Parking Rules and Regulations
The Board of Trustees and Texas Education Code Section 51.202 allows HCC to promulgate rules and regulations for the safety and welfare of students, employees, tenants and property. The chancellor is authorized by the Board of Trustees to implement and modify the following parking and traffic procedures and other related procedures as necessary:
- Limiting the rate of speed.
- Assigning parking spaces and designating parking areas and their use and assessing a charge for parking.
- Prohibiting parking as deemed necessary.
- Removing vehicles parked in violation of college rules and regulations or law at the expense of the violator.
- Instituting a system of registration for vehicle identification, including a reasonable charge, assessing fines and penalties and towing options.
All faculty, staff, students, tenants and visitors parking a vehicle on HCC lots must comply with the parking regulations, policies and procedures.
The chancellor has delegated the responsibility to implement parking and traffic controls to the Houston Community College Police Department. During emergencies and special occasions, police may impose additional parking restrictions. Conversely, the police may waive parking restrictions that are ordinarily in effect if the need arises. HCC will take the steps necessary to ensure unimpeded flow of traffic and compliance with parking rules. This includes levying fines and penalties and the right to tow any vehicle that is parked in a manner that constitutes a hazard or is in violation of college traffic procedures or state law. HCC does not assume responsibility for personal injury, property loss or damage for any vehicle parked or operated on campus. These regulations are in effect 24 hours a day.
All students, tenants and employees of HCC who park on college property must register their vehicles, including motorcycles, with the HCC Police. The Police Department will be the custodian of record for all parking permits.
PARKING PERMITS EXPIRE EVERY AUGUST 31
With more than 75,000 students attending HCC classes each semester, parking issues on our campuses have become one of our growing concerns. In order for HCC Police to recognize your vehicle as one belonging to a registered student or Faculty/Staff member, everyone is required to have a parking permit displayed on their cars.
Where to Get A Parking Permit:
For students, parking at HCC is already included in student fees; therefore, go to Self Service after logging into the Student System. Once in the Student Center, students should click the link “Parking Access” in the Personal Information section located at the bottom of the page. Fill out the registration form for your parking permit and print. You will need to drop by an HCC Police Department office at your campus to pick up a Hang Tag holder. Insert the permit in the holder and hang it on the rear view mirror attached to the front windshield. The permit is good for one year.
To get employee parking permits, faculty and staff need to click on the Employee Self Service under the Personal Information link; it is identified as “Parking Permit.” Fill out the registration form for your parking permit and print. You will need to drop by an HCC Police Department office at your campus to pick up a Hang Tag holder. Insert the permit in the holder and hang it on the rear view mirror attached to the front windshield.
Note: Parking permits expire every August 31st and you will need to get a new one each year. Please be sure to print and display your parking permit as described above. After September 1, if a person still has the old permit with an expired date, they will be ticketed.
The issuance of a parking permit does not guarantee anyone a parking space; however, employees who have paid for a reserved parking space will be guaranteed a space.
I. Parking Regulations
Identification of Valid Parking Spaces
- Valid parking spaces. Vehicles must park in a valid parking space, headed in, between the lines.
- Designated reserved parking spaces. These spaces or areas are reserved for individuals, departments, and/or shops. Unauthorized vehicles parked in these areas will be cited and may be towed at the violator's expense.
- No-parking areas. Parking will be permitted only in areas identified as a valid parking area or space.
- Yellow or red curbs. Parking is prohibited in areas with yellow or red markings indicating fire lanes and no parking areas.
- Handicap parking spaces. Only vehicles with the properly displayed handicap parking permit will be allowed to park in the reserved handicap spaces.
II. Driver Responsibility
- Authorized spaces. Drivers are responsible for finding an authorized parking space.
- Citations. Vehicles are the responsibility of the owner, and citations issued to illegally parked vehicles will be the responsibility of the owner.
- Space availability. Admittance into the parking garage does not guarantee the driver a parking space but only an opportunity to locate an authorized parking space.
