Parking Services is responsible for the
registration of all vehicles parked on campus and the implementation
of all policies and regulations governing parking on campus.
Parking on campus is available to all students, faculty, and
staff whose vehicle displays a valid parking permit. Permits may be
obtained from Parking Services. A valid permit allows the bearer the
privilege of parking on campus. Unless otherwise specified, the
permit does not guarantee a parking space. Inability to locate a
legal space in a parking area does not justify incorrect parking.
Faculty, Staff, and Students are allowed only one parking
parking permits may be obtained by providing appropriate medical
The University assumes no responsibility for the care or
protection of any vehicle or its content while it is parked on
campus. Valuables should not be left in parked vehicles at any time.
Vehicles should be locked when not in use. Thefts or damages that
occur should be immediately reported to the University Police Department for
Parking Services is located in the Pendleton Street Garage at the
corner of Pickens and Pendleton streets. Office hours are 8:00
am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
All persons using University of South Carolina parking facilities
other than metered areas, must register their vehicles with Parking
Services. Vehicles may be registered at the department office in the
Pendleton Street Garage throughout the year
Faculty, Staff, and Students are limited to ONE parking decal ***
Parking permits are valid only for the individual to whom the
permit is assigned for the time period and area indicated on the
permit. Permits must be clearly displayed in the rear window of the
vehicles or as instructed on the permit backing.
Permits must be removed from vehicles under the following
when a new permit is purchased or issued
change in vehicle ownership
change of status that
would change parking assignment or type of permit.
permit may be replaced, the original must be returned. Permits
issued remain the property of the University of South Carolina.
Faculty, staff, or students who drive a replacement vehicle
instead of a registered vehicle may temporarily transfer their
permit to the substitute vehicle. If the registered vehicle is to be
permanently replaced, Parking Services must be notified.
Vehicles registered to park in reserved spaces, reserved lots, or
any garage must display the permit in the left rear window of the
vehicle. If a substitute vehicle is used in a reserved space, the
permit must be transferred to the substitute vehicle.
Student Permit Fees (S, CS, GS, MC and HC permits)
|4 Wheel Vehicles
|$80 - Full Year
||$45 - Full Year |
|$60 - Spring Semester
||$35 - Spring Semester |
|$40 - Full Summer
||$25 - Full Summer |
|$25 - Second Summer Session
||$15 - Second Summer Session |
Students may register vehicles on a
temporary basis at a rate of $5.00 per week. This rate
is subject to change without notice
Parking & Shuttle
University parking zones bear the following designations:
Student, Faculty/Staff, Reserved, Any Decal, and Visitor Meters. A
valid and correctly displayed permit corresponding to the area in
which you park is required.
Fines are $25 for parking in a yellow lined/curbed area and $50
for parking in a red lined/curbed area. Gravel parking lots have
parking spaces indicated by concrete bumpers. Parking is permitted
only in clearly defined areas.
Parking Garages and Reserved Spaces
Students, faculty and staff may apply for paid reserved
parking for the following locations. You may click on the
links to view locations and space availability.
Student Rates listed below are effective beginning with the
Fall 2013 Semester
** Students with an active CS, S, or GS
permit may park on levels 3, 4, and 5.
subject to change. Faculty/Staff (F/S) should contact the
F/S Coordinator at 803-777-5160 for F/S garage rates.
All new garage assignments for students are based on space
availability. Please contact Parking Services to inquire on space
assignment procedures and deadlines. The cost of garage spaces vary
depending on the location of the garage.
Faculty and staff
may apply for reserved parking when submitting a faculty/staff
permit application. Payment via payroll deduction is offered and
encouraged. This method of payment offers a pre-tax option. All
spaces not rented for the summer will be sublet.
