Permits and Regulations

Yale’s parking system is designed to protect the parking privileges of its permit holders during normal working hours, while making the parking lots generally available to members of the New Haven community and visitors at other times.

Yale’s lots and garages are reserved for permit holders during normal business hours.

Yale does allow public parking in designated lots after business hours, weekends, and holidays. A list of these locations can be found on the Parking Locations page. Parkers using these lots for this purpose must vacate the lot by 3:00 a.m. or be subjected to enforcement.

Yale permit holders may park in their assigned lots after business hours. Overnight parking may be allowed. Permit holders must contact the parking office for prior approval and stay may not exceed three (3) days.

While the parking privilege for permit holders can normally be protected, it cannot be guaranteed. The University reserves the right to suspend parking privileges at any time, and special situations may involve temporary re-assignment. Individuals who apply for parking permits acknowledge the authority of Yale Parking to regulate parking at the University and by signing the application, affirm that they will act in compliance with the published rules and regulations.

Application for Permit

Application forms are available at the Yale Parking office and on the Parking Forms page. Yale employees will pay for parking through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis. Permits may be issued to an individual for a maximum of three vehicles in the permit holder’s family on the condition that only one of the vehicles will be parked on campus in any Yale lot or garage at any one time during work hours. Abuse of this regulation can result in revocation of the parking privilege. A permit is valid during working hours only for the specific lot, vehicle and period of time for which it is issued. Permits are not transferable from one vehicle to another. Permit holders who give or sell their permits to other personnel may be subject to revocation of any permits listed under their names and loss of the parking privilege for one calendar year. The regular parking year runs from September 1 to August 31.

Annual parking permits are renewed automatically. If you’d like to cancel, use the form provided on the Parking Forms page or at the Yale parking office.

Persons with disabilities who require proximate parking may obtain a medical waiver form at the Yale parking office or on the Parking Forms page. The completed forms are reviewed by the Resource Office on Disabilities. If approved, the Parking Service Office will make every effort to assign parking as close as possible to the applicant’s place of employment as circumstances allow. Door to door van service is available from parking lots to buildings.

Termination/Cancelation of Permits

The University reserves the right to suspend or cancel parking privileges at any time. Parking fees will continue unless cancelled in writing. To cancel a payroll deduction, the permit holder must fill out a parking cancelation form and forward it via email, fax or in person to the Yale parking office. All permit(s) and card keys (if applicable) must be returned to the parking office, upon cancelation.

Penalties and Parking Infractions


Grounds for vehicle towing include: Vehicles unauthorized to park on a system lot; parked illegally on University property; blocking traffic movement, fire lanes, delivery areas, rubbish collection zones, driveways or walks on University property are subject to tow without prior warning. Conduct prejudicial to the rights of other permit holders (this may also result in revocation, if warranted); parking of more than one vehicle under a single permit on University property simultaneously.

Denial or Revocation

Grounds for denial or revocation of a permit include: Falsifying permit application; making one’s permit available to another; parking of more than one vehicle under a single permit on University property simultaneously.

Note: Complaints about improperly parked vehicles should be reported to Yale parking office at 203-432-9790. The Yale parking staff will respond weekdays between 8:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. Campus Police will respond at all other times, for blocking situations only.


Most Yale lots are over-allocated as a matter of policy. Violators are subject to being towed without notice. Agents designated by Yale parking services are authorized to remove from Yale property, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle parked in violation of these regulations. Towed vehicles may be located by contacting the Yale parking office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays. After 4:00 p.m. and weekends, the Campus Police may be contacted regarding towed vehicles at 203-432-4400. Vehicles are reclaimed by paying the tow charge and storage charges, if incurred, directly to the towing agent. Towing agents will accept only cash to release towed vehicles. If an owner feels that his or her vehicle has been unjustly towed, he or she may later resort to the appeal procedure.

Appeal Procedure

A vehicle owner who feels that any of the parking regulations have been applied to him or her in an improper manner may appeal in writing to the Parking Appeals Board, P.O. Box 208316, New Haven, CT 06520-8316. The board members will review each appeal on its merits, and its decision is final.


Each person who parks in a University parking lot agrees that neither Yale University nor any of its officers or employees is responsible for injury to persons, nor for theft of, nor damage to vehicles or their contents while on University property.

After working hours, for special events, an entry fee may be collected in some lots. When an entry fee is in effect, a regularly assigned permit holder must either pay the fee to gain entry or make temporary use of another lot until the conclusion of the event.

In winter, the University, during snow emergency conditions, may move all vehicles in the lots. Personnel who are performing essential operations and/or on-campus residents who must park overnight should park in perimeter spaces.

Enforcement personnel are not required to issue warnings prior to towing a vehicle. The fact that a person parks in violation of any rule and is not warned or towed does not mean the rule is not in effect.

  • Lot restrictions are posted at all lot and garage entrances. Missing signs do not pre-empt parking regulations.
  • Disabled vehicles without permits not reported to YPS will be towed away at the owner’s expense.
  • Non-availability of spaces for any reason within an assigned area does not excuse improper parking at any time.
  • Vehicles parked in fire lanes, service drives, on sidewalks, paths or grass are subject to tow.
  • Yale personnel with out-of-state license plates but residing in Connecticut are reminded of their obligation to register their vehicles in Connecticut.