Please familiarise yourself with these terms and conditions to avoid parking infringements that could result in penalties or damage our close relationships with the local community.
We’re fortunate in having designated car parking areas within walking distance of all our main academic and residential buildings. However, on-site parking is limited and consequently parking on the University's campuses is a privilege and not a right.
Parking at Bath Spa University
The University employs CCTV, a parking enforcement officer and an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system at its Newton Park Campus to assist with the enforcement of parking terms and conditions, as well as for general safety and security purposes.
Students, staff and visitors should not park in residential areas adjacent to our campuses, particularly near Newton Park, where overflow parking is available at a more suitable and convenient location: our off-site park and ride location on Lower Bristol Road.
If you have any queries regarding these terms and conditions or any other matters relating to parking, please direct them to the University’s dedicated parking email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the interests of safety and to allow free movement of vehicles within the car parks and access to buildings, vehicle owners must park only in authorised areas and the regulations identified in this document must be abided by at all times.
Alternative modes of transport to the University Campuses are encouraged. The U5 bus service runs directly into Bath City Centre. The U6 bus service has now been discontinued.
Students can apply for a permit as part of the registration process, or via the AppHub using the links in 'Registration' once their term time address has been confirmed. Staff should use the Vehicle Registration Form.
We don’t provide a car parking space for all potential users and having a permit does not guarantee you to a parking space.
Parking Terms and Conditions are in force 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Any breach of these conditions will result in the vehicle driver or owner of the vehicle being issued with a Parking Charge Notice and may result in the Vehicle Parking Permit being withdrawn immediately, if necessary, by the University.
Parking bans and permit withdrawals
An immediate ban from parking on site for the remainder of the academic year will be received by any permit holder found parked in a space designated for those with disabilities, on the zig-zag lines approaching zebra crossings, on zebra crossings, in bus stops, clearly marked loading bays, or the main road such that vehicular and pedestrian access is restricted.
Failure to abide by these Terms and Conditions for motor vehicle parking may result in the withdrawal of the Motor Vehicle Parking Permit. Not displaying a valid University Motor Vehicle Parking Permit may also result in the suspension or withdrawal of parking privileges.
Parking in residential areas
Parking in residential areas has become an issue of great inconvenience and frustration to local residents.
As a responsible neighbour, Bath Spa University expects that students and staff adhere to our parking Terms and Conditions and park their cars in designated University car parks, or find alternative methods of travel to campus.
In all cases where cars are parked illegally Bath Spa University will support local residents, the Police and local authorities to take all reasonable and legal measures against motorists that infringe parking restrictions.
Terms and conditions
Within this document reference to:
- The University shall mean Bath Spa University and shall include persons authorised to act on its behalf in respect of parking.
- The Campuses in the first instance shall mean the Newton Park, Sion Hill, Corsham Court and Locksbrook Road Campuses, but can be extended to include other Bath Spa University facilities.
- The Car Parks shall mean any car parks, parking spaces or other bays within the Campuses or sites over which the University has control and permits its users to park in association with the Campuses.
- The Permit shall mean any valid and current Bath Spa Parking Permit, types of which will be outlined in due course.
- The Permit Holder shall mean any person who has applied for and paid for a valid Bath Spa University Parking Permit.
- Pay and Display Ticket shall mean a ticket purchased to the required value displayed on the pay and display machines located on the Newton Park or Sion Hill Campuses. The Pay and Display Ticket is valid at either campus, for the time specified on the ticket.
- A Validation Ticket shall mean a ticket purchased by a Staff/Student Validation Permit Holder, to the value of £1 for a day’s parking at either Newton Park or Sion Hill Campuses. The Validation Ticket is eligible for use at either campus on the day of purchase.
- Students shall mean those who are attending the University (any campus) on a course of study.
- Staff shall mean persons employed by the University on a permanent, temporary, fixed term, casual contract, or via an employment agency.
- Security shall mean those personnel employed by Bath Spa University within the security function
- Parking Charge Notice (PCN) shall mean a charge levied for not adhering to these terms and conditions
- Bays shall mean designated parking spaces, which will be clearly marked by road markings (studs) and/or signs.
1.1 The University allows the Permit Holder to access and use the Campuses and Car Parks in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, in return, the Permit Holder must abide by and perform the obligations under the Conditions and indemnify the University for any damage that the Permit Holder causes while in the Car Park.
1.2 The decision of the University to permit anyone to enter any Campus is final. In the case of Corsham Court, only Staff are permitted to park on campus (subject to these Terms and Conditions).
1.3 The Newton Park Campus is shown on Plan 1, Sion Hill Campus is shown on Plan 2 and Corsham Court is shown on Plan 3.
1.4 Vehicles must only be parked in designated parking spaces as shown in the Terms and Conditions Plans (see link below) or as otherwise clearly signed by the University, the only exception being Liveried Bath Spa University Vehicles in the exceptional circumstances set out in 6.1 below.
1.5 Motorcycles and scooters should be parked in designated motorcycle parking areas. They must not be parked on footpaths or other pedestrian areas unless otherwise agreed by the University.
1.6 If a driver has any doubt whether the location they propose to park is permitted, they should not park there until they have checked with Security or the attached plans to ascertain whether it is a valid parking space. A driver observing that another vehicle has been parked in a location, and has not received a PCN, should never assume parking in that location is acceptable.
1.7 Unless otherwise authorised by the University, all motor vehicles (with the exception of motorcycles/scooters and Liveried University vehicles) parked or loading/unloading on the Campuses must display a valid Bath Spa University Parking Permit, which can be a:
- Bath Spa University Disability Parking Permit
- Blue Badge disability permit with a Bath Spa Disability Parking Permit
- Staff Parking Permit
- Student Parking Permit
- Staff Validation Parking Permit with a Validation Ticket
- Student Validation Parking Permit with a Validation Ticket
- Corsham Court Validation Parking Permit with a Validation Ticket
- Authorised Visitor Parking Permit
- Staff Car Sharing Parking Permit
- Student Car Sharing Parking Permit
- Contractor Parking Permit
- Contractor Validation Parking Permit with a Validation Ticket
- Temporary Loading Bay Permit with a valid Bath Spa Parking Permit.
1.8 Motorcycles and scooters owners are required to apply for a valid permit so they are registered with the University; however it is not a requirement that permits are displayed on motorcycles or scooters.
1.9 A Validation Ticket is valid for any campus on the day of purchase if supported by an official Validation Permit (see paragraph 1.8 above). Validation Tickets can also be purchased through the JustPark App. For the avoidance of doubt, a Validation Ticket on its own (i.e. without a Validation Permit) does not constitute a valid permit allowing users to park on the campus.
1.10 A Corsham Court Validation Parking Permit is accepted at all sites where Pay and Display is in operation (Newton Park, Sion Hill, Corsham Court and Locksbrook Road). The parking area at Corsham Court in which these permits can be used is located behind the post office, where parking restrictions are enforced by Wiltshire County Council. Please be aware that a Corsham Court Validation Parking Permit must be accompanied by a Validation Ticket, which can be purchased from the pay and display machines in the car park. No other Validation Parking Permit (Student or Staff) will be accepted at Corsham Court.
1.11 Staff Permits are valid for use at any Campus (i.e. a Permit issued to Newton Park Staff is valid for use at Sion Hill, Corsham Court and Locksbrook Road, and vice versa).
1.12 Permits are paperless and will be monitored by our Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system. Permit applications take 24 hours to activate on the ANPR system. For the avoidance of doubt, it is the driver's responsibility to ensure the permit is active – it is not the University's or the Parking Enforcement Officer's responsibility to check if a vehicle permit has been issued.
