Guest Parking Portal for Individuals without a MyFSU Log In
Guests to Ferris can access the self-service guest parking portal 24/7. Once you click
the “Guest Parking” button below, please click “Don’t have an event code? Click here”
to order a guest permit. For questions or assistance with using the Guest Parking
Portal, please contact the Bulldog Service Center during business hours at (231) 591-2648,
or the Department of Public Safety after hours at (231) 591-5000.
Ferris State University is a permit only campus and is enforced year round. All vehicles
on campus must be registered or display a valid permit. Failure to do so may result
in a parking citation. Please contact the Bulldog Service Center, which is located in the lower level of the David L. Eisler Center for your parking
needs and questions. For after hours contact Ferris Department of Public Safety at
FSU parking permits issued on the Big Rapids campus are good for the Big Rapids campus
only. Those needing to park in Grand Rapids locations should contact KCAD or GRCC for information.
Parking Eligibility 1. All faculty, staff and students are eligible to register, possess, operate and
park a motor vehicle on campus. However, if all available space is utilized, freshmen
applying to register may be denied parking privileges. 2. No student may register a motor vehicle unless the title to the vehicle is in his
or her name or the name of a member of his or her immediate family. 3. The current state motor vehicle registration certificate and a valid driver’s license
must be used to input the requested information when obtaining a parking permit through
the MyParking Portal or Guest Parking Portal. 4. Time conflicts between classes and employment are not considered valid reasons
for special privileges. 5. All students are eligible to operate or possess a motor vehicle during the summer
Commuter students are defined as those who live off campus. Resident hall students
are defined as those who live in campus residence halls. Campus apartment students
are defined as those who live in campus apartments.
Article II: Motor Vehicle Registration
All motor vehicles possessed or used on campus must be registered. 1. A vehicle registered by a faculty or staff member, which is operated by a child,
or spouse of said faculty or staff member, who are eligible student drivers, must
have and properly display a student permit. The operator of the vehicle must use the
proper lot according to their permit. 2. The regulations for motor vehicle registration are in effect 365 days a year. 3. Residence hall students may register one vehicle only.
Vehicle Registration Fee 1. Vehicle fees are paid online at time of ordering permit through the MyParking Portal. a. The fees for motorcycles and motor driven cycles are the same. b. Faculty and staff are issued one permit at no cost. A second permit may be purchased
for $50.00. 2. Students are eligible for a full vehicle registration fee refund within the first
two weeks of each semester in which the permit was purchased. If attending fall semester
only, a partial refund will be granted with the return of the permit, prior to the
first day of spring semester classes.
Motor vehicle registration expires: 1) at end of current academic year in which it was purchased or as indicated on permit;
2) when ownership of vehicle changes; 3) when eligibility of motor vehicle privileges
are revoked by disciplinary action; 4) when state motor vehicle registration expires
or is cancelled; 5) when a registered vehicle is traded for another (a new permit
will be issued at no additional cost, provided the remnants of the older permit are
presented at the Bulldog Service Center); 6) when housing status changes such as from
residence hall to commuter; 7) when a student withdraws from the university; and 8)
when a faculty or staff member is no longer employed by the University.
Fall & Spring
Part Time Student
The Ferris State University window parking permit is to be completely affixed with
its own adhesive. Application of decal in any other fashion, such as taping it to
the window or corners left not affixed, will subject the vehicle to ticketing. Decal
must be displayed at all times on the lower inside corner of the WINDSHIELD, passenger’s
side. An expired permit must be removed before a new one is affixed. Permits must
not be altered or defaced in any way.
Faculty and staff permits 1. Hanging parking permits shall be hung from the inside rear view mirror while the
vehicle is parked on campus, numbers facing forward. 2. Window permits must be affixed with their own adhesive to the lower inside corner
of the windshield on the passenger’s side. 3. Faculty and staff employees must turn in their parking permit upon termination
of employment. Final paycheck may be withheld until parking permit has been surrendered
to supervisor or Human Resources. 4. Faculty/staff permits are for use by faculty and staff only. 5. Faculty/staff may not use spaces designated by signage, i.e. Maintenance Only,
VIP, customer designated areas, etc.
When new license plates are obtained, the vehicle information must be updated in the
All parking permits remain as property of the University and must be surrendered at
the request of the Department of Public Safety or the Bulldog Service Center.
Replacement of registration permits: 1. There is no fee for a vehicle registration change after a parking permit has been
issued, provided the remnants of the older permit are presented at the Bulldog Service
Center. Without recognizable remnants of old decal, the cost of a new permit will
be assessed. 2. Students bringing a different vehicle to campus and arriving after 5 p.m. or on
a weekend must obtain a guest permit through the Guest Parking Portal, which will
allow them to park until noon the next business day to exchange or obtain a new permit
at the Bulldog Service Center. 3. A faculty/staff parking permit that is lost or stolen should be reported to the
Bulldog Service Center. Replacement fee is $50.
