Frequently asked parking questions

1. What is the mission of the parking program?

The mission of the parking program is intended to safeguard the general welfare of the college community members and guests and to promote order and ease of movement on the campus by supplementing the New York State Motor Vehicle and Traffic Law, which is in full force and effect on the campus.

2. Where is Parking Services located? 

University Police Parking Services is located at the corner of State Route 104W and New Street near the main entrance to the college. The phone number is 315-312-3227.

3. What are Parking Services hours of operation?
Parking Services is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m..  Closed 12:00PM-12:30PM for lunch.

4. Is my permit valid as soon as I place my order?

Parking permits are not valid until permanently affixed to the lower passenger side corner of the windshield. Decal Placement Example 

5. How do you register your car to get a parking permit (sticker)? 
You may register on-line on the Parking Portal.  Please allow 7-10 days for mailing.       

6. Can I purchase a permit for someone else's vehicle?
The vehicle must be registered to yourself or an immediate family member living at the same address.

7. How much does it cost to park on campus? 
Go to parking fee schedule.

8. What forms of payment are accepted?   

  • Payment can be made online by e-check or by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover) for parking permits or citations. 
  • In person at the Parking Office only cash and checks are accepted. 
  • Students are also given the option to transfer parking permit fees to their tuition bill.

9. What is the refund policy if you withdraw from school?
You may receive refunds of your parking fee only. The $10 processing fee is non-refundable. To receive a refund, the parking sticker must be returned and a refund must be requested.
100% - refund the first week of classes
70% - refund the second week of classes
50% - refund the third week of classes
30% - refund the fourth week of classes
* not refundable after this time.

10. What if you drive a different vehicle on campus for the day?
If you already have a permanent permit for another vehicle, then you will need to contact the Parking Office to obtain a temporary permit at no charge or purchase a temporary permit online for $1 per day. If you do not have a permanent permit you may get up to seven temporary permits for $1 a day per semester for Fall or Spring Semesters with a limit of 3 temporary permits for Summer Session .  Permits are non transferrable. 

11. Do you need to be registered with a parking permit to park on campus for evening classes that start after 4:00 pm?

12. Can you share your parking permit with other people?

13. What are the procedures for handicapped parking? 
Anyone that has been issued a handicapped hang tag or license plate through the city, town, village clerk or police departments may park in a handicapped parking space.  Parking in handicap spaces on campus requires a valid SUNY Oswego parking permit in addition to your handicap hangtag or license plate.

14. Do they ever not enforce parking?

15. Where can you park overnight if you are a commuter? 
You must obtain a temporary permit for a resident lot.

16. If you're a resident and you have a visitor come stay with you, where do they park, and do they need a permit?
Visitors that are staying with residents need to purchase a tempory/visitor permit online at  The permit must be printed and placed on the dashboard and be visible from the outside of vehicle.

17. How do you appeal a ticket? 
For information please go to the parking main page and click on appeals. 

18. Can you still receive a parking permit if you owe parking obligations?
No, you must pay all parking obligations before you can purchase a permanent or temporary permit.

19. How long do you have to pay a ticket, and does the amount increase if you don't pay it on time? 

You have five days to request an appeal. The amount does not increase.  Students with outstanding citations will be transferred to student accounts after 10 days of the citation being issued. Unpaid employee citations will be subject to payroll deduction.

20. Are there other ways to pay for tickets instead of coming in person to parking services?  How can payment be made for citations?
Yes, online at the Parking Portal.   You may send a check to parking services payable to SUNY Oswego.  

Mail checks to :

SUNY Oswego Parking Office
7060 State Rt. 104
Oswego, NY 13126

21. Who issues the parking tickets on campus?
The University Police officers issue the parking tickets on campus. Student workers for University Police may also issue parking tickets. These students have been fully trained by the Police Officers.

22. How many tickets can you get before you are booted?
10 paid or unpaid tickets or more commencing in the month of August, or such time thereafter when vehicular registration or renewal was effected, and extending to the first day of August of the following calendar year.

23. I'm a freshman can I bring my car to school?
Freshmen resident can park in a resident student lot in their zone after they purchase their resident permit.   Freshman commuters can park in Lot 7 or Lot 5 only, during the hours of 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.  From 5 p.m. until midnight they may park on main campus in commuter or employee lots if they have an active permit.                                                                                                                                                                        

24. Where does the money I pay for parking fines and fees go and what is it used for?
Parking fines and fees are collected and tallied each business day and deposited to the college accounts. Funds from the parking revenue is used for such things as parking signs, parking lot maintenance, civilian salaries, grounds equipment, parking lot construction etc. Funds from the parking program are used to support the SUNY Oswego campus.               

NYS University Police
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126
Police: 315.312.5555
Parking: 315.312.3227
Police fax: 315.312.2155