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Parking on Campus

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a residential campus in a suburban setting. Parking on campus is limited; permits are required in most lots. When parking on area streets, please follow the posted parking regulations. Even where not posted, we encourage drivers to park on only one side of neighborhood streets to ensure motor vehicle and pedestrian safety in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus.


    If a parking space has been reserved for a guest, the guest should locate their designated space on the Front Circle at 8800 W. Bluemound Road in front of the Gary J. Greenfield Administration Building. Visitors may also use street parking; please follow the posted parking regulations.

    See the front-desk receptionist in the Greenfield Administration Building if you need specific directions on campus or check the campus map.

    Overnight visitors need a Temporary Parking Permit, which can be obtained from Public Safety in the lower level of the Recreation Complex.

    Campus visitors who park legally but receive a parking citation from WLC should immediately present the citation to the faculty/staff member or WLC student they were visiting. The faculty/staff member or student will forward the citation with an explanation to Public Safety.


    In partnership with the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Wisconsin Lutheran College offers a free Park & Ride Shuttle Service. WLC faculty, staff, and students may park their vehicle in the designated WisDOT Park & Ride lot located on the corner of W. Adler Street and 76th Street (near Wisconsin State Fair Park) and commute to campus via shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will run approximately every 15 minutes each weekday morning and afternoon, making designated route stops at WLC and the MRMC. Please see the Shuttle Service webpage for exact times and details.


    Wisconsin Lutheran College is a residential campus, and its students, faculty, and staff are asked to support and help enforce the following parking policy to ensure that all vehicles are being used and parked properly. The motor vehicle policy was developed by a parking committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff, and is administered by WLC Public Safety. The Public Safety Office is located on the lower level of the Recreation Complex.

    General Policy

    • The parking policy is in effect the entire calendar year, 24 hours a day
    • All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters, must be registered with Public Safety and display a current parking permit. Parking permits are assigned to a specific vehicle and are not transferable.
    • Parking areas are assigned to students, staff, and faculty. Vehicles must be parked only in areas designated by the type of permit displayed.
    • All drivers must operate their vehicles in a responsible manner. Failure to do so may result in revocation or denial of parking privileges on campus.
    • All vehicles must be removed from campus during Christmas and summer breaks, unless otherwise arranged with Public Safety
    • Parking permits must be obtained from Public Safety. Permits are to be placed in the vehicle as instructed.

    Student Policy

    Students shall be aware of and adhere to the entire Wisconsin Lutheran College Motor Vehicle Policy. The WLC campus is a residential campus and as such the number of student parking permits issued must be regulated. SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF PARKING SPACES, students with documented and verifiable commuter, medical, academic, or work-related needs will be given preference in maintaining a car on campus. When spaces are exhausted, no additional permits will be issued.

    Students requesting a parking permit must submit the following to be considered for a permit:

    • A student parking permit application, which may be downloaded or picked up in the Facilities Management Office (lower level of the Recreation Complex) during regular business hours.
    • A photocopy of their motor vehicle registration.
    • Other documentation as required in "Student Qualification Categories" section.

    Students are NOT to provide payment when submitting their parking application.

    Applicants failing to include any of the above documents will not be considered for a parking permit. Falsifying information on the permit application will automatically result in denial or revocation of the permit.


    Freshmen: Most freshmen are not eligible for parking, with the exception of extenuating circumstances.

    Commuters: Students living more than one mile from campus may apply for a permit but are not guaranteed a space.

    Residents: Resident parking permits will be chosen based on the following criteria. They are ranked in order of importance, from one to five.

    1. Medical reasons.  Medical permits will be issued on an "as needed" basis. Application for a medical permit requires a letter on official stationery signed by the attending physician explaining the disability and length of time a permit will be needed.
    2. Academic qualifications. Applications made under this criterion will be based on the verification of the academic need. Examples include: internship with a letter of confirmation from the company, clinicals, etc.
    3. Work. Students must be employed off campus and working more than 12 hours per week. You will be asked to supply a copy of your latest paycheck stub to verify employment. In most cases, first-year students will be expected to work on campus and will not qualify for a work-related permit.
    4. Mileage. Students who do not qualify for a permit based on the previous four criteria may apply for a permit if they reside more than 120 miles from Wisconsin Lutheran College. When spaces are exhausted, no more permits will be issued.
    5. Senior Permits. Parking permit consideration will be extended to senior students if they do not already fall under one of the above criteria.