Garage and reserved spaces are reserved 24 hours a day, seven
days a week and towing is enforced. The speed limit in the garages
is 10 miles per hour. Vehicles bearing a valid garage or reserved
lot permit may park in areas designated for "Faculty/Staff" from
5:00 p.m. through 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5:00
p.m. Friday through 7:30 a.m. Monday. Additionally, these permits
are valid at any time in the "Any Decal Parking" areas. These
permits are not valid in faculty/staff spaces designated "Reserved"
or "Handicap." Parking in Student lots is strictly prohibited.
USC parking policy states that those employees with a reserved
space do not qualify for seniority parking in the faculty/staff
lots. A "Z" permit will be assigned with the reserved space
permit to allow parking in the faculty/staff lots after 2
students residing in the Greek Village are eligible to purchase a
"GV" permit. Residency must be verified through the Office of
Student Affairs/Greek Life. The purchase of this permit guarantees
parking in the village. The cost is $200 per semester. Those
students purchasing a "GV" permit may not purchase an additional
permit for another reserved lot or garage space. The "GV" permit
allows parking in the "Any Decal" lots at any time and faculty/staff
lots after 5 p.m. GV permits are not valid in “Reserved” spaces,
“Student” lots, or garage spaces at any time.
Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness
Two hour limit on parking in AD1 lot for
Wellness Center members.
Coliseum/Colonial Life Arena Area
Coliseum and Colonial Life Arena lots AD2, AD3, AD4,
AD5, and FS5 operate under the following options :
event parking, $5.00 (subject to change)
Signs at each location indicate the option under which the lot is
operated. During Coliseum events, permit parking is not allowed in
the above noted lots or in the faculty/staff lots at 1000 Blossom
Street (N2) and 1000 Greene Street (N1). Please contact the Parking
Services office for additional information.
NO overnight parking allowed in any lots located
behind the Coliseum.
During certain times lots N1 and N2 may
be closed for special daytime events. Parking Services will make
other parking accommodations and inform those affected prior to the
Those students and faculty scheduled for evening classes in the
Coliseum, School of Music, Koger Center, and School of Public Health
may obtain a special permit for use during events at the Coliseum
and Colonial Life Arena. At the beginning of each fall and spring
semester, Parking Services will issue these special passes in the
lobby areas of the Coliseum on a scheduled date. A copy of your
class schedule and a picture ID is needed to obtain this pass.
Please contact your college or department for further information.
This special pass will allow parking in the large lots behind the
Coliseum at no charge during events.
To see when events may effect parking in this area, please check
these event schedules:
Barnwell Street Lot
The Barnwell St.
lot, AD 7, is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the fall and spring
semesters when classes are in session. This lot is locked at 10
p.m., and all vehicles must be removed from the premises. Vehicles
may be ticketed and/or towed if left in the lot after hours .
Parking on campus is governed by the State of
South Carolina Code of Laws (1976), sections 56-21-10 through
56-21-60. In addition, all other state laws and city ordinances that
apply to the operation and parking of motor vehicles are enforced.
A parked vehicle is one that is standing, whether occupied or
not. Parking is prohibited at fire hydrants, fire lanes, yellow
curbs, driveways, alleyways, sidewalks, walkways or grass areas.
Curb cuts, disability spaces, service drives and trash pickup areas
may not be blocked at any time. Vehicles parked in these areas are
subject to being towed at the owner's expense. Students, faculty,
and staff may purchase only one parking assignment.
All vehicles parked on campus must be head-in to the parking
space. Backing in or pull-through parking is prohibited in all
areas, including meters .
No unauthorized person may alter, deface, knock down or remove
any official parking or traffic sign or erect any parking sign
without the approval of the University Parking Committee.
Refunds for student lot permits will be issued on a pro-rated
basis. There is NO overnight parking allowed in any
lots behind the Coliseum.
Resident Student (S) Parking
bearing a valid Resident Student (S) permit may park at any time in
areas designated "Student" and "Any Decal Parking." In addition,
they may park in Faculty/Staff lots between 5:00 p.m. through 7:30
a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5:00 p.m. Friday through 7:30
a.m. Monday. Vehicles with S permits may not park in reserved spaces
or garages at any time.
