Parking and Vehicle Registration


Washington and Lee University provides extensive parking options, attempting to best accommodate the needs of the University community. The Department of Public Safety maintains these parking regulations with the goal of assuring that ample parking is available at all times. Parking on the W&L campus is a privilege, and is available on a first come, first served basis, in accordance with the rules and regulations as outlined below.

Vehicle Registration

All members of the University community must register motor vehicles and display a valid/current parking permit on their vehicle to park on campus. Registered vehicles will be issued permits as follows:

  • F/S Permit - Faculty/Staff member permit.
  • CR Permit - Commuter-Restricted permit issued to Upper class students residing within one-half mile of Washington Hall and not living in University housing. On campus parking not permitted Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
  • C Permit - Commuter permit issued to Upper class students who reside outside one-half mile of Washington Hall.
  • DP Permit - Davidson Park permit issued to residents of the Davidson Park area.
  • FY Permit - First Year student permit.
  • L Permit - Law Student permit.
  • RA Permit - Resident Adviser student permit.
  • RS Permit - Red Square permit issued to residents of the Red Square area.
  • S Permit - Sorority permit issued to residents of Sorority Housing.
  • WC Permit - Woods Creek permit issued to residents of Woods Creek Apartments.

Vehicle Registration Policies

  1. All students, faculty and staff must register motor vehicles (including motorcycles and mopeds) and display a valid/current parking permit on their vehicle to park on campus.
  2. Vehicle registration must be completed using the online parking management system. Students may only have one permit issued to one vehicle at a time. Faculty and staff may register multiple vehicles and must display their hangtag permit on any registered vehicle they park on campus.
  3. If a motor vehicle is replaced or if the vehicle's registration information changes, students and employees are required to make those changes to their account in the online parking management system. There is a $10 replacement fee for a new permit.
  4. Vehicle registration permit fees (if applicable) must be paid prior to receipt of the permit. Permit fees are assessed as follows:
    • F/S Permit - No Fee
    • CR Permit - No Fee (On campus parking not permitted Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.)
    • RA Permit - No Fee
    • All Others - $65 per academic year
  5. Lost/Stolen permits must be reported immediately to Washington and Lee University Public Safety. There is a $10 replacement fee for all permits.
  6. Permit holders who need to park an alternative vehicle on campus, due to maintenance/repair or other similar situation, can obtain a temporary parking permit at the Department of Public Safety office.
  7. Permits must be displayed clearly, unobstructed and unaltered as follows:
    • F/S Permit - F/S hangtag permits must be hung from the rearview mirror so that the image faces out and is clearly visible and unobstructed.
    • All Others - All students permits are sticker type permits and must be applied to the lower left hand corner of the rear window

Parking Regulations

General Parking Policies

  1. Parking policies as outlined below are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round.
  2. Campus parking areas are reserved for vehicles with the appropriate permit between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, during the academic year, including all examination and vacation periods. Some designated parking areas have additional restrictions as indicated below.
  3. All members of the Washington and Lee University community must display a valid parking permit to park on campus.
  4. A parking permit is considered valid only if displayed according to the parking policies or special instructions provided by the Department of Public Safety at the time of issuance.
  5. A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space in any particular lot. The inability to find a legal space within a particular lot is not valid reason for parking in violation of any parking policies.
  6. A parking permit is no longer valid when a student is withdrawn from the University for any reason, or when a faculty or staff member's employment is terminated for any reason.
  7. All vehicles utilizing University parking areas are required to be in good operational condition and have a valid state registration affixed to the vehicle. Disabled vehicles must be removed from W&L property within 48 hours and notification must be made to the Department of Public Safety to confirm arrangements, or the vehicle is subject to towing. A vehicle that does not display a valid state registration is subject to immediate towing, unless arrangements have been made with the Department of Public Safety.
  8. Long term parking (during winter and summer breaks) or vehicle storage is prohibited without authorization from the Department of Public Safety.

Accessible Parking

  1. Parking in a marked handicapped space is permitted only by a vehicle displaying a valid, state or municipality issued handicap parking permit or license plate. If the vehicle also meets the requirements of University registration, it must also be registered in accordance with the vehicle registration policies outlined above. Information about how to apply for a state issued handicap permit is available on the DMV website.
  2. If a space designated for handicap parking cannot be located, permit holders can park in any space (which is not reserved for other purposes) in any University parking lot nearest their destination. University permit and handicap permit must be displayed.

Visitor Parking

  1. Visitor parking is reserved for Washington and Lee University guests who are visiting campus. Students, faculty and staff are not permitted to park in these areas, as indicated below.
  2. Visitor parking is available is the following designated areas:
    1. Admissions Visitor Spaces - 8am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday
    2. Lee Chapel Visitor Spaces - 8am to 5pm, 7 days a week
    3. Lewis Hall Visitor Spaces - 24/7
    4. Parking Garage Visitor Spaces - 24/7
  3. Students having overnight guests wishing to use University parking areas must register that guest vehicle at the Department of Public Safety office. Guests will receive a temporary visitor parking pass and instructions on available parking.

