Legislative Parking

 

Malfunctioning gate: 

Call Capitol Gate Attendant 373-0201 or the Capitol Facility Office 373-0184

Someone parked in your space:
Go to Capitol Lot Gate House


 Do NOT park in another space.

  

Overview of Legislative Parking System


The Legislative Parking System is composed of parking lots under the control of the Legislative Council, Senate, and House of Representatives. The Legislative Council controls the Capitol lot; the Senate controls the Farnum Lot and the Townsend Ramp; and the House controls the Roosevelt Ramp and the Ferris Parking Lot (south side of Ferris Park – Walnut and Shiawasee Streets).

 

Downtown Parking Map

Key: 
Lot #1:  Capitol LotLocated adjacent to the Capitol Building
Lot #2:  Townsend RampLocated at the corner of Townsend & Kalamazoo
Lot #3:  Farnum LotLocated at the corner of Capitol & Allegan
Lot #4:  Roosevelt RampLocated at the corner of Ionia & Seymour
Lot #5:  Ferris LotLocated at the corner of Walnut & Shiawassee
Lot #6:  DMB Library LotLocated at the corner of Kalamazoo & Pine

Administration of Legislative Parking System

The Senate, House, Executive Office, and the Legislative Council Administrator assign the spaces allocated to each. However, the legislative parking system is administered by the Legislative Council Facilities Agency (LCFA). The Secretary of the Senate oversees parking for the Townsend Ramp.

Upon being notified by the respective office that a space has been assigned to an individual, the LCFA Parking Coordinator will notify the individual and make arrangements for parking deductions, entrance cards, decals, payment of deposit, etc.

Costs

Parking costs are deducted from an employee’s paycheck on a pre-tax basis. The cost for parking in the legislative lots varies, and some lots require a $25 deposit for a parking access card. The access card must be returned in order to receive a refund of the deposit. Costs are as follows:

  • DMB Library Lot — $17.00 per pay period
  • Townsend Ramp — $21.18 per pay period
  • Roosevelt Ramp — $31.50 for random reserved; $42.25 for reserved, and $20.00 for rooftop parking. Rates noted are per pay period.
  • Ferris Lot ---- $17.00 per pay period

Assignment of Spaces


The Legislative Council allocates the spaces in the Capitol lot to the Executive Office, Senate, House of Representatives, and Legislative Council Administrator.

The Senate assigns the spaces allocated to it in the Capitol as well as the Senate’s Farnum lot and Townsend Ramp. The House of Representatives assigns the spaces allocated to it in the Capitol as well as the Roosevelt Ramp and the Ferris Lot. The Legislative Council Administrator assigns the spaces allocated to the Legislative Council in the Townsend Ramp.

In addition to the above lots, the Legislative Council has received an allocation of 200 spaces in the Michigan Department of Management and Budget parking lot located directly south of the Michigan Library and Historical Center (MLHC). The spaces are assigned by the Legislative Council Facility Office to any legislative employee on a first come basis.

With the exception of the Michigan Library and Historical Center Lot, the Ferris Lot, the Townsend Ramp, and portions of the Roosevelt Ramp, individuals are assigned to a specific space number within the respective lots.

Questions concerning assignment of spaces should be addressed to the following respective offices:

Executive Office Employees
Andrea Post
241-0259

Senate Employees
Celene Flannery
373-2400

House Employees
Lisa Curtis
373-6460

Legislative Council Employees
Susan Cavanagh
373-0212

Administration of Parking System


While the Senate, House, Executive Office and Legislative Council Administrator may assign spaces, the parking system for the Capitol, Farnum, Ferris, and MLHC lots is administered by the Legislative Council Facilities Agency.

The Legislative Council Facilities Agency Parking Coordinator, upon being notified by the Executive Office, Senate, House of Representatives, or Legislative Council Administrator that a space has been assigned to an individual, will notify the individual and make arrangements for parking deductions, cards, decals, etc.

Questions concerning the administration of the parking system for the Capitol, Farnum, Ferris, and MLHC lots should be directed to:

Parking Coordinator
373-0184 or

Gate Attendant
373-0201

Frequently Asked Questions


There is someone in my parking space, what do I do?

If you park in a lot with assigned parking spaces and upon entering find someone has parked in your assigned space, go immediately to the Capitol Gate House off Allegan Street. The attendant will assign you to a temporary spot. He will track down and – if warranted – ticket the car parking illegally in your space. Do not park in another space, as it will only compound the problem and inconvenience others who also have spaces in the legislative lot.

The gate is malfunctioning, what do I do?

Parking gates are mechanical devices and although they are routinely checked and maintenance is performed, there will be periodic problems due to mechanical malfunction or from unauthorized individuals physically forcing the arm up so they can drive under it.

