Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Parking at MHCC


Parking Availability

Carpool Permits for the Gresham Campus

Short-Term Parking Spaces

Motorcycle Parking Spaces

Cosmetology and Dental Patient Parking

Aquatic Center Parking

Special Events Parking

Vendor Parking

Disabled Parking

Bus Parking

Overnight Parking

Parking and Traffic Citations

Boot And Tow

Other Options to Parking

Parking on Neighborhood Streets

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Parking Availability

How many parking spaces are available?
The Gresham Campus has 2,800 parking spaces. Click here to view a map of the Gresham Campus parking lots. While the “front west lots A - H and W - Y” fill up quicker, parking spaces are available in the “back east lots J - P” and in the “south lots Q - V”.

The Maywood Campus has 74 parking spaces on two lots located at the southwest and southeast corners of NE Prescott and 102nd.

The Bruning Center has parking available on the gravel parking lot on the eastside of the building and on Civic Drive.

Are parking permits required to park at Gresham, Maywood Park or the Bruning Center for Allied Health?
No, permits are not required to park at any of the MHCC campuses.

Carpool Permits for the Gresham Campus

What is a carpool?
A carpool consists of two or more MHCC individuals who have similar class or work schedules and share a ride to and from campus at least three days per week.

Are carpool permits available?
Yes, students and employees may obtain term carpool permits in the Public Safety office (AC 2330) on a first come, first serve basis, for the current term. The number of available carpool permits will be limited to 75 per term. Obtaining a carpool permit does not guarantee that a carpool space will be available. The designated primary carpool person must obtain the permit and provide the following information:

  • For each individual in the carpool:
    • Name and MHCC ID (identification) number
    • MHCC class or work schedule
  • For each vehicle you register for the carpool permit:
    • Vehicle license plate number
    • State where vehicle is registered
    • Vehicle make (i.e. "Honda")
    • Vehicle model (i.e. "Civic")
    • Vehicle style (i.e.: four-door, hatchback, etc.)
    • Vehicle color
    • Vehicle year

What if I lose my carpool permit or it is stolen?
If you lose your carpool permit or suspect it has been stolen, you must immediately report the incident to the Public Safety office (AC2330). You will be held responsible for any citations issued until the College is notified.

Where are carpools spaces located?
There are designated carpool spaces in parking lots A, D, AM and Y. These spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How many permits can be issued to a carpool?
Only one parking permit will be issued to the primary carpool member. The primary member or the vehicle’s registered owner will be responsible for any citations associated with the carpool permit or the vehicle.

Short-Term Parking Spaces

Is there short-term parking available?
Yes, there are a limited number of free, 30-minute parking spaces (no permit required) for individuals to conduct business, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Citations will be issued to violators exceeding the 30-minute restriction.

Where is the short-term parking located?
Designated 30-minute parking spaces are located in parking lots E East, Q and PL.

Motorcycle Parking Spaces

Where can I park my motorcycle on campus?
Parking lots A, E and J have specific areas designated for motorcycles. You may also park in any general undesignated/unrestricted parking space. Parking is not permitted in restricted parking spaces posted with signs. Parking is not allowed on sidewalks, bike racks, or in areas posted “NO PARKING”.

Cosmetology and Dental Patient Parking

Where do I park if I am a cosmetology customer or dental hygiene customer?
Cosmetology clients may park in designated spaces reserved for cosmetology clients in lot A. Dental patients may park in dental patient designated spaces in Lot H. However, you must sign the parking log when you arrive at the cosmetology salon or dental clinic. If your name is not on the log, you will be cited for a parking violation and subject to a citation fine if you are parked in these designated parking spaces. Students and employees are not eligible to park in these designated spaces. Cosmetology clients and dental patients may also park in any undesignated/unrestricted parking space.

Aquatic Center Parking

Where do I park if I am using the Aquatic Center?
Aquatic Center patrons may park in the PL lot or any general undesignated/unrestricted parking space on campus.

Special Events Parking

Where do I park for a special event on campus?
Please check with the special events sponsor for any other arrangements for parking. If no arrangements have been made, then visitors may park in any general undesignated/unrestricted parking space.

