Fire lane parking guidelines revised

So you want to run into the Campus Store for a minute, but there’s no room in the parking lot — yet the fire lane is open!

Don’t even think about it.

In the past, you might have been able to get away with it — but not anymore. Transportation and Parking Services has revised the guidelines for parking in restricted fire lanes, effective immediately.

After a thorough review of the previous policy, Transportation and Parking Services has developed a policy that will ensure adequate and appropriate fire lanes and emergency access for the University according to the requirements of the Clayton Fire Department.

Because some entities — such as facilities, the campus mail service and Bon Appétit — need to have limited access to fire lanes, Transportation and Parking Services will continue to work out solutions with such departments and individuals.

In cooperation with the Clayton Fire Department and University Safety Coordinator Paul Landgraf, certain fire lanes have been identified as areas where short-term parking is allowed.

Others have been identified as fire lanes that must be strictly maintained as “no parking” areas at all times for emergency vehicle access only.

Departments and individuals can submit a request to parking services for the ability to park in the fire lanes identified as short-term parking areas. A placard will be issued to those individuals or departments needing that access.

The placard will not have a charge associated to it, but will be specific to each vehicle and will provide up to 10 minutes in these specified fire lanes.

All other vehicles in a fire lane will be ticketed and/or towed, consistent with previous policy and procedure.

There are two key changes in the revised policy.

One is that there is formal recognition that certain vehicles have a legitimate need for short-term parking in these areas. Formally recognizing this and issuing a parking placard differentiates this group from general parkers.

This is a major advantage for enforcement purposes because it clarifies the enforcement guidelines.

The second change is that parking services is partnering with University Police, who will also issue fire lane violations.

For more information on the revised policy, or to apply for a temporary permit, go online to, or call 935-5601.

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