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Parking Lots

Parking permits are required to access campus parking areas.

Parking is allowed in the North restricted and West lots with or without any type of permit during the following times and dates:

  • Every night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • All Saturdays and Sundays
  • Institute holidays

Metered Parking

Campus parking kiosks are available in several metered parking locations. The parking kiosks accept credit cards and coins. The minimum to use a credit card is $2. Day passes can also be purchased at the parking kiosks for $7. The City of Troy provides metered parking spaces on the street surrounding the main campus.

Metered parking is in effect Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The “D” permit or a meter permit are the only valid permits allowed in metered spaces in any RPI lot.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station

There is an electric vehicle charging station positioned in the "B" lot across from the Houston Field House. It is part of the "charge network" and its location can be easily identified within the network search feature.  All are welcome to park and charge on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there is no cost to park while charging one's electric vehicle.

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Campus Parking Rules

  •  A valid driver’s license and State or Province vehicle registration are required to park on Rensselaer property.
  • Permit and lot regulations are in effect year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Service, handicapped, public safety, and restricted parking areas are still enforced 24 hours a day.
  • The campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour.
  • All campus roadways are fire lanes. Vehicles parked in fire lanes without being equipped with emergency flashers, flashers turned on and for more than 10 minutes, can be ticketed and towed.
  • For life safety, a duly licensed driver must remain in a vehicle parking, stopping or standing in the JEC circle at any time. Violators will be ticketed and towed at owner’s expense.
  • Vehicles are not allowed on unpaved areas, (except gravel lots), walkways, building plazas, curbs and other areas. See the campus delivery routes map [PDF].
  • The Institute is under no obligation to mark all areas where parking is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to park in accordance with the regulations. Lack of signs does not imply lack of enforcement.
  • Overnight parking is not allowed in the AS&RC lot.
  • Cars parked in handicapped spaces without a valid Rensselaer and handicapped permit issued by a state or local government may be ticketed and towed. Rensselaer does not issue handicapped permits; these can be obtained from a state or local government.
  • A $26.00 fee is charged for returned checks. Credit card payments are accepted. 

Tickets & Fines

All faculty, staff, students, affiliates, vendors, and visitors are responsible for all tickets incurred by them, vehicles under their control, or their visitors.

Permit and lot regulations are in effect year round, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Service, handicap, public safety, and restricted parking areas are enforced 24 hours a day.

  • Expired Meter or Hangtag Not Displayed: $11
  • Wrong Permit or No Permit: $31
  • Travel Lane or Parking Prohibited: $31
  • Fire Lanes and Fire Hydrants: $41
  • Hindering Snow Removal: $41
  • Failure to comply with a traffic device. $101
  • Disabled (Handicapped): $101
  • Unauthorized use of Permit/Hang tag: $151
  • All other violations*: $151

*Any vehicle parked on campus without a valid (or expired) State or Province registration.

Appealing a Ticket

All ticket payments and appeals must be received at the Parking & Transportation Office within 10 calendar days of issue.

Community Member

One “no permit or wrong permit for lot displayed” violation will be forgiven and can be appealed using the online appeal form. You can also send an appeal to These appeal forms must be received in the Parking & Transportation Office at 2144 Burdett Avenue within ten calendar days of receipt of a ticket. Vehicles booted for delinquent tickets lose the right to appeal those tickets.

Visitor Appeals

One “no permit or wrong permit for lot displayed” violation will be forgiven and can be appealed using the visitor appeals form.

Wheel Locking or Towing

Vehicles with delinquent tickets valued at $100.00 or more may be booted (wheel lock/windshield device) or towed at the expense of the owner.

An additional fee of $50.00 will be charged for the first 24 hours of wheel lock/windshield device application, or any part thereof. An added fee of $25.00 for each additional 24 hour period (or any part thereof) will also apply.

If you find a wheel lock or windshield device on your vehicle, contact the Parking office during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm) or Public Safety outside of regular hours to remove. Attempting to remove a device will result in additional fees and/or penalties.

A fee of $450.00 will be imposed in those instances when a device is tampered with by those who attempt to remove it by force to avoid payment of delinquent fees and fines. The windshield device is equipped with tamper alarms and will result in an additional $150.00 fee if attempts to remove activate the alarm. In the case of permanent damage to devices, vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs of replacement and face criminal charges.