Parking Permits

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

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 per day for a permit.

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

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 to bring a photo ID. All persons seeking a permit, new or renewing, will need to add their license plate number(s) to their parking profile as well.

Are freshmen allowed to obtain parking permits?

Freshmen living outside the 1.5 mile boundary may purchase "C" permits.

The 1.5 mile boundary is defined as an area bounded 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 purchase a parking permit?

Permits may be purchased from the Parking Facilities Office, located at the Materials Management and Distribution Center, 700 Ahlers Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

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

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?

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" 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?

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 3/4 time or more (30 hours or more per week).

For how long is a parking permit valid?

Faculty, staff and student parking permits, "A," "B," "C" and "C garage" permits, are good for approximately one year, from August 1 (of the purchasing year) to August 15 (of the following year).

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

Yes, if you return your permit prior to March 1, you will receive a prorated 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?

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?

YES. Vehicle make/model/color and license plate number are required to be added to the system. 

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