WHOI Parking Policy
Responsible Department: The Director's Office
» Parking Stickers
To obtain a WHOI Parking Sticker, please complete this online application.
(This policy supersedes Institution Memorandum #3-82, which is hereby canceled.)
Institution parking facilities are
available for employees and visitors in accordance with the
- All vehicles must have a current,
valid WHOI parking permit. Employee permit stickers are
issued by the Facilities Office and should be affixed
according to instructions at the time of issue.
- Temporary permits may be issued by
Department Administrators, authorized department staff
assistants, or the receptionist or guard on duty in the
Smith Lobby. These permits are valid for a two-week
period and must be renewed upon expiration. The Temporary
Permit must be displayed on the dash of the vehicle and
is not transferable to another vehicle. In the summer,
visitors whose length of stay exceeds one month must
obtain a Summer Visitor/Student Parking Permit from the
Facilities Office. Note that Summer Visitor/Student
Permits expire at the end of September.
- Parking is prohibited in driveways,
loading zones, fire lanes, at fire hydrants, on lawns and
generally in areas not designated for parking.
- Reserved parking areas shall be
observed as follows:
Institution-owned vehicles - designated areas in
the Smith parking lot;
Visitors - Clark circle and designated areas in
the Smith parking lot;
Handicapped - as designated in each parking
- Visitor parking spaces may be used by
Quissett Campus employees while at Smith lot and Woods
Hole village employees while at Clark circle for
short-term parking only (less than two hours).
- In the Dyer's parking lot, cars may
be double-parked in the east lane provided they are left
unlocked with the keys in the ignition. Cars are
prohibited on the wood portion of Dyer's Dock.
- From Memorial Day Weekend through
Labor Day Weekend, the Institution makes the Dyers Dock
Lot available to the Woods Hole Business Association for
use after hours and on weekends. Net proceeds from
operation of the lot are given to WHOI, who in turn
donates the proceeds to Falmouth and Woods Hole Community
Groups. Employees with a valid WHOI parking permit are
entitled to park anytime, any day in the lot during this
period. If the lot attendant suggests otherwise, report
the situation to the Facilities Office.
- Private cars are not permitted on the
Iselin Dock area except for short-term loading and
unloading not to exceed 45 minutes. Car shall be left
unlocked with keys in ignition and a Special Permit
displayed. Permits are available from the Port Office,
Smith Reception Desk, Mechanical Shop Supervisor, and
Facilities Office. Vehicles parked on the Iselin Dock are
parked at the owner's risk. The Institution will not be
liable for damage incurred as a result of parking on the
Dock. Any vehicle interfering with Dock activities is
subject to immediate towing at owner's expense.
- Employees or visitors wishing to
leave vehicles on Institution premises while at sea, or
on travel under Institution auspices, should park only in
the Clark parking lot. This lot is of adequate size and
under sufficient oversight to be deemed most suitable.
During regular working hours, shuttle service is
available between Clark and the Waterfront. At other
times the guard at Clark or Smith laboratory will arrange
transportation between the Waterfront and Clark.
- On special occasions, short-term
parking restrictions may be posted or directed by parking
attendants. The forbearance and cooperation of employees
is requested during these periods.
- Any accidents, problems or mishaps
are to be reported to the Facilities Office or Smith
- Observance of these regulations is
essential for an orderly and fair parking arrangement
Strict enforcement will be undertaken. Violators will be
ticketed and reported to the appropriate Department
Chair/Manager and Supervisor. Continued or flagrant
violations are subject to towing at owner's expense. To
discourage parking by non-employees, vehicles without a
valid WHOI sticker will be towed from any Institution lot
Approved by: Dr. Robert B. Gagosian,
Director, April 25, 1997
Last updated: October 14, 2008