General Regulations

All Vehicles Must Be Registered 24/7

  • ALL Champlain College students and employees must obtain a permit for their cars each semester, regardless of where OR WHEN they park.
  • Vehicles must be parked in their permitted zone.
  • Failure to park in your permitted zone will result in fines and/or towing.
  • Permits are issued by zone, and only those vehicles with a valid permit for a particular zone may park in that zone.
    • For example, residential students with Zone 2 permits may not park in Zone 5 at any time.
    • Click the following link to get a PDF of the official Campus Parking Map.

First-Year Parking Is Not Permitted

First-time, first-year students (less than two full-time, post High School, college semesters) are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus. A waiver of this first year parking restriction is available based on specific criteria. See the policy, waiver information and form at

The good news is... at Champlain College, you don't need a car. In fact, over 80% of our residential students do not have a car. We like to say: "No car, no problem."

See for ALL of the available transportation options to get you to, from and around Burlington.

City Streets

For parking purposes, students and employees are not considered members of "the Public" but are a instead members of our Champlain Community.

Students and Employees are prohibited from parking on any Burlington street that is not specifically zoned for Champlain College affiliates. This is regardless of whether there are signs in that location or not.

A long way back in history, Champlain College made an agreement with the City of Burlington that we would control where our employees or students parked, and we agreed to a small number of locations where Champlain affiliates could park. These became the on-street Zones 3 and 4.

As part of that agreement, ALL other streets in Burlington are considered prohibited parking and are enforced daily by Champlain College parking enforcement. For example, parking on South Willard Street (south of Tower Terrace), South Union St, Bayview St etc. is prohibited and you WILL get tickets for parking there.

Weekend and Evening Parking

Employees and students who have a Champlain parking permit are allowed to park in any "unrestricted" zoned lot or street after 4pm until 8am Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends BUT they must still display a Champlain Parking Permit.

Keep in mind, some lots are prohibited 24 hours per day, seven days per week as noted below in 'Prohibited Areas', and restricted spaces (such as Disabled spaces) within open lots are still considered restricted.

Enforcement is undertaken 24/7. The College reserves the right to close these lots during certain times of the year to accommodate parking for campus events.

Prohibited Areas

Standard parking regulations apply to vehicles parked on campus. No vehicle may be parked in driveways, fire lanes, handicapped parking or reserved spaces (unless the operator has a permit for such spaces), non-designated parking spaces, on lawns or courtyards, or by blocking a legally-parked vehicle. Vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner's expense without further notice.

It is prohibited to park in the following lots/areas (unless the operator has a permit for such spaces):

  • Perry Hall (unless displaying a dashboard permit from the Admissions Office)
  • Boardman Hall (unless displaying a Zone 5 permit)
  • Cushing Lot
  • IDX/Pearl Lot
  • Rozendaal Courtyard
  • Finney Quad

Parking Is Enforced 24 Hours Per Day, 7 Days Per Week

Residential students who have a Champlain parking permit are allowed to park in any "unrestricted" zoned lot or street after 4pm until 8am Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends BUT they must still display a valid Champlain Parking Permit.

From 8am–4pm, Monday–Friday the 115 and 175 Lakeside Ave lot are the ONLY locations a residential student may park. Residential students who require a car for employment or medical reasons may be issued a permit for parking in certain Zone 5 lots on Main Campus on a first come, first served basis.

In cases of medical need, proof may be required in the form of a doctor's documentation. In cases of employment need, a letter from the employer stating the hours of work, plus a pay stub confirming hours worked, may be required for approval. These exceptions will be reviewed on a semester basis or as individual circumstances change.

More Information About Parking at Champlain College

Parking Space Is Not Guaranteed

When you purchase a parking permit, you are paying for the right to park in one of several zone-specific Champlain lots. On-street parking within your designated zone is not guaranteed, as members of the general public are welcome to park there and we do not have the authority to control them, just our Champlain Community.