The lot indicated "S21" will be reserved for special athletic
events. Students may park in other "S" lots during these events. See
the USC Athletics web site for event listings.
Vehicles bearing a valid Commuting Student
(CS) permit may park in parking areas designated "Any Decal
Parking." In addition, they may park in Faculty/Staff lots between
5:00 p.m. and 2:00 am, daily. CS permits are not valid on campus
from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Vehicles with “CS” permits may not be
parked in reserved spaces, garages, or resident student parking lots
at any time .
Graduate Student (GS) Parking
Students providing documentation of their enrollment as
a graduate student may purchase a Graduate Student (GS) parking
permit. GS permits are valid at any time in "Student" and "Any
Decal" parking lots. In addition, GS permits are valid in
Faculty/Staff lots between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Monday through
Thursday and from 4:00 p.m. Friday through 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Vehicles with GS permits may not park in reserved spaces or garages
at any time.
Student Employee Parking
Students employed on a part-time basis, regardless of
capacity, are not eligible for Faculty/Staff parking decals.
Students in such categories who use University parking facilities
must display a valid student permit and park in their appropriate
otherwise posted, campus speed limit is 15 miles per hour. All
drivers must operate their vehicle in accordance with road and
weather conditions . The speed in all garages is 10 miles per hour.
vehicle becomes inoperative on campus, Parking Services (777-5160)
or the University Police Department (777-4215) must be notified
immediately. The driver of the vehicle should immediately take
action to move the vehicle to a legal parking space or have the
vehicle removed from campus. If the vehicle is not moved within 24
hours, the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense.
Abandoned vehicles or vehicles that appear to be abandoned are
subject to towing and impoundment. Storage of vehicles on University
property is prohibited and such vehicles are subject to towing.
Non-Payment of Fines
Students, faculty, and staff who fail to pay their
financial obligation for parking violations to the University may
have their parking privileges revoked and their vehicle impounded.
In addition, students who fail to pay their financial obligations to
the University before the end of the semester will not be allowed to
register for classes, secure transcripts, or receive diplomas
until the obligations have been cleared.
Towing of Vehicles
University has the lawful right or remove and impound vehicles under
the following conditions:
parked in a disability space without appropriate
parked at or blocking a disability curb cut
parked in or blocking a disability access area
(blue diagonal lines)
parked so that it impedes the operation
of emergency equipment
that impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic
parked in a
fire lane or at a fire hydrant
parked in a
parking garage without proper permit
parked at a
yellow curb or a no parking area
of $50.00 or more in unpaid parking violations
parked in a
manner that creates a safety hazard
parked in a reserved space
possession of a forged, defaced, or altered USC parking permit
Towing, storage and release of impounded vehicles is in
accordance with City of Columbia Code of Ordinances, sections
2-4005, 2-4006 and 2-3064. Owners of such vehicles assume all risks
involved and will be required to pay all cost of removal,
impounding, and storage.
Motorcycles and motor
scooters must have a valid permit to park on campus. They may park
only in designated motorcycle spaces in surface parking lots.
Motorcycles and motor scooters are prohibited from parking in
regular spaces in garages, surface lots, and metered areas on
campus. Operation of motorcycles and motor scooters on or across
sidewalks and walkways is strictly prohibited .
Motorcycles and motor scooters may not be stored in buildings on
campus at any time. Such vehicles will be removed and impounded by
the University at the owner's expense .
parked on campus are required to be registered. Bicycle registration
is free to all students, faculty, and staff. Identification decals
are assigned and placed on bicycles to discourage theft and assist
in recovery should they be lost or stolen. The serial number is
recorded and the information is maintained by the Parking Services
office. Engravers are available to engrave identification numbers on
bicycles. Bicycle racks are located throughout campus, and bike
owners must use these racks to secure their bikes. Securing your
bike to any other structure on USC property will result in its
removal. Bicycles must not be parked where they block pedestrian
traffic (stairwells, entrances to buildings, and sidewalks).
