Security & Parking Services


Security & Parking Services strive to provide our University Community and visitors, with safe and well maintained parking and transiting infrastructure. We are dedicated to courteous and helpful customer service through information resources, polite and knowledgeable staff, and convenient parking facilities. We encourage voluntary compliance.

We also encourage alternative means of transportation to preserve the environment. We have collaborative initiatives with the office of sustainability, such as go transit, carpool parking, and secure storage and bike locker rentals to meet storage needs for green transit users.


Change in Office Hours - Campus Store Location

The Campus Store Parking Office will be opening late at 10 am on Thursday August 17th 2017 due to a staff meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Parking Rate Changes Sept 1st 2017

Monthly permit and daily visitor parking rate changes will apply this fall. For more information click here.

Retiree Permits Renewal Process

All retiree permits are set up on a 12 month basis and have to be renewed by the retiree before the expiry date. For more information click here.

Lot M 17/18 Permits

17/18 Lot M permits will be available for purchase starting July 1st 2017 to you. If you held a Lot M permit in the last 16/17 session hence you have an opportunity to renew your Lot M permit before they are made available to new students.
Please note Lot M was wait listed in both the 15/16 and 16/17 sessions due to limited available parking spaces. Please purchase your permit at your earliest convenience to avoid being put on the list.
Sales for Lot M monthly permits to new students will begin in August 2017.
You can purchase your permit online here. If you have difficulty using our online system please contact us by phone at 905-525-9140 ext. 24232 or by email us at parking.
Permits can also be purchased in person at ETC 102 or Campus Store. For further information and office hours, please visit: parking.

'Old' Transponder Exchange Deadline




Please note the deadline to exchange the old transponders above for a new transponder below at no charge is August 31st 2017. As of September 1st 2017 new transponders (below) will have to be purchased at the full cost of $40 each.


Shuttle Bus Hours Summer

The main campus shuttle bus service schedule is Monday to Friday 7 am to 7 pm during the summer (one bus only).

Interim Stop for Shuttle Service Notice

The main campus shuttle stop will relocate to the west side Mary Keyes Residence where the existing Inter City Bus Stop. Please see this document for more information.

Summer Interzone Hours - West Campus (M and NP permit holders)

Monday - Friday

  • Access to Main Campus lots D, E, G, H, I and Stadium Underground after 4:30PM
  • B and C after 7:30PM
  • No access to A, Underground Wilson
  • No access to short term parking lots J, F and Q

All transponder holders must be back in their assigned lots by 7:30am on a weekday morning or they will be charged for their time in that lot.


*New* Suspension of Parking Privileges for Abusive Customers

McMaster University is committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive organizational culture in which all members of the University community work, study and live free of discrimination and harassment. Any abuse of our staff in any medium and format will result in the suspension of parking privileges. No refund will be provided for parking fees covering period of suspension.

Ward shuttle bus schedule

Shuttle bus schedule can be seen here.

Visitor Parking Rates - DBHSC

We would like to inform you that effective May 16 2016, there will be a change to visitor rates for both the underground and the surface lot at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre. The new rates will be as follows:

DBHSC Underground:

  • $5 per hour to $20 maximum, Monday to Friday.
DBHSC Surface:
  • $5 per hour to $20 maximum, from 6 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • $7 evening flat rate, from 6 pm to 6 am, Monday to Friday.
  • $7 flat rate on weekends and holidays.
Please note, although we are implementing rate changes to the surface lot visitor rates, there is no visitor/ public parking available in this lot at present. We are working towards implementing a visitor system on the surface lot and hope to have this in place shortly. If you or your department/ faculty is interested in using the lots for any events/ meetings, please submit an event parking form. and we will try our best to accommodate your request.

Photo ID Cards

Photo ID are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm.

Where can I park?

McMaster University parking lots interactive map available here.

Changes to Underground Stadium Permit Sales

Please be advised that effective immediately, permits will no longer be sold on a per month basis for the Underground Stadium Lot.

Parking for this lot must be purchased on a Semester (May to August, September to December, January to April), Academic (September to April) or Yearly (September to August) basis. Also, there will be no refunds for unused months in the semester.

For further information, please contact the parking office at extension 24232 or


Difficulties with Interac Payments

Please be advised that our online payment system is experiencing some trouble accepting payments made by Interac. We strongly recommend that you use a credit card for online payment or visit the office to pay via Interac. If you do choose to pay by Interac online and experience difficulties with the online system then please allow 1-2 business days to see if the amount removed from your account is refunded, and if not then please contact your bank. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.





Bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks

They are not to be locked to or leaned against handrails, trees, shrubs, bushes, or other features of University landscape in ways that will cause damage to University property, interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or work responsibilities of University employees. Bicycles found in violation are subject to ticketing and/or impoundment that can result in a fine of $25.00

Please click here with instructions for bicycles on campus.

2017/18 Rates

For a list of our Visitor Rates, click here.



Canadian Parking Association
The Ontario Campus Parking Association


Directions to Mcmaster Campus
Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington
Hamilton Car Share


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