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  1. The campus community may park in any legal staff, student, or metered space on campus without displaying a parking permit on their vehicle at this time.

    Please note: This does not include reserved or handicap spaces on campus. 

Parking Services Office

Moot Hall 260
Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Contact Us

Phone: (716) 878-3041

Fax: (716) 878-3384

Email: parkingservices@buffalostate.edu

Hours

Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Note: Due to COVID-19, our office remains closed to the public but we are working remotely to assist you.

Permit Information

All vehicles parked on campus, except those in metered areas, are required to display valid college parking permits according to permit instructions. A vehicle may not display more than one permit at a time.

Failure to display, or improper display of, a parking permit is not an acceptable defense for parking violations.

Falsification of information to obtain a parking permit or report one as lost or stolen 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.

Students

All registered students who meet the proper eligibility criteria must purchase a Buffalo State parking permit sticker if they wish to park a vehicle on campus.

Students: Apply for Parking Permit

Log on to the system with your campus username and password. Permits can be sent via US Mail to the student's address of record or picked up in the Parking Services Office, Moot Hall 260, during regular business hours. A valid ID must be shown when picking up the parking permit.

Summer Parking Permits

Student summer 2019 parking permits will be available online beginning May 20, 2019. There is a $10 charge for the permit.

Fall/Spring Permits

Student parking permits for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available online beginning July 8, 2019.

Through September 3, 2019, all permits requested by students will be billed to your student account. Permits can be mailed to your address or picked up in the Parking Services Office, Moot Hall 260, during regular business hours. A valid photo ID must be shown to secure the parking permit.

After September 3, 2019, all permits will be required to be paid by debit or credit card at the time of the request.

University Police will begin ticketing for no-permit violations beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019. If you have elected to have your permit mailed to you and have not yet received it by this date, please stop at University Police or Parking Services to obtain a temporary permit for the day.

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 and Staff

Faculty and staff parking permits stickers may now be purchased online.

You will be able to log on to the system with your campus username and password. Permits can be sent via US Mail or picked up in the Parking Services Office, Moot Hall 260. A valid photo ID must be shown to secure the parking permit. All permits are required to be paid by Visa or MasterCard at the time of the request.

Faculty/Staff: Apply for Parking Permit

Staff members who do not have a Banner ID and vendors will be required to apply in-person for their parking permit at Parking Services. Permits are no longer available at Student Accounts.

Temporary Parking Permits

If you have elected to have your permit mailed to you and have not yet received it, please stop at University Police or Parking Services to obtain a temporary parking permit for the day.

Faculty/Staff Parking Lots

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 students 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.

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Emeriti

Buffalo State emeriti are eligible for one free parking permit valid in any of the faculty and staff parking lots on campus. 

Rules and regulations for faculty and staff will also apply to emeriti. If you are interested in obtaining a parking permit for the 2019–2020 academic year, please email parkingservices@buffalostate.edu with your name, address, and vehicle information after July 8, 2019, and the office will mail your complimentary permit to your submitted address.

Guests and Visitors

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 Parking Services 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 who have paid the appropriate parking fee. 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.

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 will 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 Parking Services for consideration and appropriate action.

Staff permits are not valid in spaces designated for persons with disabilities on campus.

SmartWay Elite

Buffalo State is piloting a program that can offer a 20 percent discount to faculty, staff, and students off of the regular SUNY Buffalo State parking permit cost if you commute to campus in a vehicle rated as SmartWay Elite. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the SmartWay Elite certifications as a way to rate vehicles based on their emission levels and fuel economy values. The Elite status holds the highest standards and is earned by those vehicles that score 9 or better on both the Greenhouse Gas Score and Air Pollution Score.

By implementing the SmartWay Elite program, SUNY Buffalo State hopes to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles used to drive to and from Buffalo State.

The EPA's Green Vehicle Guide will determine if your car qualifies as SmartWay Elite.  (In the "Look Up Greenest Vehicles" search box, check the box that says "SmartWay Elite", select the appropriate year and state.) Once you know that your vehicle qualifies, take these steps to apply for your discount:

  • Print out the EPA Green Vehicle Guide web page that lists your vehicle.
  • Fill out the SmartWay Elite application form.
  • Take your printout to Parking Services, Moot Hall 260, with a copy of your vehicle registration.
  • Once the Parking Services office has verified that your vehicle qualifies as SmartWay Elite, you may apply for your parking permit and will receive the discount effective on the date the application was submitted.

EPA Green Vehicle Guide web page

SmartWay Elite application form.

EPA's Green Vehicle Guide 

Greenhouse Gas Score

Air Pollution Score

IMPORTANT: Your application will not be processed until the Parking Services office receives your documentation verifying your SmartWay Elite status. Documentation must be received by Parking Services prior to applying for your parking permit. No refunds will be issued for documentation submitted after the permit has been issued.

Payments
 

In Person

Payments are accepted in-person at Student Accounts, Moot Hall. You must have either the original parking summons or a printout from Parking Services in order to make payment. Student Accounts accepts cash, check, money order, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Checks will only be accepted for amounts less than $100. Payments may also be made in-person at Parking Services, Chase Hall, by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

Parking summonses also serve as a return payment mailer. These payments return to a bank lockbox and are processed with Parking Services 24-48 hours after payment is received.

By Mail

Check and money order payments may also be mailed to the Parking Services office. 

Online

Payments for parking summonses issued by University Police may be paid online by Visa or MasterCard. The license plate of the vehicle parked in violation or the summons number is necessary to process the transaction. Please allow up to one business day for the transaction to be processed and for any student delinquency hold to be removed. To insure that all outstanding summonses issued to your account have been paid, please contact Parking Services at (716) 878-3041.

