Inclement Weather

If Mason is open while it is snowing or after it snows, normally regular parking rules will be in effect. However, in advance of snow storms, Mason may require all vehicles to be cleared from surface lots and parked in garages which will be opened to accommodate everyone. Not moving one’s car in such a situation will lead to being cited and towed. It is important to pay attention to emails from Parking & Transportation as well as Mason Alert.


Switching permits is permissible based on permit availability. If you would like to switch your permit, please bring your current pass along with your Mason ID to the office. Depending on which lot or garage you will be switching to, you may have to pay a fee. For switching to permits at the same price, a $15 fee is charged. If upgrading, one will pay the difference in price.

Mason Pond and Rappahannock parking decks on Fairfax Campus and Vernon Smith and Van Metre parking garages on Arlington Campus require an access card. Please pick up an access card from the Parking Services Office before attempting to enter and exit the parking deck.

Each access device is unique to each parking deck. For example, you won’t be able to use an access device from the Mason Pond Parking Deck to enter the Van Metre Parking Garage. The Shenandoah & Rappahannock Parking Decks as well as the Cabrera Center Garage do not currently require an access device as it is enforced for valid permit compliance to include the use of license plate recognition. You must have a valid parking permit displayed at all times while on campus or you could be cited.

If you need to obtain an access device for the Mason Pond Parking Deck or the Van Metre Parking Garage, visit the Parking Services Office located on the same campus as your parking deck permit.

Please allow 2 business days to obtain access device.

You can print a 14-day temporary permit to use immediately while you’re waiting for the permanent permit to be mailed to the address you specified. On the final page when you print your receipt, there will be a link underneath the permit description that says “Print Permit.” Click on that link to print your 10 day temporary permit. Displaying your receipt in lieu of the temporary permit is not allowed and may result in a citation.

Yes. Individuals who are taking classes at Mason and qualify for the senior tuition waiver are eligible for a complimentary semester General parking permit. To redeem your complimentary semester General parking pass, please bring in your financial summary from the Cashier’s office, your Mason ID, and your vehicle registration to the Parking Services office.

Complimentary 30-minute parking is available on the first level of Shenandoah Parking Deck.

If you have not received your permit 14 days after purchase, please come into the Parking Services Office and fill out a lost permit form to declare the original permit as lost in the mail and thus invalid. Once you’ve done that, we will be able to issue you a complimentary replacement permit in person. Should you receive your original permit later on, you must bring it into Parking Services. The use of a parking permit that is declared to be lost or stolen will result in a $375 fine and possible referral to Judicial Affairs.


Parking overnight is not permissible in the General permit parking area of the Rappahannock River Deck between 2:00 am – 5:00 am Monday through Friday.

Otherwise parking on campus with a valid George Mason parking pass in your designated area is permitted overnight and on weekends. Complimentary weekend Lot K permits may be purchased at no cost online at parking.gmu.edu.

Go to Parking Permit Regulations for more information.

Appeals can be filed online, at no cost, within 7 calendar days of the issue date of the citation. If one wishes to file an appeal after the seven calendar days have passed, a written appeal can be  submitted in person, at the Parking Services office. A late appeal fee of $15 will be assessed. No appeals will be considered more than thirty calendar days after issuance of the citation.

To pay or appeal your citation online please follow the instructions below:

  • Click Pay or Appeal Your Citation.
  • Scroll down, enter your citation number & your license plate information into the appropriate fields, then click “Search Citations”
  • If you are a Mason student or faculty/staff, click “Affiliated Login,” then login with your Net ID and password. Otherwise use “Guest Login” and create your own unique id and password.

***You will be contacted via email within 3-5 business days once a decision has been made.

Appeal your citation within 7 calendar days of receipt and valid permit owners will be granted one courtesy dismissal per semester for “no permit” citations for situations where they forget their permit or it is not visible. For additional details, please visit the Parking Citation Appeals Process webpage.

It is not true. All rules and regulations are enforced at all times unless otherwise noted.
A vehicle may be booted/ towed for violation of certain restrictions. If your vehicle has been booted/ towed, you will need to come to the Parking Services office to resolve the matter.

Please ensure you are using the correct access device issued to you by Parking Services for the correct parking deck or garage. If your access device is still not working, please use the intercom during business hours to seek assistance.

Please contact the Parking Services Office on the same campus to resolve your access device malfunction.

The Citation Diversion Program (CDP) is an online, educational quiz that students may take when they receive most types of parking citations. If students complete the CDP with a passing grade, then their parking fine will be excused in its entirety. Conditions apply. For all of the details, please visit the Citation Diversion webpage.


A West Campus shuttle operates in fall and spring semesters.  Please go to the West Campus Shuttle page for more information.

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April 18-20

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