Traffic and Parking Violation Regulations

Parking & Transportation Services and the UNCW Police Department share the responsibility to enforce all Traffic and Parking Regulations approved by the Board of Trustees. Questions concerning these regulations should be directed to Parking & Transportation Services.

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Quick Guide on Parking Violations

Civil Penalties - Effective Academic Year

The traffic and parking violations listed below are considered civil offenses, and applicable fines are assessed and collected through established University debt collection procedures.

Violation Fine
Bicycle Violation
Bicycle improperly stored or bicycle moving violation
Boot Warning – Immobilization to Follow
Issued with 5th citation during an academic year – warning that vehicle is eligible for a boot with next violation
Boot - Administration Fee
Issued with 6th citation during an academic year - vehicle is immobilized with a boot
Displaying Lost, Stolen or Unauthorized University Permit
Displayed permit reported as lost or stolen, or permit has been duplicated, forged or altered
False Registration of Vehicle
Parking permit or vehicle license plate does not match the vehicle
Fire Lane
Vehicle is parked in a designated fire lane
Handicapped Parking
Vehicle is parked in a handicapped space without valid state and university issued placards
Improper Display of Permit
Permit is not displayed as required
Loading Zone
Vehicle is parked in a designated loading zone


Motorcycle Parking
Vehicle parked in a motorcycle space or designated area
Moving Violation
Violation of a traffic law (issued by university police)
No Decal
Vehicle is on UNCW property without a valid permit
No License Tag/Plate/Obscuring VIN Number
Vehicle does not have a license plate and/or the VIN number is obscured
Non-Parking Area
Vehicle is parked in an area not designated for parking
Obstructing Traffic
Vehicle is blocking or disrupting traffic
Parking Out of Zone or Faculty/Staff
Vehicle is displaying a permit that is only valid in a different parking area
Queue Parking
Vehicle is waiting in a traffic area for a parking space to become vacant
Reserved Parking
Vehicle is parked in a space that is reserved for an individual or department
Restricted 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Vehicle displays a nighttime permit and is parked between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Restricted Lot or Zone
Vehicle is parked in an area designated for a special use (e.g., event)

Service Vehicle Only
Vehicle is parked in a space designated for a service vehicle
Moving violation (issued by university police only)
Time Limit Exceeded / Meter
Vehicle has been parked for longer than the posted time limit
Tow Away Zone
Vehicle is parked in an area designated as a tow away zone
Visitor Parking
Vehicle is parked in a designated visitor space or area

Prohibited Vehicle Parking

  1. Stopping or parking so as to block the movement of other vehicles..
  2. Parking so as to obstruct the flow of traffic or endanger life and/or property.
  3. Parking of a vehicle in an area reserved for a special event as designated by signs or traffic enforcement personnel.
  4. Using a designated parking place for dormant storage.
  5. Parking on a sidewalk.
  6. Parking within an intersection or crosswalk or in front of a driveway.
  7. Parking on the grass or landscape areas unless directed by a Traffic and Parking Officer.
  8. Parking on the approaches or other portions of a parking area which are not clearly marked for parking.
  9. Blocking fire hydrants, trash receptacles (dumpsters), fire lanes and service entrances.
  10. When a particular angle or manner of parking is indicated in a parking area or parking lot by signs or markings, no person shall park a vehicle except at the angle or in the manner so indicated, and no vehicle shall be parked in such as manner as to occupy more than one space indicated by lines, signs, or markings for one vehicle.
  11. Parking in a space or along a curb for a period of time longer than allowed by signs of other markings.
  12. Parking in a space designated for handicapped parking without a proper permit.
  13. Parking in a space reserved for visitors without being a visitor to the campus.
  14. Parking of a vehicle in an area reserved for construction parking as designated by signs or barriers.

Payment of Parking Fines

The individual in whose name the vehicle is registered with the university is responsible for clearing parking tickets and paying assessed fines.

Procedure for clearing parking tickets:

Alternate procedure for eligible students:

Booting Vehicles

To protect campus parking spaces for paid parking permit holders, Parking & Transportation Services enforces the university’s parking regulations by ticketing, booting and towing of vehicles.

