About MHC

Parking Services

MHC enforces a pay parking policy year round on the Medicine Hat campus. A valid parking permit is required for all vehicles parked on campus between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.

PARKING RATES (2022-2023)

Permit Type Duration  Cost (GST incl.)  Permit Purchase Deadline
Hourly 60 min  $1  Ongoing
Daily 24 hours  $4  Ongoing
Monthly General 1st of month to month end  $26.25  Ongoing
Monthly Plug In 1st of month to month end  $35  Ongoing
Semester General
Fall 2022: Sept 1 – Dec. 31
Winter 2023: Jan. 1 – Apr. 30
 $105 Oct 1, 2022
Feb 1, 2023
Semester Plug In
Fall 2022: Sept 1 – Dec. 31
Winter 2023: Jan. 1 – Apr. 30
 $140 Oct 1, 2022
Feb 1, 2023
 Annual General
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023  $315 Oct 1, 2022
 Annual Plug In
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023  $420 Oct 1, 2022


MHC utilizes an online payment system for parking service at the Medicine Hat campus. This service is called HotSpot, and is in addition to our current methods to pay for parking, which are by coin dispensers in the lots, and in person at the bookstore. Long-term permits, as well as hourly and daily parking fees, can all be purchased online.

HotSpot allows users to buy parking from their mobile device - even in advance -  and purchase additional time or receive notifications when time is running out. 

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Parking Lots & Rates
All parking lots on campus are designated “Open” with the exception of  the following “Plug-in” locations:

  • South lot near the B Wing entrance
  • North lot near E Wing
  • Cultural Centre (designated stalls only)

Plug-in permits are valid in Plug-in designated lots and stalls only. MHC is committed to energy conservation; the parking lots are subject to load shedding and cycling which means power is not on all day.

“Pay and Display” / Daily Parking
Available to anyone driving on campus without a permit and will only allow parking in Open parking lots. Permits can be purchased by the hour at a rate of $1.00/hour or for the full day at a rate of $4.00/day. These permits are available through the permit dispensers located on parking lots around campus. The permit dispensers accept coins only and do not dispense change. If a dispenser is malfunctioning, please contact security immediately at 403.529.3911. Daily permits are also for sale in the college bookstore. 

Residence Parking
These permits are available to students living in residence and entitle the holder to a stall in residence parking lots only. These permits are accessed through Student Development. Students wishing to park in any other lot(s) are required to purchase an appropriate permit.

Parking for People with Disabilities
MHC offers parking spaces restricted for people with physical disabilities. A vehicle parked in a handicap designated spot will require a valid Alberta Motor Vehicle Handicap Permit and a valid Medicine Hat College permit to park in these stalls. “Pay and Display” ticket meters nearest these stalls have barrier-free access.

Complimentary Parking
Permits are available for those individuals providing services to the college at no charge or at a reduced rate (e.g. volunteers, conference speakers). Permits must be requested by the department managing the service to be provided. Permits are usually issued for a maximum period of 10 business days. Application for a complimentary parking permit is made through Campus Security.

Complimentary parking may be provided to individuals performing ongoing volunteer work at the college (e.g. Board of Governors, unpaid coaches, etc.). Application for special complimentary parking consideration is made through Parking Services (Campus Security). Such applications require the joint approval of Parking Services and Facility Operations.

Contractor Parking
Contractors visiting the campus can access a temporary Contractor Parking Permit at the Facility Operations office. As required by the work, contractors may be permitted to park in restricted areas while performing work.

Drop-off and Short-term Parking Zones
Drop-off/pick-up zones at the main building and the Cultural Centre are not to be used for parking; therefore, drivers in these zones must not leave their vehicle. If you are required to leave your vehicle for a short period of time, 20 minute short-term parking areas are available at the main building and Cultural Centre to allow users to drop off and/or pick-up items at the college. These zones are strictly enforced.

Motorcycle Parking
Users wishing to park a motorcycle on campus may purchase a parking permit and park the motorcycle in the corresponding lot type.  (e.g. Open parking or Plug-in parking lot) Because the permit cannot be securely displayed on the motorcycle, these users are required to register the motorcycle license plate and permit number with Campus Security to avoid a parking citation.

