Parking & Transportation
Parking & Traffic Alerts:
- The East Garage expansion is open for parking with an additional 700+ spaces.
- With the opening of the expansion, there are new traffic patterns into the garage. A second, new entrance and roadway with a new traffic light has been added from Little Patuxent Parkway between the Firestone Complete Auto Care building and the Community Outreach building.
- Once inside the new garage expansion, you can cross over to the older garage on levels 0, 1, and 5 (roof). Pedestrians walkways are located on each floor, allowing you to walk between the expansion and the older garage.
- Accessible parking in the East Garage expansion is located at levels 1 and 3.
- There is a covered pedestrian bridge from level 3 of the garage expansion to the pathway at the corner of the Clark Library.
- Dragon Wagon shuttle service and satellite parking locations have been discontinued.
Parking at HCC
FREE parking lots and garages are available on campus for students, employees, and visitors.
Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Vehicles found in violation of college parking regulations are subject to citation and towing at the owner's or operator's expense. These regulations include:
- Several campus lots and two garages are open for students and visitor parking. Spaces for exclusive use will be designated by lot signage and colored parking stripes, and may only be occupied by vehicles clearly displaying the proper license plates or permits, including HCC decals/hangtags.
- Blue lines designate spaces accessible for persons with a disability (and the wheelchair-accessible symbol on the parking location map);
- Yellow lines designate employee-only spaces (and the symbol 2 on the parking location map);
- Green lines designate low-emitting and fuel efficient (LEHE) vehicles and carpool parking;
Note: A listing of low emission and high efficiency (LEHE) vehicles is maintained by the US Green Car Council. To apply for the (LEHE) vehicle sticker, documentation (i.e., vehicle manual) must be provided to the security office. Security will issue stickers for approved vehicles that must be placed on the right rear bumper. Carpool spaces are reserved for vehicles with at least three occupants and display a valid car pool permit from the sustainability office.
- Vehicle must utilize only one parking space.
- Motorcycles are permitted to park within a single space or in the designated "Motorcycle Only" parking spaces in the parking garages.
*A campus parking location map is linked here and print copies available from the Welcome Center to help determine appropriate areas and spaces. Basically, a space is open for parking unless designated otherwise. Currently, employee-only yellow-striped parking spaces remain in the same location but renamed with signage in the lots and the symbol 2 on the map: Lot B, areas of Lots G and F, and H.2 behind the Athletics & Fitness Center. Accessibility for persons with disabilities is conveniently located throughout the campus, including both garages and major lots, with locations designated on the map legend and in blue-lined spaces.
Driving on Campus
To ensure we have a safe place to learn and work, please follow these rules while driving on campus.
- Obey all traffic signs
- Yield the right of way to pedestrians at all times
- Heed the maximum speed limits on campus of 20 m.p.h. on roads, and 5 m.p.h. over speed bumps and in the parking garages.
Don't have a car? Fortunately, getting to campus via public transportation is comfortable and convenient in Howard County. Check out transit route schedules and maps.
Obtaining a Parking Pass
Please bring the following information with you to the Department of Public Safety:
- A copy of your current class schedule
- A valid photo ID (driver's license, student ID, or other form of picture ID)
- Your vehicle information, including tag number and vehicle description
Parking citations are issued for each violation. Vehicles improperly parked in handicapped spaces, reserved parking, fire lanes, carpool, low emissions, and no-parking areas will be issued a parking citation. Each citation carries a $50 penalty.
Vehicles without the appropriate HCC parking decal will be identified by license plate number. Fees associated with parking violators by license plate number are processed through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. All parking fees issued by the college are payable to HCC at the Cashier's Office, and grades will be released only when the fine is paid in full. In addition to receiving a parking citation from the college, a person parked in a handicapped space, fire zone, or no-parking zone is subject to additional fines from the Howard County Police Department. Howard County fines are imposed at $350 per violation in a handicapped space, $150 per violation in a fire zone, and $40 per violation in a no-parking area. All fines issued by Howard County are payable to the Howard County Police Department.