicap citations are not appealable. The extra-wide sidewalks are for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, and facilities and campus services/delivery trucks only. The road leading to Lot 14, behind the Administration Building, is a two-lane road, and there is no parking on this road at any time for any reason. Parking on this road will result in a $50 fine.

NOTE: The absence of a sign prohibiting parking does not constitute a valid excuse for violation of the regulations set forth by Springfield College. All areas not outlined for parking have been purposely omitted in order to reduce traffic hazards or allow the passage of emergency vehicles. Parking in these areas carries a fine and may result in the towing of your vehicle. Use of emergency flashers cannot be used as a defense when parking illegally.

Reserved Parking Areas

Lot 12 (front of Abbey-Appleton Hall), Lot 14 (behind Administration Building), and visitor spaces are reserved parking areas, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lot 10 (behind Physical Education Complex) is a reserved parking area, no students are allowed to utilize this lot, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during all events, seven days a week.

Lot 1 (behind Babson Library), Lot 4 (across from Cheney Hall), and Lot 19 (behind Health Science Center) are restricted lots.

Loading and Unloading Vehicles

Individuals should call the Springfield College Department of Public Safety at (413) 748-5555 to request permission to park closer to their residence hall for 15 minutes to load or unload their vehicle. Failure to call will result in a ticket. Use of flashers cannot be used as a defense when parking illegally.

Disabled Vehicles

Report to the Springfield College Department of Public Safety to obtain a disabled vehicle pass (not to exceed 24 hours) to prevent a vehicle from being ticketed, towed, or immobilized. Phone calls reporting a vehicle that is disabled and illegally parked will not be accepted. Disabled vehicles parked in fire lanes must be removed from the lane immediately.

Alternate Parking Lots for Students

All students are expected to park in their assigned lots. Students who are unable to find parking for the Brennan Center, located at 45 Island Pond Road, may park across the street in the Rite Aid parking lot in spaces closest to the street.

Ticket Fees

No Non-Resident Permit $10
No Valid Permit or Temp Pass $25
Improper Display of Parking Permit or Temp Pass $25
Parked in Incorrect Lot $25
Boot Fee $35
Parking in Reserved Lot $50
Altering a Temporary Parking Pass $50
Violation of First-year Student Restrictions $50
Not Parking Within Lines $50
Parking in a Fire Lane $50
Parked in a Loading Zone $50
Parked on any Access Road $50
Parked on Sidewalk or Grass $50
Parked in Crosswalk $50
Parked in a No Parking Area $50
Blocking Flow of Traffic $50
Failure to Move During Snow Removal $100
Parked in a Handicap Spot $100

Ticket Appeals

The ticket appeal request form can be found online here. A kiosk is available 24/7 at the Department of Public Safety. This form must be submitted within two (2) weeks of the date that the ticket was issued. Only individuals with registered vehicles may appeal a ticket. Failure to appeal at your hearing will result in an automatic default.

Ticket issued for non-registered vehicles, parking in a handicapped spot, and snow removal that are not appealable. If you receive a ticket and do not wish to appeal, it is your responsibility to pay this ticket. If you opt not to pay, a late fee will be added to your account at 30 days and the citation (plus any late fees) will be transferred to your student account.

The appeals committee consists of one student, one faculty member, one staff member, and one administrator.

Temporary Passes

Temporary passes will be issued online. “Temp” passes will not be issued for longer than two weeks. No more than two temp passes will be issued in an academic year to any student at a charge of $15. A temp pass is not the same as a frequent visitors pass. (See Visitor Pass for more information.) A multi-day pass is available at dispatch for any Springfield College student, faculty, or staff member. This can be used for a temporary replacement of a currently registered vehicle and day stay visitor including parental visits.

Day Passes

All visitors, vendors, contractors, and lecturers are required to pick up a parking pass at Springfield College Department of Public Safety.

Snow Removal

Vehicles that are not moved as instructed during snow removal will be ticketed and fined $100, and will not be eligible for appeal. Vehicles also will be towed in order to clear snow. Students are notified of snow removal dates and timing via postings in residence halls, Springfield College email, and posted signs at lots on the day of snow removal. If it snows, it is the responsibility of the individual to find out when the removal will occur. Vehicles also will be towed in order to clear snow at owner’s cost.

Springfield College Department of Public Safety Escort Service

A 24-hour escort service is available to and from any location on College-owned property.

Call (413) 748-5555 or ext. 5555 (from a campus phone) to request an escort.

Shuttle Service

The shuttle van operates on a fixed route at 15-minute intervals throughout the campus during evening hours. The shuttle will transport individuals to and from locations on College-owned property only. Call (413) 748-5555 or ext. 5555 (from a campus phone) for shuttle hours.

Rave/SC Alert

Springfield College encourages the use of our RAVE and SC alert systems. To learn more, click here.

Jump Boxes

Jump boxes are available at the Springfield College Department of Public Safety. You will be required to leave your Springfield College ID when borrowing a box. Upon returning the box, your ID will be returned to you.

Lock Outs

In the event that a person has locked their keys in a vehicle, a dispatcher will assist them with contacting AAA or a towing service.

Emergency Phones

Emergency phones and call boxes are located throughout the campus. Current locations are:

  • International
  • Reed
  • Massasoit
  • Alumni
  • Administration
  • Flynn Campus Union
  • Cheney rear between Judd and Cheney
  • Cheney front near Schoo-Bemis
  • Lot 3 on FACS building
  • Living center, front door
  • Lot 2 guard booth
  • Blake track, track shed
  • Lot 1 lamp post
  • Weiser, rear door, handicap ramp door
  • Abbey-Appleton front entrance and rear of building near Campus Union
  • Lakeside
  • Gulick
  • Wellness Entrance
  • Senior Suites, quad entrance and lot 18 entrance
  • Brennan Center, main entrance and right side of building

Pressing the “emergency” button will activate the box and connect to Springfield College Department of Public Safety.

Liability Wavier

Under no circumstances will Springfield College, its agents, and/or employees be responsible for any loss or damage occurring to any motor vehicle (including any contents therein) parked on Springfield College premises, for any reason, including, and not limited to, theft, vandalism, negligence, or otherwise. All persons parking vehicles on Springfield College property hereby covenant not to sue and release Springfield College from all claims, causes of action, damage, or other liabilities with respect to the foregoing.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation Student Warning

It is unlawful for a nonresident student to fail to file a nonresident driver statement with the police department located in the same city or town as the school or college attended, in accordance with Section 3 of Chapter 90 of the Massachusetts General Laws. Failure to file such statement is punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.

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