All regulations enacted by the Commonwealth of Virginia and George Mason University are duly enforced. Vehicles in violation of the rules and regulations set forth in this document may be subject to citation, fine, immobilization, towing, and/or impoundment at the owner's risk and expense.
APPLICATION OF RULES AND REGULATIONS
No vehicle operator, including University personnel, shall park a vehicle, which violates any of these rules and regulations. Any vehicle found violating these regulations is subject to citation and fine.
A vehicle may be issued multiple citations and fines for multiple violations at one time. A vehicle may be issued additional citations for the continued noncompliance of parking policy, not to exceed one citation per four hour period for the same violation.
In addition to the existing rules of having one's car immobilized when owing $300 or more in citations, one can also have their car towed and immobilized on each citation after having received five valid prior citations in a semester.
A vehicle may be towed from one area to another for violations of certain restrictions. Vehicles may be moved to an appropriate location or to an impoundment location. All towing arising from enforcement actions is at the owner’s risk and expense. Any vehicle impeding the flow of traffic, whether in a roadway or parking lot, is subject to towing, at owner’s risk and expense. Towing without notification can occur under certain circumstances. Towing tickets are not appealable. All towing tickets must be paid within five days of citation issue date. Notification of towing will be reported to the George Mason University Police.
A vehicle may be booted for violation of certain restrictions. All booting arising from enforcement actions is at the owner’s risk and expense. Any vehicle impeding the flow of traffic, whether in a roadway or parking lot, is subject to booting, at owner’s risk and expense. Booting without notification can occur under certain circumstances. Booting tickets are not appealable. All booting tickets must be paid within five days of citation issue date. Notification of booting will be reported to the George Mason University Police.
Fire Lane Violation
A vehicle parked in a fire lane or a roadway is subject to towing, at owner’s risk and expense.
Disabled Space Violation
A vehicle improperly parked in a disabled area is subject to towing, at owner’s risk and expense, without notice.
Reserved Space Violation
A vehicle improperly parked in a reserved space is subject to towing, at owner’s risk and expense, without notice.
Blocking of Egress and/or Ingress
Any vehicle which blocks, impedes, or restricts another vehicles ability of egress or ingress, as a result of violating a parking regulation, is subject to towing, at owner’s risk and expense, without notice.
Impounding of a Vehicle
A vehicle may be impounded if its registered driver or owner accrues $300 or more of unpaid citations, has outstanding late fines in excess of five days, or the vehicle has been determined to be abandoned. Impounding may be by means of towing or booting of a vehicle. Reacquisition of an impounded vehicle or tampering with a booted vehicle, without payment and release by an appropriate and authorized George Mason office, may result in additional action(s) being taken by the University in accordance and compliance with all applicable laws.
In addition to the existing rules of having one's car immobilized when owing $300 or more in citations, one can also have their card towed and immobilized on each citation after having received five valid prior citations in a semester.
PARKING PERMIT DISPLAY
All vehicles parked in surface lots owned and operated by the University must display a valid parking permit, and observe all parking space restrictive signage during hours of enforcement at the risk of citation and fine. Exceptions to this regulation are listed below.
Vendor and Contractor Parking
Under certain circumstances, vendors or contractors may park vehicles on campus without displaying a permit. These circumstance must be approved and/or coordinated by Parking Services.
Vehicles parked in designated visitor parking areas such as meters or the Parking Deck are not required to display a permit. See above for visitor parking requirements.
A citation and fine for “improper display” may be issued to any vehicle not properly displaying a permit. “Improper display” citations are primarily issued in cases where the permit is placed in a manner that it cannot be properly read. These citations and fines may also be issued in cases where a vehicle is not displaying a permit that has been registered to it.
A citation for “fraudulent display” may be issued to any vehicle displaying a lost, stolen, or counterfeit permit. Use or participation in use of a lost, stolen, or counterfeit permit will/ may result in the forwarding of information to University Police and Administration for judicial review for appropriate criminal or University action, where deemed appropriate.
HOURS OF ENFORCEMENT
The hours of enforcement for George Mason University owned and operated parking areas are twenty four hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise posted. This includes all times when the University is closed, whether or not classes are in session. Permits are required at all times. Selected exceptions to these times are as follows.
Metered Parking Spaces
Meters are enforced during the hours posted. If hours are not posted the meter is enforced from 6:00 AM until 11:00 PM Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. Meters are enforced whenever the University is open, whether or not classes are in session. Broken meters are considered closed parking spaces; any vehicles parked in such spaces are subject to citation.
PARKING SPACE DESIGNATION
Parking is permitted only in marked areas with painted control lines. Any vehicle parked in an area not marked as a parking space without making an arrangement with Parking Services is subject to citation, fine, and possible towing, at owner’s risk and expense.
RESTRICTED AREAS/PROHIBITED ZONES
As outlined, certain lots and areas are restricted as to the type of permit required. Vehicles not displaying the proper permit are subject to a "restricted area" or “prohibited zone” citation and fine.
Vehicles parked at an expired meter are subject to a citation and fine for “parking overtime”. Broken meters are considered closed parking spaces; any vehicles parked in such spaces are subject to citation. Parking in a metered space after a citation has been issued may result in multiple citations and fines.
A fire lane is any road or driveway designated as a necessary route for emergency vehicles. These include areas specifically marked with signs and/or painted curbs, as well as unmarked driveways, drive aisles and curbs. A vehicle parked in one of these areas is subject to a “firelane” citation and towing at owner’s risk and expense.
PARKING ON NON-UNIVERSITY BUSINESS
For the purpose of this George Mason University parking facilities procedures guide, “business” is described as any activity sanctioned by the University to take place on University property. These activities would include library use as well as all unofficial activities permitted or authorized by the University. Persons not attending an activity on University property are not permitted to park a vehicle on campus. No commuter parking, excluding George Mason campus to campus commuter parking, is permitted on University Campuses at any time. Exceptions to these rules must be approved by Parking Services in advance. See Arlington campus section for exclusion.
As outlined above, parking facilities at the University are intended solely for the use of persons with business at the University. Overnight parking is permitted for resident students only; no other overnight parking is permitted. Those requiring overnight parking for special circumstances are to contact Parking Services to make arrangements.
ALTERING AND COUNTERFEITING PERMITS
Any alteration of a parking permit subjects the vehicle/owner to citation for "no permit” or “fraudulent display” and may also subject them to towing or impounding at the owner’s risk and expense. Issues of counterfeiting will be reported to University Police and Administration for judicial review for appropriate criminal or University action, where deemed appropriate.