Lancaster University's Parking Policy supports the University's Travel Plan. It provides the framework for managing parking facilities for the benefit of both our stakeholders and the environment. The policy helps to ensure that parking spaces are available for those that need them and outlines rules and arrangements for using parking at the University.
The Parking Policy is organised into one Principal Document and other smaller documents for specific parking users and arrangements.
View all the parking policies (2023-24)
Parking Policy Principal Document
This document provides an overview of the University's parking policies, prices and arrangements and the general policies that apply to all parking users.
List of Parking and Staff Bus Travel Prices
List of all parking permits, scratch cards and visitor parking rates in operation at the University. The list also includes the full range of subsidised staff bus travel products available to eligible staff.
Set of regulations used to enforce the parking policies.
Student Car Parking Policy
The Student Parking Policy 2023/24 details arrangements for student parking and outlines the eligibility criteria for student parking permits and how to apply.
For Categories 1 to 4 in the Student Parking Policy, applicants should use the Student Parking Categories 1 to 4 Eligibility Request Form 2023-24 v2
The Urban Core Area 2023-24 refers to the main urban area of Lancaster and Morecambe where the campus is deemed as reasonably accessible by bus or by foot from all destinations within the urban core area. This is used to determine student eligibility for parking permits.
Contractor Parking Policy
Parking options for contractors differ from those of other parking users. This policy outlines specific arrangements for University contractors which are now more supportive and flexible for contractors.
Sports Centre Parking Policy
This policy outlines the specific parking arrangements in place at the Sports Centre, (Car Parks L(a) and L(b), as these differ from the rest of campus.
Coach Parking, Drop-off and Pick-up Policy
Organisers of coach visits and coach operators will find this policy helpful.
Parking Zones Map
The map illustrates the different parking zones and their locations on campus. This can help parking users to determine where they can park their vehicle. The latest map is dated October 2020. A revised map will shortly be available.
Accessible Parking Permit Eligibility Guidelines
These guidelines provide information for applicants of an Accessible Parking Permit to help determine and demonstrate eligibility.
Bicycle Parking Policy
The Bicycle Parking Policy v4 outlines the proper use of bicycle parking facilities and arrangements for the identification and removal of apparently redundant bicycles.
Chancellor's Wharf Parking Policy
The Chancellor's Wharf Parking Policy 2023/24 outlines the parking arrangements for Chancellor's Wharf student residences located next to the Lancaster Canal in the city centre.
Provide feedback on the policy
If you wish to provide feedback on the parking policy or make any suggestions for improvement you can contact the Facilities Helpdesk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All feedback will be considered at the annual review of the policy.
Enforcement is in operation
Parking enforcement is in operation at the University to enforce the Parking Policy. Enforcement is in the form of Parking Charge Notice (PCN) ticket issuing. Enforcing parking helps to ensure a fair and efficient parking system and maintains access for all our parking users, maximising the number of parking spaces available.
The penalty charge fee for a PCN is £75, reduced to £45 if payment is received within 14 days. Lancaster University Security staff issue the PCNs onto offending vehicles supported by First Parking. Photographic evidence is taken and sent directly onto First Parking for processing.
Fixed camera ANPR enforcement is in place at Chancellor's Wharf. From October 2023, ANPR enforcement will also operate at the Health Innovation Campus and at Visitor Car Park K (Sports Field Car Park). It is vital that all vehicles parking in these areas have been authorised / paid to park to avoid a PCN being issued through the post.
Security staff are not involved in the administration of taking payment for PCNs. Appeals and payments for PCNs should be made directly to First Parking, as instructed on the PCN notice.