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8. Control of Parking Lots

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

8.0 Signs are posted at the entrance of each parking area giving the designation, hours the area is controlled, and the zone color. Vehicles may only park in areas designated for parking. Remember, if the sign does not say you can, then you cannot. Most parking lots are restricted year-round.

During hours when an area is controlled, parking is restricted to vehicles with permits which authorize parking in that area or at paid meters. Reserved parking spaces are restricted according to the sign posted at each reserved parking space. No vehicle may park free of charge at any meter except as noted in 8.5 or when displaying a valid accessible placard/tag or a paid visitor permit. Except as noted in sections 8.3 and 8.5, meters are enforced the same hours as the restrictions of the lot in which the meter is located.

8.1 Parking lots/zones. See table at right. Parking lots are not intended for long-term storage (see section 13.5).

Restrictions Zones Comments/Exceptions

24 Hours
All Year

ADA or Limited Mobility Stall Designated by sign. KU permit required 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F. ADA plate or placard required 24/7.
Lot 5 State and Union vehicles only. Permit required.
Alumni Place AP permit required. Vehicles without the correct parking authorization may be towed. No visitor parking.
Sunflower Apartments Sunflower, red, blue, gold or visitor permit required.


Only blue motorcycle/moped permits are allowed campus access. Cars may never park in motorcycle or moped spaces.
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
Enforced All Year
Lot 3 Outside of reserved hours of individual spaces, staff permits required 24 hours under Spencer overhang.
Gold Staff permits required 5-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the rectangular section of lot 12 and lots 18, 21, 35, 37, and 129.
Red Red zones in housing lots (100-130) are enforced 24 hours Monday-Friday.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday


Open for parking without a permit when classes are not in session.

Yellow YE permit required. Students must select permit for specific area. Valid in any yellow area before 9 a.m., after 3 p.m., or all day Friday.
North District (Stadium) Lots 53, 55, 56, 57, 92, and 94
Central District (Rec Center/Cap Fed/Hoglund) Lots 71, 90, 117, 125, 127, and 130
West District Lots 200-300, 302. No parking 4-6 a.m. in lot 206, 222, and 300 A-D
Park & Ride PR permit required.

24 hours
7 a.m. Monday -
5 p.m. Friday


Open for parking without a permit when classes are not in session and during summer session.

Daisy Hill (Ellsworth, Hashinger, Lewis, Oswald, Self, Templin Halls) DH permit required.
GSP/Corbin Halls GC permit required.
Jayhawker Towers JT permit required.
Central District Housing (Downs and McCarthy Halls, Stouffer Place Apartments) CH permit required.

8.2 Long term meters. Meters are available in limited locations on campus for time limits of 2 and 10 hours. Meter rates are $1.50 per hour or $.75 per hour in lots 301 and 302. Long-term meters are enabled for use with Parkmobile and can be paid using a phone; follow instructions on meter label. The entirety of lots 94, 301, and 302 are also enabled for hourly parking via Parkmobile.

8.3 Loading zone meters. All loading zone meters are for short-term use only, for 20 or 40 minutes. Short-term meters may not be used for multiple consecutive time periods and are prohibited for long-term daily use. Rates are $.50 for 20 minutes. Faculty, staff and students may not park at delivery or visitor meters.

8.4 Other loading zones. Designated by signs. Restricted twenty-four (24) hours. Non-metered loading zones require a special permit, limited to 20 minutes, issued at traffic control booth or Parking & Transit office.

8.5 Health Center patients should park at the meters in lot 117 and the northeast corner of lot 90 with any valid student parking permit/e-permit or twenty (20) minutes paid at meter. If patient receives ticket with valid permit displayed or paid meter, tickets may be turned in within ten (10) business days at point of service within Watkins Health Center for cancelation. If e-citation notification is sent by email, it should be forwarded to for cancellation. Restricted all year, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

8.6 Tickets can be issued once per hour at long term meters, once every 20 minutes at 20 minute meters or loading zones, and once every 40 minutes at 40 minute meters (see section 12.3).

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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