530.000 - Parking and Traffic

The College shall develop, promulgate and enforce rules, regulations and procedures governing parking and traffic on College property. The College is authorized to issue fines as specified by the rules, regulations and procedures contained herein. The Board delegates to the president or designee responsibility for managing and enforcing the rules, regulations and procedures in this section.



The parking and traffic rules and regulations provide a fair and uniform method of regulating College vehicular, non-vehicular, and pedestrian traffic and are based on the following objectives:

  1. To protect and control vehicular, nonvehicular, and pedestrian traffic.

  2. To assure access for emergency equipment at all times.

  3. To minimize traffic disturbances during class hours.

  4. To facilitate the work of the College by assuring access for College vehicles and by assigning the limited parking spaces to the most efficient use.

  5. To protect College facilities.

Permission to park or operate a vehicle on College property is governed by these regulations. The purchase of a permit for designated parking does not ensure the regular availability of a parking space.


Pursuant to RCW 28B.50.140(10), the Board of Trustees is granted authority to establish rules and regulations for pedestrians and vehicular and nonvehicular traffic over property owned, operated, and/or maintained by the College.

The enforcement of these rules and regulations is the responsibility of the Clark College Security & Safety Department.

Security officers are authorized to issue parking and traffic citations, impound and/or immobilize vehicles, and control and regulate facilities use, traffic, and parking as prescribed in these rules and regulations.

Any person interfering with a College security officer in the discharge of the provisions of these rules and regulations shall be in violation of RCW 9A.76.020, Obstructing Governmental Operation, and may be subject to arrest by a peace officer.

Failure by students to abide by these rules and regulations may be considered to be a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, Chapter 132N-120 WAC, as applicable.

Compliance with these rules and regulations is considered a standard part of job performance for all employees. Failure by faculty or staff of the College to abide by these rules and regulations may result in disciplinary action or other authorized sanctions.


  1. College - Clark College, Community College District 14.

  2. College Property - Campus property, parking lots, or land owned, leased, controlled or maintained by Clark College.

  3. Immobilization - Rendering a vehicle inoperable by use of a wheel-lock device.

  4. Impoundment - Removal of a vehicle to a storage facility.

  5. Pedestrian - Any person afoot or who is using a wheelchair, including powered wheelchairs commonly used by the disabled or infirm, or a means of conveyance propelled by human power other than a bicycle.

  6. Student - Any individual currently registered for classes at the College.

  7. Vehicular Traffic or Vehicles - Those devices defined as "vehicles" in RCW 46.04.670.

  8. Nonvehicular Modes of Transportation - Nonvehicular transportation devices include, but are not limited to, skateboards, snowmobiles, roller skates and roller blades, snow sleds, and scooters.

Liability of the College

The College assumes no liability for vehicles parking or traveling on College property, nor will it be held responsible for the loss of goods or property from vehicles parked on College property.

The College, the Security and Safety Department, security officers, or other employees or agents will not be held liable for any damages, claims, or losses occurring to or from vehicles or equipment when rendering motorist assistance, impounding vehicles, or performing any duties as described in these rules and regulations. This section also applies to nonvehicular modes of transportation.

The College provides only limited maintenance to College parking lots during periods of inclement weather. Persons using the College parking lots do so at their own risk. The College will not be responsible for any liability or damage claims arising from weather or other natural disaster-related causes or conditions.

Traffic Regulations

  1. Authorized Use of Facilities

    Only those vehicles as defined and regulated in RCW 46.04.670 and as defined here may be operated in parking lots or in traffic areas by licensed drivers. No vehicle, with the exception of nonmotorized bicycles, wheelchair conveyances, and certain maintenance vehicles, may be operated on intra-campus property, pathways, or sidewalks without the specific permission of the Security and Safety Department.

  2. Vehicle Speed Limitations

    No vehicle may be operated on the campus in excess of ten miles per hour. When safety circumstances dictate, a speed less than ten miles per hour should be maintained.

