Occasional Parking Program

Occasional Parking PermitThis program offers a limited amount of parking to commuters who only occasionally need to park on campus. The Occasional Parking Permit (OPP) is valid only in visitor spaces within an assigned zone.


This program is intended to support commuters who don’t have an annual permit and use alternative transportation, like riding public transit, biking, and/or walking, as their primary commute mode by providing a low-cost option for the occasional times they’re unable to use alternative transportation.

To enroll in the Occasional Parking Program, you must be one of the following Washington University Danforth Campus, not Medical Campus, community members:

  • current, permanent faculty or staff member (not temporary or retired)
  • currently enrolled GRADUATE student
  • a currently enrolled junior or senior student
  • an employee of one of the following Basic Services Contractors:
  • Aramark, Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, Follett, Huntleigh Transportation, Top Care and WFF

You will NOT be able to obtain or use an annual Washington University parking permit besides a Motorcycle Permit.

 Joining the Occasional Parking Program

There is currently a waitlist for Occasional Parking in Zone 2, Zone 3, and Zone 4 (visitor spaces on the South 40), North Campus, and West Campus.

If you would like to enroll in the Occasional Parking Program to park in these zones, please fill out the online waitlist form. You can only be on the waitlist for ONE zone. Please view the zone map to determine to which waitlist zone you’d like to be added.

Once you have been contacted and approved for the program, you will be issued an Occasional Parking Program Permit that you can pick up from the Parking & Transportation Services office at North Campus.

Using Your Occasional Parking Permits


Unlike the daily hangtag permits that were previously purchased as part of the program, you will be issued a permanent Occasional Parking Program hangtag. How you park will depend on if you park in a garage (Zone 2, Zone 3, or West Campus) or on a surface lot (North Campus and South 40).

OPP Permits are valid through July 31, 2018. Instructions will be provided on renewing your permit later this spring. You will NOT be able to roll over any unused time.

Occasional Parking Program in Zone 2 (Danforth Underground Garage), Zone 3 (Millbrook Garage and Snow Way Garage) and the West Campus Garage:
The new Occasional Parking Program Permits are embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The garage technology will automatically recognize your RFID-enabled permit to activate the gate arm, allowing access to the garage/s within your assigned zone.

The permit also functions as a virtual wallet. It is loaded with the equivalent amount of hours that you are eligible to park based on your full-time or part-time status. As you exit the garage, your permit will automatically trigger the gate arms to open and will also automatically deduct the time of your parking session from your total allotment.

Of note, time will only be deducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday so, even if you begin your parking session prior to 5 p.m., any hours spent parked after 5 p.m. will not be deducted from your allotment.

Occasional Parking Program in Zone 4 (Wallace Garage) and North Campus:
These participants will park in the newly installed Passport Parking visitor spaces. Passport Parking allows visitors to pay for parking via an app or online. The team is working on a plan that will allow these members to park in the visitor spaces on the surface lot(s) in their zone. These details will be shared via email once details are finalized.

Daily Hangtag Permits / Unused

As of Jan. 26, 2018, daily permits are no longer valid on campus and will no longer be available for purchase or use.

Current members of the program must bring their unused daily permits, current FY18 membership card, and photo ID to the Parking and Transportation Office at North Campus between Jan. 26 and Feb. 28 to receive a new permit. Additional details will be shared via email.

The team will exchange your membership card and unused daily permits for the new RFID-enabled OPP Permit at no cost. The new permit will be automatically loaded with the amount of hours you are eligible to park for the remainder of this permit year and all unused daily permits will be disposed at that time.

OPP Parking

You must park in a visitor space within your assigned zone.

Designated visitor spaces can be found in the following areas:

  • Zone 2 – DUC: first level and ramp down to the second level
  • Zone 3 – Millbrook Garage: the fourth level of the long section of the garage
  • Zone 3 – Snow Way Garage: top level of the garage
  • Zone 4 – roof of Wallace Garage
  • Zone 5 – West Campus: visitor spaces have been relocated to level one of the garage
  • Zone 5 – North Campus: south and west sides of the building

Canceling Your Membership

If you no longer need your membership, please return your permit to the Parking & Transportation Services office to give those on the waitlist the opportunity to participate.

Misuse of the Program

Occasional Parking Program members are prohibited from purchasing an annual parking permit (besides a motorcycle permit) while enrolled in the program. OPP Permits are nontransferable and are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.

Failure to comply with the program guidelines will result in immediate membership termination and prevention from enrolling in future programs through the Office of Parking & Transportation Services.