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The following regulations apply to all persons who operate a motor vehicle or bicycle on the Howard Community College campus.

Regulations are needed to promote safety and to ensure immediate access for emergency vehicles.

Parking Security Officer

All vehicle operators are subject to HCC's traffic rules while on campus.  Vehicles found in violation of college parking regulations are subject to citation and towing at the owner's or operator's expense.

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 regulations are in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Vehicles may park only in designated areas/spaces and must display the appropriate HCC decal.
• Vehicle must utilize only one parking space.
• Pedestrians have the right of way at all times.
• Maximum speed on campus is 20 m.p.h. on roads, 5 m.p.h. over speed bumps and in the parking garage.
• Operators must obey all traffic signs. 

Parking and Driving on Campus

Parking is defined as stationing a vehicle, with or without a driver in attendance and irrespective of time of day or length of time the vehicle is stationed.

Students driving on campus are required to register their vehicle and obtain a parking pass at the Department of Public Safety. The responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator.

Students may park in Lots A, B, C, F, J and the 2 parking garages. Handicapped parking is conveniently located throughout the campus, including all major lots.  Spaces designated by signs and blue, green, or yellow lines may be used only by persons with the proper hangtags, license plates, stickers, or permits.  Blue lines designate disabled spaces, green lines designate low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles and carpool parking, and yellow lines designate staff spaces. 

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. 

Motorcycles are permitted to park within a single space or in the designated "Motorcycle Only" parking spaces in the parking garages.


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.

Payment for Fines

Fines may be paid at the Cashier's Office from 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:45 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  Towed vehicles will not be released until all fines owed to the college are paid.



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