  3. Regulatory Signs and Directions

    Drivers of vehicles must obey regulatory signs and markings at all times and comply with directions given by security officers in the control and regulation of traffic and parking.

  4. Pedestrian Right of Way

    The operator of a vehicle must yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be, to any pedestrian crossing any street, roadway, fire lane, or pathway with or without a marked crosswalk.

    Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk, unmarked crosswalk, intersection or any other place in order to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the yielding vehicle.

  5. Traffic Accidents

    Persons involved in traffic accidents on College property are to report the accident to the Security and Safety Department. Security personnel will investigate the incident and, in the case of injury, extensive property damage, apparent criminal activity, or unusual circumstances, file an incident report. In addition, RCW 46.52.030 and WAC 446-85-010 require that accidents on College property involving injury or property damage in excess of one thousand dollars be reported to local law enforcement agencies within twenty-four hours. Security officers are authorized to obtain and share with all parties to an accident information on the insurance coverage of the parties.

    Nothing in this section should be interpreted to delay the immediate reporting of traffic accidents which involve injury or loss of life to appropriate non-College authorities.

  6. Traffic Offenses (not associated with parking violations)

    Under the authority granted by RCW 28B.50.140 (10) security staff may issue a citation, when warranted by safety considerations, for traffic offenses that include the following and any other offenses provided in RCW 46.61 as amended:

    Failure to yield right of way (posted)


    Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian


    Failure to yield right of way to vehicle


    Failure to obey one-way directional arrows


    Failure to yield right of way to emergency vehicle


    Driving with excessive speed


    Failure to stop at traffic signal/sign


    Failure to use due care and caution


    Driving without lights after dark


    Having a passenger or animal outside of vehicle while in motion


    Driving with an obstructed view


    Driving on shoulder, or sidewalk, or intra-campus sidewalk or lane without authorization


    Disobeying flagger, peace officer, security officer, fire fighter, or other agent of the College


    Damaging College property including, but not limited to, landscape and plant material, curbs, sidewalks, utilities, etc.


    Driving while under the influence of intoxicants or with an open container of intoxicants


    Allowing an unattended vehicle to roll, obstruct traffic, or damage property


    Driving while distracted


  7. Bicycles and Non-vehicular Transportation Usage

    Bicycles may be ridden any place where vehicles are permitted. They may also be ridden on campus sidewalks or pathways, though pedestrians always have the right of way. An audible signal must be used by bicyclists to warn pedestrians of oncoming bicycles.

    Bicyclists may not ride in a reckless manner or engage in stunts or dangerous acts, or operate at speeds greater than ten miles per hour or such lower speed as is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances.

    With the exception of wheelchair conveyances and certain College service vehicles, no other non-vehicular modes of transportation as specified in the preceding "definitions" will be allowed on College property.

Allocation of Parking Space

The parking spaces available on College properties are assigned by Administrative Services in a manner which will best attain the objectives of these regulations. Facilities Services is authorized to mark various parking areas on College property with numbers or titles or by posting signs, or marking the pavement. 

  1. Open Parking

    Open parking is limited to those parking areas not otherwise marked as reserved for faculty/staff, Accessible parking spaces, special use, service vehicle, or visitor. Users of open parking are not required to display a parking permit.

  2. Faculty/Staff Parking

    Faculty, staff, and administrators using College-owned or leased parking facilities between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during fall, winter, and spring quarters must purchase parking permits.

    Faculty/staff parking spaces are marked on the pavement with an F/S. Only College employee vehicles displaying a valid parking permit may park in faculty/staff parking spaces. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Faculty/staff parking spaces are considered open parking spaces from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and on weekends during fall, winter, and spring quarters, and at all times during summer quarter.                                                                                                                              
    Vehicles with approved faculty/staff parking permits are permitted to park in open parking areas only when the designated parking faculty/staff spaces are full.

