Parking Permits

Permit options for parking on the Danforth, West and North Campuses of WashU.

Permits

Those who wish to park on the Danforth, West, and North Campuses of Washington University in St. Louis are required to purchase a parking permit.

There are five parking zones available to permit holders, including:

  • Zone 1: East End
  • Zone 2: South Core
  • Zone 3: North Core
  • Zone 4: South 40
  • Zone 5N: North Campus
  • Zone 5W: West Campus

Any vehicle parked on WashU property must display an appropriate parking permit and also be registered with the Parking and Transportation Services team.

Two permit categories are available: yellow or red. Yellow permits are tied to specific zone while red permits, available only to employees, are valid in any zone.

A permit is required to be displayed in all zones; however, non-permit holders can park in a yellow space anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday. A permit is required 24/7 to park in any red space.

Because parking is a limited resource at WashU, please observe all parking regulations on our campus to ensure our existing resources meet the parking needs of our community. Penalties for violations include ticketing and fines, towing and revocation of parking privileges.

To Purchase A Permit

All permits must be renewed each year by the permit holder. WashU parking permits are valid for one year. For the 2019-20 academic year, permits are valid between August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020. If applicable, many permits can be prorated on the 25th of the month. 

New employees can request a permit after an employee ID number and a WUSTL Key have been issued.


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Replacement permits: Available at the Parking & Transportation Services office. The current permit must be turned in to entitle the registrant to a replacement permit for $5.

Lost or Stolen Permits: To replace, visit the Parking & Transportation Services office. You will be required to fill out two forms, show your photo ID and pay a $15 replacement fee. If your permit is declared lost or stolen, the original permit number will be put on the university’s tow list. Any vehicle found displaying that permit number on campus will be towed immediately, assessed a fine for displaying a lost or stolen parking permit, and the vehicle owner/operator will be referred to the proper authority.

 

2019-2020 Permit Options

For questions, contact the Parking & Transportation office at 314-935-5601

Bearly Drivers – Faculty/Staff

Participants in the Bearly Drivers carpool program receive a special Bearly Drivers Permit at significantly reduced prices. The Bearly Drivers Permit is ONLY available to faculty and staff carpools approved by Parking and Transportation Services. All participants must be eligible for and pay by payroll deduction.

  • Each Bearly Driver permit is assigned to a zone and valid only in spaces reserved for Bearly Drivers from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. To access gate-controlled spaces, the garage must be within the permit’s assigned zone.
  • To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read and allow entry. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • The permit is valid in all yellow spaces and in all zones from 5 pm to 7 am.
  • Non-primary members in the carpool who provide a separate, valid license plate number and vehicle information will receive one daily parking permit/validation per month. If the vehicle information is not supplied or is a duplicate, the monthly allotment will NOT be provided. For more information on participation, pricing, and other benefits, visit the Bearly Driver Carpool
  • If the approved carpool changes due to loss/addition of members, Parking and Transportation Services must be notified within seven calendar days of the change.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university, when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder, or when participants no longer meet the qualifications of a carpool. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month.
  • Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check, for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card.

Red Permits: Faculty/Staff

The Red Permit is restricted ONLY to Danforth Campus faculty and staff.

  • Red Permits are valid in any of the five zones, including all garages in all zones, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card.

Yellow Permits – Faculty/Staff Zone 1, 2, 3, 4, 5W and 5N

The Yellow Faculty/Staff Permit is restricted ONLY to Danforth Campus faculty and staff.

  • Yellow Permits are valid in yellow spaces (open spaces with no signage) within the zone indicated on the permit, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • Yellow Permits are valid in all garages within the assigned zone.
  • To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card.

Yellow – Graduate Student – Zone 1

The Yellow Student Permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus graduate students.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within the zone indicated on the permit 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 pm and 7 am, Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • Yellow Permits are valid in all garages within the assigned zone. To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 6, 2020. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 06, 2020 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Yellow – Student – Zone 2 or Zone 3

Zone 2 and Zone 3 – Yellow Student Permit is available to Danforth Campus (sophomore or higher) undergraduates living off campus or graduate students.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within the zone indicated on the permit 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • Yellow Permits are valid in all garages within the assigned zone. To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 6, 2020. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 06, 2020 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Yellow – Student – Wallace Garage Only

The Yellow Student Permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live on the South 40.

  • The permit is valid only in yellow spaces within the Wallace Garage (located on the South 40), 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 6, 2020. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 6, 2020 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Yellow – Resident Snow Way Garage

The Yellow Student Permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live in the Village, Millbrook Apartments or on Fraternity Row.

