Permits

Parking Permits at Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo Campus)

  1. Permits DO NOT guarantee a parking spot and are sold as a convenience and cost saving measure only.
  2. Drivers MUST pay for parking from a dispenser or meter until such time as a permit has been issued and is displayed in the vehicle.
  3. It is the driver’s responsibility to know when their permit expires and to arrange for a new permit so there is no break in coverage.
On-campus parking falls into four categories:
  • Short-Term – (2 hour maximum.). Permits are not valid.
  • General – (minimum 2 hours) general parking for students, employees, and visitors: dispenser ticket or permit required.
  • Employees-Only – employee permit required; first-come, first-parked.
  • Econo – econo parking for employee, student and visitors: dispenser ticket or permit required; first-come, first parked.
  • Any vehicle parked in an Employee-Only lot and not displaying a valid employee permit will be subject to immediate tow away at owner’s expense.
Parking Rates

Dispenser Tickets or Meters

  • For parking in Short-Term lots: $3 per hour; $6 per 2-hour maximum, from meters heads only.
  • For parking in General Access lots: $2.50 per 2 hours; to a maximum of $8 per 12 hrs . A General parking dispenser ticket is valid in ANY General Lot.
  • For parking in Econo lots: $2.00/2hours, $4.00/4hours or $5.00/12 hours
  • Supplementary receipt for Econo pass holders parking in General lots is $2.00
Parking Permits

Note:

Permits MUST be visibility displayed – hung face out from the rear-view mirror, or visibility displayed face up on the dashboard on the driver’s side. The entire permit must be visible and readable when approached from the front of the vehicle. Check with Parking/Security office regarding motorcycle permits.

4 month permits are available throughout the year from July to March only.

Annual permits may be ordered starting May 1 and will be valid for July of the year ordered through June of the following year.

Employee Parking Permits (for parking in Employees-Only lots, as well as General Access and Econo lots)

NOTE: Purchasing a permit does NOT guarantee a parking spot.

Pricing for Employee Permits

  • $90 – For any 1 month period
  • $300 – For any 4 month period from July-March only
  • $400 – For annual Econo pass (July 1 – June 30)
  • $600 – Annual Pass (July 1- June 30)

Note: If Econo lot is full, annual permit holders may park in a General lot only if a supplementary ticket is purchased from the ticket dispenser for $2.00 per day. Both annual permit and receipt must be displayed when using an Econo permit in a General parking lot.

  1. Parking in Employees-Only lots is restricted to Regular and Temporary faculty, staff and administrators displaying a valid Employee Permit.
  2. Permits are available for purchase from the Parking/Security Office or may be purchased on line and then picked up from the Parking/Security Office no sooner than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the permit.
  3. Payroll deduction can be arranged for Employees with appointments of 6 months or greater, equal payments will be deducted each paycheque until the full amount of the permit has been paid. If the employee leaves the employ of the University-College before the full amount has been paid, the balance due and owing will be deducted from their final pay. Refunds must be requested at the Parking/Security Office and the permit turned in.
  4. A lump sum payroll deduction is also available to employees.
  5. Employees with Casual or Auxiliary appointments may purchase a GENERAL permit and park in the GENERAL Lots only.
  6. Employee and General permits are non-renewable. A completed application MUST be submitted each time a permit is purchased.
  7. REMINDERS ARE NOT SENT OUT. It is the driver’s responsibility to know when their permit expires and to purchase a new one prior to the expiration so there is no break in parking coverage.

Note: Vancouver Island University reserves the right to change parking fees.

Student Parking Permits (for parking in General or Econo lots)

Note:

  1. Permits DO NOT guarantee a parking spot.
  2. Student Parking Permits are available for purchase from the Parking/Security Office or may be purchased online for pick-up at the Parking/Security Office no sooner than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the permit.

Pricing for Student Permits

  • $45 – For any 1 month period
  • $150 – For any 4 month period from July – March only
  • $300 – Annual Pass (July 1 – June 30)

Note: Vancouver Island University reserves the right to change parking fees.

Note: If Econo lot is full, annual permit holders may park in a General lot only if a supplementary ticket is purchased from the ticket dispenser for $2.00 per day. Both annual permit and receipt must be displayed when using an Econo permit in a General parking lot.

Motorcycle Only Permits (Includes Scooters with License Plates)

Permits for motorcycles are available at a reduced rate. Purchasing a permits does not guarantee a parking spot.

  • Cost will be a 25% discount off the auto permit rate.
  • Owners of motorcycles must register their license plate numbers with the Parking/Security office.
  • If a Motorcycle Only spot is not available, the driver may not park on campus unless they purchase a General Lot dispenser ticket. This will entitle the motorcycle to park in a General Lot stall as an automobile.