- Reserved parking. For reserved parking areas, parking is restricted 24 hours a day, seven days a week for reserved spaces, tenant spaces and commercial parking spaces.
- Storage of vehicle/abandoned/derelict or abandoned condition and/or vehicles that are not in compliance with state regulations. HCC Parking facilities may not be used for long-term storage
- and vehicles left will be towed at the owner's expense.
- Speed limit. The maximum permissible speed limit in the parking garage is 15 miles per hour. Some HCC Parking Garages have speed limits less then 15 mph. It is the Driver's responsibility to
- observe the posted speed limit.
- Accidents. In case of an accident, contact HCC Police.
III. HCC Police Department
HCC police officers may cite and/or tow for the following violations:
|1||No Valid HCC Parking Permit displayed||$10.00 and subject to Tow.|
|2||Illegally Parked in a Handicapped space||$100.00 and subject to Tow.|
|3||Parking in a no-parking zone||$25.00 and subject to Tow.|
|4||Illegally Parked in a Reserved Space||$50.00 and subject to Tow.|
|5||Blocking a Legally parked vehicle||$25.00 and subject to Tow.|
|6||Parking on the sidewalk||$25.00 and subject to Tow.|
|7||Occupying two spaces||$10.00 and subject to Tow.|
|8||Removing, damaging or altering any traffic or parking sign or barrier||$10.00 and subject to Tow.|
|9||Blocking or parking in any access drive or driveway||$25.00 and subject to Tow.|
|10||Other violations as stated||As Per Statute|
|11||Parking in a Fire Lane||$100.00 and subject to Tow.|
|MOVING VIOLATIONS||FINE AMOUNT|
|1||Exceeding the 15 mph speed limit in any HCC parking lot or garage||$25.00|
|2||Failure to stop at stop sign||$25.00|
|3||Driving a vehicle in the wrong direction||$25.00|
|4||Any other violations authorized under the Texas Education Code||As per statute|
Payment of Fines
Fines may be paid at any college business office. Unpaid tickets that are not successfully appealed or paid will be handled accordingly:
- Students who do not pay their tickets within 10 working days may have their parking privileges revoked and their college transcript withheld and shall be subject to the three unpaid ticket rule until payment is received.
- Tickets issued to faculty/staff that are not appealed or paid within 10 working days will be referred to the appropriate administrator, may have their parking privileges revoked and shall be subject to the three unpaid ticket rule until payment is received.
- Tickets issued to tenant employees that are not appealed or paid within 10 working days may have their parking privileges revoked and shall be subject to the three unpaid ticket rule until payment is received.
- All moving and handicap violations may be adjudicated by the HCC appeal process (HCC citations), or in the nearest Justice of the Peace Court or Municipal Court as authorized by state law (Harris / Fort Bend County Citations). Note the Harris / Fort Bend County fine schedule will be applied to County tickets
Ticket Appeal Process
HCC Citations – Harris/Fort Bend County Citations
- An HCC parking citation may only be appealed by filing an Online parking appeal form. The form must be filed within 10 working days from the day the ticket was received. Parking citation appeals will be reviewed on specific dates by the adjudicator:
- The violator may also appear in person on the established date at the Administration Building located at 3100 Main Street only if an approved appeal form has been submitted online in the required time limit.
Violators may find the schedule of appeal dates and times on the police Department website.
- All moving and handicap violations may be adjudicated by the HCC appeal process (for HCC citations).
- (Harris County and Fort Bend County citations) are appealed in the nearest Justice of the Peace Court or Municipal Court as authorized by state law. Note the Harris/Fort Bend County fine schedule will be applied to their County tickets. These tickets will become outstanding warrants for your arrest if not resolved.
Resolution of Citation:
The following procedures are to be utilized for the proper documentation of all citations issued on HCC colleges’ campuses. These procedures are to produce an accurate account of the amount of citations issued and that are paid, not paid or dismissed. They will be repeated very 14 working days to complete a 30-day reporting cycle.
All HCC college police and security officers will issue citations for all violations of HCC parking rules and regulations. The following are the procedures to follow:
- Issue the citation for the violation from a HCC or Harris County citation book.
- The pink copy is given to the violator or placed on the vehicle.
- Clearly write the required payment or appeal date on the ticket.
- The white copy of the HCC citation will be sent to Police headquarters located at 3200 Main Street.
- Turn the white copy of the Harris County citation is turned in to the Precinct business office.
- Enter the citation into Crimestar and file the yellow copy in the College PD office.
- The police/security officers will participate in the adjudication appeal process when requested.
- Daily when paid ticket receipts (pink copies) are received from the College Cashier’s office the police return them to police headquarters at 3200 Main Street.
HCC College Administrators:
The College Administrators shall be responsible for communicating the parking regulations, providing signage and supporting the enforcement efforts at their college. They shall communicate with the HCC Police Department when special functions or exceptions to the standard parking regulations are required to support college operations.
- The business office cashier will receive payments for citations and shall produce a receipt for the violator. The pink copy of the citation shall be collected from the violator and returned to the local police station for management.
- The cashiers will credit the ticket fines collected to the CashNet Parking Fine Collection Account to facilitate proper tracking of citation revenues.
- Cashiers shall provide (daily) to the police department all pink copy paid citations collected.
- The police shall provide Student Services a list of unpaid, un-appealed tickets that are more than ten days old. This report shall be produced on the 15th and 30th of each month, or next business day after these dates.
- Student services shall place holds on any and all student accounts associated with those unpaid tickets.
The adjudication process of the dismissal or non-dismissal of the citation is left to the discretion of the assigned Adjudicator.
If the citation is dismissed by the adjudicator for extenuating circumstances, there shall be documentation that reflects the cause of dismissal attached to the appeal form.
The adjudicator will record the final disposition of all appealed citations, along with a reason for any dismissal.
The adjudicator shall provide the HCC Police Department office with the following documentation regarding the final disposition of the appeal process:
A completed appeal packet should include:
- A printed copy of the completed online HCC Appeal form.
- The original pink copy of the citation issued
- The date of the appeal hearing/review (if appeal was in writing only) date and time.
- The final disposition of the citation will be filed with the Police Department.
- For dismissal of the ticket, pink copy of the citation should be attached to the appeal form and the adjudicator must document the reason(s) for the dismissal.
- If the appeal is denied, the pink copy and the appeal denial notification will be returned to the violator.
- For a student, a hold shall be placed on the violator’s grades, transcripts and the Three Unpaid Ticket Rule will be enforced.
- In the event the violator is an employee, the Police Department will send a notice to the employee’s supervisor for management and the Three Unpaid Ticket Rule will be enforced.
- For violators outside the college community, the ticket will remain unpaid and the Three Unpaid Ticket Rule will be enforced.
Note: The citations may be appealed only one time. The decision of the adjudicator assigned is final.
NOTE: The Three Unpaid Ticket Rule is: Any vehicle found in violation and that has three or more unpaid tickets on file, shall be ticketed for the current violation and towed at the owner’s expense.
3100 Main Parking Garage Information
Access to the parking garage may be gained by entering the Elgin Street entrance.
The Elgin Street entrance consists of three lanes; two lanes will be utilized for entering and one lane for exiting. The Stuart Street exit consists of two lanes for exiting only.
- The parking garage will be patrolled by mobile units, bike units and foot patrols.
- The parking garage will be equipped with fire extinguishers throughout.
- The parking garage will be well lit, with clearly marked crosswalks for pedestrian traffic.
- Access to the building from the parking garage will be by way of the sky bridge located on the 3rd floor of the parking garage, connecting to the 2nd floor of the building.
- The HCC Police Department will provide a security escort for anyone who wants to be accompanied to cars or other areas of the building.