    Notes:  In most cases, first-year students will be able to work on campus and will not qualify for a work-related permit. There may be other legitimate circumstances that would be qualifications for a parking permit upon review.

    Temporary: Students who find it necessary to apply for a parking permit subsequent to the general application period must submit their completed application information a minimum of 24 hours prior to the issuance of a parking permit. Subject to space availability, temporary permits may be issued for a maximum of seven days.  Temporary permits can be obtained by contacting Public Safety at  414.443.8500 during non-business hours. A copy of all permits must be filed at the Public Safety Office. 


    The following permit or parking violations will result in a parking citation being issued.

    1. Failure to have permit visibly affixed parking permit at all times.
    2. Any vehicle that has accumulated more than five citations will have the vehicle permit revoked. Revocation of a parking permit for violations of the motor vehicle policy will not entitle the student to a refund of the permit cost.
    3. Failure to clear outstanding parking fines shall be grounds to deny future parking permits; registration and transcripts may be withheld.
    4. Failure to park only in the area designated by the parking permit.
    5. Parking in a handicap stall without a proper handicap permit.
    6. Parking on or over a stall line (parking in two spaces).
    7. No vehicle shall be driven on sidewalks, grass, or in fire lanes.
    8. Any vehicle parked on campus that is not displaying a current parking permit.
    9. The local police department may ticket unregistered vehicles in campus lots that have permit restriction signs, as well as any vehicle parked in a handicapped spot without a proper handicap permit.
    10. Parking in a reserved or designated reserved space/area.

    Citation Payment

    The registered permit holder shall be held responsible for all citations written on the vehicle whether or not the permit holder parked the vehicle. All parking fines shall be paid to the Business Office within seven school days. After seven days the fine will increase to $25 and the right to appeal will be forfeited. If a citation is not paid within seven schools days, the citation will be automatically turned over to the Business Office and added to the student's bill.

    Right to Appeal

    An appeal of a citation must be filed with Public Safety within seven days from the date the citation was issued or the right to appeal will be forfeited and the amount of the fine increased and billed. A parking violation appeal form may be picked up at the Public Safety Office or the Office of Student Life. This form should be filled out and returned to the Public Safety Office. The decision on the appeal is final and there are no further appeal options.


    Towing can occur to:

    1. Any vehicle that is illegally parked that poses a traffic hazard.
    2. Any vehicle that is illegally parked in an area designated "no parking" or "fire lane."
    3. Any vehicle that is not registered or is parked without a permit.
    4. Any vehicle that is left on a campus surface lot during snow emergencies.


    Snow Removal

    During a city-declared snow emergency, cars may be moved to the faculty/staff underground parking in Stimac Hall and Fischer Hall overnight, but they must be removed by 7 a.m. the next morning.

    Parking Regulations of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa

    The City of Milwaukee and the City of Wauwatosa have a variety of parking regulations.

    Milwaukee: To obtain the posted parking regulations for a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations. This site only includes parking regulations that are posted. Note: Most residential streets have alternate side night parking throughout the year with a valid night parking permit or night parking permission. These streets are not posted. However, there are a number of streets that are exceptions to the night parking rule. Please go to Winter Parking for more information on these exceptions or go to Winter Parking Regulations page for a list of streets. These streets are not posted.

    Wauwatosa: There is no overnight parking on any street between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., including holidays and weekends. Overnight Parking Permission is limited to guests, stalled vehicles, and vehicles affected by a construction project which makes off street parking impossible. In a Snow Emergency, no overnight parking permission will be granted, and all existing overnight parking permissions shall also be null and void. Even where not posted, we encourage resident and commuter students to park on only one side of neighborhood streets to ensure motor vehicle and pedestrian safety in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus.