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Failure to comply with the McMaster University Traffic and Parking Regulations can result in fines and/or tow away and storage of the vehicle at the owner’s risk and expense and/or cancellation of parking privileges. Offences are enforced by Parking Control Officers and Special Constables. Violations, fines and penalties can apply to the driver or owner of the vehicle on McMaster property. Where the identity of the driver of a vehicle is unknown, notices of fines, citations or penalties notices will be sent to the registered owner.

All fines have been approved by the Board of Governors.

NOTE: Offences will carry an additional $25.00 administration fee if the fine or citation for an offence has not been paid or appealed within 10 working days.

Locking a bike to non-approved device
$25.00
Fine & Impound
Parking in an area which is not designated as a parking area
$30.00
Fine & Tow
Parking in a parking area without a permit valid for that area and date
$30.00
Fine Only
Failure to align between parking lines
$30.00
Fine Only
Failure to squarely face entire concrete bumper
$30.00
Fine Only
Failure to obey regulatory signs
$30.00
Fine Only
Driving on other than campus roadways, driving on pedestrian walkways/sidewalks and grass areas
$75.00
Fine Only
Failure to yield right of way to pedestrians
$30.00
Fine Only
Contravention of the rules of the road
$30.00
Fine Only
Unauthorized use of a carpool space or permit
$30.00
Fine Only
Exceeding posted speed limit
$75.00
Fine Only
Failure to obey the directions of a member of the University staff when engaged in controlling traffic or parking
$75.00
Fine Only
Unauthorized use of the pedestrian zone
$75.00
Fine Only
Blocking or obstructing roadway, traffic sidewalk, fire hydrant building entrance or exit
$75.00
Fine & Tow
Supplying false information for a permit
$75.00
Fine & Tow & Suspend*
Parking in a designated Disabled Area
$150.00
Fine & Tow
Using an altered, or duplicated permit, or use of a permit by an unauthorized and/or suspended person or in an unauthorized or suspended vehicle
$ 150.00
Fine & Tow & Suspend*
Circumvention of parking control equipment, tailgating, manipulation of gate and gate system, failure to make payment for parking.
$75.00
Fine and 30 day Suspension*

* NOTE: Upon issue of this citation, the vehicle may be towed. Parking privileges will be suspended. Suspension will only be lifted upon successful appeal.

If a citation tag requires a search from the Ministry of Transportation to identify the registered owner, the costs charged will be recovered from the registered owner/driver of the vehicle for the amount of $25.00.

All outstanding parking fines, fees and interest incurred will remain a debt to McMaster University until Paid in full.

Disregard of citation may result in further fines and fees, the suspension of University Parking privileges, the tow away of vehicle and prosecution under the Trespass to Property Act of Ontario.

All returned cheques will be subject to an administration fee of $50.00.

In addition to any other penalty, a vehicle may be towed away and stored at the owner’s expense if it is parked in violation of the Traffic and Parking Regulations or if it falls into one of the following categories

  1. Obstructing traffic flow, parking maintenance or snow removal.
  2. Violating a Pedestrian or Emergency Area.
  3. Creating a nuisance or safety hazard.
  4. Known to be a repeat offender (nuisance vehicle) or under suspension.
  5. Displaying a suspended, lost, stolen or invalid parking transponder and/or permit.
  6. Parking on the campus road or walkway system, in loading areas, or on landscaped areas.
  7. Deemed to be abandoned vehicle.
  8. Parking in a disabled parking area without a valid MTO disabled permit.

Suspension of parking privileges applies to all vehicles of the same address and/or owner (as registered with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation) as the suspended driver. Suspended vehicles are not allowed to enter or park on McMaster campus for any reason. Suspended vehicles found on campus will be towed away at the owner’s expense and are subject to additional fines and fees.

IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO DUPLICATE, COUNTERFEIT, ALTER OR OTHERWISE USE UNAUTHORIZED PARKING TRANSPONDERS. It is policy that Security Services will proceed with criminal charges of fraud.

  1. non-payment of fines, parking charges or parking permits.
  2. repeat citations or obvious disregard of regulations.
  3. supplying false information to obtain parking privileges.
  4. misuse of a transponder and/or permit.
  5. using altered, duplicated or otherwise unauthorized permit.

Non-enforcement of any regulation in any one instance will not be interpreted as a waiver for the future.

Suspended for reasons other than outstanding fines must be applied for in writing. Security and Parking Services shall reinstate parking privileges provided that:

  1. The $30.00 reinstatement fee has been paid.
  2. The period of Suspension time has lapsed based on the Appeals Board decision.
  3. All requirements for reinstatement as determined by Security and Parking Services and the Appeals Board have been met.
  4. All outstanding fines and fees have been paid.

Ticket payments can be made online using our McMaster Parking Online Sales.

Alternatively, you can choose to mail your payment please send a cheque made payable to Mcmaster University and reference the ticket/transaction number.

Security & Parking Services
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
T32, Room 106
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Canada