  • The permit is valid only in yellow spaces within the Snow Way Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 6, 2020. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 6, 2020 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Yellow – Student-Lofts Permit

The Yellow Student Lofts Permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live in The Lofts.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within The Lofts garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
    **Note: The Loft Garage will be accessed by WashU ID card access. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access- controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 6, 2020. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 6, 2020 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Yellow – Student – Snow Way/Lofts Garage

The Yellow Student Permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live in the Lofts.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces within the Snow Way Garage and the Lofts Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • To gain entry into the garages outside your assigned zone, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and pull an entry ticket to gain entry. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 6, 2020. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 6, 2020 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Yellow – Faculty/Staff – Zone 5W West Campus or Zone 5N North Campus

The Yellow Faculty/Staff Zone 5 West Campus or North Campus Permit is ONLY available to Danforth Campus faculty/staff. Eligibility for either Zone 5 permit is based on where the faculty/staff member is assigned according to HR records.

  • The permit is valid in yellow spaces in Zone 5 on West Campus or North Campus respectively, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • Zone 5N campus permits are valid on West Campus in yellow permit spaces on surface lots.
  • Zone 5W campus permits are valid on North Campus in yellow permit spaces.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, a yellow permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • Yellow Permits are valid in all garages within the assigned zone.
  • To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card.

ParkSmart Permit

The ParkSmart Permit is a low-cost alternative. Permit holders can easily access the Danforth Campus via the West Campus Shuttle or MetroLink.

  • The permit is available to Danforth Campus faculty and staff (not working at/assigned to West Campus), LLI students, graduate students, undergraduate students (sophomore or higher standing), who live on or off campus as well as Basic Services Contractors (BSCs) (employees of Allied Universal, Bon Appetit, Catering St. Louis, FLIK, Focal Pointe, Follett, Huntleigh, WFF).
  • West Campus employees (either WU paid or agency-contracted personnel) are NOT eligible to purchase the ParkSmart Permit.
  • The permit is valid only in ParkSmart spaces in the surface lot located east of the West Campus building and on the fourth, fifth, and sixth levels of the West Campus Garage, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
  • To gain entry into the garage the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry, if within the correct zone and valid timeframe. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., Monday – Friday and all day Saturday/Sunday, the ParkSmart permit is valid in any yellow space in any zone (Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check to faculty, staff, or students for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. Students are eligible for a prorated refund for permits returned on or before March 6, 2020. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Evening Red – Faculty/Staff

Evening Red Permits are available ONLY to faculty/staff.

  • Permit is valid in red spaces in all zones from 3:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday – Friday, and all day Saturday/Sunday.
  • Before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, a ticket must be pulled upon entry to any garage, and the hourly rate (through 5 p.m., Monday–Friday) must be paid upon exiting the garage. When entering after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, and any time Saturday and Sunday, Evening Red permit holders are permitted to park. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/ operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • To gain entry into the garage during the valid timeframe, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Payroll deductions will not cease nor will refunds be issued until the physical permit has been returned to Parking and Transportation Services. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card.

Evening Yellow – Student Evening

Evening Yellow Student Permits are available to undergraduate students, sophomore or higher standing, who live off-campus and graduate students. The permit is not available to residential students, including those in Quadrangle Housing.

  • Permit is valid in Zones 1, 2 and 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, a ticket must be pulled upon entry to the garage, and the hourly rate (through 5 p.m., Monday–Friday) must be paid upon exiting the garage. If a ticket is pulled to gain entry to an access-controlled area, the vehicle owner/operator is responsible for any/all fees incurred.
  • To gain entry into the garage, the permit holder will simply pull up to the entry gate and the RFID permit will be automatically read to allow entry if within the correct zone and valid timeframe.
  • From 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday /Sunday, the Evening Yellow Permit is valid in any yellow space in Zones 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • All permits must be returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office upon leaving the university or when permitted parking is no longer desired by the permit holder. Students are eligible to receive a prorated refund for permits returned to the Parking and Transportation Services office on or before March 6, 2020. Permits returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior to March 6, 2020 will not be charged for that calendar month. Refunds will be prorated on a monthly basis and will be issued via check for permits purchased using cash, check, or credit card. If purchased by charging student account, the refund will be issued to the student account.

Official Business – Department or Vendor

Official Business Permits are ONLY available for purchase by a Danforth Campus department or a vendor with a valid exception.

  • Permit is valid in any zone for up to three hours.
  • When properly displayed, the Official Business permit allows parking in visitor, yellow, or red spaces. At NO time does the Official Business permit allow parking in reserved spaces or fire lanes.
  • When purchased by a department, the permit will not be valid unless also displayed with an authorized and valid Danforth Campus permit. Vendors who regularly need to remain on campus for three hours or less should purchase a Vendor permit or utilize hourly parking within the garages.
  • To gain entry into the garage users of the Official Business Permit will pull a ticket when entering the garage and place it on their dash. When exiting, the entry ticket should be inserted into the exit station. The amount owed will then be displayed on the screen of the exit station. The QR Code found on the back of the Official Business permit should then be scanned using the barcode scanner located on the front of the exit station. This will validate up to three hours of parking. Individuals who park longer than three hours will be responsible for monies owed.

