In the event of a snow emergency, the university may invoke an on-campus parking ban to allow for plowing of university lots. The campus will be notified of parking bans via RAVE alerts and Twitter. When parking bans end, notices will be sent via university email and appear on Twitter.

In the event of a parking ban, resident students must move their vehicles to a designated lot (see below). Essential personnel and food service staff who park on campus must use university lots designated for their use (please see below). For City of Lowell parking ban information, visit the city's website or follow Lowell Police on Twitter.  

How will I know if a snow emergency parking ban has been established? how

  • Snow emergency parking bans will be announced on 978-934-2121 or ext. 4-2121, on the UMass Lowell website and via the UMass Lowell Emergency Alert System text notification system.
  • Resident students with questions about where to park their vehicles during a ban should consult the list below or check with their resident director.
  • Designated snow lots will be identified with signs.
  • For City of Lowell parking ban information, visit the city's website or follow Lowell Police on Twitter.

Where should residential students park during a parking ban? where

  • East Campus Garage (note: roof level is closed)
  • North Campus Parking Garage (note: roof level is closed)
  • South Campus Parking Garage (note: roof level is closed)
  • Hall Street Garage, for River Hawk Village and River Hawk Village Townhouse residents only (note: roof level is closed, surface lot adjacent to Ames is closed)

Get directions to these locations using our campus maps. Designated snow lots will be identified with signs.

Where should essential personnel and food service staff park during the ban? where-essential

  • North Campus Parking Garage (note: roof level is closed)
  • South Campus Parking Garage (note: roof level is closed)
  • Campus Recreation Center Lot

Get directions to these locations using our campus maps. Designated snow lots will be identified with signs.

What happens if my car is not moved to a designated lot? not-moved

  • Vehicles without university decals will be towed immediately at the owner’s expense; all others will be relocated to a snow emergency lot at the expense of the owner.
  • Relocation of vehicles with a UMass Lowell decal will only take place after attempts to contact the vehicle owner/operator.
  • During plowing, any vehicle parked or abandoned in a campus driveway or fire lane or otherwise illegally parked will be towed immediately, without warning and at the owner's expense.

Are lots at university apartments subject to the parking ban? apts

Yes, students who live in university-run apartments who have UMass Lowell parking decals need to relocate their vehicles during a parking ban. Residents of 725 Merrimack Street should use the East Campus Garage or Perkins St. Get directions to University parking lots using our campus map.

When should I return my vehicle to its usual parking place? return

  • Notification of the end of the snow emergency will be announced via university email, on the UMass Lowell website and Twitter.
  • All vehicles in designated snow lots must be moved to normally assigned lots within two hours after the parking ban is lifted. Vehicles parked in excess of the two-hour limit are subject to ticketing.

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