If you observe a gate malfunctioning, please report it immediately to:

Capitol Gate Attendant
(8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)   
373-0201 or

Capitol Facility Office
373-0184

If I buy a new motor vehicle, what do I do?

Call the Legislative Council Facilities Agency Parking Coordinator (373-0184) and give them the information (make, model, year and license) of your new vehicle. The Parking Coordinator will forward you a new window sticker at no cost.

Can I park a motorcycle in my space? 

No. Motorcycles are NOT allowed in gated lots. Automatic gates do not sense motorcycles and you could be hit by the gate arm upon entrance or exit.

I believe my car was damaged or vandalized while parked in a legislative lot, what do I do?

Call Capitol Security immediately (373-2836). It is also requested that you call the Capitol Gate Attendant (373-0201 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or Capitol Facility Office (373-0184).

Call your insurance company.

If I have questions or complaints, who do I talk to?

If you have questions concerning the parking lots, systems, etc., please call:

Capitol Gate Attendant
(8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
373-0201 or

Capitol Facility Office
373-0184

Legislative Council Parking Rules

Parking lots under jurisdiction of Legislative Council; availability.

Parking in the State Capitol Parking Lot, State Capitol Parking Lot Annex, and Senate and House parking lots administered by the Council shall be under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Council. Parking in the lots shall be made available to members of the Legislature, their staffs, and to other State employees as shall be designated by the Legislative Council.


Elected officials with offices located in State Capitol; allocation of parking spaces in State Capitol Parking Lot; designation of parking spaces for Executive Office and legislative staff.

Each member of the Senate and House of Representatives and all other elected officials whose offices are located in the State Capitol shall be allotted a parking space in the State Capitol Parking Lot. The Legislative Council shall designate the number of parking spaces in the State Capitol Parking Lot to be assigned to the staffs of the Executive Office, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and Legislative Council.


Assignment of parking spaces allocated for Senate staff, House staff, and Executive Office staff.

Parking spaces allocated for Senate staff shall be assigned by the Legislative Council Facilities Agency as designated by the Secretary of Senate and spaces allocated for the House staff shall be assigned as designated by the Director of the House Business Office. Staff spaces allocated to the Senate and House shall be assigned only to employees in a full-time pay status with the Senate or House. The Executive Office shall designate staff from the Office to be assigned to parking spaces allotted the Executive Office.


Parking control card; use; issuance and distribution; parking car pool vehicle in assigned space; conditions.

Individuals authorized parking in lots other than the Capitol Parking Lot shall gain entrance to the Lots through the use of a parking control card. The issuance of all control cards necessary to activate the automatic gates at the entrance of the Parking Lots shall be under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Council with the Director of the Legislative Council Facilities Agency being responsible for the distribution of the cards.

Individuals authorized parking who are participating in a car pool are authorized to park the pool vehicle in the space assigned the individual, provided the individual assigned the parking space is a regular passenger in the pool vehicle and each pool vehicle is registered with the Legislative Council Facilities Agency.


Parking control card; refundable deposit.

All persons authorized parking in lots with entrance gates activated by control cards are required to pay a refundable deposit of $25.00 prior to the issuance of a parking control card. (Legislators shall pay a refundable deposit of $5.00 prior to the issuance of a parking control card.) The deposit is to be made to the Legislative Council Facilities Agency at the time the initial control card is issued by the Legislative Council Facilities Agency. Deposits can be made in cash or by check payable to "State of Michigan--Legislative Council Facilities Agency." The Legislative Council Facilities Agency shall be responsible for the refunding of deposits.


Biweekly parking fee; amount.

All persons assigned parking, other than elected officials, will be charged a biweekly fee equal to the fee paid by State employees for reserved surface lot parking.


Biweekly parking fee; payroll deduction; limitation on refund.

All persons assigned parking who are on a biweekly state payroll, other than elected officials, shall pay for assigned parking on a payroll deduction basis. Forms authorizing payroll deduction of parking fees shall be completed through the Legislative Council Facilities Agency. The biweekly parking charge will be deducted one pay period in advance from the payroll of employees authorized parking. No part of the biweekly charge will be refunded for any unused portion of a period.


Intent to no longer park in assigned space; notice; returning card to Legislative Council Facilities Agency; refund of deposit.

Upon termination of office or employment or upon decision that parking is no longer desired, parking cards are to be returned to the Legislative Council Facilities Agency and the card deposit shall be refunded. Unless the Legislative Council Facilities Agency is notified in writing of an individual's intent to no longer park, the space assigned to the individual will continue in effect and the biweekly parking fee shall remain the assignee's obligation.


Reassignment of legislator's assigned space to legislative employee; procedure.