Parking Enforcement and Penalties

Parking Permissions by Permit Type

  • F/S Permit - Faculty/Staff member permit. Permitted to park in any University parking space, unless space is otherwise designated or restricted.
  • CR Permit - Commuter-Restricted permit. On campus parking not permitted Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
  • C Permit - Commuter permit. Permitted to park in the Parking Garage, Lower Lenfest Lot, Gaines Hall Lot or East Denny Circle spaces adjacent to lower level of parking garage.
  • DP Permit - Davidson Park permit. Permitted to park in Davidson Park lots.
  • FY Permit - First Year student permit. Permitted to park in First Year parking area only, at all times. The first year student parking area is located near the Liberty Hall Ruins and soccer practice fields.
  • L Permit - Permitted to park in Law School student lots (Upper and Lower Piney Woods lots, across the street from the newly renovated lower entrance to Lewis Hall).
  • RA Permit - Resident Adviser student permit. Permitted to park in any University parking space, unless space is otherwise designated or restricted.
  • RS Permit - Red Square permit. Permitted to park in Red Square lots.
  • S Permit - Sorority permit. Permitted to park in Sorority Lot or Parking Garage.
  • WC Permit - Woods Creek permit. Permitted to park in Woods Creek Lot.
  • Overflow parking for all Permit Types is available in the West Denny Lot (near Liberty Hall Ruins and practice fields).

Parking Violations

  1. Parking policies are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can be enforced at all times.
  2. Parking fines are considered financial obligations due to the University. Parking fines should be paid through the University's online parking management system here. Fines that are not paid within fifteen days are subject to inclusion in the next normal university billing to the person to whom the ticket was issued. Fines that are processed for inclusion in university billing will be doubled when added to the ticket receiver's account.
  3. The person under whose name a vehicle is registered is responsible for parking violations involving such vehicle, although another person may have been operating the vehicle at the time of the violation. Any related fines are the same responsibility and handled as outlined above.
  4. Parking is not permitted at any time in the following locations;
    1. Small parking area immediately south of Warner Center.
    2. On Frank Parsons Way, unless otherwise signed or designated
    3. In the Service Tunnel at Elrod Commons
    4. Any designated or restricted spaces, unless specifically noted on the signage for that specific space.
  5. Violation list and fine schedule - In order to maintain a fair and equitable campus parking experience and insure campus safety, Washington and Lee University has established the following parking violation list and schedule of fines:
Altered/Fraudulent Permit Parking using an altered or fraudulently obtained permit $100
Blocking Dumpster Parking blocking a dumpster $50
Blocking Sidewalk/Crosswalk/Intersection Parking blocking a sidewalk, crosswalk, roadway, or too close to an intersection or stop sign $35
Exceeded Posted Time Limit Parking in excess of a posted time limit $25
Expired Permit Parking after permit date has expired $75
Fail to Display Decal Failure to display, or properly display, parking permit $15
Fail to Obey Traffic Control Signal/Device Failure to obey traffic signs/devices, and/or directions of Public Safety staff $50
Fire Lane Parking in marked fire lanes, blocking fire hydrants, etc. $100
Handicapped Space Parking in a designated handicap space without a State issued permit or license plate $250
Improper Parking Parking on grass or in other areas not designated for parking, or parking outside of a marked space $25
Loading Zone Parking in an area designated as a loading zone $25
No Parking Zone Parking in a no parking zone as indicated by signage, yellow curbing and/or parking policies $25
Reserved Space Parking in a marked designated or reserved space $50
Unregistered Vehicle Parking with a vehicle not registered with the Universit $100
Wrong Lot Parking with the wrong permit for lot $25


  1. Washington and Lee University reserves the right to have a vehicle removed (towed) from University owned/leased/controlled property at the vehicle owner's expense, if deemed necessary.
  2. The Department of Public Safety has no responsibility or obligation to contact the vehicle's owner/operator in advance of removing a vehicle.
  3. Circumstances in which a vehicle is subject to towing include the following:
    1. Vehicle is not registered with the University
    2. Vehicle that is continuously found in violation of parking policies and has been issued a minimum of three or more parking violations within the past 365 days
    3. Vehicle is found displaying an altered/fraudulent permit
    4. Vehicle is blocking a dumpster, sidewalk, driveway, crosswalk, intersection, roadway, or is otherwise improperly parked or creating a traffic safety concern
    5. Vehicle is parked in a no parking zone, loading zone, or fire lane violation
    6. Vehicle is parked in a designated or reserved space, including handicap spaces
    7. Vehicle has been determined to be abandoned, inoperable, or not displaying legal and valid state registration plates
    8. Vehicle is deemed to be creating a threat to the safety and security of the campus community (i.e. leaking fluids)
  4. Towed vehicles are removed from campus and moved to the property of the towing company. Any towing fees, storage or other towing related charges are payable directly to the towing company and are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.


  1. Any person who has been issued a violation notice has the right to file an appeal within fifteen days of the issue date of the violation. After that time the right to appeal has been forfeited.
  2. All appeals must be filed through the University's online parking management system.
  3. Appeals will either be approved or denied. The appeal outcome notification will be delivered by email to the address provided by the appellant. After completion of an appeal, any outstanding fines will be handled as indicated in section ‘b' under the parking violations heading above.
  4. Appeals will only be considered if the violation was issued in error or if there were extreme mitigating circumstances that warranted the violation.