Campus Parking Map & Regulations

Firelands Parking

The Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University, by authority of Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.04, on July 8, 1976 enacted a code of regulations effective September 6, 1976, to provide control of the parking and operation of motor vehicles on any property owned or controlled by Bowling Green State University. The State of Ohio motor vehicle laws and the following rules constitute the regulations for parking and operating motor vehicles at the Firelands College of Bowling Green State University. The rules set forth herein supersede and take precedence over any other statements that appear in other University publications. "Motor Vehicles" as referenced herein shall include motorcycles, motorbikes and "mopeds" as well as automobiles, trucks, and vans.

  1. All persons driving motorized vehicles to and parking on campus shall register them by visiting and completing the on-line form under the My Vehicle Registration link. Parking decals will be mailed to the student's home address. Display the decal in the motor vehicle and park only where permitted by the decal.
  2. Responsibility for finding a parking space resides with the motor vehicle operator. Lack of available space is not justification for violation of these regulations.
  3. Pedestrians shall have the right of way at all times.
  4. The person who registers a motor vehicle is responsible for all non-moving violations. All moving violations shall be charged to the operator of the motor vehicle.
  5. Every possible precaution will be taken to prevent theft, damage, or vandalism, but the University assumes no responsibility for motor vehicles or their contents.
  6. Motor vehicle accidents occurring at BGSU Firelands must be reported immediately to the Erie County Sheriff's Office (419.625.7951) regardless of the extent of the accident.
  • There is no charge for motor vehicle registration. However, all persons driving motorized vehicles to and parking on campus shall register them by visiting and completing the on-line form under the "Manage Parking Account" link). Parking decals will be mailed to the student's home address.
  • A parking decal is valid only through the date indicated on the face of the decal.
  • Securing a parking decal inside a motor vehicle will be the responsibility of the decal holder. Motor vehicles are to be locked and windows closed at all times. Failure to lock a vehicle may contribute to the theft of a decal.
  • If a decal is lost or stolen it will be replaced after the individual completes a theft report with the Budget and Operations Office. A replacement charge of $30.00 will be assessed the individual.
  • Parking decals must be displayed from the rearview mirror when parked on University property. Both sides must be entirely visible.
  • Possession of, or complicity in the use of, a stolen or lost decal will result in criminal prosecution and loss of campus parking privileges until the expiration date of the original decal.
  • For information regarding towed vehicles, contact the on-duty Erie County Sheriff's Deputy (Room 140 Foundation Hall)
  • All fines for violations must be paid within 96 hours (four days) at the Budget & Operations Office (Room 140, Foundation Hall).
  • Violations of the State of Ohio motor vehicle laws while on campus will result in a citation being issued by the Erie County Sheriff's office. Any penalties resulting from said citation are to be paid and/or contested at the Huron Municipal or Erie County Juvenile courts as indicated on the citation.
  • Failure to register or failure to renew temporary registration. Vehicles other than those of visitors to the Campus must be registered at all times.
  • Improper registration.
  • Failure to or improper display of decal/permit.
  • Improper display of decal/permit.
  • Displaying of false, altered, forged, another person's or another vehicle's decal permit.
  • Decal/permit does not match area lot/permit designation
  • Not parked in marked designated space.
  • Unattended vehicle parked or stopped in/on drive or any lane of travel. All lanes and drives are firelanes.
  • Parked in posted reserved space or area.
  • Parked in closed space or area.

The appeal procedure outlined below applies only to BGSU Firelands students.  All other persons receiving violations on campus may request a meeting with the Director, Budget and Operations, to appeal their violation, but only after speaking with the deputy who issued the violation.  Only those situations involving some valid extenuating circumstance will be considered by the deputies and/or Director for waiver.

Student Appeal Procedure

  1. The student must meet with the deputy who issued the violation in order to explain any valid extenuating circumstances which may have forced the violation to occur (this would not include running late for class, not wanting to walk from another lot, weather conditions, etc.).  The deputies’ office is located in the Office of Budget and Operations, 140 Foundation Hall.  If, in the deputy’s opinion a valid extenuating circumstance existed at the time of the violation, the deputy may waive the violation.
  2. If, after meeting with the deputy, the student still disputes the violation, they must complete a Student Parking Appeal” form.  Appeal forms are available at the Office of Budget & Operations and on-line here.  A signed copy of the completed form should be submitted to the Office of Budget and Operations. 
  3. At the time the form is submitted, the student will be informed of a tentative hearing date before the BGSU Firelands Student Parking Violation Appeal Committee.  The Committee meets as necessary on the 4th Friday of each month at 3:00 p.m.  The student’s hearing will be confirmed by e-mail for the next regularly scheduled time the Committee meets.  The student must plan to attend the hearing at the scheduled time if they would like to address the Committee or provide information beyond what was included in their written statement on the appeal form. 
  4. The Committee will be provided with a written statement from the issuing deputy and may also hear testimony from the deputy, and/or other involved parties, if requested.
  5. The Committee will issue one of the following decisions:  Approved, meaning the violation will be waived; Reduced, indicating that the violation fine amount has been adjusted; or Denied, indicating that the appeal has been denied.  The decision of the Committee will be sent to the student via U.S. Mail to the home address of record on file with the University.
  6. Only one appeal may be made per violation, and the decision of the Committee is considered final.
  • All parking lots are clearly marked with capital letters A through H attaching to lamp posts.
  • Faculty, staff, and visitors have reserved parking in Parking Lot A and half of Lot H. All faculty and staff parking is clearly marked with yellow lines.
  • Students with regular parking permits may park in all other desig-nated parking areas except handicapped parking spaces. All student parking is clearly marked with white lines.
  • The cul-de-sacs are designated as fire lanes. Parking in these areas is therefore prohibited at all times. Violators may have their vehicle towed at the owner's expense. Fire lanes are clearly marked with yellow curbs or perimeter lines.
  • Lots may be reserved at times for special events