Any member of the Senate who is of the opinion that an assigned parking space is no longer needed for personal use shall return the assigned control card to the Legislative Council Facilities Agency and the Senator's parking space will be reassigned or the Senator can designate that the space be assigned to a specified Legislative employee. Any member of the House of Representatives who is of the opinion that an assigned parking space is no longer needed for personal use shall return the card to the Legislative Council Facilities Agency and the Representative's parking space shall be reassigned or the Representative can designate that the space be reassigned to a specified Legislative employee. Upon the Legislator's assigned space being reassigned to a Legislative employee, the employee shall be issued a control card and pay the parking fee charged other non-elected state employees.


Designation legislative employee to park in legislator's assigned space; procedure.

A Legislator assigned parking may designate no more than one legislative employee to park in the Legislator's assigned parking space on days the space is not utilized by the authorizing Legislator. Designations shall be made by notifying in writing the Legislative Council Facilities Agency. The written notification is to include the name of the individual being authorized to utilize the parking space, the make of the vehicle the individual will be driving, and the license number of the vehicle. Those authorized to park in the Capitol Parking Lot will be issued a temporary parking card. The card will be used by the holder as a means of gaining entrance to the lot and will entitle the holder to park in the space of the Legislator granting the authorization. The temporary parking card will not authorize a legislative employee to park in the lot each day the Legislature is not in session but only on those days the space is not being utilized by the authorizing Legislator.


Legislative employee granted leave of absence; reassignment of parking space.


When a legislative employee is granted a leave of absence, he or she may retain his or her parking space for a maximum of six months. When on unpaid leave, the employee must reimburse the Legislative Council Facilities Agency the biweekly parking fee. The biweekly payroll deduction will continue for a paid leave. After six months, the employee shall give up his or her parking spot until he or she returns to work. Upon returning, he or she would be placed at the top of the Senate, House, or Council seniority parking list to be assigned the next vacant parking spot.


Loss of parking control card; issuance of duplicate control card; fee.


There shall be a $25.00 charge for the issuance of a duplicate control card if the initial card is lost and the holder of the card is unable to prove a legitimate loss.


Temporary assignment of assigned space to another person.

Individuals assigned parking spaces can temporarily assign or authorize another legislative staff member to use their assigned space on days they are on leave and will not utilize the space. Individuals assigned spaces must notify the Legislative Council Facilities Agency of the name of the legislative staff member they are authorizing to use their space and the date(s) the individual is authorized to use the space. The Legislative Council Facilities Agency will issue the individual authorized to use the space a temporary parking pass that must be displayed on the motor vehicle dash while parking in the legislative lot. Should an individual authorized to park in the lots decide to cut their leave short and return to work, it is their responsibility to contact the legislative staff member they authorized to use their space and inform them they can no longer use the space or make alternate parking arrangements for their vehicle. Temporary parking passes will not be issued for periods of less than one calendar day.


Hours of restricted parking in State Capitol Parking Lot and State Capitol Parking Lot Annex; admittance policy; hours of public parking.

Restricted parking in the State Capitol Parking Lot and the State Capitol Parking Lot Annex shall be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Restricted parking for evenings the Legislature is in session shall continue until the legislative session concludes. Only vehicles driven by individuals allocated parking spaces and in possession of a valid control card shall be admitted to the lots from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All vehicles delivering or picking up individuals or material in the State Capitol shall utilize the Ottawa Street service parking area. All legislative employees, whether or not the employees have assigned parking, upon identifying themselves to the gate attendant, shall be allowed to park in the State Capitol Parking Lot after 4:00 p.m. on those evenings the Legislature is in session, subject to space being available. The Capitol and Annex Parking Lots shall be open for public parking during the hours restricted parking is not in effect.


Parking in the Michigan Library and Historical Center lot; allocation.

The parking spaces designated for legislative staff use in the Michigan Library and Historical Center Lot shall be available on a first-come, first-served basis to all full-time legislative staff. If legislative spaces are unused after this allocation, part-time legislative staff, including interns, may be accommodated. The current DMB parking fees will be paid either directly by the part-time employee or by the employee's legislative office.

Parking violations; penalties; notices.

(1) Parking in the legislative parking lots is a privilege. Spaces are allocated by the Legislative Council and assigned by the Executive Office, Senate or House of Representatives. Section 205 of Act No. 268 of the Public Acts of 1986 authorizes the Legislative Council to establish rules for the maintenance and operation of legislative parking facilities in the Capitol area, which rules may provide for the assessment of penalties and fines, for the removal of vehicles, and for a grievance process.

(2) Violators of the parking rules described in subrule (1) may be subject to: cancellation of their present or future parking privileges or both; fine; vehicle tow away; or any combination of the above penalties, according to the following schedule:

a. First violation--warning notice, tow away, or both warning notice and tow away.

b. Second violation--$10.00 fine, tow away, or both.

c. Third and subsequent violations--$25.00 fine, tow away, loss of parking privileges, or a combination of the above penalties.

(3) Vehicles shall be towed in accordance with applicable state statutes. The towing method utilized should cause as little damage to the vehicle to be towed as is practically possible. The owner of the towed vehicle shall pay the tow charges.

(4) Legislative Council Facilities Agency staff may attempt to contact the owners or drivers of vehicles parked in violation of the rules, inform them of the violation and penalties, and ask that the vehicle be removed immediately.

(5) Notice of a second and all subsequent violations of the parking rules by legislative staff will be forwarded to the staff member's immediate supervisor and to the Senate Majority Leader or Speaker of the House, as is appropriate.

(6) Unless a person is appealing a parking notice or action, as provided in Rule 17, failure to pay a parking fine will result in the loss of any parking privileges.

(7) All vehicles, whether privately or publicly owned, are subject to the warnings, fines, or penalties in rule 16. Drivers are held responsible for any violations and warnings and resulting fines or penalties. If the driver cannot be identified, then the person who requisitioned the vehicle from the state motor pool, if the vehicle is a state vehicle, or owner of the vehicle, if the vehicle is a private vehicle, is responsible for any violations and warnings and resulting fines or penalties.

(8) Subrules (2) through (7) shall not apply to members of the Legislature. Parking violations by legislators shall be brought to the immediate attention of the Legislative leaders of the caucus of the legislator in question.

Parking violations; procedure for appealing.

A person appealing a Legislative Council parking violation notice or action resulting from a violation shall submit in writing, within ten working days after receiving the notice, the reasons why the notice or action should be modified or canceled. The appeal shall include all of the following information:

a. Name, address and phone number of the appealer.

b. A concise statement of the reasons the appeal should be granted.

c. The relief requested.


The appeal shall be submitted to:

    Director
    Legislative Council Facilities Agency
    P.O. Box 30014
    Lansing, MI 48909-7514

A written decision shall be made within five working days of receipt of the appeal and shall be forwarded to appellant. An appellant who is aggrieved by the decision may appeal to the Legislative Council within five working days of receipt of the decision. The appeal shall include a copy of the decision and written reasons why the decision was in error. The Legislative Council shall issue a written decision affirming, reversing, or modifying the decision.

Parking spaces in delivery area on north side of Capitol; authorized use.

The parking spaces located in the delivery area on the north side of the Capitol are designated for visitors, with mobility disabilities, to the Capitol and legislative office buildings. Legislative and Capitol employees with mobility disabilities are not authorized to utilize the spaces. It is the responsibility of the agencies to which spaces have been allocated by the Legislative Council to assign a space to an employee with a mobility disability if deemed appropriate.


Motor vehicle over 20 feet in length; parking prohibited.

Due to the small parking spaces and narrow alleys between parking rows, no individual authorized parking in the legislative lots shall park a motor vehicle over 20 feet in length in the lots.


Drive throughs; authorized actions.

Individuals may be authorized to drive into the lot to pick up or drop off legislators. However, a driver must stay in the motor vehicle while the vehicle is in the Capitol lot. The gate attendant shall deny entrance to the lot to anyone who has violated this rule or who has previously illegally parked in the lot.


Maintenance of parking lots.

Authority for maintaining the lots is assigned to the Legislative Council Facilities Agency who may contract for snow removal, surface refurbishing, or other necessary services.

Obstruction of lots prohibited; solicitations and sales prohibited; certain activities prohibited; picketing prohibited; erecting tent, monument, sign, or similar device or obstruction prohibited; enforcement; responsibility for damages.

(1)  A person or organization shall not occupy a parking lot under the jurisdiction of the Legislative Council in such manner as to hamper or obstruct the proper use or movement of personnel or vehicles or the proper conduct of state government.

(2) A person or organization is not permitted in a parking lot for the purpose of solicitation of funds or the sale of any article.

(3) A person or organization is not permitted in a parking lot for the purpose of demonstrating, organizing activities, soliciting membership, or distributing literature.

(4) Picketing shall be conducted only at entrances to the lots in a manner which does not impede or interfere with operation, use, or access to the lots.

(5) The following conduct is prohibited in a Legislative Council Parking Lot:

a. Stepping or climbing upon state property which is not designed or intended for that purpose.

b. Unauthorized removal of state property.

c. Damaging, in any manner, state property, including any buildings, equipment, signs, or grounds of the state.

d. Erecting a tent, monument, sign, or similar device or obstruction; a person shall not camp in a Legislative Council parking lot.

(6) An organization is responsible for damages to state buildings and property, vehicles parked in the lots and injuries to people caused by the organization, its officers, employees, or other people caused to be at the event by the organization.

(7) A person or organization who refuses to conform to any parking rule, in addition to criminal penalties provided by law, is subject to immediate removal from a lot by the state police or any other person designated by the Director of the Legislative Council Facilities Agency. Nothing contained in this rule shall be construed as limiting prosecution under an existing or future penal law.