1.13 Students that live in University managed accommodation are not permitted to park or bring vehicles onto the Campuses at any time, unless they have been approved for a Disability Parking Permit / Special Circumstance.
1.14 Students that live in University postcode restricted areas (BA1-1, BA1-2, BA1-3, BA2-3 and BA2-9) are not permitted to park or bring vehicles onto the Campuses at any time unless they are a Disability Parking Permit holder, or the University has agreed to provide a Student Parking Permit due to exceptional circumstances.
1.15 Persons wishing to park a non-University liveried vehicle overnight must ensure the car has a valid permit, notify Security (contact details: Tel: 01225 875555 email: email@example.com) in writing or by email (giving a reasonable notice period and ensuring that confirmation of receipt by Security is obtained prior to the overnight parking), and provide vehicles details, including registration number, make, model, and colour of the vehicle. They must follow any instructions given by Security regarding where the vehicle should or should not be left.
1.16 The University does not guarantee access to individual bays nor does a permit guarantee the holder a parking space on campus. Parking on the Campuses is done so entirely at the owner's risk, the University accepts no responsibility for any theft of vehicles, or any loss from, or damage to vehicles parked on the Campuses. The University is not liable for personal injury or death other than that resulting out of the University’s negligence.
1.17 Persons parking on Campuses are requested to respect other drivers, adhere to signage, and park in designated bays while on Campuses.
1.18 The University may:
- reserve Bays for specific visitors by the use of name boards and when Bays are reserved, those Bays shall only be used by the named visitor while the board is displayed
- reserve Bays for parking associated with special events
- temporarily close Bays for works etc. through the use of appropriate signage
- Temporarily permit parking in areas where it is not normally permitted through the use of appropriate signage.
All students eligible to park on University Campuses need to obtain a valid permit. Students are those who are attending the University (any campus) on a course of study.
2.1.1 A student parking permit will be valid at the Newton Park and Sion Hill campuses.
2.1.2 To park at Newton Park and Sion Hill, Corsham Court students will require an appropriate permit and will be subject to the same restrictions as Newton Park and Sion Hill students.
2.1.3 Unless prior written authorisation is obtained from the University, eligible students are only permitted to park in General Parking Bays or, in the case of Disability Parking Permit holders, in either General Parking Bays or Disability Bays.
2.1.4 Car Share permits are available for Students who have elected to change their travel habits and start sharing their car journey to the University with other Bath Spa University permit holders and can be applied for by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
3.1.1 All University Staff are required to obtain a valid Staff Permit.
3.1.2 Unless prior written authorisation is obtained from the University, Staff are only permitted to park in General Parking Bays or, in the case of Disability Parking Permit holders, in either General Parking Bays or Disability Bays, or car sharing bays (for those with Staff Car Share Parking Permits.
3.1.3 A group of between 2 to 4 drivers may purchase a Staff Car Sharing Parking Permit with each member of the group paying a reduced fee of 0.2% for their permit. The permit will be displayed in the car driven to campus. Staff applying for a car share parking permit must provide the home postcodes for each member of the car share group.
3.1.4 Only one car from the registered car sharing group may park on campus using the Car Share Permit at any one time. Members of the car share group are expected to share at least 50% of their journeys each week. The University’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system will be used to monitor the car sharing system, and any group not using the Staff Car Share Parking Permit in the spirit in which it is intended will have the permit removed.
3.1.5 Cars displaying a Staff Car Share Parking Permit can park in preferential car share bays only when car sharing (see Parking Bay Definitions below), General Parking Bays or, in the case of Disability Parking Permit holders, in Disability Bays.
Visitors need to purchase and display a valid Pay and Display ticket. Visitors with a pre-provided Authorised Visitor Parking Permit should not need to obtain a Pay and Display ticket. The campus is monitored by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, failure to have a valid Pay and Display ticket or pre-provided visitor permit will result in a Parking Charge Notice.