Pay Parking Summonses Online

Penalties

Violators of campus traffic and parking rules and regulations are subject to the issuance of a summons, returnable to Buffalo State. Fines must be received within 30 calendar days. Fines not paid in full within the prescribed period are assessed late fees. 

Unpaid fines may be deducted from the wages of an offending college employee. Student transcripts and registration are placed with delinquent holds until all fines are paid. Vehicles with outstanding parking summonses are subject to immobilization or towing.

Towing

The college may authorize the towing of any vehicle that violates parking rules and regulations. Expenses incurred from vehicle immobilization, towing, or storage are the responsibility of the vehicle's registrant. 

Any vehicle parked anywhere on campus with outstanding parking summonses is subject to towing at any time.

A vehicle parked in persistent violation of campus policies is subject to towing at any time.

Student Holds

Student transcripts and registration may be placed on hold if they carry an outstanding delinquent balance with Parking Services. 

Parking accounts must be paid in full in order to clear the hold and allow the student to conduct school business.

Appeal requests must be directed to the Buffalo State Parking Services office within 30 days of summons issuance. Attempts to appeal summonses later than this date will not be processed.

Appeal Parking Summons

You will receive notification of the hearing date and time via a letter mailed to the address that you stipulate on the parking summons. If you are a resident student and your appeal notification is sent over a holiday break, it will go to the registered address of the parking summons.

The decision of the hearing officer is final. Therefore, it is imperative that you are prepared for your defense. All documentation must be submitted to the hearing officer at the time of your appeal. It is solely your responsibility to provide any necessary documents. 

You have 15 days from your hearing date to comply with the judgment of the hearing officer. If you are found guilty, additional penalties will be incurred after 15 days.

Cancellation and rescheduling an appeal may only be made one time. Parking Services must be notified of the cancellation before the close of business on the Friday before the hearing date.

Appeals based on the following will not be successful:

  • Ignorance of the regulation.
  • Inability to find a permitted parking space.
  • Operation of the vehicle by another person.
  • Failure of the University Police to ticket previously for similar offenses.
  • Inability to pay fine.
  • Disagreement with the parking rules and regulations.
  • Failure to display current parking permit, vehicle registration, or inspection.
  • Improper display of the parking permit.
  • Expired meter offenses other than a defective meter (in which case, you must obtain written verification by University Police).

The vehicle's registrant is responsible for any and all penalties and fines for violation(s), and for any and all liability or damage claims resulting from the possession, operation, or parking of the vehicle on the premises of Buffalo State. Individuals affiliated with Buffalo State through a parking permit are held accountable for violations.

Any vehicle found on campus whose license plate is registered to an individual with the same last name and address as a Buffalo State student is presumed to belong to that student and is subject to student parking rules and regulations.

Penalties and Fines

Violators of campus traffic and parking rules and regulations are subject to the issuance of a summons, returnable to Buffalo State. Fines must be received within 30 calendar days. Fines not paid within the prescribed period are assessed late fees.

Unpaid fines may be deducted from the wages of an offending college employee. Student transcripts and registration are placed with delinquent holds until all fines are paid. Vehicles with outstanding parking summonses are subject to immobilization or towing.

Hearings

Hearing requests must be directed to the Buffalo State Parking Services Office within the time specified on the summons. Parking violations upheld at hearings must be paid within 15 days of appeal date. Fines not paid within 15 days are assessed late fees.

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.

Security

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.

NFTA Student Transit Pass

Funded by the college’s transportation fee, the NFTA CRAM (College Riders Accessing Metro) Pass program provides undergraduate students with unlimited access to the NFTA Metro Bus and Rail System plus a campus circulator shuttle (#206). Details regarding the routes and schedules may be found at the NFTA website.

A CRAM Pass, along with a current Buffalo State photo ID card, is required to use any of the services. CRAM Passes may be picked up from the E. H. Butler Library Information Commons. Faculty, staff, and campus visitors may use the NFTA campus circulator shuttle at the cost of regular fare (currently $2).

Visit the NFTA website

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Access to electric vehicle charging stations is an important consideration for owners of alternative energy vehicles. Buffalo State provides three 240-volt EV charging stations for use by students, employees, or visitors, free of charge. Two charging stations are located in Lot R-3, adjacent to the Burchfield Penney Art& Center. A third EV charging station is located on Cleveland Circle at Rockwell Road.

Safe Escort Services

Safe escort services, available free of charge to all students, faculty, and staff, provide a walking companion or a safe ride on campus.

The Grant Cleveland Shuttle is a free shuttle that operates from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on days that classes are in session. The shuttle runs from Lot G-20 to Lot R-14 to Cleveland Circle and back again. Schedule subject to change.

Visit the University Police services page

A walking escort to your car or residence hall can be requested by calling the UPSA Office at 878-6612, or extension 6333 from a campus or blue-light emergency phone.

The overnight escort shuttle operates from 4:30 p.m.–4:30 a.m. seven days a week while school is in session. The route circulates campus in a clockwise fashion, stopping for passengers at blue-light phones.

Motorist Assistance Program

The Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) operates a van equipped to assist Buffalo State students, employees, and visitors with motor vehicle problems (dead batteries, flat tires, etc.). The MAP van operates Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. while school is in session. This service is available only on campus and can be requested by calling University Police (878-6333) or extension 6333 from a campus or blue-light phone.

Emergency Phones

Blue-light emergency phones at various outdoor locations on campus and red phones in Upton Hall and E. H. Butler Library provide an immediate, direct link to University Police.

Find bluelight phone locations