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Motor Vehicle Regulations

During the academic year students, faculty and staff who wish to park in the campus core must display an appropriate parking permit on their vehicles. Parking permits may be purchased from the Department of Public Safety for $60.00. For more information, please visit vehicle permits.

Visitor Parking

Regular visitors to the campus, such as swimmers or dog walkers, are required to purchase a parking permit. Visitors may park in the Richards gate parking lot only. Short term visitors, such as conference guests, or others that are visiting the campus for one day or less, may obtain a courtesy parking pass from the Department of Public Safety gate house upon entering the campus.

Designated Parking Areas

Mills College campus residents may park in designated parking lots near their place of residence only. Residential parking areas are visibly marked with signage. Residents are issued parking permit hang tags that are displayed from the rear view mirror. Residents may not park in designated commuter lots.

Areas where parking is prohibited or restricted:

  • Fire lanes or red curbs, all campus streets and areas near buildings not designated for parking.
    No vehicles may remain unattended in any fire lane at any time.
  • Handicapped parking spaces are marked by wheelchair symbol, pavement markings and/or signs. Only vehicles displaying valid handicapped placards may park in handicapped parking spaces.
  • Yellow curbs are for commercial and maintenance loading and unloading only.
  • Parking in landscaped areas is prohibited.

Appeal Process

Vehicles parked anywhere other than a designated parking space are liable for fines and/or towing.

Citations may be appealed in writing no later than ten days after the date of issue. Include the citation number or a copy of the citation in the appeal request. Appeals may be mailed to the Traffic Committee, c/o the Department of Public Safety. The Traffic Committee is comprised of one faculty member, one staff member and one student. It convenes twice each semester and you will receive a written response to your appeal.

Those accumulating five violations will be instructed to park at the front gate lot for the remainder of the academic year. Any further violations will result in total revocation of on-campus parking privileges.

Tow Policy

All vehicles parked on Mills College property must be operational, display a valid state license tag and a current Mills College parking permit. At no time are vehicles stored on campus. Vehicles without current license plates will be towed off campus at the owners' expense. Before towing, a reasonable attempt will be made to contact the owner. Once a tow truck is called, the owner is responsible for all costs incurred, including storage. Mills College is not responsible for damages incurred during towing or storage of vehicles.

Mills College is not responsible for damage to vehicles parked on campus or theft of articles left in vehicles.

If you have any questions about parking, dial 510.430.5555 from an off campus phone or extension 5555 from a campus phone.

Green Car Parking

There are a limited number of Green Car parking spaces on campus, including in the parking lots adjacent to the Graduate School of Business and the Natural Sciences Building. Spots are identified by a Green Car Sign. The Green Car list is administered by and If you do not see your vehicle on the list, your vehicle is not qualified for a Green Car parking space.



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Last Updated: 11/3/15