Parking & Transit, a Division of Campus Operations

9. Parking Lot Closures (Preemption)

Regulations have been updated to FY18, effective August 1, 2017. Current regulations are still available in PDF form.

9.0 The Chancellor of the University of Kansas or designated representative is authorized to create, modify, or preempt parking on campus. Any such area shall be manually controlled or posted with signs stating the type of permit or restrictions pertaining to the use of the area.

9.1 Requests for parking lot preemptions must be submitted by departments in writing to the Chancellor, detailing the nature of the event, date(s), time(s), and parking lot(s) involved. If the preemption is approved, details on staffing, costs and signage will be determined by Parking & Transit.

9.2 Parking Lot Preemptions. During major events (e.g. commencement, football, basketball), certain parking lots will be preempted. In general, preemptions will only take place after 5 p.m. on weekdays or at any time on Saturday or Sunday. In all cases, notice will be given in the form of a sign at each entrance to all affected parking lots at least two (2) days in advance of the preemption. Information about most preemptions can also be found on the Parking & Transit website. Event parking fees make up approximately 15% of parking revenues, and help keep parking permit fees from increasing faster.


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
Using a yellow annual parking permit costs $1.28 per day
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
You don’t need to own a car to have a car – rent 1 of 4 cars by the hour with Hertz on Demand
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