Guideline D: Regulations

Responsible Office: Campus Parking Services
Responsible Officer: Director, Business Operations
Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Approving Authority: Associate Vice-President, Physical Resources


The purpose of this document is to set out the regulations enacted by the University to facilitate a safe, healthy learning, working, teaching, living and playing environment for community members through the safe and orderly conduct of pedestrian and vehicular traffic entering onto, circulating within, and exiting from University property and of parking on University property.

The defined terms in the Highway Traffic Act (Ontario) and in Guideline A: Principles and Standards apply equally in this guideline.

D3.1. Parking and Traffic to be Regulated

Any prohibition, restriction, permission or other requirement regarding the stopping, parking, standing or otherwise operating of a vehicle on a highway under the Highway Traffic Act (Ontario) or on property under municipal bylaw is, respectively, a prohibition, restriction, permission or other requirement on University private roadways or on University property.

D3.2. Schedule of Violations and Fines

A schedule of violations and fines may be viewed online.

D3.3. Warnings

The University authority, at the University authority’s discretion, may elect to issue warnings relating to violations under these regulations without a fine or penalty.

D3.4. Littering Prohibited

Littering on University property is prohibited.

D3.5. Damage or Destruction to University Property

A person causing damage or destruction, wilful, malicious or otherwise, to University property is in violation of this policy, including these regulations.

D3.6. Environmental Release of Vehicle Fluids

The accidental, malicious or other escape, leak or release of fluids, including gasoline, diesel fuel, motor oil, hydraulic fluid or engine coolant, from a vehicle onto University property or into the environment (environmental release) is contrary to this policy, including these regulations. In the event of an environmental release, in addition and without prejudice to any other right or remedy the University may have under the legislation or University policy, including these regulations, the owner of an offending vehicle is held responsible for paying and will pay to the University all costs and expenses incurred relating to the removal of the offending vehicle and any property or environmental clean-up, remediation or restoration, including legal costs.

D3.7. Identification to be Produced

Any person on University property, upon request by an authority or University authority, must produce proof of identification acceptable to the authority. For further clarity, the driver of a vehicle on University property must produce their driver’s licence, vehicle ownership and proof of insurance coverage. Failure to provide acceptable documentation or to provide false documentation is in violation of this policy, including these regulations.​​​​​​​

D3.8. Special Exemption Permit

A special exemption permit may permit certain activities otherwise restricted on University property, including parking, stopping, standing, driving or operating a vehicle, within any parameters for such activities, locations and time periods permitted and authorized in advance in such permit by Campus Parking Sen>

D4.1. Compliance with Official Signs

Every person on University property will observe, comply with and obey the directions of official signs and devices erected by the University on University property to facilitate the safe and orderly movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and the appropriate use of University property, including parking spaces or lots. Unless otherwise posted by official signs:

  • any official sign, including fire route, no parking and other traffic sign on a roadway is applicable to the entire roadway; and
  • the maximum speed limit on University property is 30 km/h.

D4.2. Pedestrian Right-of-Way

Pedestrians have right-of-way at pedestrian crossings and crosswalks.

Pedestrians are strongly encouraged to cross roadways only at intersections, using pedestrian crossings and crosswalks provided. Pedestrians are further encouraged to refrain from crossing a roadway at any other point along the roadway. Pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point other than a pedestrian crossing or crosswalk is a violation of this policy, including these regulations.

Pedestrians are encouraged to maintain awareness of their surroundings, including walking surfaces, at all times while walking. Pedestrians are further encouraged to refrain from using or looking down at their hand-held devices while walking or crossing a roadway, particularly at any pedestrian crossing or crosswalk, so as not to be distracted while walking or crossing. A pedestrian walking or crossing a roadway while distracted is a violation of this policy, including these regulations.

​​​​​​​D4.3. Emergency Vehicles Right-of-Way

Emergency vehicles, including Campus Community Police and Fire Prevention Office vehicles, have right-of-way on University property. A vehicle parking, stopping or standing in or otherwise being driven or operated so as to cause an obstruction or other interference with any emergency vehicle is prohibited.

​​​​​​​D4.4. No Obstruction or Interference

Vehicles (emergency vehicles and certain University servcie unit vehicles excepted) are not permitted at any time to park, stop, stand or be driven or otherwise operated on University property so as to cause an obstruction or other interference with the use of any entrance onto or exit from University property, or of any roadway, any designated fire route (applies to both sides of the roadway),any fire hydrant (within three metres thereof), any walkway, any entrance into or exit from developed space, landscaped areas, green spaces or any other area on University property where vehicles are prohibited.

