COVID-19 Updates: Parking

Published July 21, 2020
Updated July 29, 2020

As we prepare for the return of employees and students to the university, we will transition back to our active parking program during August:

August 3, 2020 at 7 a.m.

  • Faculty/staff permits are required for parking in faculty/staff lots (lots that begin with a letter). 
  • Payment will be required in visitor parking locations. 
  • Parking spaces in student lots (lots that begin with a number) remain free and open.

On August 31, 2020 at 7 a.m.

  • Parking restrictions will resume in all campus lots. Registrants must park in their assigned lot or overflow area. 
  • Anyone who parks on campus will need a permit, or must pay for parking in visitor locations.

View full announcement about parking transition.

FAQS

How will this parking transition that begins on Monday, August 3 affect me?
Visit our Fall 2020 parking transition guide to understand how the reintroduction of our parking program will affect you.

How and by when do I need to cancel parking payroll deduction for Fall 2020? (Added July 29)
To cancel employee parking payroll deduction, or use the new daily permit option, complete this Google Form by 11:59 p.m. August 14, 2020.

If I cancel my parking payroll deduction for Fall 2020 and purchase daily permits, will I still be able to park in my assigned lot if I re-enroll in the future? (Added July 27)
In order to most efficiently utilize our campus parking inventory, anyone who cancels their permit is not guaranteed their original parking assignment if they choose to re-enroll in campus parking in the future. Upon re-enrollment, they may be assigned to other locations based on space availability. Departments will not be able to hold spaces for employees who choose to cancel their permits.

Why can't I receive the carpool or electric/low emission vehicle discount?
Since many employees and students will continue to learn or work from home, we will suspend our carpool permits and electric/low emission vehicle permit discounts this year, and introduce new benefits for carpoolers and drivers of EPA Certified SmartWay Elite vehicles in the future. We welcome your feedback as we re-envision our carpool and green vehicle permit incentives.

I am only commuting to campus occasionally. Are there permit options for those who don’t need to park every day?
We created a daily permit option, which is meant to accommodate those who will park on campus one, two or three days per week. View more details. If you will park on campus one or fewer days per week, consider parking in areas controlled by pay stations or meters and pay the hourly rate of $3 per hour, or the daily maximum rate of $15 per day.

Will you sell bundle packs this fall?
Bundle packs will not be available this fall. Our new daily permit is ideal for those who will park on campus one, two or three days per week. If you have unused hang tag permits from a bundle pack you purchased previously, we will honor those.

Are there any changes to visitor/hourly parking?
We have reinstated the $15 daily maximum fee in all areas controlled by a pay station. Our $3 per hour hourly rate remains the same.

Will parking permit fees change for 2020-2021?
No, parking permit fees will remain the same as 2019-2020 for students and employees.

Has DOTS parking operations changed any of their cleaning practices?
We have increased cleaning of high touch areas in garages and lots, including pay stations, elevator buttons and EV charging stations. We also encourage everyone to wash or sanitize their hands frequently, before and after touching shared surfaces.

What kind of parking permit is the best fit for my work or learning arrangement?

Resident Students
If you are living on campus and need your vehicle, purchase a resident student permit. This allows you to keep your vehicle on campus 24/7. View student parking fees and permit types.

Non-resident Students in College Park

  • Overnight storage permits are popular with students who live in apartment complexes immediately adjacent to campus. This permit is for any non-resident student who needs to store their vehicle on campus 24/7.
     
  • See the commuter student permit options below if you don't require overnight storage.

View student parking fees and permit types.

Commuter Students

  • If you will park on campus one or fewer days per week, consider parking in areas controlled by pay stations or meters and pay the hourly rate of $3 per hour, or the daily maximum rate of $15 per day.
     
  • If you will park on campus during the day for one, two or three days per week, consider the new daily permit. 
     
  • If you will park on campus during the day for three or more days per week, consider the commuter student permit. This permit does not allow for overnight parking in commuter lots.
     
  • If you are a commuter student who needs to store your vehicle overnight on campus, consider the overnight storage permit. This permit is popular with students who live off campus in College Park. 

View student parking fees and permit types.

Faculty and Staff

  • If you will park on campus one or fewer days per week, consider parking in areas controlled by pay stations or meters and pay the hourly rate of $3 per hour, or the daily maximum rate of $15 per day.*
     
  • If you will park on campus during the day for one, two or three days per week, consider the new daily permit.*
     
  • If you will park on campus during the day for three or more days per week, consider retaining or registering for an annual parking permit through parking payroll deduction. If you were not previously registered for parking payroll deduction, your transportation coordinator can assist you with enrollment. 

*If you cancel parking payroll deduction to purchase daily permits or park in pay station areas: In order to most efficiently utilize our campus parking inventory, anyone who cancels their permit is not guaranteed their original parking assignment if they choose to re-enroll in campus parking in the future. Upon re-enrollment, they may be assigned to other locations based on space availability. Departments will not be able to hold spaces for employees who choose to cancel their permits.

View faculty and staff parking fees and permit types.