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Transportation and Parking


Parking Essentials

Please contact the Transportation and Parking office at (503)768-7857 or by email,, if you have any questions or concerns.

What you need to know:
  • Parking areas are reserved for visitors, staff, or law student parking only, as designated by posted signs and/or pavement markings. All other parking is available for commuting students and visitors on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Parking permits are required in all campus parking lots Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm, during the fall and spring semesters.
  • First Year students at the undergraduate college are prohibited from having vehicles on campus. An application for waiver may be submitted to the Office of Transportation and Parking and must be
    accompanied by supporting documentation. For more information, please review the First Year Parking Prohibition website.
  • All vehicles parked on campus must be registered to avoid parking citations and fines. Register your vehicle and/or purchase a virtual parking permit here after August 10, 2015.
  • Daily parking pass dispensing machines are located in the Upper Griswold, Lower Griswold, Law School, and Graduate Campus parking lots.
  • A vehicle license plate number is required to purchase machine-issued daily passes.
  • Parking in the neighborhood is prohibited and vehicles will be subject to citation.
  • Any vehicle that has received 3 or more parking citations will be subject to immobilization or towing. A vehicle may be impounded without notice and at the owner’s expense.
  • Enforcement of parking regulations is carried out at all times. For further information about parking, see Transportation and Parking Regulations.
  • Parking Space Count: This link allows you to view the quantity of spaces in each parking lot, and the typical amount of open spaces during weekdays.

Reserved Parking for Disabled Persons

Disabled parking spaces are provided in College parking lots in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Vehicles parking in disabled parking spaces must display official state issued disabled persons’ parking permits. Permission must be obtained from the Lewis & Clark ADA Coordinator to park, for reasons of physical disability, in any areas of the campus not designated for either daily permit or disabled persons parking. Visitors, students, faculty, and staff who park on the campus with a state issued disabled person’s parking permit must also obtain and display a valid daily or semester parking pass during hours of enforcement.

Reserved Parking Permits

Staff permit parking areas are reserved by pavement markings and/or posted signs. Vehicles with staff permits may also park in unreserved parking spaces. Vehicles with staff permits are not permitted to park in service areas, loading zones, and spaces reserved for other uses. Designated parking spaces for the President of Lewis & Clark College and selected Officers of the College are reserved at all times.

Carpool Parking

Conveniently located parking spaces are reserved for carpools from 7 am to 10 am, Monday though Friday. Qualification criteria for carpool permits are shown in Transportation and Parking Regulations.

Graduate Campus Parking

Parking is enforced on the Graduate Campus from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Faculty and Staff spaces are reserved for faculty or staff from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The West and East Loop parking lots are open to all valid permit holders. Parking is not enforced on the Graduate Campus on weekends.

Reserved Parking at the Law School

The Law School parking lot provides reserved parking for faculty, staff, visitor, motorcycle and law student permit parking. Certain parking spaces are reserved in the Law School parking lot for 3rd/4th year Law Students from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays. The upper terrace of the Upper Griswold parking lot is reserved for all Law Student permit parking from 7 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday. Staff, CAS Students, Graduate Students, and visitors are not permitted to park in the areas reserved for Law Student parking.

Vehicles parked in law student reserved spaces must display a valid law student parking pass or be registered as belonging to a law student with the College.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycles parked on the campus must be registered. The registration process for motorcycles is the same for cars. See Motorcycles must park in areas reserved for motorcycle parking spaces. Motorcycles are not permitted to park in spaces for four-wheel vehicles.

Service Courts

Service vehicle access areas, referred to as “service courts,” are adjacent to some of the buildings on campus and are designated for Facilities Services vehicles, service contractors, and emergency vehicle parking only. Service court parking enforcement regulations are as follows:

  • Vendor parking permits, available at the Campus Safety Office, are required to park in service courts.
  • Staff, faculty, or students loading or unloading class-related materials must display a vendor permit. Vehicles will otherwise be subject to parking citations. These areas are not to be used for short term or all-day employee parking.
  • Vehicles may park only while in the process of loading or unloading.
  • Unauthorized vehicles in service courts are subject to citations and fines. They will also be subject to immobilization or towing at the owner’s expense if they interfere with vendor parking and/or if are repeat offenders.

Off-campus Parking Areas
  • Parking of commuter vehicles owned and/or operated by staff, faculty, and students is prohibited in neighborhoods adjacent to the College. This does not apply to vehicles of students, faculty, and staff who are residents in the neighborhoods and park on their own residential street. The College may require proof of residence.
  • Under a Conditional Use Master Plan Agreement with the city of Portland, Lewis & Clark is required to monitor and enforce a College parking regulation prohibiting college parking in the surrounding residential neighborhoods. Signs are not posted for this College parking regulation. The fine for this violation is $40.00 with a 35% increase for successive fines throughout the academic year.
  • Vehicles receiving neighborhood parking citations issued by the College will be subject to fines. Unregistered vehicles that have received neighborhood parking citations are subject to immobilization or towing if found parked on campus.
  • St. Mark and Mt. Carmel Church parking lots may be available for special event parking on an event-by-event basis. Also, vehicles that register with the College may park at St. Marks Church free of charge Monday-Friday 8am-6pm in the upper lot, 9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland, OR 97219.
  • The Huston parking lot will be closed to student and staff parking all day when baseball and softball games are scheduled.

Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC)

The Transportation and Parking Division, under the Department of Facilities Services, serves as staff for the Lewis & Clark Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC). There are a total of 14 Committee Members, which include staff, faculty, and students. The Associate Vice President of Facilities sits as Chair of the Committee. The Committee serves as an advisory group to the Vice President of Business and Finance/Treasurer in making recommendations regarding Lewis & Clark transportation and parking issues and policies. The Committee reviews monthly operations reports, budget status, and various transportation and parking policy issues.

See TPAC Mission Statement/Membership for the complete mission statement and information on Committee membership.

Click here for TPAC meeting minutes.

Under a Conditional Use Master Plan Agreement with the City of Portland, the College tracks its progress under a Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDM) component. The TDM is updated annually and submitted to the City Planning Department. Of primary concern in the TDM are fee based parking and a proactive alternative transportation program. Without a successful alternative transportation program the College would need to double the number of off-street parking spaces.

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