General parking information-procedures for non-Harvey Mudd constituents

In its 2010 Master Plan Amendment, Harvey Mudd College (HMC or College) made a commitment to the City of Claremont to enforce a Parking Management Plan that would help alleviate parking issues that impact the community. This plan outlined how the College would minimize the parking pressure placed on adjacent neighborhoods, particularly on the west side of campus. To effectively accomplish the intent of the Parking Management Plan, and to remain in compliance with the College’s agreement with the City, it is important that HMC constituents and visitors adhere to the parking regulations of the College, outlined below.

Low-Emission, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Parking

As part of the LEED certification for the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, the College designated parking spaces specifically for the Shanahan Center for individuals driving low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles. Regular users of the Shanahan Center who drive a qualifying vehicle may park in these spaces.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycle parking is available in the parking lot just north of Marks (South) Dorm.

Claremont Colleges (TCC) Constituent Parking

TCC Faculty and Staff:

Faculty and staff from the other Claremont Colleges that are teaching, guest-speaking, or attending meetings on the HMC campus are permitted to park in either:

  • The parking lots accessible through the Mills Ave/Foothill Blvd. access point
  • Foothill Blvd.

Given the parking constraints faced by the College, TCC faculty and staff are asked to park towards the east side of campus. TCC faculty and staff are not permitted to park on Platt Blvd. or in the parking lots on the west side of campus, i.e. the lot north of the F.W. Olin Science Center and the lot north of the Parsons Engineering Building.

If parked in one of the appropriate lots listed above, vehicles registered from one of the other Claremont Colleges will be sufficient and no additional parking pass is necessary.

TCC Students:

Students from the other Claremont Colleges who are taking classes on the HMC campus may submit an application for a HMC parking pass. TCC students should contact the Dean of Students Office on their home campus to initiate the application process. The application will then be forwarded to the Office of Facilities and Maintenance at

If approved, TCC students will be given a HMC parking hangtag which will authorize them to park in the parking lots accessible through the Mills Ave/Foothill Blvd. access point.

TCC faculty, staff, and students are not permitted to park in Visitor Parking on the HMC campus, including the spaces on Platt Boulevard.  These spaces are designated for external visitors to the HMC campus. Furthermore, please be sure to observe parking signs that indicate “HMC-Only” spots and those that reserve spaces for HMC faculty and staff that work in certain buildings.

Visitor Parking

Prospective students and their families who are visiting the HMC campus will receive a Facilities-approved parking pass from the Admission Office. For those who schedule a visit online, a parking pass will be emailed to them. The Admission Office also works with the Office of Facilities and Maintenance to have parking passes available for pickup in the Admissions Office on an as-needed basis.  Visitors are asked to park towards the east side of campus in any Student/Faculty/Staff parking space.

All other visitors to the HMC campus must obtain a visitor parking pass from the Office of Facilities and Maintenance. This pass should be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle, except in instances where frequent, repeat visitors may be provided with a hangtag.  Visitor parking passes are date-stamped and valid only for the issued date(s), and authorize the holder to park in Student/Faculty/Staff spaces on the HMC campus. Visitors are asked to park towards the east side of campus to alleviate parking pressure on surrounding neighborhoods.  In instances where HMC faculty or staff have made arrangements to reserve spaces for visitors, we ask that visitors please park in these areas as instructed.

Faculty, staff, and students should make appropriate parking arrangements for planned visitors to the HMC campus. This is especially true for groups of five visitors or more, as this creates increased parking pressure on neighboring communities.  Responsible planning will allow for the designated visitor spaces on Platt Boulevard and in the lot east of Kingston Hall to remain available for unplanned visitors.  To obtain a pass, contact the Office of Facilities and Maintenance at 909.621.8226.  Visitor passes can also be requested by emailing

After-hours or on the weekends, visitor parking passes may be available from Campus Safety.

Trustee Parking

Trustees for the College receive hangtags and/or paper passes that authorize them to park on the HMC campus. These passes are provided by the Office of Facilities and Maintenance and are distributed to new Trustees accordingly. For Board of Trustees meetings, which take place three times a year, parking spaces are reserved for Trustees in the parking lots north of Platt Campus Center and north of South Dorm, with spaces also reserved on Platt Boulevard (east of Kingston Hall).


For events that are held on campus, the Office of Facilities and Maintenance will work with the host department(s) to accommodate visitor/guest parking.

During large College events, HMC partners with other Claremont Colleges to use their parking facilities. These events are coordinated in advance with the Claremont Colleges and Campus Safety to ensure that they are managed in a safe and orderly manner.  For these events, attendees will be directed to an auxiliary site and shuttled to and from the HMC campus. Unless specifically directed, no special parking pass is required.

For events where the arrangements may differ from that described above, the Office of Facilities and Maintenance will collaborate with Campus Safety and provide additional information as appropriate.

Parking Enforcement and Monitoring

Parking enforcement is conducted by the Claremont Colleges Campus Safety Office. Parking Enforcement officers patrol the HMC campus to not only ensure a safe and secure environment, but also to monitor parking registrations and ensure that HMC parking spaces designated for HMC students, faculty, and staff are being used by individuals who are authorized to park in these spaces.

Parking violations are enforced as follows:

  • Vehicles that do not have a valid registration, or are parked in a lot/space designated for other use, are subject to a parking citation and a fine.
  • After three parking citations, regardless of where the vehicle is parked or when the previous parking citations were issued, the fourth violation will result in a “warning to tow”.
  • The fifth violation will result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.

HMC constituents and visitors are not allowed to park in the Garrett House parking lot unless expressly authorized to do so.

Overnight Parking

Except for HMC students with a valid registration, long-term overnight parking is not permitted on the HMC campus. Faculty, staff, and students from the other Claremont Colleges are not permitted to park overnight on the HMC campus at any time.

Section 10.32.210 of the Claremont Municipal Code prohibits parking any vehicle on a City street for more than one hour between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.  More information regarding the City of Claremont parking and services can be found on their website.

Parking Procedures – Approval and Enforcement

This procedural document has been developed and guided by the parameters of the Parking Management Plan approved by the City. The parking management plan is enforced by the Claremont Colleges Campus Safety Office in collaboration with HMC’s Facilities and Maintenance Office.

Parking Procedures for Harvey Mudd Faculty, Staff and Students can be found here.

Updated: August 26, 2022