Parking regulations are applicable to all persons operating motor vehicles on university owned or controlled property year-round. By parking on university property each person agrees to comply with all parking regulations. Failure to comply may result in a citation or the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.

Please be advised that after August 31, 2019, hangtags will no longer be used as the primary permit verification on campus. Your registered license plate will serve as your parking permit and must be visible from the parking lot drive lane while parked on campus. Parking registration is required for all motor vehicles parked on campus. Vehicles may only be parked in lots corresponding to their permit designation and may only occupy a single parking space.

Parking Services is an income generating auxiliary, funded solely through revenues generated by permit sales and other fees. Parking Services is located in the Huffman Building (Police Department) at the corner of South 7th Avenue and Kagy Boulevard. For parking information, call 406-994-1723.

Parking regulations foster convenience and safety for all who park on campus and facilitate the efficient operation of the university. Regulations are deemed part of the terms and conditions of admission and enrollment of students, employment of staff members, and privilege of visitors to operate motor vehicles on campus. For more information on the authority of Parking Services to enforce these regulations, please refer to: Montana Code Annotated 20-25-312.



a. Motorized Vehicle: Any motorized conveyance having three or more wheels including "trikes" and ATVs, designed or used to transport persons or property on the highways of the state.

b. Motorcycle: Any motorized or electric conveyance with two wheels and a seat or saddle for the use of the operator. (Section XII)

c. Bicycle: A vehicle propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, irrespective of the number of wheels, except scooters, wheelchairs and similar devices. The term includes an electrically assisted bicycle. (Section XI)

d. Motorized Personal Mobility Device: A personal mobility device that has a motor or battery that powers movement. This includes but is not limited to the following types of devices: e-bikes, hover boards, motorized bicycles, e-scooters, motorized skateboards, motorcycles and Segways.



a. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round.

b. Permits are required weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in surface lots and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Parking Garage. 24 hour areas require a permit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

c. Parking is enforced as signed. Drivers are responsible for complying with parking designations and restrictions.

d. All students, staff and faculty will be informed via email of any exceptions to permit requirements.

e. Please note that parking is also enforced when classes are not in session.



a. Lot designations have been changed from their previous letter naming conventions (R, SB, E, F, etc.) to animals indigenous to Montana.

b. Please note parking permits are only valid in their corresponding lot(s). For example, a Bobcat permit will allow you to park in any lot designated as Bobcat.

c. If you are familiar with the previous lot numbers, those will not change. All lots have a monument-type sign at each lot entrance indicating the permit designation and the enforcement hours. Overhead signs are also posted to indicate the lot permit designation and lot number for easy identification.

d. If you are returning to campus and are unsure of the new lot names and designations, please refer to the campus parking map.

i. A campus parking map is available by clicking here: 2019-2020 Parking Map

e. Hourly visitor parking is available in the Parking Garage, on Harrison Street and in the Stadium lots using the Passport parking app.

f. A valid license plate number is required for all parking permit purchases. Failure to provide an accurate license plate number may result in a citation.



a. Parking permits may be purchased online through myinfo, at montana.edu/parking/permits.html, or in person at Parking Services.

b. Visitor permits may be purchased via kiosk in the Parking Garage or through the Passport app, available for download through the App Store or Google Play Store. Payment by cash or check is only available in person at Parking Services during normal business hours.

c. Please refer to the Parking Services website for current permit prices by clicking here: montana.edu/parking/permits.html

d. The parking permit refunds are offered on certain annual permits only. The full 2019-2020 parking permit refund schedule can be found here: http://www.montana.edu/parking/refunds.html.

e. Annual permits are valid for 13 months beginning August 1 of each calendar year.

f. Montana State disability placards or license plates must be obtained from the Montana Department of Justice, Motor Vehicle Division. Forms to apply for placards or license plates are available at Parking Services or online at Montana Department of Justice - Motor Vehicle Division - Vehicle Services - Forms

i. State ADA permits, in conjunction with any MSU permit, allows parking in all designated ADA accessible parking spaces on campus regardless of lot permit designation.

ii. When not parked in an ADA space, MSU permits are valid only for the lots specified by the permit designation.

g. Vehicles may share a single parking permit. However, only one vehicle associated with a permit may be parked on campus at one time. Up to eight vehicles can be linked to a single permit.

