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Parking Facilities

Phone: (765) 494-9494

Purdue West Shopping Plaza
1404 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2092


Airport


Phone: (765) 743-3442

Terminal Building, Room 201
1501 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Transportation Service

Car/Van Rental: 765-494-2114
Charter Bus: 765-494-6550
Shop: 765-494-2121
After Hours: 800-213-3626

Physical Facilities Service
Building (PFSB)
775 Ahlers Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2013


 
 

Parking Facilities Frequently Asked Questions

General Information
Parking Permits
Parking Tickets /Citations


General Information

Where is the Parking Facilities office located?

Answer:

The Parking Facilities office is located at 1404 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 in the Purdue West Shopping Plaza.

How can I get in touch with the Parking Facilities office?

Answer:

You can reach Parking Facilities at (765) 494-9497 or at parking@purdue.edu.

What if I live in Hawkins Hall, Purdue Village or a University Residence Hall and have permit questions?

Answer:

Parking permits for these locations may be obtained from the main office of the housing unit in which you reside or via their website. Guests visiting these areas need to obtain a guest permit from the resident you are visiting, or the main office of the residence area you are visiting.

Does Purdue offer any type of safe escort or walk service on campus?

Answer:

Yes, the Purdue University Police Department has Student Security Patrol officers who will walk students, faculty or staff members anywhere on campus at any time of day or night. They may be reached at (765) 494-SAFE (7233).

What are my other transportation options if I am not eligible for a parking permit?

Answer:

If you live within the 1.5 mile boundary of campus, walking and biking are both options. Also, with a Purdue University ID card, faculty, staff and students may ride any of the CityBus routes for free. The 1.5 mile boundary is defined as an area circumscribed by Airport Road, McCormick Road, Cherry Lane, Northwestern Avenue, Ridgewood Drive, Forest Hill Drive, Salisbury Street, Kingston Drive, Rose Street, Lincoln Street extended to the Wabash River, the Wabash River and the railroad tracks bordering the south edge of campus.

How do I register my bicycle on campus?

Answer:

Bicycles should be registered using the Purdue University Police Department’s Bicycle Registration Form.

Where can I park my bicycle on campus?

Answer:

Bicycles should only be parked at bicycle racks. Bicycles parked elsewhere may be removed.

May I leave my vehicle in a parking garage while I am away on a trip or for an extended period of time?

Answer:

Vehicles are not allowed to be left in parking lots or garages longer than 24 hours without the pre-approval of Parking Facilities. This does not apply to vehicles with permits for Hawkins Hall, Purdue Village, University Residence Halls or guests staying at the Purdue Memorial Union.

Is parking enforced year round on campus?

Answer:

Parking is enforced 365 days per year.

Where do I park if I’m attending an athletic event?

Answer:

For information on parking at an athletic event, visit the Purdue Sports website and click on “Fan Zone” then “Traffic and Parking Information.”


Parking Permits

Are all vehicles on campus required to have a parking permit?

Answer:

Faculty, staff and students must display a parking permit when parking on campus. Visitors may park in the Grant Street Parking Garage (hourly fees apply) and in metered parking spaces or 20 minute loading zone areas without a parking permit. Daily visitor permits may be obtained in the Parking Facilities office for the following rates: $5 for an all-day permit or $2.50 for a permit purchased after 12 noon. Visitor permits purchased online are $5.00 per day for a permit.

What do I need in order to obtain a parking permit?

Answer:

Students need a photo ID and proof of a local address (e.g. a bill or rental agreement on which your name and local address are printed). Faculty and staff are typically already listed in the Parking Facilities electronic system; however new faculty or staff members might be required to show their offer letter or a signature from their business office if they are not in the system yet. Visitors need only bring a photo ID.

Are freshman allowed to obtain parking permits?

Answer:

Freshman living outside the 1.5 mile boundary may purchase “C” permits. The 1.5 mile boundary is defined as an area circumscribed by Airport Road, McCormick Road, Cherry Lane, Northwestern Avenue, Ridgewood Drive, Forest Hill Drive, Salisbury Street, Kingston Drive, Rose Street, Lincoln Street extended to the Wabash River, the Wabash River and the railroad tracks bordering the south edge of campus.

