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How to avoid a ticket or tow

The MIT campus is private property, and a parking permit is required on all vehicles parked on campus. Institute parking areas are continuously monitored. Vehicles parked improperly or without a parking permit will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner's expense.

Traffic Violations and Penalties
Snow Emergencies
Street Cleaning


  • Parking is allowed in car stalls designated by painted lines.
  • "All Lots" permit not allowed in signed Reserved Spaces.
  • "Occasional All Lots" permit are only allowed in gated areas.
  • The speed limit on campus is 15 miles per hour.
  • The speed limit in parking facilities is 5 miles per hour.
  • Any area marked no parking, loading zone, reserved, residential, etc., is enforced as such 24 hours a day unless otherwise stated.
  • Vehicles unclaimed for 30 days may be disposed of at the expense of the owner.

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Traffic Violations and Penalties

The following violations will be ticketed and charged the corresponding penalty:

  • Parking Over Time Limit for Zone – $20.00
  • No Permit for this Area – $30.00
  • Parking in Area Not Marked for Parking – $20.00
  • Blocking Roadway, Driveway Entrance, or Crosswalk – $30.00
  • Parking in a No Parking Zone – $30.00
  • Parking or Driving on Sidewalk or Lawn – $30.00
  • Blocking Fire Lane or Hydrant – $40.00
  • Parking in Reserved Space – $40.00
  • Blocking Loading Zone or Dumpster – $50.00
  • Parking in Area Reserved for Disability Plates and Placards – $50.00
  • Blocking Wheelchair Ramp – $50.00
  • Driving to Endanger – $50.00
  • Speeding – $50.00

Failure to return tickets or non-payment of fines may result in towing and/or loss of parking privileges.

Unauthorized transfer, use, tampering, or duplication of an MIT parking permit will result in a $50 fine plus the loss of all parking privileges.

Even if a vehicle is driven by another party, the faculty member, staff member, or student who registered the vehicle or to whom the parking permit was assigned is responsible for any and all violations.

Parking privileges at MIT will not be granted or renewed for any person who has outstanding parking violations.

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You may pay for violations online or in person by credit card at the Parking and Transportation Office.

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Violations that may have been issued in error can be appealed within 30 days of the violation. Appeals must be made online.

Appeals are reviewed once a month by the Appeals Committee, a group made up of staff from various MIT departments and Parking and Transportation Office staff.

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Owners of vehicles that are placed on a tow list will receive prior notice (if the owner can be located) in the form of an overdue violations notice from the Parking and Transportation Office.

Grounds for towing at the owner’s expense include:

  • Any vehicle parked improperly or without a parking permit will be ticketed and may be towed. Institute parking areas are continuously monitored by MIT Police and the MIT Parking and Transportation Office.
  • A vehicle with four or more unpaid tickets is found illegally parked on MIT property.
  • The vehicle, with or without a parking permit, is parked at any time in a location which endangers life or property or hampers the movement of emergency vehicles or other traffic flow (such as fire lanes).
  • The parked vehicle, with or without a parking permit impedes the movement of delivery trucks.
  • The vehicle, with or without a parking permit, is parked on the sidewalk or blocking a trash compactor or dumpster.
  • The vehicle blocks street cleaning.
  • The vehicle, without a license plate, is parked at any time on MIT property without permission granted by the Parking and Transportation Office.
  • The vehicle is parked without being moved for more than four consecutive days.

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Snow Emergencies

When heavy snowfall occurs in the Cambridge area, a “snow emergency” may be declared. Any Cambridge snow emergency will be announced over most local radio and TV stations, and parking will be prohibited on designated emergency arteries. Many streets in the MIT area are part of an emergency artery, as indicated on permanent street signs.

Information concerning snow emergency declarations and alternate parking locations may be obtained by calling MIT Police at 617-253-SNOW or Facilities at 617-253-4948.

Any vehicle parked off-hours in a permit-required location, especially during a snow emergency, may be subject to towing at the owner's expense.

During snow emergencies, the Department of Facilities requests that all cars be moved to indoor lots so that the outdoor parking areas may be plowed.

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Street Cleaning

The City of Cambridge periodically cleans the streets in the MIT area. Signs are posted on each street with the days of scheduled cleaning. Any car parked in the way of street cleaning apparatus is automatically towed by the City of Cambridge at the owner's expense.

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Department Directory

Parking & Transportation Office

Hours: M - F, 8AM - 5PM
Building: E17-106
Fax: 617-258-6357

parking services

Tel: 617-258-6510

t-pass services

Tel: 617-253-9701

other commuter connections


Tom Giannino

Robynn Cruz-Walker
Commuter Program Administrator

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