Department Vehicles

Each department vehicle must display a department vehicle permit.

  • ONLY vehicles insured by the university are eligible for this permit.
  • This permit must be affixed to the passenger side bottom corner of the front windshield to be valid.
  • This permit is nontransferable.
  • Use of this permit for personal use or on personal vehicles is strictly prohibited.
  • This permit will allow for access into all gated parking areas.
  • Parking with this permit is only allowed in yellow parking spaces or the appropriate departmental reserved spaces.

Vendor

Approved Vendors may purchase a monthly yellow permit and park in yellow designated spaces, or park in visitor parking and pay by the hour. This includes access to gate- controlled garages, though vehicle operators must obey vehicle weight and height restrictions at all times.

Motorcycle – Faculty, Staff, Student

Motorcycle Permits are issued for motorcycles, motorscooters, and motorbikes, all of which must be registered with Parking and Transportation Services under the same conditions as other vehicles, and are subject to all university parking regulations.

  • Motorized vehicles 49cc or less do not require a parking permit and must park at a bike rack.
  • Motorcycle permits are nontransferrable. A permit must be purchased for each motorcycle, motorscooter, and motorbike.
  • Motorcycle permits are valid only in areas designated for motorcycles. For the safety of pedestrians, motorcycles, motorbikes, and motorscooters may not be driven on campus walkways. Motorcycle parking is not permitted in any garage located in Zones 1, 2, 3, or 5W. The motorcycle permit is nonrefundable.

Monthly Permits

Single-month permits are available to faculty, staff, eligible students (sophomore or higher standing), visitors, and Basic Services Contractors. Availability of these permits vary from month to month.

  • These permits are valid only for a calendar month (from the beginning of the calendar month to the end of the calendar month).
  • Monthly permits are valid for yellow permit parking within one designated zone.
  • The parking privileges, regulations, and restrictions correspond to the above permit types and are subject to availability.
  • Monthly permits must be purchased in person at the Parking and Transportation Services office at North Campus and cannot be purchased by payroll deduction. Monthly parking permits are nonrefundable.

OPP (Occasional Parking Program)

For those who use alternative transportation as their main commute method, or need a reduced parking accommodation, this program offers levels of significantly discounted parking to Danforth Campus faculty, staff, basic service contractor employees, and graduate commuter students. Learn more


Eliot Society Members

Members may request an annual parking permit issued by Parking and Transportation Services. Contact the Eliot Society Office at 314-935-7423 or eliotsociety@wustl.edu for more information.


Reserved Spaces

Occasionally, Parking & Transportation Services will reserve spaces for special events, which will make them temporarily unavailable to permit holders. Barricades, roped-off areas and signs indicating parking for special events take precedence over general parking designations. We attempt to minimize this inconvenience whenever possible.


Returning a Permit

If you decide that you no longer want a parking permit or if you are leaving the university permanently, you must return your parking permit to the Parking & Transportation Services office. Refunds will be issued on a monthly prorated basis on or through March 6, 2020. Permits will not be charged for the calendar month if returned on or before the first Friday of the month prior March 6, 2020.


Faculty and Staff Member Permit Returns

To stop monthly payroll deductions, please return the permit by the first Friday of the month to avoid being charged for that month. Before you leave the university permanently, you are required to return your parking permit and your U-Pass to Parking & Transportation Services; if you do not, you may be billed for the cost of each. Refunds for permits paid in full by cash, check, or credit card will be issued via check for permits returned to Parking & Transportation on a monthly prorated basis.


Permit Hold Requests

Faculty and staff with an individual, payroll-deducted parking permit (not a Bearly Drivers Carpool permit) are able to place a permit on hold during a medical leave or academic sabbatical/approved leave. A permit hold allows these individuals to forego payroll deductions for up to 90 consecutive calendar days, with the option to renew the hold for up to 180 days, once per calendar year.

To request a permit hold, employees must print and fill out the Permit Hold Request Form (PDF) and take it, along with their parking permit, to the Parking and Transportation Services office at North Campus. On or before the 90th day of the permit hold, these individuals must return to the office to pick up their permit. Individuals can extend the permit hold to the full 180 days permitted, but must contact the Parking and Transportation Services office at 314-935-5601 on or before the 90th day.

If permit has not been picked up or the department has not been notified of the request to extend the hold by the 91st day, the permit will be cancelled and returned to inventory.


Temporary or Seasonal Permit Returns

If you will be away from the university temporarily or seasonally, you must return your parking permit to parking services to avoid being charged for the months you are away.