Tickets, Penalties, and Appeals

Tickets, Penalties, and Appeals

Citations are issued when general parking regulations are not followed. Vehicles not displaying the proper permit hangtag or sticker, parked in restricted areas such as fire lanes, crosswalks, and building entrances, or impeding the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic in any way, are subject to citation and towing at the owner's expense.

All citations must be paid within 21 days of the date issued in order to avoid a late fee. Payments can be made by the following methods:

  • pay citation online
  • mail citation with check or money order payable to “Harvard University”;
  • pay citation in person at the Harvard University Parking office.

Students with unpaid citations over 21 days old will be automatically term billed for the entire fee amount.

Payment of fines constitutes an agreement to the specified violation.

The holder of a parking permit who fails to pay a parking fine may be subject to towing, or non-renewal of his/her parking permit.

The University maintains a fair and objective appeal process by which a person can dispute a University-issued citation. Appeals should be based on the premise that the citation was not consistent with University parking regulations, or that extenuating circumstances existed that may excuse the appellant from compliance with regulations.

If you would like to appeal a citation, you can do so online with our eBusiness portal or you can download our Citation Appeal Form, fill it out and send it along with the citation to the Parking office. Please be aware that appeals must be postmarked or delivered to the Parking office within 21 days of the citation's issuance. All appeals should be sent directly to the Parking office at Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) 8th Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138.

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