  3. Visitor Parking

    Visitors, including guests, salespersons, maintenance or service personnel, and other members of the public, may park on College property in open parking, in designated special use visitor zones, or as directed by the Security and Safety Department.

  4. Use of Vehicle as Habitation

    No vehicle or vehicle trailer may be used as a place of habitation on any College facility without permission from the Security and Safety Department.

  5. Accessible Parking

    Accessible parking spaces may be occupied only by vehicles displaying a valid permanent or temporary permit issued by the State of Washington in compliance with RCW 46.19.030 and RCW 46.19.060. Valid parking permits issued by other states will be honored.

    If all accessible parking spaces are occupied, those with a valid, properly displayed placard or permit may also park in metered parking spaces without paying for time parked in the space.  If all accessible parking spaces and metered spaces are occupied, those with a valid, properly displayed, placard or permit may park in Faculty/Staff spaces without a parking permit.

  6. Motorcycle Parking

    Motorcycle parking zones are reserved for motorcycles and motor-driven cycles. These vehicles are not to occupy areas not designed for parking.                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  7. Service Vehicle Parking

    Service vehicle parking zones are limited to use by authorized College service or contractor vehicles only.

  8. Meter Spaces

    There are metered parking spaces located on campus. The meters have marked designated time limits. The meters provide spaces to those individuals who have short-term parking needs on campus. Meter hours are M-Th, 8 am - 5:30 pm, and Fri 8 am - 5 pm.

Designated and Assigned Parking

Vehicles on College property may park only in those areas set aside and designated as parking areas. No vehicle may park in any area requiring a special parking permit without said permit.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

These spaces are for the specific purpose of charging electric vehicles. These areas are designated by green paint on the pavement.  These are not parking spaces.  Those using charging stations are expected to remove their vehicles immediately after the vehicle has been charged. The use of charging equipment outside of the designated charging station area is prohibited and is subject to citation and fine.

Parking Within Designated Areas

No vehicle may be parked so as to occupy any portion of more than one parking space or stall as designated within the parking area. The fact that other vehicles may have been parked so as to require a vehicle attempting to park to occupy a portion of more than one space or stall does not constitute an excuse for a violation of this rule.

Impounding of Disabled/Abandoned Vehicles

No disabled or inoperative vehicle may be parked on College property for a period in excess of twenty-four hours, unless permission is granted by the Security and Safety Department. Vehicles that have been parked in excess of twenty-four hours may be impounded and stored at the expense of either or both the owner and operator. Notice of intent to impound will be posted on the vehicle at least twenty-four hours prior to impoundment unless a vehicle is illegally or hazardously parked. Neither the College nor College employees are responsible for claims, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from such impounding and storage.

Vehicles under repair in the College's instructional program must be clearly identified and parked in an area designated for these vehicles.

Registered Owner Responsibility For Illegal Parking

Every person in whose name a vehicle is registered (licensed) is responsible for any parking of said vehicle and for all offenses, other than moving violations, under these regulations. It is no defense that the vehicle was illegally parked or used by another, unless it is clearly established that at such time the vehicle was being used without consent of the registered owner.

Illegal Parking (not associated with Traffic violations)

No person may stop, place, or park a vehicle at any place where official signs, curbs, or pavement markings prohibit parking, or within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant, or at any place for which the vehicle does not have a valid parking permit. Any vehicle not parked in a parking stall will be considered illegally parked.

Drivers who are instructed by a security officer to either move an illegally parked vehicle or not to park in violation of this section, and refuse, will have their vehicle immediately impounded or immobilized.

