Campus Safety Officers and Parking Enforcement Officers are responsible for enforcing the Carleton University Parking and Traffic Regulations. All enforcement personnel are designated as private property officers and as such are duly authorized to issue parking tickets/fines on campus.

It is the responsibility of every person using the Carleton University Parking Facilities and Services to conduct themselves in accordance with the Carleton University Parking and Traffic Regulations. Carleton University and Parking Services have zero tolerance for the verbal or physical abuse of university and parking enforcement staff.  Any violation or abuse may result in disciplinary action or sanctions and revocation of privileges.

General Regulations

  • There are no “free parking” areas on campus. Any vehicle not validly registered (permit parking areas), parked in an unauthorized or prohibited area, or otherwise failing to provide proof of validation/payment (visitor parking areas) may be issued a parking offence notice
  • Permit and visitor parking areas on the university campus are enforced Monday to Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
  • Permit holders must pay for parking when parked in Pay by Plate parking areas, with the exception of Accessibilty Permit holders.
  • A maximum four (4) hour parking restriction (time limit) is enforced in Lot P1 (Southam Hall), P16 (River Building Garage), and on-street parking locations.
  • Daily maximum, full-day parking is available in the following Pay and Display lots: P4B, P5A, P7, P9L1-3, P10, P17 and P18. All parking rates charged at Pay by Plate parking machines include HST.
  • All vehicles must only park in designated parking spaces, in compliance with posted signage.

Out of Service Payment Equipment/Services 

Parking Services offers several payment option is Visitor Parking lots. Some are serviced by Pay by Plate plate machines and all are serviced by HotSpot Mobile payment.  Parking Services endeavors to tend to all inoperative Pay by Plate machines, and access gates promptly. Should you encounter any problems using this equipment, please contact the Parking Services Office at 613 520-3623 or by email at Parking equipment can experience failures/malfunctions from time-to-time. Alternatively, HotSpot mobile payment/validation is available in every Visitor parking area. This can be accessed with the HotSpot Mobile App or by scanning a posted QR Code with a mobile device. Locations of all campus Pay by Plate stations are also posted on all Visitor lot QR Code signs. If neither the Pay Station or HotSpot option is feasible in a particular , it is expected that another lot would be used instead.  The excuse of free parking is not valid when parking equipment/machines/services are found to be out of order.