Parking at Smith
Campus parking rules and regulations are strictly enforced by the Campus Police Department. The Northampton Police Department enforces parking rules on city streets. Vehicles will be subject to ticketing and towing as applicable. The Parking Rules and Regulations may be amended at any time.
Visitors who need to park for college business from Monday through Friday (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) must obtain a one-day parking pass from Campus Police or the department they are visiting. This parking pass should be displayed by hanging it from the rearview mirror of the vehicle. It permits visitors to park in white-lined spaces.
An ordinance enacted by the Northampton City Council is in effect on the following streets near the Quadrangle: Washington Avenue, Harrison Avenue and Dryads Green. The ordinance calls for alternate-side, alternate-day parking on these streets. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed at the expense of the owner. Signs are posted on both sides of the three streets indicating that cars must be moved each day at 11 a.m. Illegally parked cars present a safety hazard because they prevent access by fire engines and other emergency vehicles; thus the ordinance will be strictly enforced.
The city of Northampton has a neighborhood-only parking ordinance along Kensington Avenue. Overnight parking is not allowed on Kensington Avenue. Only Kensington Avenue property owners or their tenants are allowed to park overnight.
A third ordinance, prohibiting parking citywide within three feet of driveways, will also be strictly enforced. We caution you to take these ordinances seriously to avoid towing and ticketing charges.
Mandatory Motor Vehicle Registration
In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90, Section 3, as amended by the acts of 2003, every non-Massachusetts resident enrolled as a student at a school or college in the Commonwealth who operates a motor vehicle registered in another state or country during any period beginning on September 1 of any year and ending on August 31 of the following year, must file a form approved by the Registry of Motor Vehicles to have on file a signed statement that provides the following:
- Registration number and make of the motor vehicle and the state or country of registration
- Name and address of the owner
- Names and addresses of all insurers providing liability insurance covering operation of the motor vehicle
- Legal residence of the nonresident and her/his residence while attending such school or college
- Name and address of the school or college which she/he is attending
Any nonresident who fails to comply with the provisions of this law shall be punished by a fine of not more than $200.
Smith College students may complete the form and obtain a decal from the Registry of Motor Vehicles at the Campus Police Department, 126 West Street. There is no fee for the decal.