Parking of Vehicles on Campus | Prohibited Parking Areas | Parking Permits | Prohibited Parking Areas | Citations and Service of Citations | Suspension of Parking Privileges | Vehicle Towing | Mills College Liability

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.

Parking of Vehicles

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. Vehicles parked anywhere other than a designated parking space are liable for fines and/or towing.

Prohibited Parking Areas

Vehicles may not park:

  • At any place where signs prohibit parking
  • Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  • 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
  • In any landscaped area
  • In any place not specifically marked for parking

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

Curb Markings Defined

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

Designated and Assigned Parking Areas

Campus parking, including individual stalls, lot, and curb spaces, are designated by Commuter, Residential, Guest, and 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.

Special Parking

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.

Parking Permits

Purchasing Parking Permits

Fall 2022 parking permits will be available soon

Mills community members start the parking permit application process by registering their vehicle(s) in the Mills Resource Portal and completing the annual Mills Sustainability Transportation Survey. All vehicles must be registered no later than the second week of the semester in which they will used on campus. All Mills community members, temporary contractors, and regular visitors who park a vehicle on campus are required to purchase a Mills parking permit.

Parking permits expire each year at the beginning of the fall semester. Permits cost $71.10 ($60.00 + 18.5% Oakland parking tax). Mills does not prorate the cost of permits purchased partway through the academic year.

Once a permit application is approved by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), vehicle owners must bring their current car registration to the DPS office at CPM 113 during regular business hours to pick up their permit.

If your vehicle is already registered in the Mills Resource Portal and you have already completed the sustainability survey, or if you are temporary contractor or regular visitor to campus who does not have access to the portal, you may purchase your parking permit directly through the appropriate eMarket payment link.

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. Static cling decal or sticker permits are 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.


Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may result in citation. Please refer to the comprehensive list of citation fees and fines.

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

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 510.777.3333.

For life-threatening accidents or injuries call 911, or, from a cell phone dial 510.777.3211.

Public Safety 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 web pages.

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.

Questions or Concerns?

Further Information on permits, fees, and parking areas may be obtained by calling the Department of Public Safety at x2103 or 510.430.2103, or by email at .

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.