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All automobiles and other motorized vehicles operated on campus by students and employees of Buena Vista University must be registered with the University. A vehicle registration sticker, which has been displayed properly, authorizes parking in the areas designated for the individual as outlined below. It does NOT guarantee a parking space. 

See the map for building, landmark, parking, handicap, and other information.

Parking Lot Identification

All parking lots on campus are identified by signs at the entrance of each lot as well as marked clearly on the campus map.

Please note that all residential students are restricted to lots marked as General Parking.

Vehicle Registration / Parking Pass

Vehicle Registration Sticker Purchasing Procedure

A vehicle registration sticker can be obtained in the Student Success Office once your vehicle is registered online in BeaverNet. To fill it out online when you are in BeaverNet, go to “Student Life” and “Vehicle Registration" to register or update your vehicle information. You will also need the year, make, model, and license plate number to complete your Vehicle Registration online.

Parking registration fees for the academic year will be $80 per vehicle. Your student account will automatically be charged a $80 vehicle registration fee for a parking sticker. If you will have more than one vehicle registered, you will need to go to the Business Office and pay an additional $80 fee. 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. 

If you will not have a vehicle on campus you must opt-out the first two weeks of classes to avoid being charged for a sticker. After the deadline above, refunds cannot be obtained.

If you are found to have an unregistered vehicle on campus and you opted out. You will automatically be charged $80 registration fee, $25 not registered fine, and if any other tickets are warranted. If found in violation a second time with opting out of the system with a vehicle, student conduct will result. 

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

Registration Sticker Placement

The sticker must be affixed permanently and visibly to the top left-hand corner of the back window of all vehicles parked anywhere on University property. Registration stickers for motorcycles should be affixed to the front fender.

Bicycle Registration

For the security and protection of bicycles, all University community members are required to register on-campus bicycles with Buena Vista 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.

Commuter Student Parking

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

Conferencing & Temporary Parking

Iowa Central Community College students and high school students who take classes at Buena Vista University 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 a parking permit. That fee is $80. 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 the Faculty/Staff/ Visitor/Commuter lots A, B, C, I, K and L. Vehicles left in these lots between 12 midnight and 6 a.m. are subject to towing. No parking is allowed in the following areas: on or across sidewalks; on lawns or grass; in or blocking fire lanes; or in any restricted area designated by signage.

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
  • 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.

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 VP 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 printed from this site, obtained from the Business Office, or the Office for 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.