Parking Permit Rules

If you are a permit holder, you may only park in the zone that indicated on your WashU-issued permit. Additional rules:

  • To park on the Danforth Campus, you must either have a valid parking permit or pay for visitor parking.
  • Permits are valid only when issued through Parking & Transportation Services. All parking permits must be obtained and used according to university parking regulations. Permits must be properly displayed.
  • Permit ownership is nontransferable.
  • Because parking on campus is limited, permit holders may have only one vehicle on campus at a time and occupy only one parking space at a time. If you are driving more than one vehicle to campus, you must register all vehicles with Parking Services. You can then move the valid permit between the registered vehicles.
  • Your parking permits and privileges may be revoked or suspended if you violate parking regulations. Falsifying information in order to obtain a permit for yourself or someone else is a violation. Serious consequences could result.
  • All parking permits are the property of Washington University. Permits are to be returned immediately upon termination of employment, when a student is no longer registered for class, or at the request of the university.
  • Campus parking is allocated by zone. Vehicle operators should park only in the areas and at times allowed by the displayed permit.
  • The parking map shows the zones in their approximate size and location.
  • Classification of zones and lots may change at any time, as necessary.
  • All operators must refer to posted signage to determine where parking is allowed.
  • Barricades, roped-off areas, and signs indicating parking for special events take precedence over general parking designations.
  • As the motor vehicle operator, you are responsible for finding a legal space. Inability to locate a convenient parking space is not an excuse for violating university parking regulations.
  • Motorcycles must park in areas designated solely for that purpose. Bicycles must park in areas designated solely for that purpose.
  • Any vehicle that belongs to an immediate family member of university faculty, staff, or student will be considered the responsibility of that faculty member, staff member, or student, whether the vehicle is registered with the university or not. Any parking violation charged against that vehicle will be the responsibility of the faculty or staff member, or student.
  • First-year students are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus. If you are a first-year student seeking an exception, log into the Danforth Campus parking and transportation portal to make your request. Exceptions are typically granted due to medical or financial hardship. If you are granted an exception, you will receive a ParkSmart permit that allows you to park at West Campus only. First year students that attempt to keep a vehicle on campus without an exception face citations, towing and/or referral to student conduct.