Obtaining & Displaying Your Parking Permit

Obtaining Your Parking Permit

All motor vehicles operated on campus must be registered online with the Department of Transportation Services.

Employee Permits

Once the required information has been completed, your parking permit will be ready for pick up from your building coordinator the following business day.  

All vehicle registration permits expire yearly on August 31.

Student Permits

Once the required information has been completed, your parking permit will be ready for pick up on Move-In Day. All other permits will be available the following business day and can be picked up at the One Stop in Ingalls Hall.

Student Permit Cost

All Year permits - $60 annually
Fall Only permits - $30
Replacement permits - $10

Permits are not pro-rated and are not refundable once they have been issued to the student. Charges will be placed on the student's account immediately upon registration in the student's self-service Banner account. All vehicle registration permits expire yearly on August 31.

Displaying Your Permit

Parking permits must be affixed by the adhesive on the permit to the inside front windshield, driver's side lower left corner and may not be affixed with tape or any other temporary means. Parking permits placed on the dashboard are not considered valid. No more than one permit shall be affixed to any vehicle. Please remove all expired parking permits. Providing false information concerning the registration of a vehicle will subject the violator to disciplinary action.


All students are required to register their driving status in Banner, regardless of their possession or operation of a vehicle on campus. If a student is a non-driver, he or she is required to submit their status as a non-driver. To register this status online:

  1. Log in to the Samford portal.
  2. Select the Banner tab.
  3. From the main menu in Banner, select the Transportation menu.
  4. Select the non-driver status.

A non-driver is identified as a current student, enrolled in classes, who is not in possession of a vehicle on campus and does not drive a vehicle to campus. This includes borrowing and sharing of vehicles. If a student is borrowing or sharing a vehicle with another person, he/she is not considered a non-driver.

Loaning of vehicles is not encouraged. Vehicles violating the parking rules will be issued a citation. The owner of the vehicle, not the driver, will be solely responsible for the citation.

Handicap Parking Permits

Permits will be issued to students, employees and contractors who are certified for accessible parking by the sState of Alabama, or by the state in which the accessible needs individual resides. Individuals must bring their state-issued accessible documentation (including placard and receipt) to the transportation services office to obtain a university accessible permit.

Failure to obtain a Samford University accessible parking permit may result in a citation for failure to register.

Handicap accessible parking spaces are available throughout campus. Regulations are mandated by the city of Homewood and the state of Alabama; they are not at the discretion of any department on campus to be voided at any time.

If all handicap accessible parking spaces are occupied, individuals may legally park in any parking space on campus, other than fire lanes, campus police reserved spaces and service zones. The valid Samford University accessible parking permit and the state issued placard/tag must be displayed.

For instances where mobility issues are present, students should call transportation services, 205-726-4146, Monday–Friday between 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for transport on campus. After hours and on weekends, please call public safety at 205-726-2020.

Where a long-term mobility issue exists, students should contact the office of accessibility and accommodations at 205-726-4892 for a temporary limited mobility parking permit and assistance with specific accommodations such as classroom and housing.

The person who owns the handicap placard or license plate is the only one who is legally allowed to use it. Individuals using a handicap placard or license plate that is issued to someone else constitutes fraud, is punishable by state law and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Parking Zones & Enforcement

Parking is enforced Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parking in/on reserved, fire lane, handicap, service zones, grass or sidewalks and blocking dumpsters is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Citations will be issued. These citations are non-appealable and vehicles will be subject to being booted and/or towed at owner's expense.

Employee parking is permitted only in the specified areas as outlined on the campus parking map and can be identified by the colored squares in the parking space and/or by the signage. Employees are only allowed to park in the white squares (employee), the blue squares (commuter) or open parking (in front of the Wright Center). Due to the campus parking constraints, employees are encouraged to seek parking in the white square areas before parking in the commuter student lots (blue squares).

Parking for students is permitted only in the specific permit color zone issued by the student’s housing assignment. If a student’s housing assignment changes, it is the student's responsibility to immediately complete the registration process again in Banner for their new permit assignment. The old parking permit must be turned in to transportation services at the time the new permit is picked up.

Student parking is permitted only in the specified areas as outlined on the campus parking map and can be identified by the colored squares in the parking space and/or by the signage. The only open parking area on campus is the large lot in front of the Wright Center and in the South Stadium Lot. Any vehicle with a current parking permit is allowed to park in the open parking area.

Vehicles must be parked in a legal valid space between white lines. Parking on cross-hatched areas or any other unmarked area is prohibited, and citations will be issued.

Zone Colors

Parking permits and zones are designated by color:

  • Gray: Full-time employees, part-time employees who are not students
  • Orange: Contract employees
  • Blue: Commuter
  • Blue: CHS Commuter (only CHS Commuter permits are allowed to park at the College of Health Sciences)
  • Purple: Central Campus
  • Green: Beeson Woods
  • Yellow: West Campus and West Village

Summer Term and Holidays

Parking is enforced throughout the year in all faculty/staff lots for employee issued permits only. Commuter and residence hall lots are open parking for any permit type during Summer Term only. During this term, students may park in any student lot, but are not allowed to park in employee lots.;

Parking rules will be continuously enforced Monday–Friday in the event no classes are being held due to inclement weather, study times, finals and other events.

Visitors and Temporary Parking

Visitor parking permits and temporary parking permits, for periods of less than seven days, are available at transportation services, 205-726-4146, in Dwight Beeson Hall office 114.

All temporary parking permits must be processed through transportation services. University departments and individuals are not allowed to issue temporary parking passes. Citations will be issued for vehicles with unapproved temporary parking passes. Vehicles will be subject to wheel-locking and/or towing at owner's expense.

Visitor spaces are reserved for individuals visiting the university. Students, employees and contractors are prohibited from parking in these areas Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, anyone may park in these spaces but all vehicles must be moved by 7 a.m. Monday–Friday.