Parking Regulations Policy


To facilitate safe and orderly driving conduct on Seneca property and identify acceptable use of parking services at Seneca.


This policy applies to all members of the Seneca community that utilize parking services at Newnham, Markham and King campuses.

Key Definitions

Gated lot

A parking lot on Seneca property that requires access using a ticket or OneCard.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) space

An accessible parking space in or outside of a Seneca gated lot that requires a municipal permit.


1. General

1.1 The lands and grounds of Seneca are private property and Seneca reserves the right to control motor vehicle access and driving on campus.

1.2 Seneca permits parking and driving on campus grounds only upon the regulations set forth in this policy.

Note: Parking at Seneca@York Campus is maintained by York University. For more information, refer to York University’s Parking Services website.

1.3 Seneca is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage to persons and/or motor vehicles, including vehicle contents. All losses, damages and/or injuries should be reported to Security immediately.

1.4 Seneca expects drivers to respect Seneca property and do everything within their power to not cause injury and/or damage to people, property or equipment.

2. Regulations

2.1 The speed limit on Seneca roadways is 30 kilometres per hour, unless otherwise posted.

2.2 Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all crosswalks.

2.3 Motor vehicles shall only park in designated parking lots and spaces.

2.4 Drivers must obey all posted signage on Seneca property and abide by Municipal Bylaws.

2.5 Motor vehicles must only be driven on designated roadways.

2.6 Improperly parked vehicles will receive a “Parking Infraction Notice” and may be towed at the owner’s expense and liability. Improperly parked vehicles include: parking in a fire route, parking in a bus lane, triple parking, parking on painted hash marks, parking outside of designated parking spaces, parking on the grass and parking in accessible spaces without proper permits.

3. Permits

3.1 Seneca parking permits are sold and issued to individuals and must not be shared, except where allowed under section 3.2 of this policy.

3.2 Carpool permits are sold to individuals, but may be used by any member of a carpool, provided no more than one member uses it in the same day. Eligible carpool members must be registered with the OneCard office.

3.3 Drivers that have an Ontario accessible parking permit and require access to designated AODA spaces outside of Seneca’s gated lots must contact the OneCard Office to obtain a Seneca parking permit.

4. Enforcement

4.1 Motor vehicles that are in violation of this policy may be issued a “Notice of Trespass” and may be subject to the following:

  • Cancellation or suspension of parking privileges
  • Relocation and storage of motor vehicle at the owner’s/driver’s expense
  • Fines and penalties
  • Sanctions
  • Legal action.

4.2 Seneca reserves the right to move or impound any motor vehicle found to be abandoned or found parked in an unauthorized area (i.e. fire route, bus route, on hash marks). Any Seneca parking privileges or permits issued with respect to such motor vehicles may be cancelled or suspended.

5. Violations and Appeals

5.1 Traffic Violations

5.1.1 Traffic violations and fines include the following:

  • Tailgating – $500 plus damages and any associated equipment repairs
  • Lifting a barrier – $250 plus damages and any associated equipment repairs
  • Driving over curbs and grass – $250 plus damages and any associated equipment repairs
  • Driving through walkways – $250 plus damages and any associated equipment repairs
  • Driving through stop signs – $250 plus damages and any associated equipment repairs
  • Entering through exits or exiting through entrances – $250 plus damages and any associated equipment repairs.

5.1.2 ‘Traffic Violation Notices’ and related fines are issued by Seneca.

5.1.3 For an appeal to be considered, the appellant must pay any related fines and then submit an online appeal form within five (5) business days. Appeals will be assessed in accordance with this policy.

5.2 Parking Violations

5.2.1 Parking violations include the following:Parking fines are based on municipal parking infraction rates.

  • Expired tickets
  • Parking in accessible parking spots without permit
  • Triple parking
  • Parking in bus and fire routes
  • Parking on walkways
  • Parking on hash marks or any other restricted area
  • Parking on roadways
  • Parking outside of designated parking spots including taking up two (2) parking spots.

5.2.2 “Parking Infraction Notices” are issued by the municipality and appeals shall follow the process identified on the back of the ticket issued.

Supporting Documentation

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Related Seneca Policies

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