The University can be accessed by car through two main entrances: the Main Entrance (near the UL Flagpoles) and the East Gate Entrance, both of which are off the Plassey Park Road. Details of car-pooling, set-down areas, and parking facilities are available on the Parking Map below.
Spaces are available by e-mail booking to VisitorParking@ul.ie. The reservation must be authorised by the administrator of the department requesting the reservation and reserved for visitors only.
A number of dedicated car pooling spaces are available (up to 10.00am Mon to Fri) in several staff car parks. After 10.00am these will revert to standard staff spaces. These spaces are clearly marked with signage and blue coloured road markings. The criterion for parking in one of these spaces is to have two valid staff parking disks on display. The security staff check these every morning and any car found parked in violation of this policy will be liable to be clamped.
For a map of the car pooling spaces on campus please click here.
Car parking is controlled through the use of parking permits. Only vehicles, displaying a valid parking permit (clearly displayed on the front windscreen), may park in staff car parks. Any other vehicle, with the exception of a vehicle displaying an EU-recognised disabled driver's permit (parked in a disabled driver's space), is liable to be clamped
Issuing of Permits
One permit only will be issued free of charge during any validity period to any whole-time or job-sharing member of staff of UL or associated companies. Parking permits remain the property of UL, which reserves the right to withdraw, revoke or otherwise amend the permits, and the policy governing their issue, at its sole discretion.
Arrangements for the collection of permits on general release will be advertised via staff e-mail by the Buildings and Estates Department. Other than during general release, permits may be collected from AM-065 between 3pm and 4pm, Wednesday to Friday each week. Records of all parking permits are maintained by the department.
Permit Validity Period
Two-year permits (with a validity period of two years) are issued to the staff of UL on the production of a current UL Staff ID card. One-year permits (with a validity period of one year) are issued to teaching postgraduate and research staff on the UL payroll listing and are renewable annually as appropriate. The one-year permits will only be issued to teaching postgraduate and research staff and to short-term contract staff on production of evidence of scheduled teaching hours, a UL ID card, and vehicle registration documentation naming the applicant as the owner of the vehicle.
Similarly, subject to verification by the Buildings and Estates Department, staff of associated UL companies and of companies contracted to provide a full-time continual service direct to UL are issued one-year permits on the production of an approved list by the companies Manager/Director documentation.
Transfer of Permits
Permits can be transferred from one vehicle to another. This has the benefit of allowing permit holders to change their vehicle, carry out vehicle repairs, etc. without having to apply for a temporary or replacement permit - the permit holder simply moves the permit to the alternative vehicle and notifies the Buildings and Estates Department of the change.
Replacement permits will be made available only under exceptional circumstances, subject to the approval of the Buildings Officer and at a fee to cover administration costs.
Parking spaces, where defined, are laid out so as to provide safe entry, exit, circulation around, and maneuvering within car parks. Cars not parked in designated spaces (whether displaying a permit or not) are liable to be clamped.
Vehicles parked so as to cause an obstruction to other vehicles, to emergency access routes, or to emergency exit doors or vehicles parked on footpaths are liable to be clamped and/or towed away. No parking is permitted on campus roads.
Due to a large number of vehicles on campus at any one time, it has been necessary to introduce vehicle clamping to control and manage parking for the benefit of the campus community and visitors to the university.
Violations of the car parking policy may result in a vehicle being clamped. In the event that a vehicle is in violation of the parking policy, a warning notice will be applied to the vehicle, advising the owner that failure to move the vehicle to an appropriate parking space within ten minutes of the notice being applied will result in the vehicle being clamped.
No warning notice will be given to vehicles parked in a disabled driver's space that do not display an EU-recognised disabled driver's permit. Such vehicles will be clamped immediately on detection.
Unauthorised removal of a clamp and/or damage to a clamp will be deemed to be a breach of the University's Parking Policy and will result in the revocation of a permit (if one is issued), the non-renewal of a permit at renewal date and/or proceedings being instituted against the vehicle owner, at the discretion of the university.
Release and Appeals Procedure
Once a clamp has been deployed and locked into position, a release fee must be paid before the clamp will be removed. A vehicle that has been towed away and clamped is liable to a higher release fee.
Release fees may be paid at the Campus Security Centre located at the Reserved Visitor Car Park or, when unattended, at Main Reception.
Should a vehicle owner wish to appeal the clamping of their vehicle, they may do so by e-mailing Buildingsmaintenance@ul.ie submitting the following information:
- Vehicle Registration Number
- Date of Clamping offence
- Clamping Fee Release Receipt Number
- Detail their reasons, why their vehicle should not have been clamped.
Appeals will be investigated by the Appeal's Committee and where it is found that the vehicle had not breached the University of Limerick's parking policy, they may recommend a refund of the Clamping fee.
Appeals Committee's decision will be final and further correspondence on the matter will not be entered into with the Appealer.