KSU General Parking Rules
Parking rules and regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Appropriate permits are required for all parking areas on campus.
Registration & Permits:
All students and employees parking a car on campus must register their vehicle and obtain a KSU parking permit. KSU allows one vehicle per permit to be on campus at a time. If two vehicles are on campus at the same time, both vehicles will be considered in violation, and both will receive a citation.
Permit Specific Parking:
All parking lots at KSU are permit specific and signage is color-coded to help guide you. Please refer to the Kennesaw Campus and Marietta Campus parking maps as a guide to where your permit is valid.
Loading zones are reserved for University vehicles and other authorized vehicles on official business. Drivers of private vehicles may use loading zones for a maximum of 30 minutes during actual loading and unloading of heavy or bulky materials. Failure to move the vehicle after the allotted time may result in a citation.
License Plate Visibility:
Once you have purchased your parking permit, register the vehicle(s) you plan to drive to campus online at parkingportal.kennesaw.edu. You may register multiple vehicles but only one vehicle may be parked on campus at one time. KSU uses parking enforcement technology that quickly scans vehicle license plates to verify that it is linked with a KSU parking permit and that the vehicle is parked in the proper parking area for that permit. All vehicles must be parked with their state-issued license plate or a Parking and Transportation-issued front plate visible to the driving lane so this technology may efficiently scan the plates. Failure to park with a license plate or Parking and Transportation-issued front plate visible to the driving aisle may result in a citation. We ask all permit holders that do not have a state-issued front license plate to either refrain from backing into spaces, visit the Card Services office to obtain a Parking and Transportation-issued front plate for $15, or park in one of the Shuttle Lots. Vehicle owners must provide mounting hardware due to the variety of vehicle makes and models and to minimize the cost of the plate. The plates are good as long as you have a valid parking permit. Front plates may not be resold, reassigned or given to another party.
Long Term Parking Needs:
Sometimes it is necessary to park a vehicle on campus for an extended period of time due to travel specifically related to KSU. For extended parking requests, please contact Parking and Transportation at email@example.com.
Parking Control Devices:
Parking control devices such as cones, barricades, stanchions or other blocking devices may not be used in any parking area, parking space or loading dock by individuals or departments other than Parking and Transportation and other authorized divisions.
No Posting Policy:
Posting of unauthorized flyers, posters, advertisements or notices of any kind are prohibited in all parking decks, lots and buses. All unauthorized postings will be removed and discarded immediately without prior notice or warning. Learn more about advertising in our buses and at our bus shelters.
Kennesaw State University offers Deans, University Cabinet and the President the option of purchasing a dedicated parking space. Dedicated spaces are marked with a “Permit Only” sign denoting only the holder of the specific permit is authorized to park in the space.
Parking and Transportation will ticket or request towing of an unauthorized vehicle in a dedicated space at the space owner’s request. Please call Parking and Transportation at 470-578-6506 or notify the Card Services office at 470-578-3436 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday to request the ticketing or towing of an unauthorized vehicle parked in a dedicated space. Outside of these hours, the space owner should park in another open faculty/staff space.
If the owner of a dedicated parking space discovers an unauthorized vehicle in their spot, they should report the unauthorized vehicle and request it to be ticketed or towed. The space owner will need to provide their name, KSU ID number, parking lot location and dedicated space number to Parking and Transportation, along with their preference to have the vehicle ticketed or towed. Also, they need to provide the color, make and model of the vehicle in the space plus its license plate number and state of issue. The space owner may leave the scene once all of the information listed above is conveyed to Parking and Transportation. The vehicle will not be ticketed or towed unless all of the information is provided.
Parking and Transportation will immediately issue a ticket and/or request a tow truck based upon the space owner’s request. Please note that the amount of time it takes for a vehicle to be towed will vary depending upon the towing company’s availability.
Flex Parking Hours
KSU students and employees with any valid KSU parking permit can utilize any available commuter parking areas on campus during the following hours for the fall, spring and summer semesters:
- Monday – Thursday, 5:00 PM – 7:00 AM
- Friday at 5:00 PM to Monday at 7:00 AM
Commuter parking areas include:
- West Parking Area
- East Parking Area
- Central Parking Area
- West Economy
- East Economy
- Town Point Economy
- Marietta Economy
- Shuttle Lots
Residential lots, designated Faculty/Staff spaces and lots, and Visitor parking areas are not included in the Flex Parking program.
