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6. Parking Permits/E-Permits

Regulations have been updated to FY20, effective August 1, 2019. Current regulations are also available in PDF form.

Parking permits may be either physical permits or “e-permits” connected to the license plate(s) registered on parking assignee’s parking account. Permit enforcement shall be done primarily using license plate recognition software (LPR). Parking is color coded by zones or to particular lots.

6.0 Parking assignees may purchase only one (1) permit per person, per academic year. Permits are not valid if not displayed, or license plate is not visible from the nearest driving lane or was registered incorrectly. Upon payment of the scheduled fee, parking assignees must register their license plate(s) for e-permits. During times when the lots are being controlled, a parking permit or e-permit entitles the vehicle to park only in zones designated, with the exceptions noted in these regulations.

Ownership and use of parking permits are not transferable to any other person. Permits are not to be resold. No person may have on their account any vehicle which belongs to any other student, faculty, or staff member. Faculty and staff whose dependents are students may email to request a waiver for extenuating circumstances.

Any person giving false information when registering a vehicle is subject to appropriate disciplinary action and revocation of their parking permit/e-permit and related parking privileges.

Faculty and staff who share a vehicle where one is employed at the university, and the other at the medical center, must register at each campus if they intend to park at both campuses. However, students may not use staff parking.

Faculty and staff, whose dependents are students, may allow those dependents to register one commonly operated vehicle for a student parking e-permit in addition to the employee’s parking e-permit.  If the faculty or staff member has two vehicles registered, and if both vehicles are on the campus at the same time, the vehicle with the student e-permit must be parked in the designated student parking area and not in either the faculty or staff member’s zone or in the time limit areas on campus.

6.1 Annual parking permits/e-permits expire July 31. Parking must be renewed by August 1 (staff) or first day of classes (students) in order to avoid receiving parking tickets.

6.2 Permit for alternate/temporary vehicle. If the primary registered vehicle is out of service, owner must register license plate of the alternate vehicle within one (1) hour of parking. If more than one registered vehicle is on campus at the same time, a ticket will be issued to the second vehicle (in order of being scanned by LPR system).

6.3 Sold or traded vehicles. When selling or trading a vehicle, license plate must be deactivated and new vehicle added to the system. If a new license plate is issued, it must be registered before it will be valid with existing e-permits.

6.4 Lost or stolen parking permits. The university cannot be responsible for lost or stolen permits. Stolen permits should be reported to the police immediately. Replacement permits can only be purchased after signing form at Parking & Transit for one-half of the prorated fee. Any vehicle displaying a lost, stolen, forged or altered permit is subject to criminal charges, a fine, towing at the owner’s expense, and loss of parking privileges. Fraudulent report will also result in fine and loss of parking privileges.

6.5 Revocation of parking privileges. Parking & Transit has a no tolerance policy on cheating. If you forge, alter, or steal any form of parking authorization, or use or display a permit that you have not purchased from the department, your parking privileges will be revoked for one (1) year, and a letter requesting disciplinary action will be sent to the Vice Provost for Student Success or Human Resources.

6.6 Classes of permits/e-permits. Subject to modification, the parking permit classifications and parking privileges are shown below. Permits are not valid in loading areas, reserved stalls, metered areas, accessible or limited mobility spaces, and fire lanes.

BOARD OF REGENTS. Valid in all zones. Issued by Board of Regents.

RETIREE. Valid in all Gold, Blue, Red, Yellow, and Park & Ride lots, and in any parking garage. Not valid in any University Housing zone. A retiree ID card must be presented to obtain Retiree permit, subject to verification of not having returned to active employment status. Retirees may obtain Park & Ride permit free of charge.

GOLD. Valid in all Gold, Blue, Red, Yellow, Park & Ride, and University Housing lots, except Alumni Place.

BLUE. Valid in all Blue, Red, Yellow, Park & Ride, and University Housing lots, except Alumni Place.

RED. Valid in all Red, Yellow, Park & Ride, and University Housing lots, except Alumni Place.

STAFF YELLOW. Valid in all Yellow and Park & Ride zones.

STUDENT YELLOW.  Valid in specific parking lots by area: Stadium (53, 55, 56, 57, 92, and 94); Rec Center/Cap Fed/Hoglund (71, 90, 117, 125, 127, and 130); or West District (200-302). Valid in Park & Ride, and any yellow zone before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Mon-Thurs, all day Fridays, and throughout summer semester. May be subject to wait-listing.

PARK & RIDE. Valid in lot 301.

CARPOOL. Valid in either lot 52 or 61, and in Yellow and Park & Ride zones. Two (2) or more students may form a carpool. A limited number will be available. Detailed information and application form are available online at

ALLEN FIELDHOUSE GARAGE. Issued on annual basis only. License plate must be registered in order to be valid outside garage. Not valid for parking during home basketball games. Staff garage permits not valid in lots 6, 7, 8, 17, 35, 41, 54, 70, 71,72, 129, or the Mississippi Street or Central District garages (see section 9.2). Student garage permits valid in yellow zones outside garage before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Mon-Thu and all day Fridays. 

MISSISSIPPI STREET GARAGE. License plate must be registered in order to be valid outside garage. Not valid for parking during home football games and other special events. Staff garage permits not valid in lots 16, 39, 53, 91, 92, 94, or the Allen Fieldhouse or Central District garages (see section 9.2). Student garage permits valid in yellow zones outside garage before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Mon-Thu and all day Fridays. May be subject to wait-listing.

EVENING ONLY. Valid in any garage after 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends, except during posted event restrictions. Must be purchased in office.

CENTRAL DISTRICT GARAGE. Issued on annual basis only. License plate must be registered in order to be valid outside garage. Not valid for parking during home basketball games. Staff garage permits not valid in lots 6, 7, 20, 31, 41, 54, 70, 71, 72, 112, 113, 114, 116, 119, 125, 127, and 129 or the Mississippi Street or Allen Fieldhouse garages (see section 9.2). Student garage permits valid in yellow zones outside garage before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Mon-Thu and all day Fridays. May be subject to wait-listing.

SERVICE. Valid in all color zones and service vehicle stalls. Issued to non-university persons conducting university business or services, or to construction companies working on campus. Service permits are not valid for university students, staff, or faculty. Any misuse of this permit will result in loss of parking privileges.

TEMPORARY. Valid in zone specified. Issued upon justification by the applicant for parking on specific days of the week at specific times (for a maximum of five (5) hours per week). Also issued for short-term parking (not a substitute for a regular semester parking permit), to gain access to parking for a period from one (1) to six (6) weeks. Available to faculty, staff and students.

OCCASIONAL DAILY PARKING. Students, staff, or faculty members who do not own a valid parking permit may purchase daily permits for the color zone in which they are eligible to park. Limited to 30 daily permits per year.

CHILDCARE LOAD. Valid for twenty (20) minutes in designated loading zone, for loading and unloading children at campus child care centers, Haworth, Dole, Hilltop, etc. Issued through each respective childcare program.

MEDICAL. Valid in zone specified. Issued for type of parking authorization most commensurate with individual parking needs for duration of time recommended by physician. Not valid in accessible or limited mobility stalls, metered spaces, or reserved spaces. Paperwork for this permit must be resubmitted for each permit requested. Any falsification of information on the above-mentioned materials will result in termination of parking privileges. See for more information.

Faculty, staff, or students who require parking privileges because of health problems should contact Parking & Transit in writing by email for specific information about obtaining this permit. If medical conditions exist for more than six (6) weeks, it is recommended that steps be taken to acquire an accessible placard from the state.

DEPARTMENTAL PASS. Provides university employees access to restricted areas for conduct of employment-related business. For occasional, short-term use only. Pass is not to be used for parking to attend class, drive-through only, for long-term parking while at one’s regular job station, or for any personal (not employment-related) reason. Abuse of the intended purposes of the pass will result in revocation of both individual and departmental parking privileges.

Departmental pass must be taken to a traffic control booth or the Parking & Transit office in order to receive one courtesy pass, valid up to three hours, and must be accompanied by a valid KU parking permit/e-permit.

