Our Policies

Agreement Information 2020-2021


Dalhousie's parking year is September 1st - August 31st.

  • All vehicles parking on Dalhousie property shall have valid registration and insurance and must display proper Provincial/State license plate/Temporary sticker at all times. Failure to display a valid license plate/temporary sticker will result in a parking ticket and the vehicle may be towed or immobilized at the owner’s expense.
  • Overnight parking is not permitted between the hours of 1:30 AM – 7:00 AM.
  • Permit holders must always display a valid permit. Failure to display a valid permit will result in a parking ticket and the vehicle may be towed or immobilized at the owner’s expense.
  • Temporary Parking passes shall be displayed in a manner which is clearly visible on the vehicle’s dash between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM weekdays.  Not valid for overnight parking.
  • Pay & Display receipts shall be displayed on vehicles parked in the assigned Pay & Display parking areas on Studley Campus between the hours of 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday.
  • Pay & Display is available within the McCain Parkade from 4:30 PM to 1:30 AM weekdays and 7:30 AM to 1:30 AM on weekends and holidays.
  • Permits are issued only by Security Services; no others are authorized or recognized. 
  • The absence of a ‘NO PARKING’ sign does not necessarily indicate that parking is permitted in a particular area. Parking is not permitted on lawns, walk-ways, fire lanes, designated safety zones, etc…)
  • If part of a parking lot or parkade must be closed for a period of time to carry out maintenance or repair, the University will not be held responsible to provide alternative parking during that period.
  • The cost of repairing damage to University property caused by or through the operation of a vehicle will be charged to the owner of the vehicle.
  • Parking permits remain the property of the University and will be revoked if improperly used.  Revoked permits are not subject to financial compensation. Parking permits are for the exclusive use of the original applicant. Permits may not be duplicated, sold, exchanged, given away.
  • By issuing a permit, the University assumes no responsibility for damage to, or theft of, any vehicle and/or its contents. The University does not assume any responsibility for injury or collision however caused.
  • Dalhousie employees registered as part-time students are not eligible for student permits.
  • Only persons currently enrolled or employed at Dalhousie University will be entitled to purchase a parking permit.  If no longer employed or enrolled at the University, the permit must be surrendered.
  • Purchasers may receive a prorated refund up to 30 calendar days from the date of purchase upon the return of their permit to Security Services. No refunds can be made after that date, unless an employee is required to be away from the workplace for a period exceeding three months, due to illness, injury, parental leave. In such cases, the affected employee must surrender their permit to Security Services in order to receive a prorated refund. In addition, should the employee concerned return to the workplace prior to August 31, the permit may be reinstated on a prorated basis.
  • Visitor’s spaces within the Agricultural Campus are exclusively for non-Dalhousie pass holders who are visiting the campus and parking for a short period of time.
  • The purchase of a general parking permit does not guarantee the purchaser that a parking space will be available on University property. Except for reserved parking, all parking on University property is on a space-available basis. General Parking permits are subject to an oversell strategy designed to maximize the utilization of surface parking on campus.

Outdoor Reserved (accessible parking)

Application for Accessible Reserved parking for employees requires review and approval by Dalhousie Human Resources Disability Case Manager. In the Case of students this review shall be directed to Student Accessibility Centre (Halifax Campus) and the Student Success Centre (Agricultural Campus)

  • Outdoor reserved parking spaces are almost exclusively used for accessible parking
  • All outdoor reserved parking spaces on University property are reserved from 7:00 am until 4:30 pm, seven days per week
  • Outdoor reserved permit holders who plan to be away from the University for one month or more are required to advise Security Services so that their spaces may be temporarily reassigned
  • Between 7:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, outdoor reserved permits are only valid at their designated reserved parking space or lot.  During evenings (4:30 pm  –  1:30  am)  and  weekends  (7:00  am  –  1:30  am)  outdoor reserved permits are  also  valid  at  any  general parking space  on campus
  • Outdoor reserved permit holders may be authorized to use general parking spaces between 7:00 am – 1:30 am, Monday through Sunday, if prior authorization is provided by the Director of Security Services, in writing, from the appropriate Dean, Director or Department Head.


Any violation of the University parking regulations may result in a Dalhousie parking ticket.

Ticketable offenses:

  • Parking meter violations
  • Pay & Display violations
  • Overnight parking
  • Parking in “no parking” areas
  • Occupying more than one parking spot
  • Parking on university property without a permit

·        Any vehicle other than a motorcycle (cars, trucks, vans) found parked in or covering a motorcycle space will be ticketed and towed / immobilized at the owner’s expense.

