General Guidelines

The College provides parking privileges to all members of the College Community in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Peripheral parking for students.
  • Spaces within a 5-7 minute walk for faculty and staff.
  • To keep fire lanes clear at all times.
  • To provide a safe environment by prohibiting parking on sides
    of roads, walkways and lawns.
  • To administer all parking regulations through fair, direct and
    unbiased procedures.

All faculty, staff and enrolled students (including students living off campus) are eligible to park on the campus. Parking spots are not guaranteed, even if you have registered your vehicle with Public Safety.

Students are not allowed to regularly use vehicles registered to College employees without registering the vehicle as a student vehicle and paying the appropriate fee.

The College does not permit student-aid funds to be used to subsidize motor vehicle expenses.

All vehicles must be registered with the Department of Public Safety and display a valid permit.

Vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas in accordance with the displayed parking decal and the parking rules.  The parking rules and regulations are in effect at all times throughout the year to include summer, all breaks, weekends and holidays.  The person who registers the vehicle for campus parking is responsible for all operation of the vehicle on campus.

The Department of Public Safety has the responsibility of enforcing campus parking regulations on a 24-hour, 365 days a year basis.

Middlebury College is not responsible for thefts or damage that may occur to an automobile while parked on campus.

Visitors to the campus are expected to park appropriately and are required to have a parking pass if parked overnight.


Vehicles operated by students, faculty, and staff may be parked or driven on campus roadways under the provisions of College regulations and Vermont laws relating to motor vehicles.

Violations of motor vehicle laws or College motor vehicle regulations that endanger the safety of others such as driving on sidewalks or failing to stop at stop signs, are regarded as serious offenses and will not be tolerated. Drivers must be aware of road signs.  Parking on grass, gravel, and sidewalks is prohibited. Violations will result in a fine, payment of damages, disciplinary proceedings, and may result in loss of driving and parking privileges at Middlebury College. Driving the wrong direction on the roadway (hill) near Stewart Hall may result in a fine, payment of damages, disciplinary proceedings, and may result in the loss of driving and parking privileges at Middlebury College.

Note: Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime and may result in arrest by the local police, a criminal record, and court costs. Student discipline for incidents of DUI are covered in the Student Handbook under Conduct.

The person to whom the parking permit is issued shall be responsible for any violations involving the vehicle

Closing Lots

Under certain circumstances it may be necessary to limit or prevent access to various parking areas.  Examples include but not limited to special or unusual events such as Commencement, Athletic Events (Football, Hockey Games etc) and Arrival Centers.  Any vehicle remaining in a closed lot is subject to removal at the owners expense.

Loading and Unloading

People may contact the DPS and request to park near a College building for a brief period of time to load/unload large/heavy items. An explanation of the request, the desired location and vehicle information are required. The DPS will determine if the request can be granted and, if so, specify the length of time allowed for this activity.

Towing and Immobilization Policy

Vehicles are subject to immobilization (BOOT) and tow for the following reasons:

  • Parking in a handicapped space
  • Loading zone
  • off pavement or on the lawn
  • Unregistered or parked in the wrong permit area.
  • Parking in areas which create a danger to safety and welfare of persons and property (i.e., fire lanes, service areas, traffic lanes, blocking driveway, parked on sidewalks, etc.)
  • Repeated violations of the parking rules and regulations
  • Abandoned on campus
  • Winter Parking Ban Violation
  • Night Parking Violation
  • Emergency situations.
  • Parking in Faculty/Staff lots between Midnight and 5:00 pm

When a BOOT is placed on the vehicle, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE THE VEHICLE. Contact the Department of Public Safety.  Middlebury College accepts no responsibility for damage caused if the vehicle is moved while the Immobilizer is in place.

Winter Parking Ban - Snow Removal

The winter parking ban is in effect from November 1 through April 1 to ensure effective snow removal. The ban is in effect even when there is no snow in the forecast. (Please note: The ban may be extended if weather conditions warrant.)

During this ban all overnight parking is restricted as follows:  Student permits are limited to student lots only.  Faculty/staff permits are restricted to the Mahaney Center for the Arts and the lot behind Kenyon Arena.  Visitor parking is restricted to the Mahaney Center for the Arts visitor areas.

Parking in any other faculty/staff or visitor areas overnight during the winter ban is a violation. Violators of the winter parking ban will be towed and required to pay all fines and fees associated with the tow.

Middlebury Town Parking Ordinances

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for enforcing Town of Middlebury parking ordinances in the following areas:

  • Route 30 (South Main Street) between Porter Field Road and
    the Golf Course Access Road.
  • Hillcrest Road, Adirondack View and Blinn Lane.
  • College Street (Route 125) between Shannon Street and the
    access to Ridgeline Road.
  • South street, between Porter Field Road and Porter Hospital
  • Storrs Avenue