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Parking on campus
Parking on campus, as most students quickly discover, is regulated by the University of Wyoming by a permitting system and signage. For specific UW parking rules and regulations, go to UW's Transportation and Parking Services and click on "Parking" or any other specific area of interest.

Parking off campus
Parking off campus but within the city limits is regulated by the City of Laramie. The City, and not residential property or business owners, owns the area of the City streets between the curb lines.

In general, parking is permitted on Laramie streets but is subject to many city ordinances that ban, restrict, or limit parking in certain defined areas, or at certain defined times, or both. Signs or other common parking markings, such as yellow or blue curbs, will warn you of no parking zones or limited parking zones within the city.

There are several peculiarities about parking in Laramie that are specific to the City. One is an ordinance that states "It is unlawful for any person to park any vehicle for a continuous period of more than twenty-four hours on a street within the city in front of or along the side of property belonging to or occupied by another person without the express consent of the owner or occupant". (Laramie City Ordinance 10.36.100). If you violate this ordinance by parking your vehicle in front or along the side of someone's residence, the property owner or the tenant of that residence can report your vehicle to the city authorities who will tag it with a warning that if it is not removed within twenty-four hours from the time of the warning, it may be towed away and stored at your expense. Many UW students over the years have returned to where they parked their vehicles in a residential neighborhood to discover that they have disappeared!

Another peculiarity about parking in Laramie neighborhoods is the City Parking Permit zone. These zones are becoming more and more common in the residential areas immediately adjacent to the University's main campus. A City Parking Permit zone is identified by rectangular white signs posted near curbs that state, logically enough, "City Parking Permit" area. This defines a block (or sometimes half a block) along which only a resident of that block can park. Those residents who qualify to park on a specific block have paid a fee to the City to park in front of their own residences and they have a permit in or on their vehicles to prove it. If you are cruising for a parking space and you see areas on a block near the University that appear to offer a lot of available spaces, be warned, that block is probably a City Parking Permit block, so look for the white signs that identify it as such.

It can sometimes be tempting to consider parking your vehicle on private property. This can be risky in regard to your vehicle doing a disappearing act. Property owners have the right to arrange for the removal of a vehicle left without authority on an owner's property, without giving the owner of the vehicle any notice at all. An owner of a private parking off-street lot or area may prohibit or regulate the parking of vehicles in the facility by posting signs. These signs must notify the violator, among other things, that vehicles parked improperly shall be removed at the owner or operator's expense. (Laramie City Ordinance 10.06.050).

If your vehicle does disappear from wherever you had last parked it, it may have been towed to a storage facility. If this is the case, you will be responsible for paying all fees and storage costs to get it back. The City of Laramie has an ordinance called "Impoundment of Motor Vehicles" (Laramie City Ordinance 10.06.010 through 10.06.040) that defines under what circumstances (in addition to parking for more than twenty-four hours in front of or along the side of a private residence) the City can authorize the towing and storage of your vehicle. Typical scenarios that can trigger the impoundment of your vehicle are parking on a street in such a way so as to block a driveway and parking in an alley in a manner so as to obstruct passage through the alley. There are many other circumstances described that give the City the power to remove your vehicle. It is best to be familiar with this ordinance. It not only sets out where you can not park, but it also outlines how to get your vehicle back and what you can do to contest the removal of your vehicle.

All parking ordinances are set out in the Laramie City Code. Ordinances are now online and can be read by going to the City of Laramie webpage and then clicking on "Ordinances". Parking Ordinances are included in Title 10 of the Laramie City Code. Title 10 is captioned "Vehicles and Traffic".

Parking tickets
If you get a ticket, do not ignore it. If you have questions about an off campus ticket, it is possible that you might have a viable defense that can be used to contest the ticket. The Students' Attorney can provide you with information as to how to contest a ticket. For an appointment please call 766-6347.

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