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Parking FAQs

This page provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions

(Last updated August 3, 2017)

1.     How much is a permit?

2.     Where and when can I get a permit?

3.     Why doesn’t a permit guarantee me a parking spot? That’s not fair?

4.     What am I supposed to do when I have a permit, but all the lots are full? I shouldn’t have to pay for parking twice.

5.     I see reserved parking lots with empty spaces, why can’t I park there?

6.     Why are reserved spots so expensive?

7.     How do I get a reserved spot?

8.     Why isn’t there a parking space for everyone?

9.     Why aren’t there reserved spots on every part of campus – why can’t I buy a reserved spot for Sexton?

10.  Why are people from other parts of campus allowed to park where I work? (e.g., people from Carlton parking in the Sexton lot)

11.  I only have classes two days a week, what are my parking options?

12.  How do I put my name on a waiting list for the Dunn Lot?

13.  Can you put your name on more than one waiting list at the same time?

14.  I have a parking permit – why did I get a ticket?

15.  How do I use the metro buses to get to the Halifax Campuses?

16.  How much does it cost to ride the bus?

17.  Can I park in a motorcycle spot in the winter when people are not driving motorcycles? 

18.  I’ve parked in Dalhousie parking lots without a permit and nothing has happened. Why should I bother buying a permit?

19.  Sometimes when I get to work there is construction work going on where I usually park. Why didn’t you tell me that?

 

1.     How much is a permit?

Permit rates vary. Pricing is set by Senior Administration based on recommendations from Dalhousie’s Transportation and Security Committee. The rates for 2017-2018 can be found here.  Passes go on sale August 29,2017.

2.     Where and when can I get a permit?

You have to be a Dalhousie University staff member or a student with a valid Dalhousie ID in order to apply for a parking permit. You can purchase parking permits online beginning August 29, 2017.

To purchase a permit online, you will need your Net ID, password and vehicle information. Your permanent permit can be picked up in the Security Services Office on the next business day but you will be issued a temporary permit to print and put in your car at the time of the purchase and registration. Go to http://parkingpermit.dal.ca/ and fill out your information. You can only purchase a permit if all outstanding tickets are paid.

*Note, you cannot apply for a permit in person in Halifax.

There are several different types of permits available – general, outdoor reserved and indoor reserved. Some guarantee reserved spots, while others do not guarantee a spot.

There is no charge for parking on the Agricultural Campus in Truro but you must have a permit. You can get a permit at the Security Services Office which is located in the Dairy Building, 11 River Road. You will need your Net ID, password and vehicle information

3.     Why doesn’t a permit guarantee me a parking spot? That’s not fair?

General parking permits are oversold on campus assuming that not everyone with a permit will be on site at the same time. In most surface parking lots where only a general permit is needed, parking is on a first-come, first-served basis – starting each morning at 7 a.m. Most spots are filled by 8:15 a.m. with minimal turnover until the end of the day at 4:30 p.m.

We understand the frustration from those who paid for a permit and cannot find a spot. However, it is clearly stated at the time of purchase that a general parking permit doesn’t guarantee a parking spot. If paid in cash, there will be no refund after thirty days of purchase.

There are more than 20,000 people who come to Dal during peak times, and only 2000 parking spots. 

4.     What am I supposed to do when I have a permit, but all the lots are full? I shouldn’t have to pay for parking twice.

There are many parking spots on Dalhousie’s campuses that you might not be aware of. We recommend you to go to https://www.dal.ca/dept/facilities/parking-at-dal.html and explore the options. Dalhousie also offers all members of the community discounted bus passes and encourages active transportation, carpooling and other options. Learn more here https://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/smart-trip.html. There are privately-owned parking lots on the peninsula in Halifax, parking meters, and on-street parking as well. Many permit owners do have to seek parking off Dal property at peak times and sometimes pay daily fees on top of the yearly premium paid for a parking permit.

5.     I see reserved parking lots with empty spaces, why can’t I park there?

There are a limited number of reserved parking spots and reserved permits are much more expensive than general permits. These spots must be available for people who have paid for reserved parking. Most of our reserved lots are full with people waiting for spots to open up. If you’d like to put your name on a waiting list, you can email reserved.list@dal.ca. In your email, please state your name, banner number and which parking lot(s) you’d like to be on a waiting list for. Anyone who parks in a reserved spot without the proper permit will be ticketed, booted or towed.   

6.     Why are reserved spots so expensive?

Reserved permits are more expensive than General permits because a spot is guaranteed. Rates increase every year because of higher annual operating costs such as snow removal, salaries of those who patrol and maintain the parking areas, utilities and yearly upkeep. Pricing is set by Senior Administration based on recommendations from Dalhousie’s Transportation and Security Committee.    

7.     How do I get a reserved spot?

In order to be placed on a list for reserved parking, you have to email reserved.list@dal.ca and indicate the reserved lot(s) you are interested in. Parking spots in the most popular reserved lots are already taken and there is a long waiting list to get a spot. There may be reserved spots in some underground heated lots available at the highest parking rate price.

8.     Why isn’t there a parking space for everyone?

Parking is a challenge everywhere on the Halifax peninsula and Dalhousie is no exception. More than 20,000 people come to the Dalhousie Campus every day, and there are only 2,000 parking spots available. Dalhousie’s available land is prioritized for teaching and learning. It is very likely that in the future there will be even more buildings and fewer parking spaces. Currently, the Rosina Lot at Sexton Campus is a parking lot, but the land was purchased for future development as identified in the Campus Master Plan. Eventually that parking lot will cease to exist.

