Parking FAQs


Q: Does every student vehicle on campus need a permit?
A: Yes, all student vehicles must have a valid parking permit in order to park on campus.

Q: Do I have to register my car with security?
A: Yes, all students must register their vehicles with Campus Security and Safety, even if they do not have an on-campus parking permit. This is so the college can contact the owner/driver in the event of an emergency.

Q: I was awarded a permit in the Parking Lottery. What do I need to bring with me to get my permit?
A: Students will need their Bates ID and the vehicle’s registration. Please note, in order to qualify for on-campus parking, the vehicle must be registered either to the student or a parent.  *The College does not guarantee parking will be available. A permit is merely permission to park legally in one of the college lots.*

Q: I’m a student; where can I park during the day?
A: Please refer to the Bates campus map to locate a student parking lot.

Q: Where can I park on nights and weekends?
A: Students with permits are also allowed to park in:

  • Faculty/staff lots between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. during the weekdays and from 5 p.m. Friday to midnight on Sunday.
  • The Nichols Street lot during weekday evenings and Sunday evenings between 5 p.m. and midnight.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking is prohibited on North Bardwell Street between the hours of Midnight and 6 a.m., including weeknights and weekends.

Q: How much does a student parking permit cost?
A: A student parking permit costs $100 per academic year. Student permits are billed directly to student accounts.

Q: Are first year students allowed to park on campus?
A: First year students are not allowed to park on campus except under special circumstances.

Q: Who can I talk to regarding parking issues?
A: Parking questions or concerns should be directed to the Parking Coordinator at Security and Campus Safety during regular business hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m. M-F) or by phone at (207) 786-6254.


Q: I’m an employee. Where can I park?
A: Please refer to the Bates campus map to locate an employee parking lot.

Q: Do I need a parking permit?
A: Yes, all employee vehicles must have a valid parking permit in order to park on campus. 

Q: Where do I get my parking permit?
A: Employees can obtain a no-cost parking permit at the Office of Security and Campus Safety located at 245 College Street (the corner of College Street and Campus Avenue).

Q: How much does a parking permit cost?
A: There is no cost for an employee parking permit.

Q: Can I get an additional permit for my other cars?
A: Yes, an additional permit can be given for those employees with multiple cars.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to get a permit for my vehicle(s)?
A: Your registration and Bates-issued employee ID is all that is needed. New employees must register their vehicle(s) within their first week of employment.


Q: I have a visitor coming to campus overnight. Do they need a permit?
A: Yes, all visitors wishing to park overnight on campus must obtain a valid parking permit.

Q: Where do I get a visitor parking permit?
A: Visitor parking permits can be picked up at the Office of Security and Campus Safety located at 245 College Street (the corner of College Street and Campus Avenue).

Q: What does my guest need to bring with them to Security and Campus Safety in order to get their visitor parking permit?
A: Visitors should bring their vehicle’s registration along with the name of the student they are visiting.

Q: Can my visitor/guest get a permit after hours or on the weekend?
A: Yes, visitors can get a parking permit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Q: Where can visitors park?
A: The main visitor parking lot is located in the Olin parking lot at the corner of Russell Street and North Bardwell Street. For additional visitor parking spaces, please refer to the Bates campus map.

Q: How much does an overnight Visitor parking permit cost?
A: There is no charge for a visitor parking permit.

Q: I’m visiting Bates for a performance on campus and will not be staying overnight. Do I need a parking permit?
A: No, you do not need a parking permit. Just make sure you are parked in a visitor parking area or in an “on-street” municipal parking space.

Parking Tickets and Towed Vehicles

Q: I got a ticket. How much is the fine?
A: Fines are as follows:

01 No permit $30.00
02 Expired permit $30.00
03 Parked in or blocking fire lane (All driveways are designated as fire lanes) $30.00
04 Handicap parking $20.00
05 Not in a parking space $20.00
06 Restricted area $20.00
07 Parked in or blocking driveway $30.00
08 Parked or driven on grass $20.00
09 Parked or driven on walkway $20.00
10 Parked overnight where prohibited (Overnight parking prohibited on Bardwell St. and Olin Lot) $100.00
11 Parallel parking where prohibited $20.00
12 Vehicle banned (Vehicles accumulating 5 or more parking tickets are banned from campus for the remainder of the academic year) $100.00
13 Wrong way on a one way street $20.00
14 Improper speed $20.00
15 Improper placement $20.00
16 Faculty/Staff parking only $20.00
17 Student parking only $20.00
18 Visitor parking only $20.00
19 Other: $20.00
20 Warning No fine
21 Merrill only permit (parked in another lot) $20.00

Q: Where can I pay a parking ticket?
A: Student parking tickets are automatically billed to student accounts.

Q: I’m an employee. Do I have to pay my parking tickets?
A: Fines for parking tickets will be automatically deducted from the employee’s next paycheck following the seven day appeal period.

Q: My friend was driving my car and parked it in a prohibited spot. Am I responsible for paying the fine?
A: Yes, you are responsible for any and all parking violations.

Q: What happens if my vehicle gets put on the “Tow List?”
A: If you have received five or more parking violations, you will receive a “Tow Letter” notifying you that your parking privileges have been revoked and you can no longer park on campus. If your vehicle is on the Tow List and is subsequently found on campus, it may be towed without warning or notice.

Q: My vehicle was towed, now what?
A: Security and Campus Safety can tell you which towing company has your car. You are responsible for retrieving your vehicle from the towing company as well as paying any fines or charges the company imposes. Please note that most local towing companies will only accept cash.


Q: How do I appeal a ticket?
A: Individuals may appeal a parking ticket by submitting an appeal form to Security and Campus Safety. Appeal forms must be submitted along with a copy of the ticket within seven calendar days of the violation. Appeals received after seven calendar days will not be heard.

Q: Does my written appeal really get reviewed?
A: Yes, all written appeals are reviewed by the Parking Appeals Committee.

Q: I appealed my ticket a while ago. Why haven’t I received a response?
A: Typically, the Parking Appeals Committee meets once a month, and individuals are notified of its decision then.

Q: If I am not satisfied with the first appeal decision, what can I do?
A: All decisions of the Parking Appeals Board are final.


Q: What are the parking rules?
A: Bates parking rules can be viewed here.

Q: What should I do if I need to load/unload my car?
A: Vehicles may be parked temporarily in driveways for up to 15 minutes for loading or unloading, provided that the emergency flashers are activated, and the driver is readily available to move the vehicle. Vehicles parked for more than 15 minutes may be ticketed and/or towed without warning or notice.

Q: I got a new license plate number/new car. What do I do?

A: New cars should be registered with Security and Campus Safety as soon as possible. If you sell or trade in your old car, please return its parking decal to the office of Security and Campus Safety. Lost or stolen permits must be reported to security immediately. Failure to do so may result in the owner’s vehicle being towed from campus, a fine and/or a referral to the Student Conduct Committee. 

Q: Are the parking rules and regulations enforced during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break, and during the summer?
A: Yes, parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.