Bicycles parked in such a manner will be removed. Bikes must always
be secured when left unattended .
Register Your Bike
Two weeks after May graduation, the University Police Department
will impound all abandoned and/or unregistered bicycles. The
University is not responsible for damage to any such bicycles or
Damage to USC Property
is unlawful to damage University property. Violators will be
prosecuted in accordance with state law and University Discipline
Defrauding Parking Meters
It is unlawful to deposit or cause to be deposited in
any parking meter, any slug, device or substitute for a coin of the
United States. This constitutes a misdemeanor to be tried by a
Parking assignments for faculty and staff are based on length of
employment with the University. Previous employment with another
university or state agency does not affect permit assignment.
Permits may be applied for via the VIP Web site starting mid
March until the end of April. Check the Parking Services Web site at
for detailed information on accessing this service. We encourage all
employees who apply for a surface lot permit to use the VIP
registration process. Contact Parking Services regarding application
for reserved spaces, as this option is not available on the VIP
application. Faculty and staff members are eligible for one permit
per employee. Parking assignments are nontransferable.
Parking Services has a dedicated email list just for parking
notifications. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to
be added to this list. This will enable us to inform you of
temporary lot closings and other traffic information that may affect
your normal parking areas on campus.
Faculty and staff members may purchase reserved or guaranteed
parking in various garages or reserved parking lots. Seniority-based
permits will not be assigned to those individuals with reserved
parking. A combination “reserved/Z” permit will be assigned to those
who choose this option. The “reserved/Z” permit regulation will be
enforced according to the guidelines, stated below, for the “Z”
Faculty and staff permit parking is allowed only in the specific
letter zone for which the permit has been issued, between the hours
of 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the exception of lots designated “FS.”
Parking lots designated “FS” on the campus map are for vehicles
displaying any valid employee permit. After 2 p.m. and on weekends,
those vehicles with a valid “Faculty/Staff” permit may park in any
“Faculty/Staff” lot unless otherwise prohibited by signs or
markings. Reserved spaces in surface lots and garages are enforced
24 hours a day, seven days a week. Faculty/Staff permits are not
valid in areas designated “Student”.
The “Z” permits are issued to newly hired faculty and staff
members and temporary employees of the University. This permit is
valid in the areas designated as “Any Decal Parking” (AD) and
“Faculty/Staff assigned” (FS). They are also valid after 2 p.m. in
any faculty/staff lot, unless otherwise prohibited by signs or
markings. A faculty or staff member who provides a motor vehicle
for use by a dependent, who is a student, will be required to have
the appropriate student permit on that vehicle .
USC Disability permits are required to park in campus disability
spaces. USC disability parking permits are available to students,
faculty, and staff of the University and are valid on University
property only. Parking in disability spaces on city streets requires
a state hang tag or disability license tag issued by the highway
department. USC disability permits are not valid in city disability
spaces or USC surface parking lot spaces designated “reserved,”
“state vehicle,” or “service vehicle.” Contact Parking Services
regarding use of disability spaces in the Bull Street garage. To
obtain a disability parking permit, a statement from a medical
doctor must be submitted to Parking Services stating the nature
(diagnosis) and duration of the disability for which disability
parking is needed. If a medical doctor's statement is not
immediately available, a temporary permit may be issued for up to
five school days in order to obtain the required statement.
A student may submit a statement from their private medical
doctor or may be evaluated at the student health center to obtain a
statement containing the nature and duration of the disability.
A faculty or staff member must submit a statement from a private
medical doctor. It will be the responsibility of the person
requesting the permit to clarify through the student health center
or their private medical doctor any statement that does not specify
the nature and duration of the disability. Disability permits
will be issued for the duration indicated on the doctor's or health
center's statement. For students, there will be a charge of $80 per
school year or $5 per week, depending on the duration of the
disability. This is for all surface lots except Greek Village. If a
student has purchased a parking permit within the school year, there
will be no additional charge.
Campus visitors may obtain a free one-day visitor permit from the
Visitor Center. The visitor permit is valid in various lots
throughout campus. Metered parking is also available on campus for
USC meters are enforced Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. All USC
meters limited to 15 minutes are enforced from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.,
seven days a week. Malfunctioning meters should be reported to
Parking Services or the USC Police Department
USC meter spaces are located in the following campus
Pendleton garage, levels 1A, 1B, and 2A
BA lot, top level,
Barnwell and Pendleton Streets
1700 block of College
Capstone and Columbia Hall, Barnwell Street
Street garage, top level, Sumter Street
Petigru, off Greene
Sims/Patterson Hall circle off Bull Street.
Parking meter cards for all-day parking may be purchased at a
cost of $5 per day and are valid in the two- and five-hour USC
metered areas on campus. USC meters are marked as such. These cards
are not valid at City of Columbia street meters. Hourly parking
is available in the Bull Street, Horizon and Discovery Plaza garages
from 7a.m. until 11 p.m., Monday–Friday. Only those vehicles with
valid Bull Street, Horizon and Discovery Plaza garage permits are
allowed use of the garage between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
There is no free parking at any time. Any vehicles parked in the
garage without a valid permit will be ticketed and/or towed at the
Special Event Parking Requests
Departments hosting special events (seminars, meetings,
or workshops) must submit a request to Parking Services at least one
week prior to the event. Every effort will be made to accommodate
special event parking requests, however, some request may be denied
due to limited availability of parking.
Cost depends on the area requested, and departments are required
to furnish billing information in order to process the request. In
some instances, outside security is necessary and result in an
Submit a request
for Special Event Parking
Questions concerning these requests should be directed to the Faculty/Staff
Coordinator at 777-4316.
Penalties and bonds are payable in person at Parking Services, or
by mail. DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL.
Parking Services reserves the right to change penalty and/or bond
amounts without notice.
Schedule of Penalties
|Parking Meter Violation
|Parking Permit Improperly/Not Displayed
|Parking in Loading/SVC Zone
|No Parking Permit for Zone
|No Permit for Parking Garage
|Failure to Register Vehicle
|Blocking Sidewalk or Driveway
|Parking in No Parking Area/Grass
|Parking Along Yellow Painted Curb
|Parked in Reserved Space
|Parking at Fire Plug/Fire Lane
|Parking In/Blocking a Disability Space/Curb Cut/Access
Schedule of Bonds
Delinquent violations not paid or appealed after the
third school day from the date of issue will result in the bond
being increased as prescribed below:
|$5.00 Bond Increased to
|$15.00 Bond Increased to
|$25.00 Bond Increased to
|$50.00 Bond Increased to
|$100.00 Bond Increased to
Warrants may be served after thirty (30) days of notification to
registered owner. Bond will be increased as follows:
|$8.00 Bond Increased to
|$18.00 Bond Increased to
|$28.00 Bond Increased to
|$53.00 Bond Increased to
|$103.00 Bond Increased to
Appeals of parking
violations that the recipient feels may have been issued in error or
without just cause, must be made within seventy-two (72) hours of
the time the citation was issued (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
excepted); otherwise, the right of appeal is forfeited. Appeals may
be made online at https://uscvmps.t2hosted.com. No appeals are allowed for
any late tickets.
The Traffic and Parking Appellate Committee will review appeals.
The committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff members
and meets once a month, usually the third Wednesday of the month.
The individual has the right to appear in person to present
their appeal to the appellate committee or may waive this right to
appear and submit a written statement. All appellate committee
decisions are final .