Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequent questions that get asked at the Parking Office. If you have a question that you cannot find the answer to below, please feel free to contact the Parking Office during regular business hours at (507)-786-2972, or after hours, contact St. Olaf Public Safety at (507)-786-3666.

Q:  Is the Parking Policy in effect over the weekends? 
A:  Yes, it is!  There seems to be a misconception on campus that upper campus parking on the weekends is allowed, when in fact, the campus parking policy is in effect year-round, EVEN on the weekends!

Q:  I got back to campus late, after the Parking Office was closed, so I just parked by my Residence Hall for the night.  When I came out the next morning, I had a ticket!  What gives?!
A:  If the Parking Office is closed, you need to call Public Safety (x3666) to make arrangements on where to park.  Public Safety is here twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week—so please call, even if it’s 2:00 a.m.!  This is especially important in the winter.  With winter snow removal, there may be areas that need to remain free of cars, and by checking before you park, you can avoid being ticketed/towed!

Q:  My friend borrowed my vehicle, and wound up receiving a ticket on it.  What do I do?!
A:  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to be sure anyone using their vehicle also observes all enforcement rules on campus, and it is the permit holder who is held responsible for any citations issued on his/her vehicle.

Q:  I got a ticket, but I want to appeal it.  What do I do?
A:  All citation appeals MUST be turned in to the Parking Office (Tomson Hall 100) NO more than  seven days after the issuance date of the ticket.  Any tickets remaining unpaid after thirty (30) days are forwarded to the Business Office and applied to his/her tuition account.

Q:  Do I need a permit for just one day?
A:  Yes, temporary permits are available for $3/day (up to two weeks, per semester).

Q:  What’s the difference between a temporary permit & a visitor permit?
A:  A temporary permit is for students, who will have a car on campus for a short period of time.  A visitor permit is for non-students who are visiting campus and will only be here a couple days.  Visitors MUST obtain a Visitor Permit from either the Parking Office (during normal business hours) or Public Safety (after hours).  While a Visitor Permit can be made out for several days, a NEW permit needs to be obtained (free of charge) each visit.  Any campus visitor who receives a parking citation should immediately present the citation to the Parking Office or to the faculty or staff member they were visiting. The faculty or staff member will forward the citation, along with an explanation, to the Parking Office. A vehicle registered in the Parking Office cannot be considered a visitor. Visitor permits will not be issued or given to St. Olaf students.

Q:  When does the “boot” get put on vehicles?
A:  Any vehicle that does not display a current permit and has accumulated more than three (3) parking citations, will be booted. The owner forfeits the opportunity to receive a permit for the remainder of that academic year. The vehicle must be removed from campus immediately and all fines must be paid. Any vehicle displaying a current permit which has accumulated more than five (5) citations in Semester I or during Interim and Semester II combined, will be booted or towed. The permit will be revoked for the remainder of the year, the vehicle must be removed from campus and the fines must still be paid. Any subsequent parking violations (in either case) will result in the vehicle being booted and a $75.00 fine imposed to remove the boot. There is a $10.00 charge to remove the boot the first time it is placed on a vehicle.