Mills College has established the following regulations to govern parking and traffic movement on campus. These regulations are specifically designed for the safe and orderly flow of vehicles and pedestrian safety at Mills. Permission to park and operate a motor vehicle on Mills property are privileges subject to these regulations.


Mills College is private property. Entry to campus is granted only to those persons who agree to comply with College rules and regulations and the lawful direction of campus authorities.

Students, faculty, staff, and regular visitors wishing to park on campus must register vehicles and display appropriate annual parking permit(s). Annual permit cycles revolve with the academic year, as opposed to the calendar year, and are not prorated (i.e. 2018-19 permit = August 31, 2019 expiration).

One-Day, Extended Guest, Visitor, Friends of the College (FOTC), and Pool Permits are also available to non-Mills ID holding community members and alumnae.

Student and FOTC parking permits may be purchased online via eMarket or in person from the Department of Public Safety at CPM 113.

Objectives of Parking & Traffic Regulations

  • To provide for the protection and safety of the Mills College community by providing easy access at all times for emergency vehicles to the campus and its buildings
  • To comply with traffic reduction requirements mandated by the City of Oakland and the California Department of Motor Vehicles
  • To mitigate and minimize the impact of parking and traffic congestion on the academic mission of the College and on the surrounding community
  • To organize parking and movement of vehicles on the Mills College campus in an efficient and safe manner

Public Safety Staff Authority

The Mills College Board of Trustees has delegated primary responsibility for the enforcement of college regulations, including all parking and traffic regulations, to the director of public safety.

Public Safety Officers, as duly appointed representatives of Mills College under the supervision of the director of public safety, have authority to enforce parking and traffic regulations on College property.

The College reserves the right to revise these regulations, including schedules of fees, fines, and penalties at any time, without notice, by posting the new or revised information on the Public Safety website.

Information on current permit fees may be obtained by calling the Department of Public Safety at x2103 or 510.430.2103, or by email at

Transportation & Parking Services

The director of public safety, or their designee, is responsible for the development, promotion, and coordination of alternative transportation programs. These individuals are also responsible for making recommendations for signs, curb markings, barricades, and other traffic control systems for the management of traffic and parking on College property. These recommendations are a result of a collaborative effort with Campus Facilities and appropriate campus advisory committees.

No person without authorization from the director of public safety shall remove, move, deface, or in any way change a sign, barricade, structure, marking, or direction placed for the purpose of regulating parking or traffic. Permission to make temporary or permanent changes of this nature must be obtained from the director of public safety or their designee.

Mills College Liability

Mills College and its employees assume no responsibility for any loss or damage to vehicles due to theft, vandalism, fire, falling debris or vegetation, tow, collision, weather, earthquake, or other causes. Persons who park their vehicles on Mills College property do so at their own risk.

Vehicle owners are encouraged to observe the following safety tips while parked on college property:

  • Always lock vehicle doors
  • Roll up windows and shut sun roofs
  • Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside
  • Secure money and valuables in the trunk or out of sight
  • Where possible, choose parking in well-lit areas
  • Keep spare keys/vehicle remotes on your person, avoid hiding spares in or on vehicle
  • Be mindful of overhanging foliage, tree trimming and construction in parking lots
  • Permit cutters and contractors sufficient space to perform necessary maintenance without obstruction
  • Be aware and immediately report any suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety at 510.430.5555.

To report vehicle theft, damage, or non-injury accidents on campus, notify the Security Gatehouse at 510.430.5555 or extension 5555 from any Mills phone and Oakland Police Department Non-Emergency Dispatch at 510.430.777.3333.

For life-threatening accidents or injuries call 911, or, from a cell phone dial 510. 777.3211.

Operation of Vehicles

Restricted Areas: The parking of private motor vehicles in areas other than designated campus parking areas is prohibited. Details on prohibited parking areas are listed below.

Speed: No motor vehicle or bicycle shall be operated on campus at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour. The speed limit on College property is strictly enforced. 22350 CVC

Stop Signs: Every motor vehicle, bicycle, or other vehicle must come to a complete stop at every stop sign. Slowing down does not constitute a complete stop. 22450 CVC

Pedestrian Right of Way: The operator of a motor vehicle, bicycle, or other vehicle must slow down or stop, if necessary, to yield the right of way to any pedestrian in a crosswalk or about to enter a crosswalk. 21950 CVC

College Vehicles: College vehicles (including motorized, wheeled equipment) are allowed access to campus areas as necessary to carry out essential functions under these restrictions. College vehicles may not permanently park in fire lanes or disabled parking areas. They must not block disabled access (curb cuts, etc.) to sidewalks or buildings. They may not drive or park on sidewalks or in front of building entrances, except to load or unload heavy items, and must be moved immediately after the delivery, pickup, or repairs are completed.