Under the authority granted by RCW 28B.50.140 (10) security staff may issue a citation for parking violations that include the following and any other offenses provided in RCW 46.61 as amended:

Parking in a faculty/staff parking zone without a valid permit


Parking a disabled or inoperable vehicle on campus in excess of twenty-four hours without appropriate permission


Parking any vehicle in such a manner as to obstruct, impede, hinder, or prevent the use of another parking space. This violation includes, but is not limited to, parking over the line, parking an oversized vehicle in a space too small, allowing part of a vehicle to protrude into another space, and parking too close to another vehicle


Parking in a space not designated for parking


Parking in an area not authorized


Blocking vehicular or pedestrian traffic


Parking within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant


Parking in a fire lane, sidewalk, or intra-campus avenue


Parking in a "No Parking" zone


Parking on the grass


Parking overnight without authorization


Parking of a bicycle illegally


Parking in an accessible parking zone without an authorized parking permit


Use of a vehicle for habitation without permission


Illegal use of or failure to display permit


Creating a safety hazard in the opinion of the security officer


Allowing a vehicle alarm to sound repeatedly or for an extended period of time (false alarm)


Parking in a metered parking spot without payment of the meter fee stated on the meter during the posted time limits.


Parking in an area designated as an “Electric Vehicle Charging Station” while not actively charging an electric vehicle.


Illegally parked vehicles that require removal will be done so at the owner or operator's expense.

Hazardous Parking

No person may stop, place, or park a vehicle so as to obstruct traffic along or upon any street, fire lane, or sidewalk or at any location as described in RCW 46.61.570. Due to the severe risk to public safety created by any vehicle parking in violation of this section, security officers are authorized to cite and immediately impound the vehicle. Security officers will complete a vehicle impound report, including the reason for the impoundment. Removal and impoundment will be at the owner or operator's expense.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks or other facilities provided for the purpose. Bicycles may only be parked inside a building if specific areas (i.e. bicycle lockers in STEM) have been provided and are available or if a college employee (faculty or staff) has written permission from their immediate supervisor to park a bicycle inside a building.

Before authorizing an employee to park inside of a building, supervisors must ensure that any bicycles parked inside will not interfere with the daily operations of the work area(s) nor will they obstruct any evacuation or egress routes in any way.  Bicycles are not to be taken onto any elevator at any time.

At no time may a bicycle be parked, against a building, near a building exit, on a path or sidewalk, or chained or otherwise secured to trees, lamp standards, utilities, stairway railings, or signposts. Any bicycle found in violation of this section may be cited for illegal parking and impounded by the Security and Safety Department without warning.

Damage to State Property

The full cost of repair/replacement of College property damaged by negligent, reckless or intentional acts or omissions must be paid in addition to assessed fines.

Revised Policy/Procedure Approved by Executive Cabinet
May 17, 2016
May 23, 2017July 20, 201

January 8, 2020



Faculty and Staff Parking Permits

All College faculty, staff, and administrators using College parking facilities at any time between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays during fall, winter, and spring quarters must purchase and display a valid parking permit. This requirement applies even if employees park in spots not marked “F/S”. Employees who do not drive to work, or who drive but do not park in College parking facilities, are not required to purchase a permit.

The fact that an employee may be eligible to park in a physically disabled persons parking zone does not relieve the employee of this requirement. A valid faculty/staff parking permit may not, by itself, constitute authority to park in other parking facilities leased or owned by the College.

Permit Parking on Campus

The correct parking permit must be properly displayed in accordance with permit instructions.

Temporary parking permits are issued by Security/Safety and must be displayed in accordance with permit instructions.

Parking permits are not transferable and may not be utilized by any person except the person designated on the parking permit application. The College reserves the right to deny any application, or to revoke any permit at any time, if actions resulting from such application or permission constitute present, imminent danger of unlawful activity, or if a prospective user has previously violated College parking policies or other written rules or regulations. All outstanding College parking fines must be paid before a parking permit will be issued or renewed.

No bailment is created by the sale or issuance of a permit.

Fees for Parking Permits

The fees charged by the College for the issuance of permits will be those established by the Board of Trustees. Parking permits are issued as a license to park at College facilities.

Fees collected will be utilized for parking operations including parking enforcement, parking lot maintenance, and for those transportation demand management and commute trip reduction activities and programs permitted by law.