Parking ticket costs:

  • The cost of a Dalhousie parking ticket is $20.00.
  • The penalty for illegally parking in accessible parking areas will range from $20 to $100.00.

Permit cancellations:

  • Continued parking violations within a twelve (12) month period will result in the cancellation of the permit and/or withdrawal of University parking privileges; as will failure to observe traffic signs or to comply with the instructions of any authorized official employed in the control of traffic or parking.

Tire locking (also known as booting)

Security Services has first-offense immobilization, or “booting,” for vehicles without Dal permits parked without authorization on the Halifax campuses.

For vehicles with Dal permits a tire locking device will be used on the 4th parking ticket and all subsequent parking tickets for the remainder of the year.

  • The cost to have the locking device removed is $100
  • The device can be removed by contacting Security Services at 902-494-6400 (Halifax campuses) or 902-893-4190 (Agricultural Campus).  


A vehicle will be towed in situations that could potentially impact personal safety or cause damage to university property, including:

  • Parking on walkways, grassed, or landscaped areas
  • Unauthorized parking in a reserved space
  • Blocking access and exit roads or obstructing the movement of traffic
  • Obstructing snow removal operations
  • Obstructing a fire hydrant, fire lane, fire door, or loading zone and/or a point of entry/exit of a building
  • Damaged or vehicles not in good working order that are leaking fluid or hazardous vapors that may spill onto University property

Appeal policy

In the event that the ticket recipient is not satisfied with the resolution, the individual can submit their complaint, in writing, to parking@dal.ca

Overnight parking

  • An overnight parking permit is required to park on University property between the hours of 1:30 am and 7:00 am on any given day. Employees regularly scheduled to work at night may be eligible for an overnight parking permit, if prior authorization is provided by the Director of Security Services.
  • Employees who qualify for overnight parking permits, and individuals who are authorized to purchase a daily parking permit (in addition to their general parking permit) to park on University property, between 1:30 am and 7:00 am, (this includes any employee or student who wishes to park on university property due to snow storms or other inclement weather conditions) must inform Security Services of their location and provide a telephone number while parked on the property at night.  Vehicles whose owners cannot be contacted by Security Services, or do not display an authorized permit, will be subject to ticketing and the vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Vehicles that are potentially obstructing snow clearing activities will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Employees and students who possess valid University parking permits, and are involved in academic related projects on campus, may occasionally be authorized by Security Services, to park between 1:30 am and 7:00 am, at a location specified by the Security Services Shift Supervisor.
  • Residence students at the Agricultural Campus who required overnight parking should contact Security Services at 902-893-4190.  

Lost or stolen permits

  • If your permit is lost, stolen, or forgotten in another vehicle, contact Security Services at 902-494-6400 (Halifax Campuses) or 902-893-4190 (Agricultural Campus).
  • If you report your permit as lost or stolen, it will immediately become invalid and must not be used again if found or recovered. Replacement cost is $10.00.
  • If you have misplaced or forgotten your permit, you can obtain a complimentary permit by providing proof of eligibility. This service is available on a 24 hour basis but is limited to three (3) separate occasions per individual in each permit year.

Motorcycle parking

  • General permits - motorcycles displaying general parking permits may only be parked at general motorcycle parking spaces.
  • Reserved permits - motorcycles displaying reserved parking permits will have access to a specific reserved lot.  This permit can also be used for an alternate vehicle registered to the permit holder.  However, only one vehicle may be parked on campus at any time.
  • Motorcycles shall not be parked on patios, roadways, sidewalks or lawns, or where they may cause an obstruction or possible injury.
  • Any motorcycle parked in violation of these regulations will be subject to ticketing and may be towed / immobilized at the owner’s expense.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

  • Electric vehicle Charging Stations are to be used for charging plug-in electric vehicles or electric hybrid vehicles with a current Dalhousie Pass only;

  • Specifically, for the Charging Stations at the Dalplex, the plug-in electric vehicle must not only have a current Dalhousie pass, but must also pay the meter.

  • Vehicles parked in the designated electric vehicle charging station parking space must be plugged in at all times.

  • Charging station on Norma Eddy Lane (behind Gerard Hall) is open to permit and non-permit holders. Vehicle is only to be parked there while charging.