Parking Areas

Scope: Who is Covered by this Policy?

Employees, Students, Vendors and Visiors 


Signs at the entrances to most campus lots and individual spaces indicate the color of the permit required to park in the lot or space, as well as the times and days the restriction is in effect. Not all campus streets are posted with permit restrictions. Contact Parking and Transportation Services or consult the parking map with questions about permit restrictions for an area.

Explanation of Parking Map and Conditions that Apply


  1. A few RED permit areas are posted for 24-hour restrictions and are limited at all times every day to vehicles displaying a RED permit. Vehicles displaying permits of any other color are not permitted to park in these areas.
  2. Most RED permit parking areas are posted with restrictions in effect from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After those times any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color may park in that parking area.
  3. RED permit holders may park in any University parking area except those spaces designated for specific vehicles.


  1. BLUE permit parking areas are restricted from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After those times any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color may park in the BLUE parking areas.
  2. BLUE permit holders may not park in University parking areas designated for RED permits during restricted hours (for restricted hours, see appropriate colors above).


  1. YELLOW permit parking areas (Ditmer, Chestnut Fields, and west Millett) are open to any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color at any time Bus service is provided from Ditmer, Chestnut Fields, and west Millett parking lots to central campus.
  2. YELLOW permit holders may not park in University parking areas designated for RED or BLUE permits during restricted hours (for restricted hours, see appropriate color stated above).
  3. The west Millett lot has a 24-hour section for overnight parking and a 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. section for daytime parking. Vehicles parked in the daytime area after 10:00 p.m. may be cited.


  1. WHITE permit parking areas (Ditmer, Chestnut Fields, west Millett, and Culinary Support Center) are open to any vehicle displaying a valid permit of any color at any time.
  2. WHITE permit holders may not park in University parking areas designated Red or Blue permits during restricted hours (for restricted hours, see appropriate color stated above).

Right of Way Requests

Certain events on campus may necessitate the exclusive use of a parking area or roadway for the event to be conducted in a safe manner or due to the sheer number of unique visitors. In those cases, a Right-of-Way Request must be approved in advance.

Conditions for Right-of-Way Requests:

  1. The event must not cause significant disruption to University functions, vehicular traffic, parking lot usage, and must not prevent convenient access to University facilities.
  2. Applicants must submit a request for right-of-way use with barricades or parking signs to Parking and Transportation Services ten business days prior to the event date.
  3. A responsible contact must be present at the event and must be identified in the request.
  4. The applicant and/or organization must comply with the requirements for posting “No Parking” signs if parking is to be prohibited, or no vehicles shall be cited and/or towed from the reserved area.
  5. The applicant/organization shall provide a diagram of the route or event site with the request.
  6. The applicant/organization will be responsible for lot-clearing fees at the time of the request according to the schedule below:
  • 1-50 spaces: $5 per space
  • 51-99 spaces: $4 per space
  • 100-249 spaces: $3 per space
  • 250-499 spaces: $2 per space
  • 500+ or remote parking lots: $1 per space
  1. Parking and Transportation Services shall determine the final cost for lot reservations.

Requirements for Posting of “No Parking” Signs for Use of Right-of-Way

Any person or organization that requests assistance from Miami University’s Parking and Transportation Services in keeping a street or parking lot clear of traffic or parked cars shall comply with the following requirements:

  1. A standard 8 ½ x 11” sign, issued by Parking and Transportation Services, will be used when marking an area for parking restrictions. All signs will be posted at the curb line, 36” above the ground on wooden stakes or posts which have been placed no further than 20 feet apart.
  2. The effective date and times of the restrictions will be written in permanent marker above the words “NO PARKING.”
  3. Below the words “NO PARKING” will be written one of these conditions:
  4. Between signs –> (with arrow <– or –> as needed)
  5. This block/lot
  6. Here to corner –> (with arrow <– or –> as needed)
  7. This side of street
  8. It is the responsibility of the applicant/organization to post the signs according to these requirements and periodically check the posting to replace signs that are missing.
  9. Once the initial posting has been completed, notify Parking and Transportation Services by calling (513) 529-2224. A customer service assistant will log the date and time and a parking technician will inspect sign content and placement. This must occur 72 hours before the effective date.
  10. All signs must be posted 72 hours in advance of the effective date.
  11. All of these conditions must be met in order for Miami University police or parking control technicians to ticket or tow a car parked in the area.
  12. Remove all signs when the event is concluded.

