Planning and Architectural & Engineering Services

Contractor Parking Policy

Title: Contractor Parking Policy
Policy Owner: Parking Services
Applies to: Contractors/Vendors, Construction Managers, and Contracted Workers
Campus Applicability: Storrs and all Regional Campuses, except UConn Health
Effective Date: May 10, 20204
For More Information, Contact Parking Services
Contact Information: (860) 486-4930
Official Website: park.uconn.edu

PURPOSE

Parking on UConn’s Storrs and Regional campuses is limited and in high demand.  Parking privileges must therefore be judiciously allocated among institutional stakeholders and contractors to maximize the benefits to each.

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to all general and trade contractors, construction managers, trucking and delivery drivers and workers while conducting University-contracted business at the Storrs and Regional Campuses except UConn Health.

DEFINITIONS

Construction Delivery Vehicles: A Construction Delivery Vehicle is one that is primarily used to transport materials or personnel to or from a worksite. Examples include dump trucks, tractor trailers, flatbed trailers and shuttles.

Construction Equipment: Construction Equipment is a vehicle that is owned, leased or rented by a University-contracted business primarily for use on a construction site to perform specific construction work or specific construction activity.  Examples include cranes, mobile cranes, backhoes, front-loaders and rollers.

Contractor Vehicle: A Contractor Vehicle is a business-owned vehicle used by contractors, subcontractors, and service providers specifically for conducting University-contracted business. This includes vehicles such as pick-up trucks, work vans, and company cars with business identification permanently displayed that are distinct from vehicles used for direct construction purposes or material delivery.

Personal Vehicle: A Personal (or worker) Vehicle is one that is owned by an individual and primarily used to transport an individual or a group of individuals to and from a worksite or place of employment.

POLICY STATEMENT

All Contractor or Personal Vehicles that are parked at the University of Connecticut’s campuses, or any other University property are required to obtain a University parking permit.

Parking permits and their associated parking privileges are specifically issued either to an individual worker or a contractor.  Any vehicle that is not registered with a valid parking permit will be subject to ticketing and/or towing at the vehicle owner’s expense.  Egregious or repeated parking policy violations can also lead to the suspension, withdrawal or withholding of parking permits and privileges at the University’s sole discretion.  Parking by contractors or workers at the North Garage or South Garage, or overnight parking of personal or Contractor Vehicles on University property is prohibited, unless previously approved by the University Representative in conjunction with Parking Services.

Location of Parking for Workers

There is no Personal Vehicle parking on the main Storrs campus for workers during the University’s academic year, except as specified herein. During the University’s academic year, from mid-August to mid-May, workers can request parking permits for Personal Vehicles in designated parking areas on the Storrs and Mansfield Depot campuses and the Bergin Property.  Parking permits are issued on a space-available and first-come, first-served basis.

During the University’s summer term (mid-May to mid-August), workers can request and receive parking permits for Personal Vehicles at designated parking lots on the perimeter of the main Storrs campus on a space-available basis.  University Parking Services will assign separate and distinct contractor parking permits based on availability at locations in closer proximity to worksites, most typically in student parking lots such as Lots C, W and X. Contractors should not park in off-campus garages or parking lots, public or private, while working on University projects.

Additionally, to mitigate traffic congestion and other local impacts throughout the calendar year, the University strongly encourages carpools, vanpools and other rideshare programs to/from the worksite that originate from the contractor's property or State-owned commuter lots.

Parking locations at the regional campuses will be communicated by the University representative associated with the contracted work.

Transportation

It is the worker’s and/or the contractor’s responsibility to arrange for transportation between the parking areas and the worksites when needed.  Use of the University shuttle bus by workers for daily transportation is prohibited.

The contractor may provide shuttle services for workers if it deems it necessary or desirable.  Shuttles shall not be parked on University property overnight unless there is prior approval from the University representative in conjunction with Parking Services. The daytime shuttle bus parking location, whether operating or unattended, must have prior approval from the University representative in conjunction with Parking Services.

Day Permits

Construction workers or contractors who are on worksites no more than once per week may request day parking permits for their Personal or Contractor Vehicles.   Day parking permits authorize parking in a specific parking lot and will be issued on a space-available basis.   Day parking permits generally authorize parking in close proximity to the worksite when possible and their privileges may include specific University employee and/or student parking locations.  At the University’s discretion, day permit issuance may be suspended for any contractor.

Limits of Liability 

Workers and contractors with parking permits should recognize that the lighting in parking lots varies greatly between locations and that the permit holder accepts the conditions of the lots in “as is” condition.  The University provides no security in the parking lots and makes no representations regarding the security of the premises.  All workers and contractors park and use the lots at their own risk and the University is not responsible for any damages or theft that occur to vehicles or persons while utilizing the parking permits or lots.  The contractor and/or worker shall be responsible for any damage or harm it causes to others or the property of others and for any damage it causes to University property (except normal wear and tear from use of the parking lots).

Parking of Vehicles inside the Perimeter of a Worksite

The University understands that a certain number of vehicles are required on worksites in order to conduct the work.  However, the University does not support and will actively work to prevent oversizing the perimeter of a worksite in order to accommodate daily worker parking inside the worksite.  This is particularly true when a project’s site logistics plans specify the use or loss of University parking capacity.  The parking of Personal Vehicles on a worksite is highly discouraged, and only Contractor Vehicles, Construction Equipment, and Construction Delivery Vehicles should be on the worksite.

Construction Equipment parked on the worksite does not require a parking permit.  If not in use, the long-term storage of Construction Equipment on worksites or University property without specific written permission by the University Representative and Parking Services is prohibited.  Construction Equipment is expected to remain on the designated worksite within the perimeter of the worksite.

Contractor Vehicles making occasional or periodic material deliveries or being used in conjunction with specific work on the worksite do not require a parking permit when they are idle within the perimeter of a worksite.

Parking of Vehicles at Construction Field Offices

For each worksite, the primary general contractor or construction manager may request up to three (3) worksite parking permits for Contractor Vehicles to park at construction trailers.  There is no cost for these three worksite parking permits and these permits allow the parking of Contractor Vehicles for administration of the project.  The three worksite parking permits are intended to satisfy the needs of the contractors and subcontractors combined on most projects.

For large projects, the general contractor or construction manager may need additional worksite parking permits for Contractor Vehicles associated with the administration of a project.  These additional Contractor Vehicles are intended to be situated adjacent to a project field office.  Requests for additional permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the University representative in conjunction with Parking Services.  Additional contractor parking permits will be issued at the sole discretion of the University.  When bidding work, the contractor shall not assume such an increase in allowable worksite parking permits will be granted.

Worksite Logistics Considerations

When reviewing the site logistics for a project and determining the perimeter of a worksite, non-Construction Equipment parking capacity should be excluded or minimized to the extent possible.  The use of parking capacity for the long-term storage of material is strongly discouraged.  If any existing parking areas are to be utilized during construction, the contractor shall take photographs of the area prior to utilization and restore the areas to “like new” condition, including the parking surfaces, curbs, sidewalks, lawn, soil de-compaction, plantings and any other surrounding area or items that are damaged during use.

The parking of Personal Vehicles at construction trailers without a worksite parking permit is prohibited.  The general contractor or construction manager may utilize its worksite parking permits for parking at worksite trailers if approved in advance as part of its site logistics plans.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

PROCEDURES

Permitting Process

All parking permits can be registered at the University’s Parking Services office located at 3 Discovery Drive in Storrs, CT.  The Parking Services office is open on all non-holiday business days, typically from 8am to 4:00pm.  Parking Services can be reached by telephone at (860) 486-4930 and by email sent to parkingservices@uconn.edu.

In order to obtain a parking permit, the University requires a valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and proof of automobile insurance.  Parking permits are issued for a fixed term and any associated fees must be paid at the time of permit issuance.  Each calendar year is divided into three semesters: Spring semester (January – May), Fall semester (August-December), and Summer semester (June – August).  An expiration date for all University parking permits is established at the time of their issuance.  Permit holders are responsible for obtaining new parking permits prior to their expiration date when the extension of their privileges is needed.

POLICY HISTORY

Policy created: January 2016 (approved by President’s Cabinet)

Revisions: 05/10/2024