9.     Why aren’t there reserved spots on every part of campus – why can’t I buy a reserved spot for Sexton?

There is no new reserved parking available at Sexton Campus. The reserved parking spots that exist at Sexton Campus were grandfathered for staff who already had reserved spots before the Dalhousie amalgamation. The nearest reserved parking permits are available on Studley Campus and may not be readily available. However, you can always put your name on a waiting list by emailing reserved.list@dal.ca. On the email, you should state your name, banner numbers and which parking lot(s) you’d like to be on a waiting list for. You will be emailed when your name comes up in sequence.

10.  Why are people from other parts of campus allowed to park where I work? (e.g., people from Carlton parking in the Sexton lot)

General parking spots are available to anyone with General permits on a first-come first-served basis, no matter where they work, live, or study. This policy was created by Dalhousie’s Transportation and Security Committee.

11.  I only have classes two days a week, what are my parking options?

Since daily, weekly and monthly general parking permits are no longer available, the most convenient place for short term parking is our Pay and Display lot at LeMarchant Place on South Street. The rates are $2 per hour to a maximum of $16 per day.

Dalhousie parking meters are located on and around campus. They operate from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from Monday – Friday. Parking is free in all surface lots after 4:30 p.m., on the weekends, and holidays. No overnight parking is allowed past 1:30 a.m.

If Pay and Display is full, and no meters are available, there are privately-owned parking lots on the peninsula in Halifax, parking meters, and on-street parking as well. Many permit owners do have to seek parking off Dal property at peak times and sometimes pay daily fees on top of the yearly premium paid for a parking permit.

12.  How do I put my name on a waiting list for the Dunn Lot?

Email  reserved.list@dal.ca and state your name, banner numbers, and which parking lot you’d like to be on a waiting list for. You will be emailed when your name comes up in sequence. This popular reserved parking lot is currently full and already has a long waiting list of several hundred people. It will be several years before a spot becomes available in that parking lot.

13.  Can you put your name on more than one waiting list at the same time?

Yes, by emailing reserved.list@dal.ca and providing your name, banner number, and the parking lot(s) that you’d like to be on a waiting list for. You will be contacted when your name comes up in sequence.

14.  I have a parking permit – why did I get a ticket?

There could be several reasons you received a ticket:

a)     A valid permit is expected to be displayed all the time, if not, it can result in a parking ticket and having your vehicle towed or immobilized.

b)     All vehicles are expected to have  valid registration and insurance.

c)      All vehicles must display a proper provincial/state license plate/temporary sticker at all times.

d)     You may not be parking in the proper spot – if you have a General Parking Permit you cannot park in a reserved spot or lot. You also cannot park in a motorcycle parking lot, no matter what time of year. Also, you must obey all parking lines and parking signage.

e)     Dalhousie no longer owns the parking lot behind Fenwick Tower on South Street.  If you’re still parking there, you will be ticketed, towed or booted.

f)      Daily, weekly and monthly permits are no longer available, visitors must use Pay and Display parking lots or parking meters. Pay and Display tickets must be visible

g)     The absence of a ‘NO PARKING’ sign doesn’t necessarily indicate that parking is permitted in a particular area.

h)      All vehicles must not park in no parking zone.

For more information on Dalhousie’s parking policies, click here: https://www.dal.ca/dept/facilities/parking-at-dal/permits---parking/our-policies.html.

15.  How do I use the metro buses to get to the Halifax Campuses?

Dalhousie offers all members of our community discounted bus passes. For more information on the pass program visit https://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/smart-trip/transit/transit-passes.html.

16.  How much does it cost to ride the bus?

Current fees can be found here https://www.halifax.ca/transit/fares.php. Dalhousie offers all members of our community discounted bus passes. For more information on the pass program visit https://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/smart-trip/transit/transit-passes.html.

17.  Can I park in a motorcycle spot in the winter when people are not driving motorcycles? 

No. Motorcycle parking spots are not big enough for cars, and must be kept available for those who do ride year-round. During the winter after heavy snow, the motorcycle parking spots are used to store excess snow.

18.  I’ve parked in Dalhousie parking lots without a permit and nothing has happened. Why should I bother buying a permit?

Dalhousie is continually increasing its use of “boots” or devices which immobilize a vehicle until a fee is paid. Dalhousie keeps track of the license plates of all vehicle ticketed, whether a permit is visible or not. Vehicles which have been previously ticketed are much more likely to be booted.  Dalhousie may also tow vehicles to an impound lot at its discretion. IF that happens, vehicle owners need to pay the ticket, find their way to the impound lot out of town, and pay another fee there to retrieve their car.

19.  Sometimes when I get to work there is construction work going on where I usually park. Why didn’t you tell me that?

During the year there often times when the parking lots need upgrades, or part of the lot needs to be blocked off for maintenance work. Everyone who purchases a permit should take responsibility to remain informed about upcoming work. The easiest way to do this it by subscribing to Today@Dal ( https://www.dal.ca/news/today.20170804.html) , a daily email that includes construction information. The Subscribe now! option is in the right column. Following @DalSecurity on Twitter is also a good idea.