Part time students attending class must purchase a permit to park on campus.
Residents of Family Housing who live in West Campus Apartments during the academic
year are eligible to purchase additional permits for each licensed driver for their
additional vehicles by visiting the Bulldog Service Center.
A Ferris State University current valid parking permit must be displayed when parking
Unlawful Display of Permit 1. Displaying a university parking permit on a vehicle for which the permit was not
issued is unlawful.
Display Altered or Imitation Permit 1. Displaying an altered university parking permit or displaying a permit that is
an imitation of a university permit is unlawful.
Special Permits 1. A special permit may be issued to an eligible student in conjunction with a regular
student permit for parking privileges in designated lots. 2. Any request for special parking privileges due to a temporary medical condition
must meet the state handicap requirements. A state handicap permit must be obtained
Handicap Permits 1. Handicap parking spaces are provided for state approved handicap parking permits.
Students, faculty and staff, and guests also are required to display a valid Ferris
State University parking permit. 2. All handicap permits must be registered with the Bulldog Service Center.
Early registration permits that have not been picked up within 30 days of the beginning
of the fall semester will be forfeited.
Article III: Parking Regulations
Motor vehicles shall be parked only in lot(s) assigned by the parking permit they
Only faculty, staff and guests with permits will be allowed to park in faculty/staff
lots between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m.
No person shall park a vehicle on any campus street, in any faculty/staff lot, in
any commuter lot, or in any metered area between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Parking on driveways, roadways, sidewalks, lawns and within yellow zones, posted or
not, is prohibited. Improperly parked vehicles will be towed away and the owner held
responsible for all tow charges and fines.
Every vehicle, whether stopped in a parking place on a street, parking lot or other
parking facility, shall be parked within marked parking spaces.
Motorcycles and mopeds shall be parked only in their designated parking lot. Motorcycles
and mopeds may not park at a bicycle rack.
University apartment lots are reserved for apartment residents. Students who reside
in an apartment must purchase a permit.
Guests of students who reside in university apartments shall park in only those lots
assigned on the guest permit obtained through the Guest Parking Portal.
Meter Parking 1. Parking in the meter areas is enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2. No parking is allowed in meter areas between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Snow Removal Regulations 1. At certain intervals during the winter it is necessary to remove snow from designated
parking areas. When this occurs, notices will be posted 24 hours in advance of which
lots are scheduled for clearing. Vehicles shall be moved for snow removal by the designated
time or may be towed at the owner’s expense. 2. In other areas, when snow removal crews are at work, parking which obstructs operations
No vehicles, including disabled vehicles, may be left or abandoned on university property.
The university assumes no responsibility for such vehicles. Vehicles will be disposed
of at owner’s risk and expense.
No vehicle may be left on campus during semester break without prior approval of the
Department of Public Safety.
No person shall park or store mobile homes, trailers, boats or similar property in
areas other than those designated for such purposes.
The university reserves the right to temporarily close any campus parking lot, suspend
its assigned parking privileges, and designate it for special event parking by authorizing
new parking privileges.
Construction zones are restricted to contractors and others specifically permitted
for these areas.
Patient Parking 1. Lot 4F is restricted to Health Center patients. 2. For parking purposes, faculty, staff and students are not considered to be public
or patients and may not park in Lot 10C at any time. Faculty, staff and students visiting
the Dental Clinic or Optometry Clinic must park in their assigned lot.
Article IV: Traffic Regulations
Laws in Effect The motor vehicle laws of the State of Michigan and the university
Traffic Ordinances are in effect on University property. 1. Motor vehicle accidents on university property should be reported to the Department
of Public Safety by calling (231) 591-5000, or 911 if an emergency. 2. Pedestrians shall cross streets only where walks are designated and walk on sidewalks
Enforcement The university receives its police powers for Department of Public Safety
Officers under Public Act 120 of 1990 and has full law enforcement authority.
Article V: Violations Fines and Penalties
Fines and Penalties Violation of this ordinance may be enforced in the 77th District
Court or in any other court having jurisdiction over civil infractions or misdemeanors
in the political subdivision where the violation occurs. The procedure in such court
shall be governed by its ordinary rules or procedures.
Vehicles with 6 or more unpaid parking citations may be immobilized with a wheel lock
or may be towed at owner’s expense. All fines and fees must be paid before a vehicle
Drivers, owners or the person to whom the vehicle is registered, not conforming to
the provisions of the ordinance, as defined in these regulations will receive a violation
notice. All fines and penalties are due and payable online through the MyParking Portal.
Appeals of parking violations must be made by the end of the 5th day after date of
issuance. A bond in the amount of the parking violation must be paid in full at the
time an appeal is filed.