h. Low-emission vehicle permits are available for purchase at a discount

i. To find out if your vehicle may qualify for a discounted permit, please contact Parking Services.

ii. Low-emission permits may only be shared among low-emission vehicles.

iii. Low-emission permits are only available in person at Parking Services.

i. Department or other non-emergency state and federal vehicles parked in university lots must display a valid permit for the lot in which they are parked with the exception of select university service vehicles.

j. The person to whom a permit is issued or sold is responsible for all future citations linked to that permit unless Parking Services receives a release of liability from the original owner.

k. Retirees or spouses of deceased retirees from Montana State University Bozeman may be entitled to a single Retiree Bobcat permit, free of charge. Each permit will be valid for up to three years and can be transferred among vehicles. Documentation is to be provided by university Personnel & Payroll to substantiate retired status. Retiree status is defined as eligible for MSU retirement benefits.



  1. Parking motor vehicles on campus is a privilege and not a right. Failure to comply with university parking regulations may result in revocation of your parking privileges.
  2. Parking privileges will be revoked after accumulating 10 citations in a single academic year.
  3. Parking outside of designated parking areas is prohibited.
  4. Vehicles must be parked completely within the designated boundaries of a single parking space.
  5. The university assumes no responsibility for the care or protection of any vehicle or its contents while operated or parked on campus.
  6. Parking conditions as depicted on the campus parking map and regulations are subject to change; actual signage on streets and in lots should be followed regardless of map depictions.
  7. Any change in vehicle registration information must be reported to Parking Services as soon as practicable. The owner of record assumes all liability for parking violations.
  8. Falsifying parking registration information voids the permit. This includes falsification of name, residence, license number or any other data.
  9. Vehicles shall not park in any university parking area while undergoing major repairs. All vehicles must be operable and in good running condition when parked on campus.
  10. Whenever a car is parked improperly because of mechanical failure, the owner or driver must notify University Police as soon as practicable.
  11. Vehicle license plates must be visible from the parking lot drive lane and clear of obstructions at all times.
  12. Vehicles may not be left on campus over summer and winter breaks without the approval of Parking Services. Parking Services may designate parking areas where vehicles can be stored over breaks. Vehicles left in parking lots other than those designated are subject to tow at owner’s expense.
  13. Parking Services may impose parking limitations as needed (e.g. temporary lot closures due to events, maintenance, etc.)
  14. Vehicles may only occupy a specific timed/metered parking area once per two-hour period. Moving your vehicle to a different parking space within the same 30 minute area within a two-hour period is strictly prohibited.
  15. Any accident involving a vehicle on university property must be reported to University Police as soon as practicable.
  16. The purchase of annual parking permits for privately owned vehicles and payment of parking citations shall not be paid from institutional funds. Payments may be made by cash, personal check, personal credit card, Cat Card or by payroll deduction.
  17. Trailers, campers, RVs and oversized vehicles are not allowed on campus without prior approval of Parking Services. Overnight camping is prohibited. Exceptions are noted below in Sections VII and XI below.



  1. Football Game Day Parking: Overnight occupancy of campers, RVs and trailers may be permitted at the discretion of the Parking Manager 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday in Stadium lots 20 and 25. Portions of lot 15 may also be designated as RV parking for home football games.
    1. RVs must be self-contained as there is no dumping on campus.
    2. Mid-week home games will be handled on a game-by-game basis.
  2. Special Event Parking Requests: Campus departments must make prior arrangements for event parking by filling out the Special Event Parking Request Form located at montana.edu/parking/special-events-parking-request-form.html.
    1. Please note that requests may not be processed unless submitted at least 72 hours prior to the event.
    2. Requests are approved at the discretion of the Parking Manager.



  1. Any vehicle found in violation of the following may be towed and impounded at the direction of Parking Services. The operator/owner of any towed vehicle will be liable for paying tow fees, impound fees and parking fines at the time of vehicle release. Tow fees will apply when the tow truck is dispatched. The university assumes no liability for damages caused by the tow process. Any unclaimed impounded vehicle will be disposed of as an abandoned vehicle in accordance with state law. Infractions resulting in a tow or boot include and are not limited to:
    1. Vehicles parked in 24-hour Reserved spaces without a valid permit or special permission.
    2. Vehicles parked in a no parking zone or areas not designated for parking.
    3. Vehicles displaying a lost, stolen, forged, altered or counterfeit permit.
    4. Any vehicle constituting a hazard or interfering with university operations.
    5. More than three citations in one academic year.
    6. Ten or more citations in one academic year will result in revocation of parking privileges.
      1. All parking permits belonging to the owner will be deactivated and are not eligible for any refunds.
      2. Parking privileges will be suspended for the remainder of the academic year.



