Occasional Parking Program (OPP)

Offers a limited amount of parking to eligible Danforth commuters who only occasionally park on campus.

Occasional Parking Program

OPP permits have restrictions, eligibility requirements and will not meet the needs of those who frequently park. Before requesting the permit, please carefully review all the information on the OPP page to ensure you are eligible and it will meet your needs through July 31, 2020.

OPP Permit Eligibility

All eligibility will be confirmed before the permit is issued.

Eligible: current, permanent Danforth faculty and staff, graduate students, and BSCs* with NO other permit besides motorcycle.

NOT Eligible:

  • Undergraduates
  • Medical School individuals (status depends on where you spend more than 50% of your time)
  • Anyone with an evening, ParkSmart, or any permit besides motorcycle
  • Retirees
  • Temporary workers
  • Contractors
  • Visitors

Important note: This is NOT the same as the Eliot Society Visitor Access Permit (previously called Eliot Society Occasional-Use Permit) or the retiree permit. For information on Eliot Society permit options, please email eliotsociety@wustl.eduor visit their benefits page. For retiree permit information, please email parktrans@wustl.edu.

*BSCs: Employees who work for WashU’s Basic Services Contractors, which are Allied Universal, Aramark, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, Focal Pointe, Follett, Huntleigh and WFF. No other contractors are eligible.

Restrictions & One-Month Trial

  • During the entire FY20 permit year that ends July 31, 2020, full-time individuals cannot buy more than 480 hours/level 4 & part-time cannot buy more than 240 hours/level 2.
  • Once you use the time in the highest level you’re eligible for, you can NOT buy more OPP time or another Danforth permit besides ParkSmart for West Campus until July 31, 2020. If you need more parking, you must use visitor parking options or purchase a ParkSmart permit for West Campus.
  • After one month of having your OPP permit, you cannot return the permit to purchase another FY20 Danforth permit or receive a refund regardless of how much time was used.
  • Within that one month, you can return the permit if it is not a good fit for a refund of the remaining balance and the ability to select a different parking option, subject to availability/waitlists.
  • The permit and any unused funds expire on July 31, 2020. The remaining balance may not be refunded or rolled over to the next permit year.

Is OPP Your Best Option?

You may not have an OPP permit with any other permit besides motorcycle. All permits are valid August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020.

  • It will not meet the needs of those who frequently park.
  • Evening permits provide unlimited parking after 3:30 p.m.
  • Parking in yellow and visitor spaces is only enforced Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Outside  of these hours, you do not need a permit to park in yellow or visitor spaces.
  • ParkSmart provides unlimited parking in designated spaces at West Campus for $129 per year ($10.75/month).
  • If you do not need a lot of parking, it may be better to pay the hourly visitor rate in a garage.
  • Yellow permits provide unlimited parking in both surface lots and garages in your zone and are prorated monthly. If you only need a full-time permit for a limited time, you may return it when you no longer need it for a refund or payroll stop. Students must return the permit to the Parking & Transportation office before spring break to receive a refund.

About the Permit

OPP permits come preloaded with a set amount of hours based on the level selected from the chart below. They are valid in an individual’s one assigned parking area, and specifically where you park depends on your zone. The “Using an Occasional Parking Program Permit” section explains this in more detail.

OPP Levels/Amount of Parking
Level 1 120 Hours* $60** Full-time & Part-time Purchase or upgrade by:
May 31, 2020
Level 2 240 Hours* $120** Full-time & Part-time

Purchase or upgrade by:
April 30, 2020 (full-time)
Jan. 31, 2020 (part-time)

Level 3 360 Hours* $180** Full-time ONLY Purchase or upgrade by:
Jan. 31, 2020
Level 4 480 Hours* $240** Full-time ONLY Purchase or upgrade by:
Oct. 31, 2019

*Time is deducted based on the chart below.
** Pay via cash, check, credit/debit card, student billing, or payroll deduction.

PLEASE NOTE: You might go through time faster than you anticipated because time is deducted based on the chart below, NOT in one-hour intervals or individual days. You are only deducted for the time you park between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Hours Parked Hours Deducted from Permit
0-2 2 hours deducted
2-4 4 hours deducted
4-6 6 hours deducted
6+ 10   hours deducted

For instance, your permit’s virtual wallet will be deducted 2 hours if you park for 45 minutes, 4 hours if you park for 2 hours and 1 minute, 6 hours if you park for 4 hours and 1 minute and 10 hours if you park for 6 hours and 1 minute.

Upgrading to a Higher Level (based on eligibility)

During the entire permit year (August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020), full-time individuals may not buy more than 480 hours/Level 4 and part-time may buy more than 240 hours/Level 2.

You can upgrade once to a higher level based on the deadlines and eligibility in the chart above for a $15 upgrade fee and the difference in cost between the levels.

  • You may only upgrade to a level before the deadline in the chart above.
  • You may not buy another of the same level or a lower level.
  • The additional hours will be the difference between the hours in your current level and the hours in the higher level you’re upgrading to.
  • For instance, someone with Level 1 can upgrade to Level 2 for $75 ($15 upgrade fee + $60 difference in cost between the two levels), but must upgrade before May 31, 2020 due to the dates the level is available. That upgrade would give them an additional 120 hours (240 hours in level 2 that they’re upgrading to minus the 120 hours in their current Level 1).

When upgrading, you will be issued a new permit that must be picked up at North Campus. You must contact the office at least a week in advance since your new permit needs to be programed specifically for you, your zone and your amount of parking ahead of time; we cannot process upgrades on the spot at the office.

Using Your OPP Permit

How you park depends on if you park in a garage with parking equipment (Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, and West Campus) or an area with Passport visitor spaces (North Campus and Zone 4).

  • Zone 1 (East End Garage), Zone 2 (Danforth Underground Garage), Zone 3 (Millbrook Garage and Snow Way Garage) and Zone 5-W (West Campus Garage)
    These OPP permits are only valid in your zone’s garage(s) in yellow spaces (i.e., non-visitor, non-red, non-reserved spaces), not in any surface lot. OPP permits are embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and programmed with your specific parking zone and amount of parking based on the level you select. Your permit will automatically activate the garage equipment in your zone to open. As you exit the garage, your permit’s virtual wallet will automatically be deducted the appropriate amount based on the deduction chart above and your remaining balance will display on the exit machine’s digital screen.
  • Zone 4 (Wallace Garage on the South 40) and North Campus
    Zone 4 OPP permits are only valid on the roof of the Wallace Garage in the Passport visitor spaces, and North Campus OPP permits are only valid in the Passport visitor spaces at North Campus.

OPP zone map


Apply for Your FY20 OPP Permit

Please review all the information on this page – especially the “Restrictions and One-Month Trial” section – to ensure you’re eligible and it will meet your needs through July 31, 2020.

Zone 1 and Zone 3 are at capacity and unavailable. To be added to the waitlist, please email parktrans@wustl.edu the information below with the subject “OPP Waitlist”. You may be on the waitlist while you have another permit. You will be notified via email as soon as there is a space available.

  • First and last name
  • 6-digit WashU ID number
  • Desired parking permit and zone (i.e., OPP zone 1 or OPP zone 3)
  • Preferred email address