Summer parking and 2020-21 parking applications

Updated 8/19/20

Parking through Aug. 31, 2020

Campus is restricted to essential and certain approved operations, although planning for reopening has begun.

Transportation Services office locations are closed and staffing reduced. Parking permits for the 2019-20 year (through August 31) are not available to purchase. Essential employees coming to campus do not need a parking permit to park in many designated campus lots. Learn more about essential employee parking

2020-21 Parking (Sept. 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2021)

The 2020-21 parking year runs Sept. 1, 2020 – Aug. 31, 2021. UW administration approved September 1 as the date campus parking enforcement resumes for all of campus. To park in a campus lot you will need a 2020-21 UW parking permit, parking pass, or you must use a visitor parking option.

We understand employees may be facing uncertainty about their fall on-campus work schedule and/or anticipating a fall work schedule involving less driving to campus. To help accommodate employees we:

  • Extended the first round application period until June 26 (originally June 5)
  • Are expanding the availability of the Flex parking program
  • Created a new prepaid parking option called the “multi-day parking pass”–valid for 5 uses good in certain campus garages and ramps

Learn more about the ways we’re adapting parking as campus gradually reopens on the Transportation Services Smart Restart Hub page.

Reminder: 2020-21 employee bus passes, emeriti and multi-day parking passes, and afternoon, night, moped, and motorcycle permits are available to purchase online starting August 1 in the eBusiness purchasing portal.

2020-21 department limited, service, and vendor permits and reserved stall applications were open May 25 – June 19. Applications are still accepted on a rolling basis but will permit availability may be limited.

2020-21 base lot, Flex, UW Disabled, and business alternate permits require an application. (Review types of parking permits on the permit information page.) If you think you will need one of these types of parking permits, consider applying now. If you get an offer you can decide if you want to purchase the permit.

If you purchase a 2020-21 permit and your work situation changes, you can:

  • Apply again for a different permit type and/or parking lot. Please keep in mind employees who do not have parking are prioritized over those who possess a parking permit. While there isn’t a guarantee when you may get a new permit offer, we will be making efforts to allow for easy transitions for those who want to move from a Flex to a base lot permit.
  • Return the permit. Charges apply for cancellations after September 1.

Some dates to know:

  • Round 1 | apply May 11 – June 26; offers sent July 20-24, claim by August 4
  • Round 2 | apply July 20 – August 4; offers sent August 5-6, claim by August 18
  • Round 3 | apply August 5-18; offers sent August 19, claim by September 1 (8/19 note: date extended from August 28)
  • After August 19, parking offers are processed approximately every two weeks throughout the 2020-21 year

Keep in mind applying does not guarantee you’ll get an offer during the next offer period—those who don’t get an email are added to a waiting list for the lots they requested. Applying earlier means you have a better chance of getting a permit offer before September 1. Do not apply more than once unless you want to change your permit or lot choices. Offers are processed in a different software than the application system–this is why you may be unable to see past applications after the corresponding offer date has passed.

How to apply

Employees who have previously held a base lot, Flex, or UW Disabled permit can apply in the permit application system (PAS). Students need to complete a pre-approval application before they may apply for parking.

If you have never applied for parking before, you need to contact your Unit Transportation Coordinator (UTC) for approval to apply. Information in the “applying for parking” section of the permit types and information page and on the new employee page may be helpful to you.
Apply for parking – permit application system (PAS)

You can also now find helpful parking links in MyUW (! Add the “Parking at UW” and “Transportation at UW” tiles for a quick and easy way to access some of the most commonly used Transportation Services resources.


Schedule for 2020-21 parking applications

Deadline date Task
May 11 – June 26 Parking applications open – Round 1
June 26 Deadline for Round 1 parking applications
July 20 – 24 Round 1 parking offers sent via email*
July 20 – August 4 Parking applications open – Round 2
August 1 Employee bus pass and afternoon, night, moped, and motorcycle permits go on sale
August 4 Deadline to accept Round 1 parking offers and deadline for Round 2 parking applications
August 5 – 18 Parking applications open – Round 3
August 5 – 6 Round 2 parking offers sent via email*
August 18 Deadline to accept Round 2 parking offers and deadline for Round 3 parking applications
August 19  Round 3 parking offers sent via email*
September 1 Deadline to accept Round 3 parking offers

* Applying for a parking permit does not guarantee you will receive an offer. If you do not receive an offer, you will be added to a waiting list and may get an offer in a future round.

Applications submitted after August 18 will be processed approximately every two weeks throughout the parking year. You can see which permits are available at any given time by referring to the annual permit availability list on the UW–Madison Transportation Services website (

To apply for a parking permit:

To accept an offer and buy your parking permit:

Starting August 1 – To buy a bus pass and/or an afternoon, night, moped or motorcycle permit: