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General Information

Parking on property controlled by Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is by permit only, including motorcycles and vehicles with handicap placards. Student permits expire on the last day of each semester. Parking is restricted to college related business. Students, faculty, and associates are not permitted to park in spaces designated for visitors including meters. Parking is prohibited in any area not specifically designated as parking.


Columbus State disclaims all responsibility from losses or damages to vehicles parked on Columbus State property. Columbus State is not responsible for losses or damage to any vehicle towed from campus.

General Parking Regulations and Requirements

  • The law requires vehicle operators to have a valid driver’s license, valid license plates, and proof of insurance.
  • Follow all traffic rules and regulations while on campus. Failure to do so may result in citations issued by the CSCC Police.
  • Obey posted speed limit signs on campus and where not posted the speed limit is 15 mph. Campus roads are also pedestrian walkways; pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  • Vehicles parked on property controlled by CSCC must have a valid CSCC Parking Permit displayed and must park in accordance with posted signage and restrictions. Handicap parking privileges do NOT exempt the requirement to have a valid CSCC Parking Permit.
  • All vehicles must be parked in areas designated by their parking permits and in accordance with parking signs.
  • A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a specific parking space.
  • Parking at meters is for visitors only. If you are a current student or employee and park at the meters, you may be cited, even if the meter is paid. Students and employees are not considered visitors to any of the CSCC campuses or centers.
  • Parking at municipal parking meters on city streets falls under the enforcement and control of the city of Columbus.

Tips for Parking on Campus

1. Read all parking signs before you park.

2. Allow enough time to park and walk to your class or meeting.

3. Check the parking map for lots where you are permitted to park. Parking Map

4. Extra parking is available in Lot 28 on Mt. Vernon Ave., just west of Cleveland Ave., and Lot 32 (east side of the parking garage).

5. Remember to abide by policies, local, state and federal laws. Campus police are Ohio certified law enforcement officers empowered to enforce traffic and criminal laws. They also stand ready to assist you when needed.

6. Do not leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Trunk storage is the best. Lock your doors and roll up the windows. Report crimes or anything suspicious to the Police Department at 614-287-2525 and 911 for emergencies.

7. Be prepared to park in the outer lots around campus due to the closer lots being full at peak times between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. Allow yourself extra time to walk in from these lots.

8. Be aware that special events, construction, or emergencies could close lots at any time. Be prepared to go to an alternate parking lot.

Any questions about parking, vehicle parking permits, temporary parking permits, handicap parking, or citations should be directed to the Police Department at 614-287-2525.

Parking Permit Purchase and Placement on Vehicles

Parking permits are required on both campuses and at all regional learning centers. Before you begin the permit registration process, be sure to update your address with the Records and Registration Office. This is done on CougarWeb under “User Account” located below “Additional Services” which is where you register for your parking permit. Once that is done, you may proceed to register your car. This is a two-step process for all students – Columbus and Delaware campuses as well as Regional Learning Center students.

1. Log in to CougarWeb to register for your permit:

2. Pay for your permit - This may be done one of three ways:

  • Pay via CougarWeb when you complete your permit registration (under Make A Payment) - Credit card only
  • Pay at the Cashier's Office in Rhodes Hall – Credit/Debit card, cash, or check
  • Call the Telephone Information Center (TIC) at 614-287-5353 – Credit/Debit card only

Parking Permit Display

Option 1 – Rear Windshield, driver's side, must be permanently affixed inside the window OR displayed in a permit holder (available for purchase at the DX Bookstore).   Permit must be displayed IN PLAIN VIEW so ALL information (permit number, expiration date, etc.) is clearly visible from outside the car.

TINTED REAR WINDOW – Refer to Option 2

Option 2 – Front Windshield, driver's side, inside the car. Permit must be displayed IN PLAIN VIEW so ALL information (permit number, expiration date, etc.) is clearly visible from outside the car. Permit may be affixed, displayed in a permit holder, or placed on the front dash.


1. In accordance with the Campus Student Fees Policy 7-06 (B), Parking Permits are non-refundable.

temporary parking pass2. If you have ordered and paid for your parking permit and have not yet received it, go to the Police Department in the lower level of Delaware Hall to request a temporary hang tag.