Faculty/staff parking permit fees are established by the Board of Trustees. Administrators, exempt staff, permanent classified staff, and tenure-track faculty may purchase permanent permits. Adjunct faculty and temporary classified staff may purchase quarterly permits. Annual permits may be purchased by full-time temporary faculty and adjunct faculty who have received approval from the director security/safety.

Parking Fee Payment

Faculty and staff can purchase annual or quarterly parking permits at either the College Bookstore or at the Cashier's Office in Gaiser Hall. Annually contracted faculty and staff members must select the payroll deduction plan for payment of the permanent permit. Those selecting this payment plan must complete a Payroll Deduction Authorization form before issuance of a permit. The form is available in Security/Safety.

Pre-Tax Parking Permit and Bus Deduction Program

The College has established a Pre-Tax Parking Permit and Bus Pass Deduction program in accordance with Section 132(f) of the Internal Revenue Code. This plan excludes from taxable income amounts that are used to pay for qualified transportation benefits and results in savings in Federal Income, Social Security and Medicare Taxes. The College plan includes eligible employee deductions of parking permits and bus passes on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction.

Eligible Employees: All permanent and temporary faculty, classified staff, exempt staff and administrators, and part-time hourly employees are eligible to participate in the Pre-Tax Parking Permit and Bus Pass Deduction program. Student employees are not eligible.

Eligible employees will be automatically enrolled in the Pre-Tax Parking Permit and Bus Pass Deduction program. Employees can choose to opt out of the program and purchase a parking permit or bus pass on an after-tax basis by submitting a signed authorization form. Opt Out Forms are available at the time of purchase at the Security Office or at the Payroll office for those who have already authorized payroll deduction.

Federal tax law prohibits refund of pre-tax parking permits or bus passes. Employees participating in the program are not entitled to parking refunds upon termination of employment. 

Additional Permits

When an additional permit is issued, it is done so under the expressed condition that only one vehicle at a time is being parked on campus. If more than one vehicle is being parked on campus at any one time, full fees must be paid for all vehicles.

Temporary Parking Permits

Any permit holder may obtain a temporary parking permit from Security/Safety for an unregistered vehicle when the registered vehicle is unavailable due to repairs or for another valid reason. These permits are good for a period of two weeks.

Vendor Parking Permits

Vendors who hold an on-going contract with the College to provide services may purchase quarterly or annual parking permits at either the college Bookstore or at the Cashier’s Office in Gaiser Hall. One permit per vendor may be purchased for use on one vehicle. The permit cannot be transferred between vehicles.

Guest Parking Permits

College faculty or staff who have invited a guest speaker, lecturer, presenter, or other special guest to the College may apply to Security/Safety for a guest parking permit. A guest parking permit will entitle the holder to park in faculty/staff parking, and to park in visitor parking without registering, in order to facilitate their appearance at the College. Permits are valid only for the day(s) specified on the permit. Guest parking permits will not be issued for personal guests of College employees or for staff employed by the College on a temporary basis.

Requestors will provide Security/Safety with the name of the guest and the date, time, place, and nature of appearance at the College. Permits may be picked up at Security/Safety, or Security/Safety can mail the permit directly to the guest. Staff should apply for guest parking permits far enough in advance of the appearance to allow for delivery of the permit.


Parking permits are licenses and the property of the College and may be revoked for any of the following reasons:

  1. The purpose for which the permit was issued changes or no longer exists.
  2. The permit is used on an unregistered vehicle or by an unauthorized individual.
  3. A Parking Permit Application form was falsified.
  4. These parking regulations were violated.
  5. The parking permit was counterfeited or altered or transferred without authorization.
  6. There has been failure to comply with a specific determination, decision, or directive by College officials.

Appeals of parking permit revocations may be made within twenty days to the director of security/safety for a brief adjudicative procedure. Appeals to the vice president of administrative services must be filed within twenty-one days of the date of notice of revocation. The decision of the vice president is final.

