The “do”s and “don’t”s of parking on campus
The IU Bloomington parking rules exist to make parking facilities available to everyone who needs to park on campus, to ensure access at all times for emergency vehicles, and to promote the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
View parking rules for each of the following categories:
General parking rules
- Parking rules apply all year regardless of weather—even during semester breaks—and apply to anyone operating a motor vehicle on IU property.
- IU may change the parking rules at any time. Changes will be announced through a variety of media.
- It is your responsibility to read and understand the parking rules. Ignorance of the rules is not a valid excuse to avoid paying parking fines.
- Driving and parking motor vehicles on university property should take place only in areas designated for those purposes.
- Any vehicle violating parking rules may be towed without prior notice and stored at the owner's expense. Vehicles that appear abandoned on IU property will be disposed of according to Indiana state law.
- Motorcycles must follow the same rules as cars.
- Your vehicle is not exempt from receiving a parking citation if:
- The surrounding vehicles are breaking parking rules (including IU service vehicles).
- It has broken down.
- You have activated your hazard lights.
- All registered vehicles—including motorcycles—must display a valid permit.
- Vehicles must be parked in the zone corresponding to the permit displayed in the vehicle.
The person issued a parking permit is responsible for all violations by all vehicles displaying that person's permit.
- Vehicles must be parked between the lines of an established parking space. In gravel lots, bumper blocks (if present) designate parking spaces.
- Double parking is never allowed.
- Parallel parking on the wrong side of the street is never allowed.
- Parking on the landscape by any vehicle is never allowed.
- Parking on driveways is prohibited. (A driveway is defined as any area of roadway—including areas within a parking lot—not specifically marked for parking, loading, or as a fire lane.)
- Yellow curbs, fire drives, and loading zones are not parking spaces. Vehicles left unattended in these areas may be ticketed and towed.
- Campus parking meters must be paid from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parking meters are free from Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.
- Visitor metered parking is not to be used by students, faculty, or staff Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Any wheeled vehicle with a gasoline engine (excluding cars and trucks) is considered a motorcycle and must be registered with Parking Operations and display a valid permit.
- Motorcycles may park in designated motorcycle areas or in spaces for cars corresponding to the permit displayed on the motorcycle.
- Motorcycles should only be operated on streets—not on sidewalks or pedestrian paths.
- Motorcycles may not park at bicycle racks, on sidewalks, or on the landscape. They will be towed at the owner's expense if they obstruct streets, hinder university operations, and/or damage property.
By registering your bike and buying a bike permit, you are agreeing to follow IU parking rules and Indiana traffic laws.
All unregistered and improperly parked bikes are subject to ticketing and/or impoundment. If your bike is impounded, you could receive a $20 fine plus a $10 registration fee.
A $20 fine will be assessed for each of the violations below:
- Parking in areas not designated for bikes, or taking up more than one bike space
- Impeding pedestrian traffic, including access for people with disabilities
Bike parking is NOT allowed in the following locations:
- Administrative or classroom buildings, unless otherwise designated
- Residence hall stairwells or hallways
- Against/fastened to trees, bushes, or plants
- Against/fastened to disabled ramps, light poles, telephone poles, handrails, bus shelters, signs, public seating, trash cans, or fences
- Against/fastened to pipes (e.g., water, steam, gas) or electrical fixtures
Your bike could be impounded if:
- It is a hazard or nuisance. If your bike is parked in a way that creates a safety hazard, damages property, or prevents use of or access to any university facility, it could be impounded.
- It appears abandoned or derelict*:
1.) Unregistered bikes left undisturbed in racks for seven days or more may be considered abandoned. In this situation, Parking Operations will post an impound notice on the bike for seven days before impounding the bike.
2.) Registered bikes left undisturbed in racks for one calendar month may be considered abandoned and Parking Operations will attempt to notify the registered owner.
Impounded bikes not claimed by an owner will eventually be disposed of ninety (90) days from the date of impound at the discretion of Parking Enforcement.
*Any bike in such a state of disrepair as to be incapable of being operated in its present condition.
How do I reclaim an impounded bike?
If your bike has been impounded, follow these steps to reclaim it:
- Contact Parking Enforcement. Call the Parking Enforcement office at 812-855-9849 to verify that your bike has been impounded. You will need to provide your name, University ID number, a description of your bike, and the date you noticed your bike was missing.
- Reclaim your bike. Impounded bikes are released twice a day Monday through Friday—at noon and 5 p.m. To claim your bike, you must provide a photo ID and the key or combination to your bike lock.
- Pay a fine. You will be issued a $20 fine when your bike is released to you. If your bike is unregistered, you will also be assessed a mandatory $10 registration fee.
Note: It is lawful for IU to remove locking devices in order to impound a bike. IU is not responsible for damage to locking devices and/or bikes that require removal.