4.2 Visitors to Sion Hill or Locksbrook are required to obtain a valid Visitor Parking Permit, which will be pre-issued by the University. Visitors without a Visitor Parking Permit purchase a Pay and Display Ticket.
4.3 It is the responsibility of the Bath Spa University Staff hosting visitors to ensure the visitors are made aware of the University’s Parking Terms and Conditions, in particular the need to park in appropriate parking bays. Hosting Staff are also responsible for providing their visitor with an Authorised Visitor Permit, or ensure they are made aware of the need to display a valid Pay and Display Ticket. The University will not waiver Parking Charge Notices given to visitors for not registering their vehicle details or for not parking in accordance with these terms and conditions.
4.4 Unless prior written authorisation is obtained from the University, visitors are only permitted to park in:
- Bays reserved for their visit
- General Parking Bays
- Disability Bays in the case of valid Blue Badge holders (in which the Blue Badge must be displayed in addition to the Visitor Parking Permit). Blue badge parking is free of charge but it's important to register your vehicle details. You can contact the Transport team on email@example.com for further details.
Contractors / Deliveries
5.1 Contractors are deemed as persons paid to work at the Campus by a third party or are delivering or collecting goods from the University, and are not directly employed by the University. Contractors are required to comply with the Contractors Rules and Regulations in force at the time of their visit, details of which will be provided by the University when appointing any contractor.
5.2 All contractors’ vehicles are required to display either:
- A Contractor Parking Permit
- A Contractor Validation Parking Permit with a Validation Ticket
- A valid Pay and Display Ticket
Bath Spa University Liveried Vehicles
6.1 Bath Spa University Liveried Vehicles are required to comply with the University’s Code of Conduct for Liveried Vehicles. This allows for the parking of Liveried Vehicles outside of marked bays, but only for the purpose of carrying out University duties that genuinely require the vehicle to be parked close to a place of work, and only when a Liveried Vehicle Bay or General Parking Bay is not available within a reasonable distance of the place of work.
Disability Permit Holders
7.1 Staff who have not obtained a Blue Badge, but who consider they have mobility issues (either permanent or temporary) that require them to park close to the place they work can apply to the University for a Disability Permit. The University will consider such applications and may issue a Bath Spa University Disability Parking Permit if it considers it to be necessary.
7.2 Although Blue Badge holders are automatically eligible for a Staff Disability Parking Permit, the University still requires their details to be registered on the system; therefore, the application process must be completed.
7.3 Unless otherwise authorised, Bath Spa University Disability Parking Permit holders and Blue Badge holders disability permit are only permitted to park in General Parking Bays or Disability Parking Bays.
Temporary Loading Permits
8.1 Loading Bays not designated for Bath Spa University Liveried Vehicles can also be used by those with a Temporary Loading Permit (in addition to a valid Bath Spa University Parking Permit), which at Newton Park will either be issued by Main House reception or by the Department responsible for the loading bay as indicated by signage. At Sion Hill these will either be issued by reception or by the Department responsible for the loading bay as indicated by signage.
Parking Bay Definitions
9.1 Plan 1 provides an overview of parking bays on the Newton Park Campus and Parking Plans 4 to 8 show the location and type of all parking bays on the Newton Park Campus from March 2019.
9.2 Plan 2 provides an overview of parking bays on the Sion Hill Campus and Parking Plans 9 to 10 show the location and type of all parking bays on the Sion Hill Campus.
9.3 Plan 3 provides an overview of parking areas at the Corsham Court campus.
9.4 Each type of parking bay and the nature of its use is defined below:
- General Parking Bays - Bays in which anyone displaying a valid Bath Spa University parking permit may park.
- General Staff Parking Bays – Bays in which only staff are entitled to park (applies to Corsham Court only)
- Disability Bays - Bays in which anyone displaying a Blue Badge and/or Disability Permit may park. These bays are clearly defined by appropriate road markings and/or signage.