Revised Policy/Procedure Approved by Executive Cabinet
March 2, 2010



The Board, or its designee, shall set and approve fair and uniform fines for violations of these rules and shall provide adequate means for the enforcement and/or collection of such fines. If a violation of these rules and regulations is committed, the Security and Safety Department is authorized to issue a citation as prescribed in these rules.

Any violation occurring after the second citation may result in the violator's vehicle being impounded or immobilized and held until all outstanding citations have been paid and/or the loss of parking privileges on College property/facilities.

Payment of Fines

Persons cited for violations of these rules and regulations may respond either by filing a written appeal with the Director of the Security and Safety Department or by paying a fine within fifteen days of receipt of the citation. All fines are payable to Clark College. Fines can be paid by mail or in person at the Cashier's Office in Gaiser Hall. Fines that are mailed must be received within fifteen days of receipt of the citation.

Reduction in Fines

Fines for parking and traffic offenses will be reduced by five dollars if paid in person within forty-eight hours, excluding weekends and holidays. No reduction will be made on mail-in payments.


Alleged violators may appeal to the Director of Security and Safety or their designee for a brief adjudicative procedure within twenty calendar days of the date of the citation. The Director of Security & Safety or their designee may uphold the citation/fine, dismiss, suspend, impose any lesser fine, and/or grant an extension of time within which to pay the fine.

Appeals of the decision of the Director of Security & Safety or their designee are to be submitted to the Vice President of Administrative Services without posting of fine within twenty calendar days. Written notification of the vice president's decision shall be made within twenty calendar days of the appeal and shall be final.

Unpaid Fines

If any fine remains unpaid, any or all of the following actions may be taken by Security/Safety:

1. May take administrative steps in accordance with Administrative Policy 710.035 STUDENT DEBTS.

2. Parking privileges may be revoked.

3. The amount due as a result of fines due and payable may be deducted from paychecks of College employees.

 4. The vehicle may be immobilized or impounded.

Immobilization of a vehicle may result in an additional $20.00 fine.

Any fees, charges or other costs associated with impounding a vehicle will be the responsibility of the registered owner.

These procedures will be applicable to all students, faculty, and staff or other persons utilizing college facilities who receive fines for violations of these rules and regulations. Visitors who have received citations for parking violations may return the citation to the Security and Safety Department office with name, address, and a brief explanation. The Director of Security and Safety may, at their discretion, void the citation.

Special Circumstances

During special occasions that result in extraordinary traffic conditions and during emergencies, the Security and Safety Department is authorized to impose special traffic and parking regulations and restrictions to mitigate and reduce the risk of inconvenience, personal injury or property damage. Whenever possible, prior notice of these regulations or restriction changes shall be posted. Such authorization is of a temporary nature and should last only as long as the situation necessitates.


Revised Policy/Procedure Approved by Executive Cabinet
July 20, 2018

January 8, 2020




College faculty or staff who coordinate special events involving the participation of dignitaries from off-campus may request that parking spaces be reserved for those participants on the day of the event. All requests for reserved parking must be made in writing to the Office of the President at least a week in advance. Aside from traffic revisions necessary for construction and maintenance work, Security/Safety will not reserve parking spaces without prior approval from the President’s Office.


The requesting party will forward a copy of the approved request to the director of security/safety for implementation. After receiving an approved request, the director of security/safety will contact the requesting party to confirm the details and to assign the reserved spaces. All attempts will be made to accommodate the needs of the participants and the event, but the final decision on the allocation of spaces rests with the director of security/safety.

Reserved spaces will be established only for arrival of participants to the event; no “in and out” areas will be maintained.

On the day of the event, Security/Safety will set up barricades or otherwise designate the reserved spaces.  Unless other arrangements are made, it will be the responsibility of the requesting party to provide personnel to meet those individuals authorized to park in the reserved spaces and to remove the barricades to allow them to park. A requesting party who wants to have a security officer staff the parking spaces must make prior arrangements for staffing. Security officers will be assigned to such duty only if available, and their time will be charged to the requesting party.