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Annual Permit Renewal for Employees

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Special Guidance for Permits Expiring in June 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the phased campus reactivation, Transportation Services did not automatically renew annual parking permits expiring at the end of June. Parking permit and payment restrictions have resumed as of October 12, 2020.

Annual permit holders with a June expiration date were offered an opportunity to renew their parking commitment for the new fiscal year between August 1 and September 7, 2020.

Faculty and staff who need only occasional access to campus parking can forgo the permit renewal opportunity and opt for deeply discounted Daily Decision parking using ParkMobile, utilize the Commuter Alternative Program, or choose on-demand, short-term mobile payment and pay station parking.

Note: This page provides guidance, procedures, and policies for current faculty and staff who have been awarded the opportunity to purchase a new, annual replacement parking permit. Please note that you must pay all outstanding citations in order to renew your annual permit.

Payroll Installments

Regularly employed full- and part-time staff and faculty may choose to either pay the cost of the parking permit in full or opt to use pre-tax payroll deduction at the time of purchase.

Payroll installments are calculated using the price of the parking permit at the time of sale (including sales tax) divided by the number of paychecks remaining in the fiscal year.

Payroll installments are collected on a semi-monthly basis and are non-refundable.

Who can use the parking portal?

  • Eligible faculty and staff who have a current-year annual permit with a June 30, 2020, expiration date (ended September 7)
  • M (motorcycle) permit purchasers
  • Students (beginning August 16, 2020)
  • Anyone who needs to pay or appeal a citation
  • Community members who need to register or update vehicle information

Unable to use the purchase site? Use the Permit Purchase Agreement Form to make a request. Some permits may not be available due to eligibility rules.

Purchasing a Permit (Opens August 1, 2020)

Follow the steps below to renew and replace your current annual parking permit.

  1. Review your parking options.
    Now is an excellent time to review your commuting options! If you no longer need regular access to campus, consider forgoing the cost of an annual permit and choose to make parking a daily decision.

  2. Visit the online Parking Portal.

    • Regular faculty and staff with a current annual permit expiring in June will be offered an opportunity to purchase a renewal permit for the same area.
    • Go to
    • Look for the Permits/Bus Passes container
    • Select "Get Permits/Bus Passes
    • Click "Faculty and Staff"
    • Select "Cornell NetID Login" if not already logged in
    • Read all information carefully as you navigate the purchase site.
    • You will be required to link your permit to at least one of your personally-owned vehicles. You may link up to six plates.
    • After purchasing a permit, you will have the opportunity to print a temporary parking permit to display until your hangtag arrives.
  3. Register Your Vehicle
    All Cornell University community members must register their vehicle(s) with Transportation Services for parking on campus. To register and update vehicle information online, have the plate number, make, style, color, and year of the vehicle, as well as the name of the vehicle's owner. Do not register rental or loaner vehicles, or vehicles belonging to other Cornell community members.

Parking 2020 FAQ

I have an annual permit that expired on June 30. Will I automatically get a new permit in the mail?

No. Transportation Services will not automatically renew parking permits in 2020.

When can I purchase a new permit?

Permit sales will resume August 1, 2020. Eligible employees will receive an email with instructions and a link to the parking portal to make their purchase. All others will receive a renewal form in the mail.

When will I have to start displaying a permit or paying for parking?

Start displaying your temporary or annual hangtag as soon as possible. Regular permit/payment restrictions are being enforced.

What's new? Lots!

  • While not new, it's important to remember that access to campus by individuals not part of the Cornell community is strongly discouraged. Parking and information booths are closed to minimize in-person contact.
  • The TRB parking lot will be limited to Parkmobile mobile-payments (Zone 4108) and event permits; annual and daily permits will no longer be valid in this area.
  • The first floor of the Hoy Road parking garage (before the gate) will be available for Parkmobile mobile-payments (Zone 4121) and event permits; annual and daily permits will continue to be valid in this area for FY21.
  • Parkmobile mobile-payment parking will be available in the 120 Maple Avenue lot (Zone 4107) and in portions of the 116 Maple Avenue lot and Humphreys Service Building lot (Zone 4129).
  • The parking lot at Robert Purcell Community Center (Zone 4119) will continue to accommodate R permit and short-term parking.
  • Low-cost Daily Decision ParkMobile zones will be available to everyone on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
  • Permit holders will be required to link their permit to at least one personally-owned vehicle license plate in preparation for virtual permit enforcement.

I want to purchase a different permit than what is offered to me online. What should I do?

Faculty and staff are invited to schedule a consultation with a Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) ambassador to determine their best commuting option going forward. If opting for a parking permit for a different area, employees can complete the Permit Purchase Agreement Form to make a request. Some permits may not be available due to eligibility rules.

If the permit request is approved, Transportation Services will complete the transaction using payroll installments as the default payment method, if eligible, or will contact the requestor for an alternative form of payment. The employee will receive a temporary permit to use until their hangtag arrives.

Can I speak to someone about my options?

Of course! Commuters are encouraged to use this time to re-examine their transportation and parking options, especially if they require only limited, occasional access to campus. For assistance, contact Transportation Services to schedule a consultation with a customer service agent.

What permit areas will be available for purchase?

Permit holders (and those who returned their 2020 permit between March and June) will have the opportunity to purchase a replacement permit for their current area.

New sales will be limited to the following permits:

Transportation Services will evaluate parking demand and may open sales for additional permit areas by the end of September.

*Must work in the associated zone.

If I forgo the purchase opportunity now, will I be able to renew my permit at a future time?

We cannot reserve, hold, or suspend permits, especially for what have traditionally been high-demand areas (central- and mid-tiers). That being said, the availability of all permits will depend on demand, which will depend on student in-person attendance, remote work, public transit ridership, and the prevalence of the virus in this area.

We will capture and analyze occupancy data throughout the semester to help manage parking resources, and will make permits available accordingly.

Will I receive a credit for the payroll installments taken during the NYS PAUSE?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue credits or refunds for payments collected via payroll installments. However, we are not charging for campus parking during the month of July, and permit rates will be discounted when they are made available for sale in August. 

When will I start paying for my permit if I pay via payroll installments?

That depends on the purchase date and the timing of the payroll schedule. Permit sales will not begin until August 1, and the first deduction of the new permit year will be August 20 (bi-weekly paychecks) and August 31 (semi-monthly paychecks).

I returned my permit. How do I get it back?

As stated in previous announcements, faculty and staff who relinquished their permits have one month to make a request for a replacement permit. Beginning August 1, The Permit Purchase Agreement Form will be available for employees to make their permit request and complete a new parking contract. Please note that many parking permit types are restricted to eligible employees. Form submissions are not a guarantee of issuance if choosing a new permit type.

Transportation Services will complete the transaction using payroll installments as the default payment method, if eligible, or will contact the requestor for an alternative form of payment. The employee will receive a temporary permit to use until their hangtag arrives. If the request cannot be granted, the employee will be offered an alternate option.

Be sure to review and update your vehicle information at