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College of Arts & Sciences Parking

Freshmen and sophomores living on campus in Bethel housing can obtain parking permits only under specific circumstances.

Learn more about the process for our needs-based permit appeals process for freshmen and sophomores living in residence halls.

Students who are juniors or seniors by credit are allowed to register one vehicle to use for the academic year. Permit and parking lot assignments are determined by housing status and housing location.

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Commuter Student Parking

All commuters are eligible for a free parking permit that may be transferred to any car the commuter is driving. The commuter may not share his or her parking permit with another individual.

Commuters are charged a commuter fee at the beginning of each semester, regardless of whether or not they pick up a permit. Commuters with extraordinary situations that do not require them to bring a vehicle to campus are allowed to appeal the fee. Appeals must be received within 30 days of the beginning of each semester in order to be processed. Appeals after that deadline will not be processed.

Any commuter who has a Metro Bus pass will be eligible to have their commuter fee refunded. They will still be eligible for a parking permit at no cost.

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Employee Parking

Employees (faculty and staff) are allowed to register up to two vehicles for use to park on Bethel's campus. There is currently no charge for an employee permit.

Employees are expected to update Campus Security if their vehicle information (e.g., license plate) changes. If a vehicle is sold, donated or otherwise no longer in the ownership of the registered person, the parking permit from that vehicle must be turned in immediately. A processing fee may be applied to all those failing to return permits (this also includes the termination of employment).

After filling out the application form, bring your Bethel ID to the Office of Campus Security and Safety to pick up your permit(s).

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Seminary Student Parking

Those seminary students who are commuting to class, including seminary students in the Monday night program, are permitted to park in the Seminary Commuter Lot. All seminary students are required to register their primary vehicle. The permit may temporarily be used on another vehicle.

The permit will be mailed to the home address that is on record with Bethel (please be sure that is up-to-date first). Display the permit on the rear-view mirror or face up on the front dashboard of the vehicle whenever parked on campus.

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Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Student Parking

All students of the College of Adult & Professional Studies as well as the Graduate School are allowed to register up to two vehicles for use to park on Bethel's campus.

The permit will be mailed to the home address that is on record with Bethel (please be sure that is up-to-date first). Display the permit on the rear-view mirror or face up on the front dashboard of the vehicle whenever parked on campus.

Parking permits are not required at the Normandale Place campus.

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Temporary Parking Permit

Any student that is not otherwise eligible for a regular parking permit is eligible for up to 30 days of temporary permits per school year. A temporary permit has all the rights and responsibilities of a regular permit.

Temporary permits are similar to regular permits in that they are assigned a color indicating which parking lot(s) they are approved for. The difference is that temporary permits have a date range indicating when they are valid.

Employees or students with a currently registered vehicle may obtain a temporary permit for no charge to use on a temporary replacement vehicle. For example, if the currently registered vehicle is being repaired and the owner is using a rental, a temporary permit may be obtained for that vehicle at no charge for the length of time that the vehicle is expected to be used. It is the responsibility of the registered owner to ensure the temporary permit is current. A temporary permit is not valid outside of the date range.

Apply for a temporary permit in-person at the Office of Safety and Security.

To apply for a temporary overnight permit, contact the Office of Safety and Security at 651.638.6400.

Lost or Stolen Permits

Lost or stolen permits must be reported to the Security and Safety office. To receive a replacement, a service fee of $20 will be required. Should the missing permit turn up, return it to the Security and Safety office immediately, as use of this "missing" permit will result in immobilization of the vehicle and a citation. A $10 refund will be credited if the permit is returned. Once notified of a lost permit, the security office will attempt to spot-check the lots to determine if someone else is using the permit. Always secure your vehicle when you leave it unattended. Be sure to notify Security and Safety, at 651.638.6400, as soon as you believe your permit (or anything else) is lost or stolen.

Parking Permit Fees

Permits must be removed and turned in to the Office of Security and Safety under any of the three following conditions:

Change in Ownership 

When there is a change in the ownership of the vehicle listed on the permit registration form for residents only, the existing permit holder must remove and return all pieces of the permit sticker to the Office of Security and Safety. The permit holder is then eligible for reimbursement of fees.

Move from Residence Hall

When a student holding a residence hall permit no longer resides in a residence hall, he or she is required to turn in the permit within one week from their residence hall termination date, at which time a replacement permit may be issued.

Graduation, Transfer, or Termination of Employment

Upon graduation, transfer or termination of employment, the registered owner must return the permit to the Office of Security and Safety in order to obtain a refund, to not be charged for the full school year and/or to avoid a processing fee. The permit must be returned within one week following any of the previous situations. Permits not returned within that time frame are subject to a processing fee.

Permits may not be resold. Purchase of a parking permit for another student may result in up to a $200 fine and/or loss of parking privileges. 

More information about parking violations, enforcement, and penalties is available.