No-Idling Policy: It is the policy of Mills College that no gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles be allowed to idle on campus for more than one (1) minute under normal weather conditions. The exception to normal conditions is extreme cold or hot weather. Vehicles will never be left running while unattended.

This policy will apply to vehicles transporting students or athletes for athletic events, vehicles contracted to carry students for special college scheduled events, delivery vehicles, contractor’s vehicles, faculty, staff and student’s personal vehicles, and vehicles owned by Mills College. While exceptions in all cases can be observed (for warming up or dropping off purposes) engine idling that extends longer than one (1) minute will be prohibited under normal conditions.

Enforcement: Operators of any of the above listed vehicles will be cited for violation of the Mills College No Idling Policy.

Parking of Vehicles

Designated and Assigned Parking Areas

Authorized parking areas on the campus are specifically marked. All vehicles parked along the roadways must have their wheels within 18 inches of the right curb and not extending into any landscaped or unimproved area. You must park in a valid parking space, between two white parallel stall lines. Vehicles must be parked so as to occupy only one space or stall.

Prohibited Parking Areas

Vehicles may not park:

  • At any place where signs prohibit parking
  • Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  • At any place not specifically marked for parking
  • Along any red- or yellow-painted curb or surface striping denoting a fire/emergency vehicle zone.
  • On or in pedestrian crosswalk, intersection or across driveways
  • In barricaded (coned or reserved)/closed parking stalls

Lack  of available or convenient parking is NOT a valid excuse for parking in prohibited areas.

Curb Markings Defined

  • Red Curb: Fire lane, no parking at any time
  • Yellow Curb: Commercial loading/unloading zone only, 15-minute limit
  • Green Curb: Time-limited parking/special reserved spaces. Guest Parking at the Oval is open to anyone after 5:00 pm.
  • Blue Curb: Accessible parking with Mills, Office of Motor Vehicles, or ADA parking placard
  • White Curb: Passenger loading and unloading only
  • Gray Curb: Authorized general parking

Parking Permits

Types of Parking Permits

Campus parking, including individual stalls, lot, and curb spaces, are designated by Commuter, Residential, Guest & Faculty/Staff access.

All spaces, including reserved residential and administrative stalls, are indicated by signage and/or pavement markings. Unmarked pavement or lack of signage does not guarantee open access.

Mills College reserves the right to cite and/or tow any vehicle in violation of campus parking regulations, designated parking access, or safe operation guidelines as provided by the College, Department of Transportation, and California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Purchasing Parking Permits

All Mills community members, temporary contractors, and regular visitors who park a vehicle on campus are required to purchase a Mills parking permit. Annual permits may be purchased via campus eMarket or in person at the Department of Public Safety office in CPM 113 using cash, check, or credit card. Permits expire each year at the beginning of the fall semester. Mills does not prorate the cost of permits purchased partway through the academic year.

Mills community members may request a parking permit after registering their vehicle(s) in the Mills Resource Portal. All vehicles must registered no later than the second week of the semester they begin. Once a request is made, vehicle owners must pick up their parking permit from the Department of Public Safety office at CPM 113.

Mills faculty and staff may elect to purchase permits via payroll deduction at the discounted rate of $50. Additional permits may be purchased at full price ($60).

For detailed instructions on registering vehicles and requesting campus permits visit Vehicle Permit ePay.

Permit Denial or Revocation

The College may revoke or refuse to issue a parking permit without prior notice. All outstanding parking violations or penalties must be satisfactorily settled before a permit is issued or renewed. Parking permits may be revoked for nonpayment of parking fines.

Display of Permits

All vehicles entering Mills College property must either display, or stop and obtain, a valid parking permit. Mills annual parking permit is a static cling decal designed to be placed inside the lower left corner (drivers side) of the front windshield. Vehicles displaying their permits improperly are subject to enforcement action, including parking citations and fines.

A valid permit is a current year parking permit issued to faculty, staff, students, visitors, and regular guests of Mills College, or a daily or extended guest permit issued by the Department of Public Safety. An expired permit may not substitute for a valid permit.

Lost Parking Permits

Lost permits may be replaced at a rate of $25 per permit. Vehicle owners can purchase replacement permits online via campus eMarket or in-person at the Administrative Office located in CPM 113 during regular business hours.

Citations & Service of Citations

When there is cause to believe that a violation of these regulations has occurred, an appropriate notice of violation will be issued by the Department of Public Safety setting forth the date, time, location, and nature of the violation.

