Parking Procedures and Guidelines

I. Purpose

These procedures are in effect with respect to the use of streets, roads, alleys, driveways, and parking lots of the College. The procedures are applied consistent with Chapters 20 and 115D -21 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The Board of Trustees is authorized and empowered to make additional regulations, not inconsistent with General Statutes, and to establish parking areas both on and off-campuses.

These procedures and guidelines are intended to maintain College parking spaces and lots for the benefit of employees, students, and visitors to every campus and facility owned, operated, or leased by Central Piedmont. Central Piedmont will enforce parking regulations and procedures to ensure that all permitted and authorized individuals have maximum access to suitable parking on and adjacent to campus properties.

II. Procedures and Guidelines

A. Parking Guidelines

  1. Student Parking Areas will be designated with posted signage. Students must display an appropriate permit to avoid penalty.
  2. Employee Parking Areas will be designated with posted signage. Employees must display an appropriate permit to avoid penalty. Employees must also possess employee parking access cards when assigned a space in a gated area.
  3. Visitor Parking Areas will be designated by posted signage and by gates and pay-stations. Visitors will pay established parking fee rates upon exit from parking area. Visitors may be issued tokens for validated, unpaid exit from restricted parking areas.

B. Violations

Parking is specifically prohibited for all vehicles in fire lanes, yellow-marked areas, in loading and delivery areas, in “No Parking” zones, beside dumpsters, on sidewalks, and in unmarked spaces on streets, driveways, and adjacent to buildings. A permit must be displayed on any vehicle parked in a space reserved for parking by handicapped persons. The following are deemed violations of parking guidelines:

1. No Permit Displayed

No employee permit displayed in an employee only parking area; or, no student permit displayed in a student only parking area.

2. Expired Permit

Permit term has expired.

3. Parking On/Over the Line

Taking up two spaces, thereby preventing someone else from parking.

4. No Parking

Parking a vehicle in an area designated “No Parking,” thereby creating an unsafe condition for other drivers and potentially obstructing access for emergency response vehicles.

5. One Hour Limit

Parking over allotted time in a time-restricted visitor parking area.

6. Time Restricted Loading Zone Violation

Parking over allotted time in a 20-minute loading zone.

7. Blocking Drive Aisle or Driveway

Using parked vehicle to obstruct a driveway, thereby creating an unsafe condition or preventing other drivers from entering or exiting.

8. No Student Parking

No students may park in an area designated for employees or in unpaid visitor parking areas. Exception: Employees of Central Piedmont enrolled in less than six credit hours may park in employee parking areas by displaying the appropriate permit.

9. No Employee Parking

No Employees may park in a designated student or unpaid visitor parking area. Exceptions: Employees who choose to pay a CAPS fee may be permitted to use student parking areas. Employees with disabilities may be authorized by a Dean or Associate Dean, on a case-by-case basis, to use student or visitor parking areas without incurring cost.

10. Unauthorized use of Handicapped Space

Parking in a handicapped space with no displayed placard or license tag permit. Fraudulent use of a handicapped placard not assigned to the vehicle driver or passenger will result in a fine of $250 being assessed.

11. Unauthorized use of Handicapped Van Access Zone

Parking in a zone designated for wheelchair accessible vans.

12. Breaking Gate

Visitor has broken a parking gate without emergency, thereby damaging school property.

13. No Storage

No unauthorized long-term storage or unauthorized overnight parking of personal vehicles in or on Central Piedmont facilities or premises.

14. Littering

Depositing or dumping refuse or hazardous materials on Central Piedmont property.

15. Fire Lane

Parking a vehicle in a manner which obstructs a zoned fire lane, thereby creating a public safety hazard.

16. Lot Closed

Unauthorized parking in an area which has been closed after hours, reserved for a special College function, or undergoing maintenance or repair.

17. Gate Running

A driver intentionally tailgates out of a visitor parking gate or into a gated employee area to avoid the purchase of a permit or payment of fees. Such actions jeopardize him/herself, their vehicle, other drivers, pedestrians, and Central Piedmont property through a deliberate act.

18. Reserved Parking Violation

A vehicle has been parked in a reserved parking space.

19. Improper Display of Permit

A permit has been placed in a manner that obscures validation date, access authorization, etc. Indicates a possible misuse of or sharing a permit.

