Carroll College, Helena Montana
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Vehicle Use and Parking Regulations

These regulations are designed to foster the responsible and safe use of vehicles and parking lots at Carroll College. Students and employees are expected to familiarize themselves with all vehicle use and parking regulations. As parking on campus is a privilege and not a right, failure to comply with Carroll vehicle use and parking regulations may result in fines, towing, wheel-locking, or denial of parking privileges. Carroll College assumes no responsibility for any vehicle or its contents while operated or parked on campus. Carroll College has a limited number of parking spaces available on college property for students and employees.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, Lot B parking permits will be required for parking on the gravel road that extends from the KTVH Television Station to Nelson Stadium, including parking in front of the Civil Engineering building and below the lower unpaved lot below St. Charles Hall. Vehicles parked on the gravel road without a permit will be ticketed.

Parking Basics

All motorized vehicles on the Carroll College campus are required to have a parking pass (this includes all vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, etc.)

There are several options of parking on the Carroll campus:

  • “A” lots (Trinity, Guadalupe, St. Charles, Apartment lots) – passes for these lots cost a little more that our other parking passes, but are allocated on a 1:1 ratio with the number of spaces to help accommodate our on-campus residents who want to ensure they always have a spot to park close to where they live.  These spaces are reserved 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK for those who hold passes in their specific A lot. A permits are offered at the beginning of each academic year to residents who live on campus, and then to other students on a first-come, first-serve basis until they are sold out. (New in 2014-2015: Those with A parking passes may NOT park in B or F/S spots between 7am and 5:30pm on weekdays)
  • "Faculty/Staff" lots, or "F/S" lots – passes for these lots are only allocated to the faculty and staff members of Carroll College.  Tenured faculty or administrators at Director-level or above have reserved spaces, and, unless marked as reserved 24 hours, the rest of the F/S parking is open to anyone with a F/S parking pass from 7:00am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday.  (Those with F/S parking passes may park in B parking spaces if F/S lots are full)
  • "B" lots – passes for B lots are for commuter students, and is not guaranteed.  If all B lot spaces are taken, overflow parking may be found in the PE Complex or on city streets. THOSE WITH “B” PARKING PERMITS MAY NOT PARK IN “A” LOTS AT ANY TIME!
  • Pay Lot – there is a Pay Lot located on the southwest corner of campus for visitors or overflow parking.  Anyone parking in this lot, even with a current Carroll parking permit, must pay for parking (.25 per hour).
  • Free Lot – for students who don’t want to pay for parking, Carroll does offer free parking on campus in the PE Complex parking lot at the northwest corner of campus.  This parking lot is less than 10 minutes from anywhere on campus, and can be a good option for those that don’t drive often, or don’t want to pay for premium parking closer to buildings. Even if you plan to use the Free Lot for parking, we request you still register your vehicle with student life, in case we need to contact you about moving your vehicle for special events.  During football season, it is required that all vehicles be moved out the lot during home games or the vehicle will be subject to being towed.  THIS IS THE ONLY FREE PARKING ON CAMPUS FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS.

Registration of Vehicles

All students and employees must register any motor vehicle to be used on campus by purchasing a parking permit for the vehicle. Students are expected to obtain authorization for their lot assignment in the Student Life Office and purchase their parking permit online at the beginning of each academic year. Employees are expected to obtain their parking permit at the Student Life Office, O'Connell 208 at the beginning of their employment at Carroll College. Registration is not considered complete until the rear view mirror hanger is in place. The parking permit ceases to be valid when a student/employee is no longer enrolled/employed at Carroll College.

Use of Vehicle

  1. All state laws, city ordinances and college regulations will be enforced on all Carroll College property.
  2. The speed limit on campus streets or parking lots is 15 mph.
  3. Vehicles are restricted to designated roadways. Vehicles driven on any grassed area on campus will be cited for reckless driving and subject to fines and restitution.
  4. Motor bikes, motorized cars and bicycles must be operated in a responsible manner on campus streets or parking lots. No wheeled vehicles are to be driven on any grassed area on campus with the exception of emergency vehicles, Facilities vehicles and the cart used by Athletic Training.

Parking of Vehicle

  1. Vehicles must be parked in a designated parking spot, marked with white lines and/or a parking pylon made out of cement or wood (St. Charles "B" gravel lot).
  2. Vehicles must be parked in such a way that they do not occupy more than one space. Violators will be ticketed.
  3. Vehicles must not be parked in fire lanes, crosswalks, handicapped parking slots, or in areas marked with yellow curbing. The college reserves the right to assess fines, use a wheel lock, or tow and impound vehicles at the owner’s risk and expense.
  4. Vehicles that are parked in an unloading zone must have their hazard lights on and are limited to 15 minutes.
  5. Vehicles may only park in a service drive if the vehicle is a service vehicle or Facilities vehicle.
  6. Parking for motorbikes must be in automobile parking slots. Parking for bicycles is limited to designated areas.
  7. Parking spaces for large trucks, camper trailers and pickup campers that extend beyond the dimensions of the vehicle are provided only in the north lot of the PE Center on a temporary basis no longer than one week.
  8. Any vehicle parked so as to constitute a hazard or interfere with college operations may be towed away and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.
  9. At the end of each semester and at the conclusion of the summer session, all student vehicles must be moved to designated break parking or the vehicle will be considered abandoned. The vehicle will be towed and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.
  10. New in 2014-2015: The campus drive from the Fortin Science Center to the Corette Library (on Learning Street), the Corette Library Parking Lot, and the B spaces on Hunthausen are available for daytime parking only (with a permit) from 7am-Midnight.