STATE VEHICLE. Any state vehicle parked in a color zone parking lot is required to have a registered license plate with a valid parking permit/e-permit for that lot. University departments may purchase parking permits for state vehicles for gold, blue, red, or yellow zones. State vehicles are required to pay at meters. State vehicles may park free in lot 301 or 302.

LOADING ZONE. Twenty (20) minute loading zone passes issued from the traffic control booths for quick loading/unloading tasks. These permits are valid in marked loading zones.

MOTORCYCLE/MOPED. Valid only in designated motorcycle or moped parking spaces. A motorcycle/moped is a motorized vehicle designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground. Motorcycles/mopeds may not be parked in any building, entrance-way to any building, on sidewalks, lawns, or in bicycle racks, and shall be issued a ticket and removed from the area. At no time shall a motorcycle or moped be operated on sidewalks or lawns on campus.

Motorcycles and mopeds must park in designated motorcycle/moped spaces unless meter fee has been paid. Motorcycles and mopeds may not park in Allen Fieldhouse or Mississippi Street garages. "Cycle Red" permits/e-permits are issued to students and do not have access to central campus. "Cycle Blue" permits/e-permits are available to faculty/staff only, and do have access to central campus. A license plate is required to park on campus and purchase a permit. Three-wheeled motorcycles that take up a whole car parking space must purchase a car permit.

UNIVERSITY HOUSING. The following permits/e-permits are only valid in the lots specified during fall and spring semesters, except for marked red zones. Valid in yellow zones during summer semester. Students must reside in a residence hall to be eligible for a permit. Sales are limited, through a lottery. May be subject to wait-listing; alternate parking offered in Park & Ride.

AP (ALUMNI PLACE). Valid in lots 100, 107, 120, 121, 122, and 124, serving Margaret and K.K. Amini, Battenfeld, Douthart, Grace Pearson, Krehbiel, Miller, Pearson, Rieger, Sellards, Stephenson, and Watkins scholarship halls. No guest parking. Residents of scholarship halls are eligible to purchase Mississippi Street Parking Garage permit.

DH (DAISY HILL). Valid in lots 101, 103, 104, 105, and 300E-G, serving Ellsworth, Hashinger, Lewis, Oswald, Self, and Templin halls.

GC (GSP/CORBIN). Valid in lots 94, 111, and 120.

JT (JAYHAWKER TOWERS). Valid in lots 72 (except home basketball game days), 109, and 110. No guest parking.

OL (OLIVER). Valid in lots 112, 113, and 116 serving Downs, McCarthy, and Oliver halls. No guest parking.

STOUFFER PLACE (SP). Valid in lots 114, 115, 119, and a portion of lot 130, serving Stouffer Place Apartments.

SUNFLOWER APARTMENTS. Valid in lot 128. Only available in the office upon presentation of document verifying residence in Sunflower Apartments.  

RECREATION CENTER. Valid for up to two (2) hours in lot 90, together with any University Housing, Stadium or West District Yellow, or Park & Ride permit/e-permit (listed above). Obtain by checking in at Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center.

You must have a permit or pay by the hour to park in a KU lot
Parking is self-funded, receiving no state funding or tuition money
15,000 parking spaces on campus
Main campus closed to drive-through traffic 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Anyone with a valid KU Card can ride buses free
Parking meters using Parkmobile now accept credit cards
Follow parking on Twitter: @parkingKU
Visitors should park in parking garages or at meters
Red, Blue, and Gold zones are ticketed Monday through Friday year-round
To use ADA parking, you must register your placard with Parking & Transit and buy a parking permit
In residence hall zones, we patrol continuously and issue tickets day and night starting at 7 a.m. Monday and ending at 5 p.m. Friday when classes are in session
48 hours before closing lots for events, we'll post a real estate sign with the date and time at the entrance
Walking time from lot 57 (Stadium) to Wescoe: 6.5 minutes
Walking time from lot 90 (Recreation Center) to Wescoe: 8.5 minutes
Going to Watkins Health Center? Park at the meters, pay for 1 hour 
Using a yellow permit costs $1.93/day. Park & Ride is $1.41.
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