- Bath Spa University Liveried Bay/Area - Bays or areas for use only by liveried Bath Spa University vehicles. These are clearly defined by road markings indicating Bath Spa University Vehicles.
- Loading Bay/Area - Bays or areas for use only by Liveried Bath Spa University vehicles or those with a Temporary Loading Permit (in addition to a valid Bath Spa University Parking Permit). Unless otherwise allowed by the permit, the maximum duration of stay for these bays will be 5 minutes. These bays are clearly defined by road markings indicating loading – however non-Bath Spa University Liveried Vehicles must not use bays indicating Bath Spa University Vehicles.
- Visitor Bays - Bays for use only by those displaying a valid Authorised Visitor Permit. These are clearly marked Visitor Permit Parking.
- Reserved VCO Bay - Bay reserved for use by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. This bay is clearly defined by road marking.
- Nursery Bays - Bay reserved for use by those dropping off and collecting from the Nursery – these bays are subject to a maximum stay of 30 minutes. These are clearly defined by signs.
- Motorcycle Bays - Bays reserved for use by motorcycle and scooters only. These are clearly defined by signs.
- Short Stay Bay - Bay reserved for use by those dropping off or collecting heavy or bulky property from a University building – these bays are subject to a maximum stay of 20 minutes. These are clearly defined by signs.
- Electric Charging Bay - Bays reserved for the charging of electric vehicles. These bays are clearly defined by signs.
- Doctors Bay - Bay reserved for use by a medical Doctor displaying an appropriate permit.
- Car Share Bay - Bays reserved for use by car sharers displaying a valid car share permit but only when car sharing with another member of their car sharing group. Use of these bays will be monitored. When signage indicates, these bays can be used as general parking bays after 11am if vacant.
10.1 Parking Enforcement operations within the Campuses are undertaken in accordance with the British Parking Association (BPA) code of practice. The University will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to check vehicles parked on campus.
10.2 The University reserves the right for it, a member of Security (Security Officer), or its appointed Parking Enforcement Contractor to issue a notice for failure to comply with these Conditions (a Parking Charge Notice - PCN), or to take whatever lawful steps it sees fit to address any vehicle that is parked in contravention of the Bath Spa University Parking Terms and Conditions and/or is believed to be abandoned and/or is deemed to be causing obstruction, nuisance and/or danger.
10.3 Vehicles will be deemed to have infringed Parking Conditions if they are:
- not parked in a designated parking bay (as shown on Parking Plans 1 to 9)
- not parked in accordance with the post and rail system in the Newton Park, Newton Car Park (see Plan 7)
- not displaying a valid Parking Permit appropriate to the type of bay or area in which the vehicle is parked (as above)
- a vehicle owned or used by a student who is staying in University managed accommodation, unless they have a Disability Parking Permit
- not displaying a Disability Permit or Visitor Permit and Blue Badge if parked within a Disability Bay (as above)
- parked overnight without having notified Security, or complied with any requirement given by Security
- parked on pedestrian crossing, zig-zag road markings, or in a hatched area, loading bay, or on a verge, footpath, access road, or any other area not designated for parking, either permanent (as shown on Parking Plans 1 to 9) or as may otherwise be permitted by the University on a temporary basis through clear signage or written instruction
- parked causing obstruction to University property or other vehicles parked within a time restricted area for greater than the advertised time limit (e.g. for more than 30 mins in a Nursery drop off and collection bays)
- parked in any area that at the absolute but reasonable discretion of the University is considered to be causing risk, nuisance, damage or danger to other users, the University or its property.
10.4 Any breach of these parking conditions leaves the driver of the vehicle liable to the
issue of a PCN by either a member of Security (Security Officer), or by a member of Staff permitted to issue PCNs, or by the Parking Enforcement Contractor.
10.5 The PCN gives the driver details of the breach and an opportunity to discharge the debt (the Parking Contravention Charge) by payment to the nominated Parking Enforcement Contractor.