Night and Weekend and Visitor Parking

All vehicles may park in any Faculty Staff lot or B lot from 5:30pm-7:00am on weekdays, or anytime on holidays or weekends without a permit (with the exception of the B parking on Learning Street which is restricted form Midnight-7am every day due to safety reasons). 

Visitors to our campus may utilize one of the visitor spots around O’Connell Hall, or may secure a visitor’s pass in the Student Life Office, O’Connell Hall 208 for other parking on campus.  Visitors may also utilize the Pay Lot during the weekdays, 7:00am-5:30pm, at their convenience.  

Event Parking

Students and employees may be requested to remove their vehicles from designated parking to provide special event parking on campus. For example, event parking is offered for home football games and all vehicles must be cleared from the north, northeast and south PE Center parking lots by posted times on Friday prior to a home game. Event parking may also be requested for the Campus Center parking lot. Failure to remove a vehicle for event parking will result in the vehicle being towed and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.

PARKING FAQ:

Q. I have a B permit, but sometimes I can’t find a parking spot when I come to school.  Where can I park?

A. If you can’t find a spot in a B lot, then you will have to park down in the PE Complex Free Lot, or on a city street, unless you prefer to pay to park in the Pay Lot at your convenience.  If you are coming to school at a “busy” time of day, such as around 10am, you may need to plan to park in an alternative location.

Q. Can I park in a reserved spot if it is not currently assigned to a faculty or staff member?

A. Only those with F/S parking permits are allowed to park in any Faculty or Staff parking spots, including those reserved for tenured faculty or administrators.  If a spot is not currently assigned to a specific faculty or staff member, it is still considered F/S parking.

Q. What if I am injured or sick and need to park closer to my classes temporarily?

A. Any special circumstances should be directed to the Student Life Office in O’Connell 208, or (406) 447-5457 where we will work with you to accommodate any special needs. 

Paying for Parking Permits

We now take credit cards online only for parking permits, but are still only able to accept cash or checks and they are not available over the phone (you must register online regardless of payment method).  License plate number, year, make, model and color of vehicle, and contact phone are required to purchase the permit.  If you would like purchase a permit, please visit the website at 

https://www.permitsales.net/Carroll

You will also need to visit this website for appealing any citations.  


All parking rules and regulations are available in the student handbooks you will soon be receiving.  The handbook is also posted online on the Student Life page.  Please see the Student Life Office if you have any questions on parking.

Vehicle Parking Violations

Violation of Carroll vehicle use and parking regulations may result in fines, wheel-locking, or towing and impounding the vehicle at the owner’s risk and expense, and disciplinary action.

Vehicle/Parking Fines

To support responsible use of a vehicle and campus parking, the first five vehicle or parking fines during an academic year will be issued at the posted amount. The 6th ticket and above during the academic year will be issued at the amount of $50 per ticket. Excessive parking tickets (10 ) may result in the loss of parking privileges on campus for the remainder of the academic year and possibly permanent loss of parking privileges. The posted amounts for the first 5 tickets issued during an academic year are:

Offense - Minimum Amount

  • Illegal Parking (Incorrect lot) - $20.00
  • Failure to Display Parking Permit - $20.00
  • DMV Check to Identify Vehicle - $25.00
  • Failure to Register Vehicle - $30.00
  • Driving/Parking on Sidewalks/Grass - $35.00 plus damages
  • Reckless Driving - $50.00 and up
  • Falsifying or Altering Permit - $50.00
  • Wheel Lock Removal or Towing - $50.00
  • Any Ticket After 5th Ticket - $50.00
  • Emergency Fire Lanes $50.00
  • Handicapped Parking $100.00 plus any fees assessed by the City of Helena
  • Blocking Emergency Vehicles $200.00 plus any fees assessed by the City of Helena

Fines are to be paid online within 10 business days of the time the ticket is issued or the fine will be charged to the student account. In addition to being fined, employees may be subject to discipline for violation of these regulations up to and including termination. Parking ticket appeals must be submitted in writing to the Student Life Office within 10 business days of the time the ticket is issued and will be reviewed by the Director of Community Living.

Minimum fines assessed may be increased or additional disciplinary action may be imposed by the Director of Community Living depending on the severity of the situation.

Reserved Parking

Parking in faculty and administrator reserved parking spaces is limited to those vehicles assigned to those parking spaces. Students are not allowed to park in areas reserved for employees. Vehicles registered to students that are parked in employee lots will be ticketed and may be towed and impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.

Loading and Unloading

Vehicles that are temporarily parked next to a building in order to unload a vehicle must use their hazard lights or the vehicle will be ticketed.