Faculty, staff and students are subject to having their vehicle booted under the following circumstances:

Circumstances Booting Consequences

Displaying an altered or lost/stolen permit

  • Vehicle is automatically booted.
  • $100 boot administration fee

Person has received five (5) traffic and/or parking citations during the academic year, whether the tickets have been paid or unpaid

  • Boot warning

Person has received six (6) citations during the academic year, whether the tickets have been paid or unpaid

  • Booting #1 will occur immediately
  • $100 boot administration fee
  • Counseling session with Parking & Transportation Manager before boot can be removed

Person has received seven (7) citations during the academic year, whether the tickets have been paid or unpaid

  • Booting #2 will occur immediately
  • $100 boot administration fee
  • Disciplinary meeting with Dean of Students Office
  • Possible loss of parking privileges

Person has received eight (8) citations during the academic year, whether the tickets have been paid or unpaid

  • Vehicle is towed from campus
  • Dean of Students referral
  • Loss of campus parking privileges


The Department of University Police is authorized to remove from the campus, to a storage area, at the owner’s expense any vehicle parking in violation of the Traffic and Parking Regulations. As a matter of enforcement policy, University Police Officers will not tow a vehicle except in the following circumstances, without specific approval from the Director of the Department of University Police.

  1. The operator’s authorization to operate a vehicle on campus has been revoked and the operator has been duly notified of this revocation by personal service, campus mail, or first class mail.
  2. The vehicle is blocking a curb cut designed for wheelchairs.
  3. The vehicle is parked in a fire lane or other area marked with appropriate reserved parking signage.
  4. The vehicle does not have a permit, has remained unmoved for a period of 72 hours and the owner cannot be contacted or refuses to remove the car after being contacted.
  5. The vehicle is blocking traffic or another car and the operator of the other car wishes to leave.
  6. The vehicle is parked in a non-parking area and blocking a trash dumpster.
  7. The vehicle has been booted before and continues to violate parking rules and regulations.

The vehicle is considered towed once the tower has been called and the owner or operator must pay the towing fee to the tower before the vehicle can be released.

Towing and storage fees constitute a lien against the vehicle enforceable in the manner prescribed by law or enforcement of mechanics and materialmen’s liens.

Whenever a vehicle is towed, the officer authorizing the tow shall conduct an inventory inspection of the contents of the vehicle to record anything of value. Contraband, evidence of a crime, or evidence of the identity of a person committing a crime found while conducting this inventory inspection shall be admissible in University Administrative Judicial Hearings or the General Court of Justice as allowed by law.

Whenever a vehicle with a valid registration plate is towed, the officer authorizing the tow shall immediately notify the last known registered owner of the vehicle for the following:

  1. A description of the vehicle.
  2. A place where the vehicle is stored.
  3. The violation with which the owner is charged, if any.
  4. The procedure the owner must follow to have the vehicle returned to him.
  5. The procedure the owner must follow to request a probable cause hearing on the towing.

This notice shall, if feasible, be given by telephone. Whether or not the owner is reached by telephone, notice shall be mailed to his last known address unless he or his agents waive this notice is writing.

The owner or any other person entitled to claim possession of the vehicle may request in writing a hearing to determine if probable cause existed for the towing. The request shall be filed with the Magistrate of New Hanover County at the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Center. The Magistrate shall set the hearing within 72 hours of his receiving the request. The owner, the person who requested the hearing if someone other than the owner, the tower and the person who authorized the towing shall be notified of the time and place of hearing.

The owner, the tower, the person who authorized the towing and any other interested parties may present evidence at the hearing. The person authorizing the towing and the tower may submit an affidavit in lieu of appearing personally but the affidavit does not preclude that person from also testifying.

The only issue at this hearing is whether or not cause existed for the towing. If the Magistrate finds that probable cause did not exist, the tower’s lien is extinguished. Any aggrieved party may appeal the Magistrate’s decision to District Court. If the Magistrate or Judge finds no probable cause existed for the towing, the Department of University Police shall provide compensate to the tower.

Vehicle Restrictions

Vehicles shall not be parked upon any street, parking space, parking lot, parking area, alley or driveway for the principal purpose of:

A. Displaying the vehicle for sale.

B. Washing, greasing, or repairing the vehicle except in the case of repairs necessitated by an emergency and except when permission is granted by the Director of University Police.

C. Storage that is not incident to the bona fide use and operation of the vehicle.

D. Storage of any detached trailer or semi-trailer when the towing unit has been disconnected, except when permission is granted by the Director of University Police.

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