  1. Parking Services may withhold the amount of any unpaid parking fines from any amount owing any student, employee or faculty member.
  2. Failure to pay parking fines may prohibit a student from registering for classes.
  3. When a registered vehicle is issued a citation, the permit holder is responsible for all violations recorded against the permit.
  4. When an unregistered vehicle is issued a citation, the DMV-registered owner is responsible for all violations recorded against the vehicle.
  5. All citations must be paid or appealed within 10 days of the issue date. Failure to pay on time will result in a $10 fee increase on the 11th day. After 60 days, a collections process will be initiated and additional fees will apply.



  1. The appeals process is not an alternative to compliance with parking regulations.
  2. Failure to comply with parking regulations is not legitimate grounds for appeal and will not be referred to the Parking Appeals Board. Examples include:
    1. Lost citations. The fact that a citation exists is prima facie evidence that it was placed on the vehicle.
    2. Parking illegally for a short period of time.
    3. Failure to take note of properly signed and marked areas.
    4. Unfamiliarity with university parking regulations.
  3. If you choose to appeal your citation, it must be filed online at montana.edu/parking/appeals.html within 10 calendar days of the citation issue date.
  4. Citations upheld by the Parking Appeals Board must be paid within 10 calendar days of the appeal decision to avoid additional fees.
  5. Appeal results will be sent via email.
  6. In-person and third party appeals are not typically accepted. 



  1. Bicycle regulations are applicable to all persons operating bicycles on university owned or controlled property year-round.
  2. By parking on university property each person agrees to comply with all bicycle regulations. The full list of bicycle regulations can be found here: montana.edu/policy/bicycle_regulations/
  3. Bicycles locked to trees, fences, poles or anything other than an approved bike rack may be removed and impounded. The operator/owner of any impounded bicycle will be liable for paying fees at the time of release.
  4. Bicycles do not require a parking permit and may only park in any bike rack on campus.
  5. Bicycle registration is free and aids in the return of stolen or lost bicycles.
    1. The bicycle’s serial number is required in order to register along with a detailed description of the bike and any accessories.



  1. Motorcycles permits are available to purchase; please see parking permit website for permit fees.
  2. If you have already purchased an annual permit for a vehicle, you may add your motorcycle license plate to that permit free of charge. However, only one vehicle associated with a permit may be parked on campus at one time.
  3. Motorcycles are only allowed to park in motorcycles designations as noted on the parking map.



  1. Service Drives: No parking will be allowed at any time in service drives, service parking or loading zones without prior permission.
    1. To obtain prior permission, please call Parking Services at 406-994-1723.
      1. Service Drive permission is granted to individuals if they have loading/unloading needs.
      2. The number of times Service Drive permission and the length of time permitted is granted at the discretion of Parking Services.
      3. Permission is typically allowed in 20 minute increments.
  2. Safety Escorts: A safety escort may be requested 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (406) 994-2121, option 4.
  3. Battery Jump Starts: Vehicle jump starts may be requested 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (406) 994-2121, option 1.
  4. Vehicle Unlocks: Vehicle unlocks may be requested 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (406) 994-2121, option 1.
  5. Vehicle Storage: Parking Services provides a limited number of RV storage spaces for rent to students, staff and faculty. Availability is first come first served.
    1. The primary contact must be a registered owner of the vehicle or boat.
    2. Owners will be charged a monthly fee. A late fee will be applied to your account if payment is not received by the 10th of each month.
    3. Pre-payments are permitted for up to 6 months. Monthly payroll deductions are not available for RV storage.
    4. Any damage occurring in the RV lot must be reported before the vehicle is removed from the lot. Failure to report damage before removal will constitute a waiver of claims by the owner.
    5. Failure to pay will result in the immediate cancellation of the vehicle owner’s RV lot rental agreement. Parking Services retains the right to tow any vehicle that remains in the lot after cancellation or expiration of the agreement. Arrangement for storage for such vehicle in a commercial storage facility will be at the owner’s expense.