Motorcycle Parking In General

  • Motorcycles may also park in the Employees-Only lots (if appropriate), General lots, and Short-Term lots.
  • The applicable dispenser ticket, meter, or permit rate for an automobile will apply (with no motorcycle discount).
  • A single motorcycle will have the same rights to a parking stall as an automobile in these circumstances.
  • Where a dispenser ticket has been purchased, drivers are asked to tear off the receipt end of the dispenser ticket and keep it with them, in case the dispenser ticket is removed from the motorcycle and a violation is issued.
Contractors Permits
  • Contractors working on campus may request a special Contractors Permit from Facility Services in Building 120 if there vehicle is required to perform their duties on campus.
  • Contractors MUST abide by parking regulations and special instructions as noted on the permit or a parking violation may be issued.
  • Permits are issued with a specific start and end date and issued to a specific vehicle.
  • The permit must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle that the permit has been assigned to.
  • The permit will entitle the contractor to park in any GENERAL or SHORT-TERM parking stall.
  • The permit DOES NOT allow the vehicle to park in tow away zones unless first cleared with Facility Services or Security. This includes, but is not limited to, Fire Lanes, yellow lines, spaces reserved or designated for specific purposes, Roadways, landscape areas, etc.
  • The permit is issued to contractors doing business with Vancouver Island University and cannot be used for any other purpose.
  • Contractor’s NOT displaying a Contractor’s Permit must pay for parking and park in the General Lots.
  • Contractor’s using there personal vehicle as transportation to and from Vancouver Island University does not qualify for a contractor’s parking permit.
  • Construction project personnel are not eligible for a contractors permit.
Updating Permits (Student, Employee and General Permits)
  • Drivers who wish to add, remove or correct the license plate numbers on their permit may do so, in person, at the Parking/Security Office.
  • The original permit MUST be turned in and an updated permit will be issued, FREE of charge.
  • All outstanding parking violations must be paid before an updated permit can be issued.
Replacement Permits
  • Lost or stolen parking permits can be replaced for a $20.00 administration fee.
  • Permits that are reported as lost or stolen will be placed on a list. If found in a vehicle on campus, the vehicle will be towed, at the owner’s expense, and the matter will be referred to the authorities.
  • Permits that have been damaged will be replaced FREE of charge. The damaged permit must be turned in to the Parking/Security Office.
Permit Refunds

Parking Refund Regulations

  1. All refunds will be handled through the Parking/Security Office
  2. Parking Permit Refund forms are available in the Parking/Security Office
  3. Parking Permits MUST be returned in with refund application
  4. Refunds will be given based on a fee of:
  • $90 per month for employee permits
  • $45 per month for student passes
Eligible Refund Amount = (Annual Fee Paid) minus (Months of parking already used x Applicable Monthly Fee)
  1. A refund cheque will be sent to the address used on the refund application form, usually within two to four weeks
  2. These refund policies apply to both student and employee permits
Guest Passes

Departmental Guest Passes

  • Guest Passes may be purchased by departments for special events, conferences, speakers, etc.
  • Departments may buy a book of 10 red guest passes from the Parking/Security office.
  • Each pass allows for parking in General, Employee-Only, and Short-Term lots.
  • Each Guest Pass is valid for 1 day and must be properly issued to be valid. The Month and Day MUST be hole punched and the pass MUST be signed and dated by the issuing employee.
  • Cost: $80 for a 10-permit booklet by cost center transfer only. Contact the Parking/Security Office for Order Forms.

One Day Parking Permits

  • One Day Parking Permits are now available in books of 10 for $80.00. Permits must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle with the correct day and month punched. Vehicles may park in General Parking only. One Day Parking Permits may be purchased at the parking office – cash, cheques, or credit cards accepted. Parking office is staffed from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday

Parking for People with a Documented Disability

  • There are marked parking stalls for people with disabilities in each parking lot. Parking in fire lanes or loading zones is NOT permitted with this type of permit.
  • To park in designated disabled parking stalls, the vehicle MUST be visibly displaying a valid Independent Living permit or a parking violation will be issued and the vehicle is subject to be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • People with a documented disability may pay on a voluntary basis for dispenser tickets, meters, or permits.
  • A valid Independent Living parking permit for people with disabilities is required to park in designated spaces. Notes left on the dashboard in lieu of a permit will not be accepted.
  • Vancouver Island University does NOT issue special permits for persons with disabilities. However, special permits are available from Nanaimo and Region Disability Resource Centre, # 2- 4166 Departure Bay Road. Tel (250) 758-5547. The Disability Services Office in bldg #200 has a supply of application forms and information regarding this organization.
  • Persons with a documented disability who display a valid special permit – available from Nanaimo and Region Disability Resource Centre – can park in any designated parking stall, including those in Employees-Only lots when designated Disabled Parking is not available or not convenient.