Permit Purchases
  • Hourly, daily, and long term permits can be purchased online through the HotSpot website or app. Click here for more information.
  • Hourly, daily, monthly, and long term permits are also sold at the college bookstore. MHC will continue selling permits through the bookstore to accommodate people who want to pay by cash, do not have a credit card, or do not have access to the required technology.
  • Hourly and daily permits can also be purchased by coin at permit dispensing stations in various locations on the campus site.

 Please note the following purchase periods for semester and annual permits (general and plug in):

  • Fall 2022 Semester: permits are available for purchase through Hotspot or the MHC Bookstore between July 1 and Oct. 22.
  • Winter 2023 Semester: permits are available for purchase through Hotspot or the MHC Bookstore between Dec. 1 and Feb. 1.
  • 2022-2023 Annual: permits are available for purchase through Hotspot or the MHC Bookstore between July 1 and Oct. 22.

Permit Rates
Parking rates are set annually.

Permit Refunds
Parking permits for a duration of one month or longer may be refunded for 45 percent of the initial purchase value, if there is greater than 50 percent of the permit duration remaining. (Refer to Student Residence Handbook for student residence refunds.

Lost, stolen or damaged parking permits
Lost, stolen or damaged parking permits will only be replaced when it can be demonstrated unequivocally by the permit holder to the Manager, Health & Safety, that such loss/damage was genuine. All such losses of permits must be reported immediately, in person, to Campus Security. The permit holder will be required to sign statements explaining the circumstances attending any such losses. A fee of $20.00 will be levied for replacement permits. All lost / stolen permits will be voided and become invalid. Use of a lost or stolen permit shall be considered fraud and reported to the police.

Forgotten Permits
Users that have left their permits in the other vehicle may report to security upon arrival to receive a complimentary day permit.  License plate and vehicle description is required.  Failure to display a valid permit will result in a parking violation fine.

There are three options for payment of a parking ticket/citation as follows:

  1. Pay the ticket.
    Refer to the back of the ticket for complete details.
  2. Appeal the ticket with Medicine Hat College
    Extenuating circumstances can be addressed with the Campus Security Supervisor within 48 hours of receiving the ticket.
  3. Appeal the ticket with Medicine Hat Police Services
    Tickets must be appealed within 14 days of the issue date. Appeals can be submitted on line at www.mhps.ca/appeal or in person at the Medicine Hat Police Station, 884 2nd Street SE. Details provided on the back of the ticket.

Towing of a vehicle from the campus shall only be used as a last resort when all other avenues for resolution of a violation have been exhausted. 

Towing services will be provided by a private vendor and vehicles removed to a compound off campus.  

Towing fines will be levied as per the vendor’s fee structure. Owners will be responsible to claim their own vehicles and pay the charges.  

The violations resulting in towing include, but are not limited to: parking in the following designated:roadways, crosswalks, loading zones, grassed areas, sidewalks, curbs, on parking bumpers, handicap spaces, barricaded areas, or in any manner which obstructs the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

In residential areas close to the college, municipal parking restrictions apply.  Students and employees are responsible to make themselves aware of any municipal restrictions and abide by all applicable bylaws. Vehicles parked in restricted areas are subject to being ticketed and/or towed.
Fees for parking permits are charged for parking space only. MHC does not take custody of vehicles and assumes no responsibility for loss of a vehicle or its contents, due to damage, fire, theft, collision or other hazards. MHC shall not be responsible for loss or damage to a vehicle or its contents resulting from the actions or inaction of college personnel or contractors. Therefore, any motor vehicle parked, operated or driven on the campus shall be solely at the risk of the owner and operator. To limit you risk of loss, lock your vehicle at all times and don't leave valuables in your vehicle.

The goal of all enforcement activities on campus is to ensure the fair and equitable access to parking for all users. Every effort will be made to educate and warn users of parking and traffic regulations. While permits are only required Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., all other parking regulations (handicap stalls, parking in roadways, etc.) are enforced at all times.

While the college strives to provide as many parking spaces as possible, there are times when demand exceeds availability. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note:

  • During times of construction, maintenance and special events, it may be necessary to reduce parking availability.
  • Student residence parking permits are not valid in parking lots on campus.
  • Security must be notified if you wish to park on campus for extended periods of time or overnight.
  • Bicycle parking is restricted to the racks provided. Bike storage lockers are available through Facility Operations.
  • Parking permits are not required at Brooks campus.
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Contact Us

For more information about parking services, please contact:

Campus Security
Tel: 403.529.3911
Email: mhc_security@mhc.ab.ca