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.  In person services are currently by appointment only.  Please call 315-312-3227 for an appointment.

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

  5. The vehicle must be registered to either yourself or an immediate family member living at the same address.
    Stickers must be displayed on the front windshield, lower passenger side corner and they must be permanently affixed, (meaning that they cannot be taped on) or your vehicle is not considered registered and you could still get a ticket for either improper display of your permit or for being unregistered if you did not put the permit on your car.

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

  7. What forms of payment are accepted?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Online you can pay be e-check, transfer to Student Accounts or by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover).  Students are also given the option to transfer parking fees to their tuition bill.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 go online to the Parking Portal to obtain a temporary permit at no charge. 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 not transferrable. 

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

  11. Can you share your parking permit with other people.

  12. 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.

  13.  Do they ever not enforce parking?

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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 business days to pay or two business 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.

  19. 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 main page, just click the Parking Portal button.   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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.                                                                                                                                                                        

  23. 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.               

  24. Finally, for all customers, parking staff has an obligation to treat all customers with respect and dignity and to answer questions regarding parking procedures, rules and regulations fully and accurately. 

    Customers should treat parking staff in the same manner. No one likes to receive parking violations, however, that does not entitle students, employees or visitors to treat parking staff in a personally threatening or intimidating manner. Those in violation may be subject to sanctions via the Office of Student Conduct or criminal prosecution from the University Police Department depending on the circumstances. 

    All complaints, questions or problems may be directed to the Parking Division at the University Police Parking Services, 315.312.3227 or by email at

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