Occasional Parking Program

Occasional Parking PermitThe Occasional Parking program offers packs of discounted daily permits (50% off) to faculty, staff, basic services contractor employees and commuter students who utilize alternative forms of transportation as their main commute method or have a ParkSmart permit.

  • $20 per pack of 8 daily permits
  • Individuals enrolled just in Occasional Parking Program (not paired with ParkSmart) can purchase:
    • Full-time employees
      6 packs of 8 daily permits per year (total of 48 permits)
      Limited to 3 packs between July 1 and January 15, and 3 packs between January 16 and July 31
    • Part-time employees
      3 packs of 8 daily permits per year (total of 24 permits)
  • Individuals enrolled in Occasional Parking Program and ParkSmart can purchase:
    • Full-time employees
      2 packs of 8 daily permits per year (total of 16 permits)
      Limited to 1 pack between July 1 and January 15, and 1 pack between January 16 and July 31
    • Part-time employees
      1 pack of 8 daily permits per year (total of 8 permits)
  • Occasional Parking Permit will only be eligible in assigned zone; users will park in visitor spaces within their assigned zone


To enroll in the Occasional Parking Program, you must be a current Washington University (Danforth Campus) faculty or staff member, basic services contractor for Washington University, or an enrolled commuter student. Residential students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Participants in the Occasional Parking Program must not possess or purchase an annual parking permit other than a ParkSmart permit or motorcycle permit. Enrollment is required to participate in the program, and restrictions apply.

How to Join for the 2017-2018 School Year

  1. Enroll in the Parking Lottery

    Anyone wishing to purchase a parking permit for campus for the 2017-2018 school year, including the Occasional Parking Program, need to enter the parking lottery between April 17 and April 28, 2017.

    Enroll Now at Parkinglottery.wustl.edu. You will be given the option to choose the Occasional Parking Program as one of your three choices. When you select this as a choice, you must also select the zone you wish to park in. Your Occasional Parking Permit will only be eligible within your assigned zone. You may only select the Occasional Parking Program as one of your three choices.

    If you wish to pair the Occasional Parking Program with a ParkSmart permit, you should select these two options as your first and second choices and then write “ParkSmart & OPP” in the comments section at the bottom of the page. ParkSmart is the only zone permit other than a motorcycle permit that can be paired with the Occasional Parking Program.

    Additional information about the lottery

  2. Receive Confirmation from Parking Lottery

    The week of May 15, you will receive your permit assignment from the lottery. In order to finalize your assignment, you will be instructed to complete an online confirmation process through parkinglottery.wustl.edu.

  3. Submit Occasional Parking Program Enrollment Form

    After completing the online confirmation process through parkinglottery.wustl.edu, individuals who were assigned the Occasional Parking Program will need to submit to our office:

    • A completed Occasional Parking Program enrollment form (will be available online starting mid-May)
    • A copy of your WUSTL ID

    Email the application to parktrans@wustl.edu, fax  to 314-935-5327, campus mail  to Campus Box 1200, or drop it off at the Parking & Transportation Services office at 700 Rosedale Ave.

  4. Receive Your Membership Card

    Once we’ve received your enrollment materials and verified your eligibility, we will issue a membership card that you will need to pick up at the Parking & Transportation Services office. It is very important that you keep this card in a safe and accessible place, as it must be presented every time you buy the discounted daily permits. There will be a $15 replacement cost for lost or stolen membership cards.

    For the 2017-2018 academic year, your membership will be valid from July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. In future years, your membership will be valid for one year, from August 1 through July 31. You must reapply each year.

  5. Purchase Your Discounted Daily Permits

    Discounted daily permits are sold only in increments of eight and must be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services office. To purchase a batch of discounted daily permits, bring your membership card and photo ID to the Parking & Transportation Services office during regular business hours (8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday).

    Program members may purchase a limited number of packs of eight daily permits for the discounted rate of $20 ($2.50 each).

    Full-time members are eligible to purchase a total of 48 daily permits at the discounted rate, but are limited to three packs for each half of the year (July 1 and January 15 and January 16 and July 31). New members must start with one pack of eight, but can buy more packs eight business days later.

    Your membership card will be punched by Parking & Transportation Services staff each time you purchase a batch of daily permits. You may continue to buy batches of eight permits until you reach your limit. You may purchase full-cost daily permits for $9 each or pay an hourly rate in a garage once you reach your limit of discounted daily permits, but you will not be permitted to purchase an annual red or yellow permit for the remainder of the year.

    Occasional Parking Program members also have the opportunity to purchase discounted daily permits at Danforth Campus U-Pass Distribution Centers, which are held five times a year. You must present your membership card to purchase permits. At the U-Pass Distribution Center, you may pay with cash or check only.

  6. Use Your Daily Permits

    Please note that this process will be updated as new gate arm technology is installed in each of the campus garages, by January 2018. Program participants will receive updated instructions when this new technology is installed.

    The daily parking permits issued to you through the Occasional Parking Program work much like a standard daily visitor parking permit. The permits are valid in any visitor parking spot within your assigned zone for one calendar day.

    When using a daily permit, you must scratch off the appropriate month, day and year on the permit, and display the permit on your vehicle’s rearview mirror. To be valid, there cannot be more than one date scratched.

Cancel Your Membership

To cancel your membership, return your membership card to the Parking & Transportation Services office. Since the program is intended for occasional use only, if you purchase all of your allowed permit packs, you cannot buy a red or yellow parking permit during that time frame. For instance, if you buy all your allowed permits for July-December, you cannot buy a red or yellow permit until January. If you must buy a parking permit, you can buy an ParkSmart permit or Bearly Drivers permit.

Misuse of the Program

Membership cards and daily permits purchased through the Occasional Parking Program are nontransferable and are not eligible for refunds or exchanges. Occasional Parking Program members are prohibited from purchasing an annual parking permit (besides an ParkSmart or motorcycle permit) while enrolled in the program. 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.

Alternative Transportation Coordinator

Becca Gilberg is WashU’s alternative transportation coordinator who can help you understand the range of commute options WashU offers students, faculty, staff and basic service providers. She can help you explore alternative transportation programs that work best for YOUR unique needs and how to make the most out of each.