Student Parking Regulations

Spirit and Intent

CPCC Parking Areas are maintained for the benefit of students, employees, and visitors to every campus and facility utilized by Central Piedmont Community College. CPCC’s Parking Regulations will be enforced for the benefit of those who use campus facilities, to ensure that all permitted or authorized individuals have maximum access to suitable parking in and around campus parking areas. Enforcement of parking regulations will be performed with the express intent of maintaining accessible and safe parking for all who visit CPCC.

Enforcement, Fees, and Appellate Review:

  1. Notice of Parking Violation will be issued to those who park incorrectly, thereby preventing others from parking, or to those drivers who park a vehicle in a manner so as to cause an unsafe condition. A violation notice will be issued in an envelope, which will be placed on the window of the offending vehicle in a place where the notice may be easily observed by the driver. If a driver is present in the parked vehicle, he or she will be instructed to correct the violation. A notice of violation will NOT be issued if the driver corrects the violation.
  2. Each notice of parking violation and its current disposition will be stored in a database for a period of not less than 5 yrs.
  3. Fee Schedule: Fees associated with fines will be $15 for each violation.
  4. Payments: may be made through clearly indicated verbiage printed on the notice of 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: may be made through clearly printed instructions on the reverse of the violation notice. 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, and a hold may be placed on grades and registration. This will be initiated at the direction of the Parking Manager. Each hold must be approved by the Director of Administrative Services/Bursar.
  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, and 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 Mecklenberg Courts or to the office of the Associate Vice President of Student Services, as applicable.
  8. Enforcement Towing: Towing will be accomplished at CPCC 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 or designated representative.

Parking Guidelines

  1. Student Parking Areas will be designated with posted signage. Students must display proper permit.
  2. Employee Parking Areas will be designated with posted signage. Employees must display appropriate permits. Employees must possess employee parking access cards in gated areas.
  3. Visitor Parking Areas will be designated by posted signage and by gates and pay-stations. Visitors will pay established parking fee upon exit from parking area. Visitors may be issued tokens for validated, unpaid exit from parking areas.

Violations subject to issuance of notice of parking violation and Definitions of violations

  1. No Permit Displayed. No Employee Permit Displayed in an employee only parking area, no Student Permit Displayed in a student only parking area
  2. Expired Permit—Permit has expired.
  3. Parking on/over the line—Taking two spaces, and thereby preventing someone else from parking.
  4. No Parking—Parking a vehicle in a designated no parking area. Creates an unsafe condition for other drivers, and may obstruct emergency access for 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 CPCC 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 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 an handicapped space with no displayed placard or license tag permit. Fraudulent use of an handicapped placard not assigned to the vehicle driver or passenger. FINE $250.
  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 CPCC Facilities.
  14. Littering—Depositing or Dumping of refuse or hazardous materials on CPCC property.
  15. Fire Lane—Parking a motor vehicle in a manner which obstructs a zoned fire lane, thereby causing a great safety deficiency.
  16. Lot Closed—Unauthorized parking in an area which has been closed after hours, or reserved for maintenance or special function.
  17. Gate Running—A driver has deliberately jeopardized him or herself, his or her vehicle, other drivers, pedestrians and vehicles, and CPCC property in a deliberate act of theft, by tailgaiting out of a visitor parking gate or into a gated employee area to avoid payment of fees.
  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 vital data. Indicates a possible attempt to misuse or share a permit.
  20. Misuse of Permit—Sharing of 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 CMPD Officer, the Parking Manager, or by the on-duty Security Investigator.

Enforcement Considerations

  1. Enforcement in parking areas will be performed only up to a level necessitated by the need to provide adequate and safe parking for all those who visit Central Piedmont Community College or use its facilities. Enforcement in alleys, roadways, drive lanes, and fire lanes will be performed rigorously to ensure that the highest possible 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 removed third party.
  3. All Appellate communication will occur in writing. Telephone contact will never result in a completed appeal process, and interpersonal contact must result in a written appeal.
  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.