Parking Permits, Regulations & Fines

Students, employees and visitors who drive vehicles on campus are responsible for proper registration, use and operation of their vehicles in accordance with the traffic and parking regulations set forth by Bucknell University and Pennsylvania state law. Bucknell Public Safety can issue both a virtual citation, which goes directly to a student or staff member's email address, or a traditional paper citation.

New for 2023-24

  • Effective Aug. 1, 2023, we are moving to digital permitting. The license plate of a student or employee will take the place of a physical decal. We will no longer issue physical decals. The vehicle registration process remains the same.
  • All parking citations for students and employees will be issued via email. Citations for unregistered vehicles or campus visitors will be issued on paper.
  • We are moving to License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. This move is being made to increase efficiency and align our practices with sustainability efforts. The LPR system that is affixed to a vehicle scans license plates and captures violations in parking lots. The system provides a geo map of the campus geography and will alert the officer to any vehicle parked illegally in any campus-owned lot and pre-populate the citation with the appropriate violation.
  • License plates must be visible from the nearest roadway or vehicle path when parked in any Bucknell-owned parking space. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation only issues rear-facing license plates. Vehicles with only rear-facing plates must pull forward, not back, into parking spaces. Vehicles with forward-facing plates may back into parking spaces.

Where can I park?

Parking Permits

The University provides designated parking areas for students, University employees and visitors to Bucknell. All parking spaces on campus are permit parking only.

Visitor Parking Permit

Visitor's permits are free and valid for up to three days.

Visitor parking permits are not required for short-term admissions visits or events where alternate parking procedures are in effect.


Request a visitor parking permit

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Employee Parking Permits

University students, employees and contract employees must register and obtain a parking permit for each vehicle they will park on campus. Students and employees may not park in visitor spaces. The issuing of a permit is not a guarantee that a parking spot will always be available for the permit holder. Rather, the permit is required to park in University-owned parking lots.

By registering a vehicle on campus, the operator agrees to comply with the regulations of Bucknell University.

Parking permits are free for University employees. Requests from staff to transfer a permit to a new or different vehicle must be submitted to Public Safety.


Request an employee parking permit

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Student Parking Permits

Students are not permitted to park in any staff lot between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students are eligible to purchase a parking permit when they are in their sophomore, junior or senior year provided there are no current restrictions. The dependent children of Bucknell employees who are enrolled at Bucknell are required to purchase student parking permits and abide by the parking rules for students. First-year students are not eligible to park on campus. As a reminder, first-year students who are cited for bringing their car to campus may lose parking privileges for their sophomore year. Public Safety does not grant parking accommodations for first-year students. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you are a first-year student with accessibility needs, please reach out to the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR). There are a limited number of student parking spaces on campus.

We offer student permits for the fall academic semester, spring academic semester and summer. Please use the link below to select the appropriate permit.

Student Parking Permit Prices

Undergraduate student, per semester (fall or spring)

Graduate student, per semester (fall or spring)


Undergraduate student, summer$25
Graduate student, summer$25
Temporary permit (valid for two weeks)$10
Additional vehicle (after purchasing a permit) $5

Request a student parking permit

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Parking Permit Questions


In the event your vehicle is towed from a campus lot, please contact Taylor's Auto & Fleet Maintenance (147 Campbell Mill Rd Lewisburg, Pa., 17837) at 570-522-7001. The following charges will apply:

  • Towing cost: $65 per tow
  • Storage fee: $25 dollars per day

If you park your vehicle in a parking space on a public roadway in the area of St. George Street, 7th Street, University Avenue, Loomis Street or Walker Street in the Borough of Lewisburg, please be sure to observe posted rules about street sweeping days and times. If your vehicle is parked during street sweeping hours during the borough's fall leaf pickup and snow removal periods, your vehicle will be towed. In the event your vehicle is towed by the Borough of Lewisburg please contact Freedom Towing at 570-713-9296.

Other Permit Information

Permits are issued for the registered vehicle only. Students may not transfer permits from one vehicle to another. One individual may not register a vehicle for another individual. Permit holders are responsible for all violations and fines incurred by a vehicle registered to them, regardless of who operates the vehicle.

Each vehicle permit is associated with the vehicle's license plate. A change of license plate must be reported to Public Safety immediately. New vehicles brought to campus must be registered immediately.

Additional Parking & Traffic Regulations

  • All vehicles must be parked within the white lines demarcating parking spots. Only authorized disabled or service vehicles may park in spots marked by blue or green lines. You may not park and activate your four-ways to make a space where there are no designated lines.
  • University and contract employees, current and retired, may park in Staff or All Permit parking lots during their working hours, when visiting campus or while attending an event. Vehicles may not be left unattended on campus property overnight unless employee is working on campus or is out of town on University business.
  • All legal parking areas are posted. If an area is not posted or lined for parking, you may not park there. This includes parking around fraternity houses.
  • The maximum speed on campus roads is 15 miles per hour. Parking lots require slower speeds.
  • Vehicles must yield to pedestrians. Failure to yield will result in a fine or loss of privileges on campus.
  • Two-wheeled transports, such as motorcycles, motor scooters, motorized bicycles, mopeds or Segways, must comply with all Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regulations as well as Bucknell University parking and traffic regulations.
  • Use of personal electric vehicles (PEVs), including e-scooters, e-skateboards and e-unicycles, is prohibited on public streets and sidewalks by Title 75 of the Pennsylvania vehicle code. Anyone operating a PEV on public streets, including those that run through campus, is subject to ticketing by the local police department. Guidelines for PEV usage in other areas of campus and a map of where they are prohibited can be found here.
  • Public Safety must be notified of disabled motor vehicles immediately, 24 hours a day, by calling 570-577-3333. Portable battery chargers are available for sign out at Public Safety with a Bucknell ID.

Violations and Fines