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Questions about ADA/Accessibility & Medical Permits

Should I get a temporary ADA placard or medical permit to park while I am injured or recovering from illness?

Our recommendation depends a lot on the length of time you will need to park closer to your buildings. If it is just for a week or two, then a medical permit is a good choice, allowing you to park in a regular, unsigned stall in any color zone, sold at the current Gold weekly rate.

If your need is more long-term, an ADA placard is cheaper, and offers you more choices: An accessible placard together with a KU e-permit is valid in any accessible space, meters, or regular color zone stall, except reserved and service vehicle only stalls.

Where can I park if I have an ADA placard?

An annual or temporary ADA e-permit is available at the same cost as a Yellow permit, and along with your state-issued placard allows you to park in any ADA stall, meter, or regular unsigned stall on campus (this does not include the reserved stalls or "service vehicle only" stalls.). If you already have a permit, adding ADA registration is free of charge (you must simply provide documentation that the placard belongs to you).

If you only want  to register your placard and not purchase a permit, you may park free of charge at meters.

Visitors also have the option to purchase a registration permit that will allow them to park in any ADA or regular stall for one day for $3 (or for $1.50 for a half-day), either in our office or at the traffic control booths on Jayhawk Boulevard.

Why do I need to register my ADA placard?

Campus parking spaces are a limited resource; the best way to ensure that accessible spaces are available is to do everything we can to to make sure that the registered owner of a placard is the one actually using it. The proposal to require a registration verification was made by the Architectural Barriers Committee, and has helped to make the accessible spaces more available to those who need to use them.


What About Medical Permits?

A medical permit is a short-term parking permit that upgrades KU faculty, staff or students to Gold level parking when a medical condition creates a temporary need for closer parking.

Medical permits are sold at the Gold weekly rate regardless of what type of parking permit you have now or where you intend to park.

If you need special parking for more than 1-3 weeks, we recommend that you talk to your doctor about obtaining a temporary accessible placard from the state

Procedure to Obtain Medical Parking

In order to obtain a medical parking permit, please follow these steps:

  1. Have your doctor send us a fax which states how many weeks you'll need to have closer parking. This can be on a prescription pad or letterhead. It should include the following information:
    • Name
    • KUID Number
    • Number of weeks you need upgraded parking
  2. Come into the Parking & Transit office with a photo ID.
  3. Read, initial, and sign the signature form we provide.
  4. Pay the fee, according to the duration and level of parking you need.

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.
You don’t need to own a car to use a car – check out Enterprise Carshare.