Parking on Campus

Buena Vista University is pleased to offer convenient on-campus parking to students, faculty, staff, and University guests. All parking lots on campus are identified by signs at the entrance of each lot as well as marked clearly on the campus map. All automobiles and other motorized vehicles operated on campus by BVU students and employees must be registered with the University.

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  1. Faculty/Staff (no overnight parking)
  2. Faculty/Staff/Commuter Students/Visitors (no overnight parking)
  3. Faculty/Staff/Commuter Students (no overnight parking)
  4. General/Student
  5. General/Student
  1. General/Student
  2. General/Student
  3. General/Student
  4. Faculty/Staff/Commuter Students/Visitors (no overnight parking)
  5. Visitor Parking
  6. Commuter Students/Visitors (no overnight parking)
  1. Faculty/Staff/Commuter Students/Visitors (no overnight parking)
  2. Restricted University Vehicles Only (receiving dock)
  3. Faculty/Staff
  4. General/Student Parking Only

Conferencing & Temporary Parking

Iowa Central Community College students and high school students who take classes at BVU must register their vehicle with the University. There is no charge for these students. Tuition Remission students who park on campus property are required to purchase an $85 parking permit. If those students exchange vehicles with employees, they are required to notify Campus Security. Conference guests and visitors must park in the assigned visitor parking lots.

Overnight Parking


Overnight parking is not permitted in lots A, B, C, I, K and L. Vehicles left in these lots between midnight-6 a.m. are subject to towing. No parking is allowed on or across sidewalks, on lawns or grass, blocking fire lanes, or in any restricted area designated by signage.

Commuter Student Parking

Commuter students may park in all lots labeled General Parking as well as lots B, C, I, K, and L.

Parking Registration

A properly displayed vehicle registration sticker authorizes parking in the areas designated for the individual as outlined on the campus map. It does not guarantee a parking space.

A student vehicle registration sticker can be obtained in the Student Success Office once the vehicle is registered online in BeaverNet. 

The parking registration fee for the academic year is $85 per vehicle. Student accounts are charged the vehicle registration fee for a parking sticker. Students with more than one vehicle registered must pay an additional fee at the Business Office. Vehicle registration stickers will be placed in student mailboxes within the first two weeks of school. Any late registrations can be picked up in the student success suite. 

Students without a vehicle on campus may opt out within the first two weeks of classes to avoid being charged for a sticker. Refunds cannot be obtained after this time.

Students found to have an unregistered vehicle on campus after opting out will be charged the $85 registration fee plus a $25 fine, and any other tickets if warranted. A second violation will result in student conduct procedures.

Replacement of registration stickers may be issued at no cost if returned or proof of destruction is provided. Unaffixed registration permits that are lost or stolen will not be replaced unless a new registration fee is paid.

Registration is for the academic year and will not be prorated for any reason.

Registration Sticker Placement

A vehicle registration sticker must be affixed permanently and visibly to the top left corner of the back window of any vehicle parked on University property. The registration stickers for any motorcycle should be affixed to the front fender.

Bicycle Registration

For the security and protection of bicycles, all BVU community members are required to register on-campus bicycles with the University. This can be done at no charge by completing the registration form and picking up a registration sticker at Campus Security, located in the Office for Student Success.

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Parking Violations & Fines

All parking violation tickets are to be paid at the Business Office within one week of receiving the ticket. After this time period, the charges will be applied to the individual’s account. Unpaid fines will result in a hold being placed upon the individual’s transcripts and/or diploma.

  • No registration sticker on vehicle: $25
  • Parking sticker displayed improperly: $10
  • Parking in restricted areas: $10
  • Illegally parked: $10
  • Parking improperly (angle parking, not parking within parking space): $10
  • Parking in “No Parking” or “Emergency” areas: $10
  • Forgery/Illegal transfer of sticker: $25

It is a violation of state law to illegally park in an area denoted as “Handicapped Parking.” Any vehicles parked illegally in such an area on campus will be reported to the local police department. The owner of that vehicle will be responsible for the state fines related to this type of violation. Currently, the fine for such a violation is $200.

The last row in lot H is reserved for Fleet University Vehicles. Vehicles must have approved hanging signage to park in the Fleet spots. Violators will receive illegal parking tickets. 

All streets in Storm Lake are under the jurisdiction of the City of Storm Lake. Vehicle owners are expected to abide by parking regulations established by signage, curb markings, or any other techniques used to assist traffic flow and safety.

Towing Procedures

For the safety of the University community, Buena Vista University reserves the right to tow any vehicle parked in such a way as to constitute a hazard, or impede regular traffic, interfere with the making of essential repairs, or prohibiting a university official from completing their job. Owners of impounded cars will be required to pay the towing service charges ($100 and up) directly to the off-campus towing company to release the vehicle. Buena Vista University assumes no responsibility for the owner’s vehicle or property in the case of towing.


The Student Conduct Board will hear all student grievances and the Assistant Vice President of Student Success will hear all faculty/staff grievances related to parking violations. Campus Security will not be a part of this decision. This format will allow for a fair process of determining accountability for all University community members. This appeals process will meet anytime an individual has a grievance about a parking violation.

Parking Appeal forms may be obtained in Student Success. The appeal form must be completed and received in the Office for Student Success within 15 days of the date the ticket was issued.

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