Vendor Parking

If I am a vendor, where do I park? Do I need a parking permit?
Vendors may park in one of the following parking spaces:

  • In the designated 30-minute spaces in parking Lots E, Q and PL. You will be cited if you exceed the 30-minute time limit. No permit required.
  • In any general undesignated/unrestricted parking spaces for more than 30 minutes. No permit required.
  • Departments may issue day permits for vendors to park in vendor-designated parking spaces located in parking lot B, the facilities compound and behind the Informational Technology (IT) department. These spaces are limited and subject to availability. Please coordinate with a College representative to obtain a vendor permit.  

Disabled Parking

Where can I park if I have a disabled parking permit?
Designated disabled parking spaces are located in parking lots B, D, E East, F, G, H, J, L, Fisheries, Art Mall (AM), Q, Y and Aquatics Center (PL). You must display a valid state issued disabled parking permit to park in these designated spaces. Click here to view a map of the Gresham Campus parking lots.  

What if all the disabled parking spaces are occupied?
You may park in any general undesignated/unrestricted parking space.

How do I obtain a disabled parking permit?
You may obtain a disabled parking permit from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Oregon recognizes disabled parking permits that are issued by other states for the purpose of identifying vehicles permitted to utilize parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities. For more information: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/driverid/disparking.shtmll 

Bus Parking

Where can school busses load and unload passengers?
Buses can load and unload passengers at the turnaround near the "mountain fountain" at the south end of Klapstein Road. The loading and unloading area is limited to 20 minutes. The driver must remain with the bus at all times and be prepared to move the bus in case of emergency.

Where can school buses park?
Buses may park in two areas:

  • Lots T and U off of 17th Street, Sunday through Saturday
  • Lot A off of Kane/257the Avenue and 23rd Street on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Buses are not allowed to park on the campus roadways. Buses may be towed for any violations.

Overnight Parking

Can I leave my vehicle overnight on campus?
No, unless the individual is on a College sponsored activity off-site such as a field trip and prior written notice is provided to the Public Safety office with vehicle license number, make, model color and vehicle owner’s emergency contact information.

Parking and Traffic Citations

What actions may result in a citation?
See Motor Vehicle Enforcement Administrative Regulation for a list of violations that may result in a citation fine or other sanctions. http://www.mhcc.edu/About.aspx?id=2818  

What are the enforcement times for the parking lots?
All lots are enforced seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

I don't have a vehicle but sometimes borrow my friend's vehicle. If I get a citation, who will get charged?
Parking citations are issued to the registered vehicle owner. Moving violations on campus will be charged to the violator.

What happens if I do not follow the parking regulations?
One or more of the following sanctions may happen:

  • Citation(s) will be issued.
  • Vehicle may be booted or towed at owner's expense.
  • Violations may be referred to local law enforcement agencies for possible criminal charges.
  • Individuals who have been found guilty of three or more violations for the same offense will be charged an additional $50 for the third violation and each violation thereafter. This will be in addition to the standard fine for the violation of which they are found guilty.
  • If any fines remain unpaid, a hold may be placed on student records until all citations and/or charges are paid. A hold on student records will prevent the student from registering for classes or obtaining transcripts.
  • In cases of repeated infractions or violations of such a magnitude as to constitute a serious hazard to people or College property, Public Safety officers will notify the following officials for follow up with administrative actions as appropriate:
    1. Student violators will be referred to the dean of student success
    2. Employee violators will be referred to the appropriate vice president

How much will I be charged for a citation?
The citation fine for most violations is $25. If the citation is for parking inappropriately in a space designated for disabled persons, the MHCC fine is $100. Please note: The local law enforcement agency may also issue an additional fine for parking in a space designated for disabled persons. Citations may be paid in person by cash or credit card in Student Services (AC 2253).

How much time do I have to pay the citation fine?
You must pay the citation fine within 14 calendar days of the issuance of the citation to avoid incurring additional fines or sanctions.