License Plate Visibility
KSU uses parking enforcement technology that quickly scans vehicle license plates to verify that it is linked with a KSU parking permit and that the vehicle is parked in the proper parking area for that permit. All vehicles must be parked with their state-issued license plate or a Parking and Transportation-issued front plate visible to the driving lane so this technology may efficiently scan the plates. Failure to park with a license plate or Parking and Transportation-issued front plate visible to the driving aisle may result in a citation. We ask all permit holders that do not have a state-issued front license plate to either refrain from backing into spaces, visit the Card Services office to obtain a Parking and Transportation-issued front plate for $15, or park in one of the Shuttle Lots. Vehicle owners must provide mounting hardware due to the variety of vehicle makes and models and to minimize the cost of the plate. The plates are good as long as you have a valid parking permit. Front plates may not be resold, reassigned or given to another party.
Lot Full/Alternative Parking
- KSU parking permit holders must park in their assigned permitted area unless it is
full. If the assigned area is full, customers may park at one of the following locations:
- If your lot is full, please notify Parking and Transportation at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 470-578-6506.
- KSU parking permit holders must park in their assigned permitted area unless it is full. If the assigned area is full, customers may park at one of the following locations:
Purple Heart ParkingKSU has five dedicated Purple Heart parking spaces at the Kennesaw and Marietta Campuses reserved for campus community members who have been awarded the Purple Heart while serving our nation. Purple Heart spaces are respectfully reserved for military veterans with a Purple Heart license plate on their vehicle.
Kennesaw State University adopts these regulations pursuant to the authority conferred upon the Board of Regents to regulate the University System of Georgia Campus Traffic, Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA), Title 20. These regulations supersede all previous KSU Parking and Traffic Regulations pertaining to motor vehicle operation and parking on campus.
These regulations apply to all persons operating motor vehicles at Kennesaw State University and become part of the terms and conditions accepted by all persons permitted to operate motor vehicles on campus. Students, faculty and staff shall not operate or park any motor vehicle on campus unless qualified to do so under applicable State law and KSU regulations. The campus includes that property owned or leased by the Board of Regents and designated as Kennesaw State University. For the purpose of these regulations, a “motor vehicle” is a conveyance with two or more wheels propelled by an electric or fuel-burning motor.
University System of Georgia Parking Regulations:
- To facilitate a safe and orderly flow of traffic on campus, KSU adopts in full all the statutes and provisions of OCGA, Title 40, Article 10, regarding “Stopping, Standing and Parking.” When appropriate, curbs may be painted yellow to designate restricted parking as set forth by Georgia law; however, the lack of yellow curbing or restricted parking signs is not a defense for those charged with violations of state or campus parking regulations. Parking is not permitted on the grass, sidewalks, in driveways or any other area not designated for parking.
- Reserved parking areas include but are not limited to “faculty and staff reserved” lots, loading zones, visitor spaces and other areas marked reserved for specific persons or functions. Generally, loading zones are reserved for university vehicles and other authorized vehicles on official business. Drivers of private vehicles may use loading zones during actual loading and unloading of heavy or bulky material (30 minutes or less) with four-way flashers activated. After the car has been unloaded or loaded, the individual must move the vehicle to a legal parking space.
- KSU loading docks have additional requirements. Loading dock areas cannot be used without prior approval of Parking and Transportation. If a personal vehicle is parked in a loading dock area without the proper permit and/or permission, the vehicle will be ticketed and/or towed.
- Parking and Transportation will vigorously enforce Georgia’s “Parking Law for Persons with Disabilities” in accordance with OCGA 40-6-226. Drivers of vehicles parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities must have a valid license plate, or display the official permit issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles for person with disabilities in full view on their dashboard or hung from their rear view mirror.
- An illegally parked vehicle may be impounded without notice at the owner’s expense
if it presents a hazard to motorists or is obstructing traffic. Other vehicles subject
to immediate impoundment or booting include, but are not limited to, those parked
in marked “Tow Away Zones,” those parked in spots reserved for specific persons or for a numbered carpool,
and those receiving three or more parking citations (paid or unpaid).
- Vehicles are subject to impoundment or booting immediately upon receiving the third citation. Although KSU assumes no liability for damage or losses incurred as a result of such impoundment or booting, KSU Police officers shall attempt to inventory the contents of impounded vehicle(s) in order to account for any and all valuables contained therein. However, no officer shall attempt to gain entry for inventory purposes when said vehicle(s) are locked with all windows secured.