From time to time it is possible that no parking will be available in designated campus zones. In such cases, permit holders should park in the 175 Lakeside Ave lot and use the free shuttle.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Life-threatening Emergencies: 911
  • Burlington Police: 911
  • Burlington Fire Department: 911
  • Champlain College Public Safety: 802.865.6465
  • Champlain College Transportation Office: 802.865.8464
  • UVM Motor Assistance: 802.656.8686
  • Burlington Parking Enforcement: 802.540.2380
  • Spillanes Towing: 802.863.7900

Park Between Lines

The only legal parking space in any College parking lot is between two white or yellow striped lines.

Metered 'Short Term' Parking

Metered 'Short Term' parking lots are available for short-term parking (time limits apply per day) at Miller Information Commons (MIC), Summit Hall and Skiff. The cost is $1 per hour, between the hours of 8am–4pm, Monday–Friday. Anyone parking in these lots shall display at Champlain Parking permit AND provide payment. See more information here. Residential students (Zone 2 or Zone 5 permits) are NOT permitted to park in metered lots during metered hours.

Car Alarms

Vehicles equipped with alarms that do not cease emitting intermittent or constant sound for a total of three minutes within any 15-minute period are strictly forbidden. Violators will be ticketed and towed.


Failure of a student or employee to register a motor vehicle and/or comply with College parking policies may result in fines, towing charges and loss of permission to park a vehicle in College zones, as well as the possible loss of other privileges, suspension or dismissal. Failure to pay parking fines in a timely manner will affect students' financial standing with the college resulting in a hold on grades, transcripts or the ability to register for classes.

Waiver of Liability

Champlain College assumes no responsibility for the care or protection of any vehicle or its contents at any time it is operated or parked in campus zones. Any damage or theft involving the vehicle (interior or exterior) is the owner's responsibility.

Parking for Break Periods

Parking for break periods shall be allowed at 115 Lakeside only. Vehicles shall not be parked in any other lots during break periods. 115 Lakeside is lit and patrolled daily.

No Idling

Champlain College passed a No-Idling Policy in November 2014. This policy restricts vehicle idling to no more than three minutes, with certain exemptions (similar to the City of Burlington's no idling ordinance which has a 5 minute limit). The idling policy is not enforced at present, but will be used as an education tool. The Green Revolving Fund helped to fund the installation of educational signs on streets and in parking lots which are being rolled out throughout Fall 2015. Why a policy? Idling pollutes, can increase health issues for both the occupants and nearby persons and is a complete waste of gas. Learn more here.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycles are not required to obtain a Champlain Parking Permit at this time. There are two official motorcycle parking places, Skiff Hall (3-4 spaces) and Miller Information Commons (MIC) (16 spaces). Payment is NOT required for motorcycles in the motorcycle sections of MIC and Skiff. Mopeds, 50cc or less, are allowed to park at any bicycle parking rack on campus as long as they do not block access or walkways. Mopeds must be walked, not ridden, on sidewalks or walkways.

Vehicle Breakdowns

If you are parking in a Champlain College lot and experience car trouble, please contact Campus Public Safety at (802) 865 6465 or UVM Motor Assistance at (802) 656-8686. They will be able to assist in jump-starts and provide numbers to garages and locksmiths. UVM Motor Assistance reserves the right to refuse this courtesy to owners of vehicles who appear to be abusing it. Please be aware that UVM does not do jump starts for vehicles parked on the street.

Also, if you have mechanical problems and your car cannot be moved, please contact or 865-5496 IMMEDIATELY so that you won't be ticketed.

Snow Emergency

During various times throughout the year, it may be necessary to close lots for snow removal. Parking will be allowed at the 115 and 175 Lakeside Ave Lot. Individuals are responsible for paying attention to weather conditions whether they are planning to use their vehicle or not. During these times, an announcement will be made through email and Champlain College Transportation Facebook page. Vehicles found in the areas designated to be cleared may be ticketed or towed. Please also observe Burlington City snow removal procedures. The City will tow vehicles parked on the road during a snow ban without prior warning.

Vehicle Safety Tips

  • Always lock your vehicle, even if you plan to be away from it for only a minute.
  • When you park your car, do not leave valuables in plain sight.
  • If you will be returning to your vehicle after dark, try to park under a light or near a building.
  • When driving, keep your doors locked.
  • If you believe that you are being followed, do not drive to your parking area, drive to a place where there are many people and call the local authorities.
  • Report all unusual circumstances to the Campus Public Safety Office immediately.