What happens if I don't pay the citation fine within 14 calendar days of the issuance of the citation?
Failure to pay or appeal the citation within 14 calendar days will result in doubling of the fine. Fines more than $25 not paid within 90 calendar days may be turned over to a collection agency. Unpaid fines will also cause a hold to be placed on your student account which will prohibit you from registering for classes or receiving transcripts.

Can I appeal my citation?
Yes, you may appeal your citation in writing to the Public Safety office. Appeal forms are located in the Public Safety office (AC 2330) and must be completed within 14 calendar days of the issuance of the citation. The appeal form is available on line at http://www.mhcc.edu/docs/parking/CITATION_APPEAL_FORM.pdf

If I disagree with the outcome of my appeal, can I re-appeal the citation committee's decision?
All appeal decisions by the citation review committee are final. Appeals may not be petitioned further. Fines must be paid within 14 calendar days from the date of the notice of the citation committee's decision.

What happens if I don't pay the citation fine?
If you do not pay the citation fine, one or more of the following sanctions may occur:

  • Failure to pay or appeal the citation within 14 calendar days will result in doubling of the fine.
  • Individuals who have three or more unpaid citations in an academic year may have their vehicle booted. All fines must be paid before the boot will be removed. An additional charge of $50 will be assessed for the boot removal.
  • If any fines remain unpaid, a hold may be placed on your student record until all citations and/or charges are paid. A hold on your student record will prevent you from registering for classes or obtaining transcripts.
  • Fines more than $25 not paid within 90 calendar days may be turned over to a collection agency.

Boot and Tow

What is a vehicle boot?
A vehicle boot is an immobilization device that attaches to the wheel of a vehicle and prevents the vehicle from being driven. Attaching the boot will not cause damage to the vehicle unless the driver attempts to drive with the boot still attached.

Under what conditions would my vehicle be booted?
A vehicle may be booted for the following violations:

  • Any vehicle found parked on College property that has three or more unpaid citations
  • A vehicle that does not have license plates and/or has the vehicle identification number (VIN) covered

When can the boot be removed from my vehicle?
The boot will be removed only when all fines are paid. A charge of $50 must also be paid to remove the boot during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Under what conditions can my vehicle be towed?
The College reserves the right to tow and impound any vehicles parked and/or left unattended anywhere on College property that impede traffic and/or:

  • The vehicle is parked in a manner that violates College parking regulations
  • The vehicle is parked in a manner which is dangerous to vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic
  • The vehicle restricts pedestrian and/or wheelchair routes
  • The vehicle blocks or partially blocks a service driveway, fire lane, red curbing and/or roadway
  • The vehicle is found parked in a hazardous manner
  • The vehicle presents a safety concern

The College also reserves the right to tow any vehicle blocking a reserved area or is deemed to have been abandoned for five calendar days unless prior arrangements have been made with the Public Safety office. A tow warning will be issued after the vehicle is abandoned for 24 hours. All towing and impound fees will be the responsibility of the vehicle's registered owner. To determine if a vehicle has been towed, the owner can contact the Public Safety office at 503-491-7310. The vehicle's registered owner shall bear all costs involved in such vehicle removal and storage.

Other Options to Parking

Are there other options to parking on campus?
Yes, here are some options:

  • TriMet. For bus schedules: http://www.trimet.org/. TriMet bus tickets and passes are available to purchase in the Bookstore or directly online from TriMet at: http://store.trimet.org/  
  • Carpool. To seek a carpool match: http://drivelesssavemore.com/pages/carpoolmatchnw  
  • Bike - Bike racks are located throughout the campus. Individuals are encouraged to lock their bikes at all times. The College is not responsible for the theft or damage to bikes.
  • Have someone drop you off.

Parking on Neighborhood Streets

Can I park on the neighborhood streets?
We are asking students, employees and visitors to the Gresham Campus to be good neighbors to nearby residences and businesses. Avoid parking in these areas. If you choose to park in these areas, you may be towed at your expense.

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Who should I contact if I have questions about parking?
We welcome your questions. If your question is not addressed here in this FAQ, please contact the Public Safety office (room AC 2330) or call 503-491-7310.

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