Where do I get a parking permit?

Answer:

Permits may be purchased in the Parking Facilities office, located at 1404 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 in the Purdue West Shopping Plaza, or on the Parking Facilities website.

How long does it take to receive a permit once it has been purchased?

Answer:

If the permit is purchased in person in the Parking Facilities office, you will receive the permit at time of purchase. If the permit is purchased online, you may pick it up at the Parking Facilities office the next business day or you may have the permit mailed to you.

What type of permit am I eligible to purchase?

Answer:

Staff or faculty members are able to purchase an “A,” “B” or “ID” parking permit. “ID” parking permits are only offered to evening, late evening or night shift staff members. Students living 1.5 miles or more off campus may purchase “C lot” parking permits, unless they reserved a “C garage” permit the previous spring. Students living in University Residence Halls may obtain parking permits through University Residences.

What is required in order to obtain a faculty or staff permit?

Answer:

In order to obtain a faculty or staff permit, you must work at Purdue University. If you are a student, you must be employed and paid by Purdue University at a rate of three quarter time or more (30 hours or more per week).

For how long is a parking permit valid?

Answer:

Student parking permits, “C lot” and “C garage” permits, are good for approximately one year, from August 1 (of the purchasing year) to August 15 (of the following year). Faculty and staff permits are valid for one or two years depending on the timeframe selected upon purchase.

May I return my permit if I no longer need it?

Answer:

Yes, if you return your permit prior to March 1, you will receive a pro-rated refund, or if you were paying via payroll deduction, the deductions will cease. If you are no longer employed or taking classes at the University, you are no longer eligible for a permit and must return it to the Parking Facilities office.

Can I switch my parking permit between vehicles?

Answer:

Yes, most parking permits are registered to the individual, not the vehicle. Please note, the parking permit is only to be used by the person to whom the permit was issued. “ID” permits may not be changed between vehicles. For questions regarding University Residence permits, please visit the University Residences website.

Does Parking Facilities require me to provide information regarding the type of vehicle I own in order to obtain a permit?

Answer:

No, information on the type, make or model of your vehicle is not required by Parking Facilities. Students living in residence halls need to contact their residence hall regarding vehicle registration.


Parking Tickets /Citations

What are the reasons for getting a parking ticket/citation?

Answer:

A vehicle may receive a parking ticket/citation for any violation of the Purdue University parking regulations, including parking without a permit, parking at an expired meter, overtime parking in a loading zone, parking in a reserved space, parking in a restricted space during an athletic event or parking in violation of painted or posted signage.

How do I pay parking tickets/citations?

Answer:

Parking Facilities accepts cash, check, money orders, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Parking tickets/citations may be paid online, by mail, in person at Parking Facilities or by phone between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Purdue University Police Department’s drop box is available 24/7 for cash, check or money order only.

How do I appeal a parking ticket/citation?

Answer:

Students, faculty and staff should complete an appeal form either online or in the Parking Facilities office. An appeals officer will review your form and make a decision based on the information you have provided either on the form or as an attachment. Visitors should write a letter of explanation and mail it to the address on your ticket/citation or you may also email it to parking@purdue.edu. A return mailing address is required as the response will be returned via U.S. mail.

What’s a citation mailer and who receives them?

Answer:

A citation mailer is a notice of citation that may be sent to those who receive a parking ticket/citation on Purdue’s campus.

Why would I have an immobilization device, or “boot,” put on my vehicle?

Answer:

Immobilization devices are placed on vehicles for failure to pay fines or for displaying a parking permit that is invalid, stolen, lost or deactivated. These devices must be removed and recovered by the Parking Office.

Why would my vehicle be towed?

Answer:

There are a variety of reasons that a vehicle could be towed, including but not limited to being parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, being improperly parked, being left unattended for more than 72 hours, displaying a stolen or invalid parking permit, parking in a reserved space or parking in a restricted space during an athletic event.

What should I do if my vehicle is towed?

Answer:

If your vehicle has been towed, contact Parking Facilities at (765) 494-9497 during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the Purdue University Police Department at (765) 494-8221 anytime. Your vehicle will only be released with proper ID and upon payment of all fines and/or tow fees due.