3. Replacement student permits may be purchased from the Cashier's Office for a fee. To prevent unauthorized use, the replaced permit will be invalidated and placed on a tow list.

Illegal Use, Falsification, Alteration, or Reproduction of Permits

All parking permits are nontransferable.  Any person who provides false information, registers a vehicle belonging to another student, illegally sells, transfers, alters, reproduces, or uses a permit not intended for his/her use may be subject to a fine and disciplinary action as well as possible towing. This could also result in loss of parking privileges and forfeiture of all parking permit fees.

Unregistered Vehicle

No valid permit issued to the vehicle. Vehicles parked on CSCC property are required to have a valid CSCC parking permit displayed unless the vehicle is driven by a visitor and is parked in a designated visitor space including paid meters designated for visitor parking.

Failure to Display Valid Permit Vehicles with valid permits are required to have them displayed in plain view. $35.00
Obstructing/Prohibited Parking Vehicles parked or standing that block the safe flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic. This includes vehicles parked outside designated spaces or parked in two or more spaces, fire lanes, yellow zones, or other areas posted as no parking. $100.00
Parked in Restricted Zone Vehicles parked or standing in spaces or lots outside their permitted zones. This violation applies to students, faculty, and associates who park in improper zones, or areas posted as reserved, restricted, for specific vehicles, or visitor spaces. $50.00
Unauthorized Use of Permit Improper use, illegal sale or transfer of, alteration or reproduction of a CSCC parking permit. This includes parking with a CSCC permit for purposes unrelated to CSCC business -- classes, work, or events. All parties involved are subject to fines and possible disciplinary action. $100.00
Expired Meter Visitor vehicles parked at expired meters. This will also apply to students, faculty, and associates who improperly park at visitor meters which may also result in a citation for Parked in Restricted Zone. $20.00
Unauthorized Overnight Parking Vehicles may not be stored overnight on CSCC property without prior authorization from the Police Department. Authorization requires the display of a valid CSCC permit in the vehicle to be left. $100.00
. All State of Ohio Citations including handicap and traffic citations will be handled by the municipal courts not CSCC. Up to $500
 Updated 072012 . .

Parking fines are placed on student accounts and may result in restrictions for class registration or other activities. Employee parking fines are placed on the employee's Colleague Account.  All unpaid fines are submitted to the Ohio Attorney General's Office for collection.

All State of Ohio or City of Columbus Citations including handicap and traffic citations will be handled by the municipal courts not CSCC. Vehicles parked in handicap spaces are required to display a valid state handicap placard or license plate plaque in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 4511.69 and must be used by or for the transport of the person to whom the access was granted; a valid CSCC parking permit is also required unless the person with the handicap privilege is a visitor to CSCC and is parked at a metered visitor space. Students with valid CSCC parking permits and handicap privileges may park in employee or student lots. Handicap Zone fines are based upon the Ohio Revised Code and are set by the jurisdiction that processes the violation.

Citation Appeals

Citation Appeals Web site

Note: This section does not include State of Ohio citations, which are processed by local courts, not the Columbus State appeals process.

1. A Columbus State citation may be appealed if the recipient feels the citation was unjustified.
2. Appeals must be filed within ten (10) calendar days of receipt.  Appeals may be filed online at this link:
3. The appeal will be reviewed by the Parking Appeals Committee.
4. You will be notified of the appeal results through email notification to your CSCC email account. All decisions of the appeals committee are final.

Towing Policy

1. Columbus State is a private tow away zone.  The towing of cars is authorized by Ohio Revised Code 4511.681.
2. Vehicles may be towed for illegal parking or for excessive fines.
3. Towed vehicles with no “police hold” (ex. licensing, expired plates, etc.) placed on them may be released once the towing charges are paid to the towing service at the time of retrieval. Towing charges are determined by the individual towing companies. Most towing companies only accept cash payment.
4. Vehicles with “police holds” placed on them require the driver to go to the Police Department to get written authorization to release the vehicle.
5. All outstanding citations are your responsibility for payment, including those issued when your vehicle was towed.

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