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Parking Meter Usage

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please refrain from paying at campus parking meters.

  • You may park in the metered lots without making payment at this time.
  • The standard overnight campus parking policies will remain in effect.

Parking Services Office

Our Services

The Parking Services Office provides information to the college community and its visitors regarding parking on campus. The office is also responsible for processing the parking summonses issued by University Police, including collections, receipts, and parking appeals.

Contact Us

Parking Services Office
Moot Hall 260
Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Phone: (716) 878-3041
Fax: (716) 878-3384

Semester Hours

Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Rules and Regulations

The operation of a motor vehicle on Buffalo State property is covered under New York State Education Law, Section 360, which authorizes the State University to adopt and make applicable to its campuses any and all provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. The following regulations have been developed and are enforced to provide for the safety and convenience of students, faculty, employees, and visitors while on the Buffalo State campus.

There is a fee for use of campus parking facilities. Additional restrictions and regulations may be found in the official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State University of New York, Section 560. Regulations are strictly enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year.

Parking Permits

All vehicles parked on campus, except those in metered areas, are required to display valid parking permits according to permit instructions. A vehicle may not display more than one permit at a time. Failure to display, or the improper display of, a parking permit is not an acceptable defense for parking violations.

A fee is assessed for replacement permits.

Falsification of information to obtain a parking permit is punishable by disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. The registered permit owner also may be held liable for any infractions attributed to his or her parking permit, even if the permit has expired.

Student Parking

Student parking is by permit only and is valid only in areas designated as student parking. A fee of $25 will be assessed for replacement student
parking permits.

Freshman and Sophomore Resident Parking

First-year (freshman) and second-year (sophomore) students who reside in Buffalo State residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus. First-year and second-year students who reside off campus may register a vehicle for on-campus parking. First-year and second-year resident students who have been granted exemptions to the resident parking ban are subject to vehicle towing after their first violation.

Faculty/Staff Parking

Certain lots or portions of lots are reserved for faculty and staff use only. These lots are appropriately marked at their entrances. Only vehicles with valid faculty/staff or vendor permits are authorized in these lots; valid permits must be properly displayed at all times. With the exception of Lot I-33, faculty/staff permits also are valid in student lots. They are not valid in metered areas.

Student use of faculty/staff parking permits is prohibited. Violation will result in ticketing and/or towing of the vehicle, confiscation of the permit, and possible disciplinary action against the faculty or staff member who obtained the parking permit. Terminated employees must remove parking permits from their vehicles.

Guest and Visitor Parking

Parking meters are available in Lots R-3, R-4, G-25, and I-30 and are enforced until 7:00 p.m. Visitors also may obtain free temporary parking permits from the Parking Services Office or University Police for use in student lots. Individuals invited to campus by a campus department or office are required to display a temporary permit when parking on campus. Permits should be obtained through the inviting department in advance of arrival.

One-day temporary permits also are available for students and staff. Temporary permits are valid only in lots specified on the permit. Temporary permits are not valid in reserved spaces, those designated for maintenance vehicles, or metered areas.

Vendor Parking

Vendor parking permits are required for vendors that service college facilities and operations. Vendor permits are valid in faculty/staff or student lots. They are also valid in load zones for a half hour maximum. Vendor permits are not valid at meters. There is a fee for vendor permits. Vendor permits may not be used, under any circumstances, by faculty, staff, or students of Buffalo State.

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking (1:00 a.m.–6:00 a.m.) is prohibited on the Buffalo State campus except for Lots R-14, G-22, and I-39. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. Fines incurred for vehicles towed from unauthorized areas are the responsibility of the vehicles’ registrants and/or users.

Parking Permit Refunds

Students may receive a parking permit refund only if they withdraw from the college or will not register for the second semester of an academic year. Requests must be made in writing to the Parking Services Office, Moot Hall 260.

Parking for Persons with Disabilities

Municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities are not issued by the college. The college honors all valid municipally issued parking permits for persons with disabilities along with valid Buffalo State parking permits. Only those with both municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities and Buffalo State parking permits may park in areas designated for persons with disabilities. Municipal permits displayed with a valid Buffalo State permit allow an individual to park in any legal staff or student space. Municipal permits are not valid in reserved spaces or at meters. Municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities must be used by the individual to whom they are issued.

Students with temporary disabilities may obtain a temporary staff parking permit, valid in any staff or student parking area for up to two weeks, provided the student parking fee has been paid in full. A municipal parking permit for persons with disabilities is necessary for longer periods. A certificate of need must be obtained from the student’s physician and submitted to the Parking Services Office director or designee for consideration and appropriate action.
Staff permits are not valid in spaces designated for persons with disabilities on campus.

Motorcycle and Moped Parking

Motorcycles and mopeds must be parked in the designated motorcycle parking areas of Lots R-12, I-37, or R-5 along Rockwell Road. Motorcycles and mopeds parked elsewhere will be ticketed and/or towed.

Parking Lots

Parking lot regulations and restrictions are posted at lot entrances and must be observed by all motorists on campus.

Parking is restricted to areas designated as motor vehicle parking lots or spaces. Parking in all lots is restricted to vehicles displaying valid parking permits. Motor vehicles may park only in areas assigned by permit to the registrant or visitor. University Police may grant special parking provisions in extraordinary circumstances.

For the purpose of snow removal and the repair and maintenance of lots and roadways, overnight parking (1:00 a.m.–6:00 a.m.) is generally prohibited on the Buffalo State campus. Overnight parking is permitted in Lots R-14, G-22, and I-39 only. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed.

Additional Restrictions

Vehicles may not park near fire hydrants or in fire lanes or other emergency zones; create any hazard; or interfere with the free and proper use of roadways, walkways, driveways, or parking areas.

Parking is prohibited:

  • on campus roads, except where permitted by sign.
  • on sidewalks, walkways, and pedestrian areas.
  • on lawns and grounds.
  • in load zones.
  • in areas posted with signs or pavement markings that prohibit or restrict parking.
  • in areas not clearly designated as parking spaces.
  • in parking lot aisles, entrances, or exits.
  • on or over painted parking lines.
  • in areas of the campus specifically restricted by barricades or other traffic-control devices.

Disabled Vehicles

If a vehicle becomes disabled and is in violation of parking regulations, the driver must make immediate arrangements to have it removed. Vehicle breakdown is not accepted as an excuse for illegal parking.

A reasonable amount of time to remove a disabled vehicle is allowed when University Police is notified immediately. Parking disabled or unregistered vehicles on campus is prohibited.


The college assumes no responsibility for motor vehicles and/or their contents. Do not leave valuables in sight in your vehicle. Always lock your vehicle.

Vehicle Immobilizers and Vehicle Tows

Buffalo State may authorize the immobilization or towing of any vehicle that violates parking rules and regulations. Expenses incurred from vehicle immobilization, towing, mini-towing, or storage are the responsibility of the vehicle’s registrant.

Any vehicle parked anywhere on campus with outstanding parking summonses is subject to immobilization or towing at any time. A vehicle parked in persistent violation of campus policies is subject to immobilization or towing at any time.

Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned vehicles will be disposed of in accordance with New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1224.

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