Article VI: Revocation of Privileges
A person may have his or her permission to possess and operate a motor vehicle on
campus revoked for the following reasons, and shall be so notified by the Bulldog
Service Center, Department of Public Safety or Office of Student Conduct. 1. A student who is placed on disciplinary probation for personal misconduct. 2. Anyone who falsifies information when applying for parking privileges. 3. Anyone who receives more than 6 parking violation notices in a period of 3 consecutive
months. 4. Anyone who fails to pay his or her fine within ten days from the issue of violation
notice. 5. Anyone who shall permit any motor vehicle, controlled or owned by said student,
to be operated by another student, whose privilege has been revoked. 6. Unlawful displaying and/or using a Ferris State University parking permit belonging
to another. 7. Anyone who alters and displays a Ferris State University parking permit or displays
an imitation of a university parking permit.
Anyone in the above categories will forfeit all car registration fees.
Any student who is no longer registered for classes forfeits his or her parking permit
Any faculty or staff member who is no longer an employee forfeits his or her parking
permit and privileges.
Motorcycles and Mopeds are to follow the same campus rules and regulations as a vehicle.
In addition to those rules and regulations here are some they must also follow.
Motorcycle/Moped permits are available for $35.00 per semester.
Permits must be placed in close proximity to the license plate.
Motorcycles/Mopeds must be parked in a legal space, between two lines, in their designated
Motorcycles/Mopeds may not park at a bicycle rack.
Motorcycles/Mopeds may not park or drive on the sidewalk.
Residence Hall students may only park one vehicle on campus at a time. If parking
a Motorcycle/Moped, they may not have another vehicle on campus.
The use of a kick stand pad is recommended.
Designated Motorcycle/Moped Parking Areas
Commuter Lot 5E – Motorcycle parking is allowed in the hash marked areas at the end
of the two rows where the large white posts are located. Parking is not allowed in
the hash marked area next to the dumpster.
Residential Lot 6J – 1 designated space.
Apartment Lot 9P – 1 designated space.
Apartment Lot 9K – 1 designated space.
Apartment Lot 9N– 1 designated space.
Faculty Staff Lot 1B – Designated spaces near the Science Building entry doors. Faculty/Staff
Motorcycle/Moped parking is not allowed in any other hash marked areas at the end
of a row other than the spaces provided in Lot 5E.
Due to the reduced volume of cars parking on campus in the summer, Public Safety does
allow exceptions from the normal parking regulations:
The following parking exceptions will be allowed:
Students may park in any Residential, Faculty/Staff, Commuter, or Apartment lot without
having to purchase a permit.
Students may also park overnight in any lot without purchasing a permit
Faculty/Staff who display a valid parking permit are allowed to bring trailers on
campus as long as they park legally and take up no more than two spaces.
Guests to campus, other than faculty, staff, and current students, will no longer
have to secure and use a guest parking pass to park in most areas of campus during
Guests parking on campus at a metered parking spot will no longer have to pay the
meter during summer parking, with the exception of lot 6D at the Rock Cafe.
Any person parking at a meter in lot 6D for the Rock Cafe will be required to pay
the meter. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ROCK CAFE WILL BE CLOSED SUMMER 2023 FOR RENOVATIONS.
Visitors and guests are invited to dine at the Quad Cafe in the David L Eisler Center.
Guests of the Quad Cafe may park in lot 3A for summer; no permit required from May
Summer parking, for purposes of these changes, is defined as the first day after the
last day of class each spring semester, continuing on until the first day of class
in the fall semester.
Fire lane and handicap parking regulations will continue to be enforced during summer
The summer is defined as between the week following Spring final exams until the
first week of Fall semester.
Parking for People with ADA Compliance Needs
ADA parking is always enforced. A valid Ferris State University parking permit is
required to accompany an ADA compliant placard or plate. Guests visiting campus must
obtain a free guest permit from the online portal or in-person at the Bulldog Service
If ADA compliance parking spaces are not available, the ADA permit holder may park
in any legal parking space. Parking at metered spaced will require payment, as designated
on the meter, unless the permit or license plate has a free parking sticker from the
Michigan Secretary of State.
ADA Compliance Permits
Individuals needing ADA parking privileges must obtain a permit from the Michigan
Secretary of State. Please visit the SOS - Disability Parking webpage for more information. FSU DPS does not issue temporary or permanent handicap placards
or license plates.
Illegal Use of an ADA Parking Placard or License Plate
Under Michigan Law, it is unlawful to use an ADA placard or license plate when the
ADA holder is not being transported, to lend the placard to another person, and/or
to make a copy of the placard.
Public Safety will confiscate ADA placards found to be in use illegally and return
said placard to the Secretary of State with an explanation of misuse and a fine issued,
if parked in an ADA space.