10.6 A PCN may be issued by nominated University and Security staff, however, all follow up action including payment collection and appeal management, is dealt with by Bath Spa University’s nominated Parking Enforcement Contractor, details of which can be found on the PCN.
10.7 A parking Contravention Charge of £70.00 will be levied against those parking on the Campus other than in accordance with the University’s terms and conditions, however this will be reduced by 50% if paid within fourteen calendar days of the notice being issued.
10.8 When infringements are considered to be of a serious nature including, but not restricted to, parking in a location that compromises the safety of others, and the non-payment of outstanding Parking Contravention Charges, the University reserves the right to address them by any actions lawfully available to it at that time.
10.9 Revenue received by the University from parking charges may be used to fund the University’s Parking Policies and other transport measures associated with the University, for example bus services. Any revenue received not used for this purpose will be transferred to the Student Experience Fund.
10.10 The University and its nominated Parking Enforcement Contractor reserve the right to contact the DVLA to obtain the registered keepers details of any vehicles parked on University property. Should the driver of a car issued with a PCN not be identifiable, then the Parking Charge Notice will be issued to the vehicle owner.
11.1 In the event of a dispute over the issue of a Parking Charge Notice, the driver has a right of appeal via the nominated Parking Enforcement Contractor; full details can be found on the Parking Charge Notice.
11.2 All appeals may be subject to consideration by the University at the request of the recipient.
11.3 If the driver is unhappy with the decision of the nominated Parking Enforcement Contractor, they can also appeal through POPLA, an independent appeals service provided by funding from the parking industry.
How do I apply for a parking permit?
To apply for a parking permit you can apply when completing your course enrolment if you are a student (or via The Hub at a later date). For staff you apply via the Vehicle Registration System.
How much does a parking permit cost?
I work for the University part time, how do I go about obtaining a parking permit?
To apply for a parking permit you should access the Vehicle Registration System with your BSU login credentials.
What is the procedure for visitor parking?
There are two options for visitor parking – requesting a valid permit, or by using the Pay and Display machines.
Visitor parking permits can be obtained:
1. Visitor permits can be requested by University staff members through the Vehicle Registration Apphub. You will need to provide your vehicle registration number which will be added to our Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system. The request will be confirmed by email and you will not need to display anything in your vehicle.
2. If you have not arranged for a visitor permit, you will need to buy a Pay and Display ticket from one of the parking meters.
Pay and Display tariffs
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 6:00pm
0-2 hours £2
2-4 hours £5
Over 4 hours £10
Saturday and Sunday
8:00am to 6:00pm
£2 all day
Parking after 6:00pm is free.
Payments for Pay and Display tickets can be made using the parking meters or via the smartphone app Justpark.
If you have any queries please contact the Transport team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if there isn’t enough time to provide a visitor with a parking permit in advance?
Staff in Newton Park Main House reception are able to issue permits.
Visitors to Sion Hill or Locksbrook should report to reception where staff will issue a permit.
Visitors should use the Pay and Display machines.
If you have any queries please contact the Transport team on email@example.com.
Will there be loading bays for dropping off equipment?
Yes, loading bays are clearly marked on the car parking maps of both Newton Park and Sion Hill campuses. Staff wishing to drop off equipment for the Michael Tippett Centre are advised to do so at Main House reception, park as normal and collect their equipment before making their way to the building.
There is a 30 minute grace period on the ANPR system to allow for drop offs.
What is the procedure for coach drop off when schools or other large parties are visiting the university?
Please liaise directly with the Estates Department who can advise on where the coach can stop, unload and park. Prior to the visit you must also let security know the date, type of vehicle and the expected time of arrival by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if I park without a valid permit?
The University or the car park management contractor acting on behalf of the University will issue a Parking Notice Charge of £70. This will be reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days of the Parking Notice Charge being issued.