For greater clarity, sidewalks, pathways, walkways, natural environments, landscaped spaces and athletic playing fields are designated as pedestrian areas and, therefor, vehicles (emergency vehicles and certain University vehicles excepted) are prohibited from such sidewalks, pathways, walkways, natural environments, landscaped spaces and athletic playing fields.

​​​​​​​D4.5 Transit Terminals Restricted

Only buses of permitted transit commissions, including Guelph Transit and Metrolinx/ GO Transit, and permitted commercial bus companies, including Greyhound, are permitted to park, stop, stand or otherwise be driven or operated in transit terminals. Other commercial bus companies are restricted to using available bus stands on Unviversity propert.

As an exception, a vehicle displaying a valid accessible parking permit may temporarily stand at the University Centre main entrance, using only the outside (right-hand) lane and only if safe to do so, for the explicit purpose of, and while actively engaged in promptly receiving or discharging passengers with physical disabilities.

Any vehicle (emergency vehicles and certain University vehicles excepted) parking, stopping or standing in or otherwise being driven or operated so as to cause an obstruction or other interference with  buses or the transit terminal is in violation of this policy, including these regulations.

​​​​​​​D4.6. Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited

Motor vehicles intended for off-road use, including snow machines, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and pocket bikes, are not permitted on University property, except by special exception permit issued in advance by a University authority.

​​​​​​​D4.7. Hand-Held Devices Prohibited

The use of a hand-held wireless communication device in hands-free mode is permitted while driving or otherwise operating a motor vehicle on University property. Otherwise, the hand-held use of any wireless communication device or electronic entertainment device while driving or otherwise operating a motor vehicle on University property is prohibited. This prohibition does not apply to any authority or University authority.

​​​​​​​D4.8. Traffic Redirection and Road Closures

Where either an authority or University authority considers it advisable to:

  • ensure orderly movement of traffic,
  • prevent injury to persons or damage to property, or
  • permit proper action in an emergency;

the authority or University authority may:

  • direct traffic, or require traffic be directed, and every person must obey such traffic directions; or
  • close, or cause to be closed, any roadways or walkways with or without notice.

D4.9. Driver to Stop and Obey Directions

Either an authority or University authority, in the lawful execution of assigned duties, may require a vehicle to stop. The driver of such a vehicle, when signaled or requested to stop will immediately bring the vehicle to a safe and complete stop and will obey all further directions of the authority or University authority.

​​​​​​​D5.1. No Parking, Stopping or Standing

Unless otherwise posted or permitted by official signs, vehicles (emergency vehicles and certain University service unit vehicles excepted) are not permitted to park, stop or stand on University property.

​​​​​​​D5.2. Parking Permitted

Parking is only permitted in a parking space that has been clearly marked, typically between two parallel red painted lines, posted, signed, and designated for parking purposes. Any area on University property that is not posted, signed, designated or otherwise marked for parking purposes is considered a “no parking” area and parking in such an area is prohibited. The absence of any signage to the contrary does not permit or authorize parking elsewhere on University property.

​​​​​​​D5.3. Overnight Parking Restricted

Overnight parking may be restricted to facilitate winter maintenance work, including snow clearing, pushing or removal from December 1st through to and ending March 31st, whether snow is present or not. Information is available online regarding overnight parking restrictions times and locations.

​​​​​​​D5.4. Maintaining Residency in a Vehicle Not Permitted

Sleeping or maintaining residence in a vehicle, including a motor vehicle or trailer, tent or similar temporary accommodation, on University property is strictly prohibited.

​​​​​​​D5.5. Vehicle Abandonment

A vehicle left on University property for 14 or more consecutive days is normally considered abandoned and will be towed and treated as such by the University. A vehicle without a valid licence plate or that appears to be dismantled or wrecked, in whole or in part, or otherwise inoperable, if left on University property for more than 48 hours, will also be considered abandoned and will be towed and treated as such by the University.

​​​​​​​D5.6. Tailgating Not Permitted

Unless otherwise permitted in advance by Campus Parking Services, tailgate gatherings (“tailgating”) are not permitted on or around any vehicle or in any parking space on University property.

​​​​​​​D5.7. Vehicle Cleaning or Maintenance Not Permitted

Cleaning, washing, polishing, repair, refurbishment or other maintenance of vehicles is not permitted on University property, except when such undertakings are performed in developed spaces intended for and approved by the University authority for such purposes.​​​​​​​