Citations may be served by affixing a copy to the vehicle involved, or by delivering or mailing a copy to vehicle owner. Service by mail is accomplished by mailing a copy of the citation to the vehicle owner's P.O. Box or mailing address.

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) or officer camera images may be utilized in corroborating violation claims.

A vehicle's registered driver/owner has sole responsibility for the parking permit and all parking violations received on Mills College property. See citation fees below for a comprehensive list of current fines.

Citation Fees*

Vehicle Pet/Other
$20 Minor Citations
Leash Longer than six feet
Retractable Leash
$60 General Citations
No Parking Permit No Dog Permit
Expired Permit Dog Off-Leash in Unauthorized Area
Parking Prohibited by Signs/Markings Failure to Collect Waste
Parked More than 18” from Right Curb Noise Complaint
Parked Across Stall Markings Tethered Animal
Parked Off Pavement
Yellow Zone Over-Limit
$80 Obstruction & Failure to Comply Citations
Red Zone Violation Trespassing
Fire Hydrant Smoking Where Prohibited
Parked on Sidewalk/Walkway
Double Parked
Failure to Stop
Speeding Violations (+25 mph)
Reserved Parking Violations
Obstruction of Walkway/Crosswalk
Obstruction of Roadway/Thoroughfare
$150 Tow Release Fee or Abandoned Vehicle
$400 ADA Violation (Disabled Stall, Adjacent No Parking Zone, Blue Curb)

*For canine fees and violations, visit the Dog Policy and Permits section.

Payment of Fine(s) or Appeal Process

Vehicle owners may choose to pay fines as assessed or appeal matters through the Citation Appeals Committee.

Citation Appeal Form

  • If the vehicle owner chooses to pay the fine(s), s/he may complete payment online via appropriate eMarket, mail a check or money order, or pay in person at the Public Safety Administrative Office in CPM 113.
  • Vehicle owners have fourteen (14) calendar days to pay fines. Payment of fines is an affirmative election to waive all rights to an appeal.
  • If a vehicle owner chooses to appeal, s/he must submit an appeal form to the Administrative Office within fourteen (14) calendar days of issuance. Parking and Traffic Appeal Forms are available online and in the Public Safety Main Office at CPM 113. Traffic appeals will be forwarded to the Citation Appeals Committee for adjudication.
  • If a vehicle owner is found responsible, Committee members may recommend Community Service as an alternative to fines. Cited vehicle owners may pay the fine amount or apply for Campus Community Service (CCS) if eligible.
  • For each hour worked, there is a $10.00 credit against the fine. CCS work is defined as campus clean-up, student escort/Seminary Gate duties, or office work within HMDS, Public Safety or any other venue as determined by the director of public safety.
  • Campus Community Service work is a privilege and will not be given to habitual offenders. The Citation Appeal Committee will determine who is a habitual offender. The Citation Appeal Committee is the final authority in this decision.
  • If the vehicle owner neither pays the fine, nor appeals the notice of violation within fourteen (14) calendar days, fines doubles and the right to appeal is forfeited.
  • If the vehicle owner loses his or her appeal or is required to pay a reduced fine, the amount due must be paid within fourteen (14) calendar days of the notice of appeal decision, or else the amount doubles. There is no further right of appeal for citations already reviewed by the Citation Appeals Committee. Secondary attempts to appeal citations will not be recognized by the Department of Public Safety or Citation Appeal Committee.
  • Fines that are not paid within the above time frame will be placed on the student's account. Faculty and staff who do not pay or appeal citations will be subject to losing their campus parking privilege or tow. All fines must be paid before the next year's parking permit will be issued.
  • Failure of students to pay parking fines due will prevent release of transcripts, diplomas, or certificates. Holds are imposed by the M-Center.

Suspension of Parking Privileges

Individuals with one moving violation or multiple outstanding parking fines that have not been paid or appealed, or who do not complete Campus Community Service work are subject to suspension of parking privileges. The department will notify the permit holder that his or her failure to pay the fine or otherwise comply with these parking regulations constitutes grounds for suspension of parking privileges. If there is no response to this notice within five (5) business days, the permit holder's parking privileges will be revoked by the Department of Public Safety, and the vehicle will be subject to tow when found on College property.

Vehicle Towing

Questions or Concerns?

Questions or concerns regarding the Parking and Transportation Regulations should be addressed to the Citation Appeals Committee (CAC). For information on CAC meeting times, individuals should contact the Public Safety Office at 510.430.2103 or extension 2103.