Shuttle Services

Defined – services which provide regular, scheduled transportation between Miami University’s campus and off-campus locations (e.g., off-campus student apartments).

When and where shuttle services may pick up and discharge passengers – only at identified and marked transit bus stops at the times/days approved upon registration. May not impede or block access of Butler County Regional Transit Authority vehicles to transit stops.

Registration of shuttle services – shuttle services must register with Miami University annually beginning July 1 of each year. To register, each shuttle service must provide:

An executed license agreement with Miami University which includes:

  • Proof of insurance with Miami University listed as an additional insured party
  • Route plan indicating the days and times of service, route, and stops
  • Point of contact during all hours of operation
  • Agreement that Parking and Transportation Services will be notified as soon as practical about deviations from approved routes and times of operation
  • Additional services for special routes (e.g., football game shuttle) must be approved in at least 10 days in advance by Parking and Transportation Services
  • Monthly reports of ridership pickups at each stop.

Miami University reserves the right to request annual maintenance inspections, driver DOT physical records, drug and alcohol testing program results, and records regarding compliance with rules for hours of service.

Charter Services

Defined – services which provide intermittent, for-hire transportation between Miami University’s campus and off-campus locations; includes school groups on board-owned buses, does not include taxi services or ride-sharing services (i.e., Uber, Lyft, etc.).

When and where charter services may pick up and discharge passengers – Millett Hall west parking lot or Recreational Sports Center drop off loop. No unattended vehicles at those locations; active loading and unloading only. Charter vehicles may be parked in Chestnut Fields, Ditmer parking lot or Millett Hall west parking lot while waiting for pickup. Other locations only by prior arrangement with parking and transportation services.

Registration of charter services – must register at least 1 business day in advance to ensure no conflict with intended drop off/pick up location by contacting Parking and Transportation Services.

Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

RV Camping defined – overnight parking of recreational vehicles (RV), including trailers, for the purpose of providing a location for overnight lodging. This does not apply to recreational vehicles being used as a mode of transportation only.

RV Parking defined – temporary parking of recreational vehicles used only as transportation must have a valid parking permit and may take up no more parking spaces than required to park legally. Recreational vehicles used as transportation are subject to fees for each parking space or part thereof that is occupied. Recreational trailers detached from tow vehicles will be considered to be RV camping and may be removed at the owner’s expense.

When and where RVs may park on campus –

RV camping will only be permitted for Miami University Commencement ceremonies, home football games (including those played off-site), Spring Showcase weekend, and Spring Sport Alumni weekends. For home football games, Spring Showcase weekend, and Spring Sport Alumni weekend RV section of Millett Hall west parking lot ONLY. For Commencement ceremonies RV section of Millett Hall west parking lot and Ditmer Field parking lot (no hookups or services available).  Registration for RV camping – contact Athletic Ticket Office for availability and payment. There are several local campgrounds and RV parks within 15 miles of Miami University that can accommodate recreational vehicles with full hook ups.

RV parking will only be permitted in the remote holding lots (Ditmer Field, Chestnut Fields, Millett Hall west lot, Fryman gravel lot) and may not impede traffic flow.

Duration of stay –

RV Camping – Maximum of 48 hours in advance of event, 24 hours after event concludes.

RV Parking – Maximum of 10 hours, no parking between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Exceptions to this policy must be arranged no less than 15 days in advance and may only be granted by the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services or their designee.

Related Form(s)

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Additional Resources and Procedures

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Policy Administration

Next Review Date


Responsible Officer

  • Director of Housing, Contracts and Meal Plans
  • Miami University Police Captain

Legal Authority

Not Applicable.

Compliance Policy


Revision History

Amended July 2018

Reference ID

Student Handbook 6.3

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