20. Misuse of Permit

Sharing of non-transferable permits to avoid payment of fees.

21. Misuse of Employee Parking Card

Sharing of card to allow an unauthorized individual access to a gated employee area.

22. Unsafe Operation of Motor Vehicle

Motorist drives in such a manner as to endanger lives or property. A notice for this violation must be approved by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Officer, the Parking Manager, or by the on-duty Security Investigator.

C. Enforcement, Fees, and Appellate Review


A “Notice of Parking Violation” will be issued to employees, students, and visitors who park incorrectly. Violators prevent others from parking in designated areas for which they have paid fees, require special needs access, or create unsafe conditions. A violation notice will be issued and placed where it’s easily observed by the driver. If a driver is present in the parked vehicle, they will be instructed to correct the violation immediately. A notice of violation will not be issued if the driver responds accordingly.


Each notice of parking violation and its current disposition will be stored in a database for a period of not less than 5 years.

3. Fine Schedule

Fees associated with fines will be $15 for each violation. Unauthorized “Handicapped” parking will result in a $250 fine. As for disposition of all fines collected for parking violations, per N.C.G.S. 115D-21. The clear proceeds of all civil penalties collected…shall be remitted to the Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund in accordance with N.C.G.S 115C-457.2.

4. Payments

Payments may be made as indicated by verbiage printed on the notice of parking violation. Payments may be made by check or money order. Cash will not be accepted by Parking Personnel. Payments may also be remitted on-line via credit card.

5. Appeals

Appeals may be arranged as indicated by verbiage printed instructions on the reverse of the notice of parking violation. Appeals will be processed via a third-party parking adjudicator, not directly affiliated with Central Piedmont Community College or its parking, security, or ticketing processes.

6. Records Hold

Repeat violators with accumulated fees in excess of $50 may be reported to the Registration Office, where a hold may be placed on grades and transcripts. This will be initiated at the direction of the Parking Manager. Each hold must be approved by the Vice President of Finance and Facilities Operations or designee.

7. Wheel Locks

Wheel locking devices represent restraint of movement. Vehicles will be wheel locked only if the driver has three or more open, unpaid notices of violation. All wheel locks must be pre-approved by the Parking Manager. The Security Operations Shift Supervisor must be placed on stand-by to observe safe removal. Cases not resolved by wheel locking devices may be directed to the attention of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Court System, or to the office of the Associate Vice President of Student Services, as applicable.

8. Enforcement Towing

Towing will be accomplished at Central Piedmont only when a vehicle is parked in an unsafe manner, or obstructs other vehicles. All vehicles to be towed and impounded must be pre-approved by the Parking Manager, who will inform the Senior Director of Security Services or designee.

D. Enforcement Considerations

  1. Enforcement in parking areas will be performed to provide adequate and safe parking for all those who work, are enrolled at, visit or access College facilities. Enforcement in alleys, roadways, drive, and/or fire lanes will be performed to ensure that the highest level of safety is maintained at all times.
  2. An appellate process will be made available for all drivers who receive notices of parking violation. Adjudication of appeals will be performed by a third party.
  3. All appellate communications will occur in writing.
  4. When applicable and available, photographs of the violation will be provided to the driver, upon request.
  5. Cash will never be accepted by a Parking Enforcement Officer for payment of parking violation fees.

E. Employee Parking-Specific

  1. Display permits at all times.
  2. The permit must be displayed in lower left corner of the rear window. Drivers of convertible automobiles may display the permit on the windshield.
  3. A parking permit is for designated employee areas only. If an employee parks in student areas, validation is required.
  4. Parking stickers are for registered vehicle use only. If multiple vehicles as used, owner/operator may apply for a second sticker for that vehicle.
  5. If vehicle information changes, the owner/operator should update that information online at Preferred Parking.
  6. Designated loading areas have a 20-minute time limit. These spaces are used to load and unload materials from a vehicle. The area should be cleared as quickly as practicable after loading/unloading. If there is a significant amount of material to unload for a class, and there is need to temporarily park as close to a building, loading zone parking is for a maximum of 20 minutes and a call should be made to College Security Services.
  7. If a parking pass is needed for a guest speaker, call the College Security Services non-emergency number, and they will contact Preferred Parking Services.

Related Policies

Policy 2.02 Parking