- Parking and Transportation will release an impounded or booted vehicle to the legal owner upon presentation of proof of ownership and payment of ALL outstanding parking fines and fees. The legal owner of the vehicle is responsible for all towing and storage charges pertaining to the impoundment.
- NOTE: Occasionally, a driver will park illegally and then put an old or misappropriated citation on his or her windshield in an attempt to beguile officers into believing they have already received a ticket. In an effort to discourage such behavior, such vehicles are subject to immediate impoundment.
- Students with unpaid fines will be subject to the following sanctions: holds on class registration and release of records, and/or referral to outside collection agencies.
- Note: If you have a HOLD on your registration, you must contact the Bursar’s office at 470-578-6013 on the Kennesaw Campus to get a list of all outstanding fees and fines.
- Payments are to be made in the Bursar’s office, 2nd floor of the James V. Carmichael Student Center, or online through KSU Parking Portal.
- If you are on the Marietta Campus, you must call the Bursar’s office at 678-915-7216 to get a list of all outstanding fees and fines. Or you may find the Bursar’s office on the Marietta Campus on the second floor of Norton Hall (R2 building). Your hold will only be released by the Bursar’s office once a payment is made. A HOLD WILL NOT be released unless the above procedure is followed.
- Kennesaw State University Police or Parking and Transportation may remove or immobilize a vehicle at the owner’s expense. Repeatedly cited vehicles may have their parking privileges revoked.
- Traffic safety on campus is everyone’s responsibility. Students, staff and faculty are expected to obey all traffic laws and practice safe driving habits while operating motor vehicles at Kennesaw State University. The speed limit is 25 MPH campus-wide (unless otherwise indicated), except in parking lots where it is 5 MPH. KSU is public property and all of the streets in and around campus are deemed public highways. Hence, anyone operating a motor vehicle in violation of Georgia law may be required to answer charges in State Court.
- Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Title 20, the KSU Police are charged with enforcing traffic laws on campus. They are fully empowered to make traffic arrests for offenses committed within their jurisdiction. Questions regarding Uniform Traffic Citations may be addressed to the State Court of Cobb County, Traffic Violations Bureau.
- The KSU Police will investigate all motor vehicle accidents occurring on campus. For purposes of documentation, drivers are urged not to move their vehicles until after the arrival of an officer. Copies of the accident reports are usually available three (3) business days after the written request is submitted.
Upon receipt of the fourth unpaid citation, vehicles are subject to being booted and/or towed at the owner’s expense. All outstanding KSU citations must be paid in order to remove a vehicle boot. All outstanding citations must be paid online at parkingportal.kennesaw.edu before a vehicle may be released. Boot removals are available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Please contact Parking and Transportation for a boot removal request.
Booting will be one of the final enforcement tool utilized in the process to ensure compliance with the university parking rules and regulations. KSU is authorized for vehicle removal or impoundment by Georgia Code 40-6-206 or Georgia Code 32-6-2. Kennesaw State University assumes no liability for damage to vehicles parked on KSU property or as a result of immobilization or impoundment.
The university boot fee is $60 (non-refundable) and may not be appealed. Vehicles found in violation of the following offenses will be booted at the owner’s expense:
Vehicles parked in violation after receiving three previous citations.
Legally parked but having $105 or more in outstanding citations.
Vehicle Boot Removal:
The driver will need to provide a KSU ID to Parking and Transportation in order to link vehicle information to the driver to process payment. Outstanding fines will need to be paid within 30 days to avoid a hold on the student’s account.
If the driver is not a faculty/staff/student of KSU, they will need to provide a photo ID, email address and current telephone number to Parking and Transportation in order to set up an account within the T2 portal to process payment.
Towing may occur if a vehicle is illegally parked in a dedicated parking space or impeding traffic and is considered a hazard by the Department of Public Safety. The tow fee does not cover towing costs or impoundment fees associated with the tow truck company. In the occurrence that your vehicle is towed, you may contact the towing company and pay the fine to have your vehicle released from the impound lot.
Parking and Transportation reserves the right to tow for the following instances:
- Parked in a designated tow zone/no parking zone.
- Parked in a handicapped, service vehicle, or a dedicated space.
- Parked in a drive lane or roadway.
- Parked at a designated bus stop.
- Parked on landscaping.
- Abandoned or derelict vehicle.
Contact Information for Towing Companies: