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Wheaton College Parking Regulations

All members of the campus community are held responsible for the information contained in these parking regulations. If you have any questions or need special permission, call the Parking Office at (630)752-5558.

Spaces enforced 24 hours a day (not applicable under open parking)

  • ADA accessible parking spaces
  • Fire lanes
  • Residence Director spaces
  • Service Vehicle space (marked 24/7)
  • Health Center spaces
  • Ten-minute library spaces
  • Loading zones

Student Open Parking (applies to registered vehicles only)

  • 6am – 10pm Seven (7) days a week in any resident student lot (A, E, H, M, P, T, X with the exception of H spaces in College owned house driveways)
  • 5pm - 2 am Monday – Friday “W” and “W/C” lots
  • 6am – 2am Saturday/Sunday “W” and “W/C” lots
  • All non-registered vehicles will be ticketed


  • No permit/Invalid permit $30
  • Fire Lane or Reckless Driving $50
  • Moving violation $30
  • Handicap accessible $350
  • Special Designated spaces or Restricted Lot after 10 p.m. $30
  • Restricted/Improper/Off surface/Unmarked/Blocking access $20

Parking/Traffic Violations and Fines

Any person who has ownership responsibility of a vehicle is responsible to pay incurred parking fines within 5 business days irrespective of who was driving the vehicle when the fine was received. For students, any unpaid fines will be billed directly to the student account.

  • Improper parking includes parking in more than one space, parking to obstruct traffic, parking with wheels over a line, facing the direction of oncoming traffic in parallel spaces, etc.
  • Moving violations include, but are not limited to: failure to obey posted traffic signs, driving too fast for road conditions, loud noise coming from a vehicle, unnecessary use of horn, driving on grass or on the pedestrian parkway, and driving without valid state registration.
  • Reckless driving is a willful or wanton disregard for persons or property.
  • The $350 fine for parking illegally in ADA accessible parking spaces (hashed-off area included) is required by law and may also be enforced by Wheaton Police Department. Vehicles utilizing State issued handicap plates or permits must be driven by or transporting a disabled person.

Scooters and motorcycles may not be driven on sidewalks, parkways or grass and are subject to the same parking regulations as vehicles.

Public Safety Officers do not have to make traffic stops to witness and write a ticket for a reckless driving or moving violation. The citation will be forwarded through CPO.

Campus Vehicle Registration

The following individuals are required to register any vehicles that they operate or park on Wheaton College property: all resident and commuting students, all college employees, and all individuals using Sports and Recreation Complex community memberships. Freshmen are not permitted to maintain or park a motor vehicle on campus.

Parking Allocations

All vehicles must be parked in a marked parking space. Main Campus parking areas are designated for three general uses: resident students, commuting students, and employees. Registered vehicles are permitted to park in the lot indicated by their permit. See STUDENT OPEN PARKING, above, for additional allocations. There is no overnight parking on city streets, or in any W or W/C lots from 2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Registration Procedures

Vehicles may be registered during the first week of classes in the Public Safety Office at 924 College Ave. Registration during this week will be scheduled according to class rank, on a first come first served basis. Vehicles not registered during the first week of classes must be registered within three (3) business days of their arrival on campus.

To obtain a Wheaton College permit, proof of current liability insurance as required by state law and proof of current valid state registration (license plates) must be shown.

Registration Fees (fees are pro-rated by quad)

  • Full-Time Residential Student Permit $230.00
  • Commuting Student Permit (including part-time) $150.00 first vehicle, $80.00 second vehicle
  • Motorcycles* $150.00 (over 50cc)
  • Scooters* $50 (under 50cc)
  • “A” Permits $190.00
  • Temporary permits: Cost Varies

*Motorcycles/scooters are subject to the same regulations as other motor vehicles, and may not be driven on the sidewalk or grass. Scooters, mopeds or motorcycles may not be stored in student residences under any circumstances. Mopeds/Scooters are considered motorcycles on Wheaton College campus and thus need to be ridden in accordance of the rules of the road and parked in designated areas. Definition of a moped/scooter is a motorized vehicle under 50cc. Any vehicle over 50cc is considered a motorcycle and needs to be parked in a spot designated for motorcycles. Visit the Public Safety office for all guidelines and expectations students are responsible to know. Failure to follow their guidelines will result in being ticketed.

Students living off campus may register for parking as a Commuting Student. Overnight parking permits on campus for students living off campus may be available on a limited basis. There is no guarantee of lot location for students requesting this privilege and the cost for a residential permit applies.

Any student who leaves campus before the current year ends may obtain a partial refund by returning the sticker to the Parking Office. Students who change vehicles during the school year must register the new vehicle. There is no charge for the new permit.

Students of Wheaton College employees may either purchase a student permit, or may obtain an employee permit at no charge but must abide by the parking restrictions of the “W” permit (including no overnight parking).

Parking permits must be renewed as follows:

  • Student Permits - each academic year
  • Employee Permits & SRC Members - as announced

Permit Placement

Permits must be permanently affixed to the vertical surface on the driver's side of the rear bumper and should be visible from the rear of the vehicle. On motorcycles/scooters, the permit should be affixed where most visible. All permits should be affixed to the registered vehicle immediately after being issued.

Regulations Applicability

The Wheaton College Parking Regulations are enforced over all holidays and College breaks. Only Public Safety and the Parking Office may authorize special parking permission. Temporary permission for overnight or semester break parking may be available when arrangements are made with Public Safety. If you plan to leave your vehicle on campus during summer break you must register your vehicle with the Parking Office and relocate your vehicle to a designated lot as directed (an additional fee may be required). Any non-registered vehicle left on campus during the summer may be towed and stored at the owner’s expense.

Visitor Information

Visitors may park on city streets, in any "W" or "W/C" space. Visitor parking permits are available for frequent visitors. For details contact the Parking Office. There is no overnight parking for visitors. Students may contact Public Safety 24 hours per day to request overnight parking permission for their guest(s) at 630.752.5911.

Students (including spouses) are never considered visitors.

Loss of Parking Privileges

Receipt of ten (10) tickets during one academic year will result in the loss of parking privileges until the following Fall semester.

If a total of fifteen (15) tickets are received, the student will also forfeit the privilege of parking on campus the following academic year.

The Student Development Office will be informed of any forfeiture of parking privileges on campus.

Parking Committee

Interpretation and enforcement of Wheaton College parking regulations is a directive of the Parking Committee which is comprised of representatives from the Faculty, Staff, Student Government, Graduate Student Council, and Student Development. Throughout the year, the Parking Committee reviews current policies and creates new policies as needed.

Appeals Process

Any individual who receives a parking violation may submit a written appeal to the Parking Office within 5 business days of the violation date.  After this period the right of appeal is forfeited. Student tickets that are not appealed or paid within five business days will be automatically billed to the students account.

Parking appeals can be written on an Appeal form (available from the Parking Office) or submitted here.

A Student Appeals Board is formed each year for the purpose of reviewing student parking appeals. All decisions made by this board are final.

Staff, Faculty and Visitor appeals are reviewed by the Parking Office and the Parking Committee.

Special Considerations

 As a condition for utilizing the 1825 College Ave. practice fields for intramural sports, vehicles may only park in marked spaces, not on the adjacent city streets.

There is no parking in the Edman, library or "A" lots after 5pm on the evenings of Artist Series events. After midnight regular parking regulations apply.

Additional Responsibilities and Regulations

You are ultimately responsible for how many tickets you have received, including tickets received by people borrowing the vehicle.

A vehicle will be considered in violation of College regulations if it is stopped or parked in a(n) ADA accessible space, fire lane, no parking area, or restricted zone.

Vehicles parked improperly due to mechanical difficulties, overcrowded parking lots, temporary loading/unloading, or other problems must be reported immediately to Public Safety (630.752.5911). Public Safety is available 24 hours a day.

Any altering, copying, borrowing, swapping, or misuse of a permit will result in the loss of parking privileges for all individuals involved, for a minimum of two full semesters.

Wheaton College assumes no responsibility for any damage to vehicles (or losses of their contents) resulting from theft, vandalism, flooding, necessary towing, or acts of God regardless of where the vehicle is parked on campus.

Wheaton College reserves the right to relocate vehicles that constitute a safety hazard, that are illegally parked, or that interfere with the snow removal, construction, asphalt maintenance, or necessary access to parking lots, sidewalks and buildings at the expense of the vehicle owner.

Abandoned or inoperable vehicles are subject to ticketing, towing, and/or storage at the owner's expense. Vehicles are considered abandoned when they do not display a current license plate or permit.

Some parking lots are subject to flooding during heavy or persistent rain. When such rain events occur it is your responsibility to contact Public Safety for temporary authorization to relocate your vehicle to another parking lot. In the event that flooding appears imminent, Wheaton College reserves the right to relocate endangered vehicles to higher ground. The College cannot predict whether a parking lot will actually flood, and cannot guarantee that any endangered vehicles will be relocated. In these situations the college assumes no responsibility for damages caused to vehicles or their contents (whether caused by towing or flooding).

If a vehicle needs to be repaired on campus, unused auto parts and fluids destined for the trash must be disposed of properly. For example, oil and other fluids must be discarded at a recycling center or service station, not in a College dumpster.