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Parking for University Employees

The online employee permit renewal opportunity ended on June 30, 2021. Employees who did not renew their permit before it expired can visit the parking portal to order an A, O, or M (motorcycle) permit, or use the Permit Purchase Agreement Form to make a new permit request.

Parking Options for Employees

Employee permits are issued through a work-in-zone system based on groupings of buildings by designated parking areas. For a given zone, a limited number of permits are sold, so that purchasers have a reasonable chance to park. Paid permits offer different levels of privileges based on parking rate tier.

Getting Started

Parking preference is granted to those employees who:

Employees may choose to purchase an individual parking permit or to participate in a commuting program. Commuting programs offer discounts and incentives for choosing to share the ride or use transit:

Commuters have access to support services to help get to campus or back home.


  • Employees who bring personal cars, motorcycles, or motorscooters to the campus must register their license plate with Transportation Services, whether or not they buy a parking permit.
  • Vehicle information must be kept current. Register your license plate and update vehicle information at
  • New and temporary employees should bring their appointment letter or other verification of employment, work days and hours, and length of appointment when requesting a permit or TCAT access.
  • Eligible employees can pay permit fees via payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis.
  • Permits not paid via payroll deduction must be paid in full at the time of purchase; no refunds issued for pre-paid permits after March 31.