Applications for 2023-24 department limited permits, service/vendor permits, and 2023-24 reserved parking stalls open May 10. The deadline to apply for early consideration is June 9.
Applications will be accepted after June 9 and processed in later rounds of parking offers. Permit and reserved stall availability may become limited after the early consideration deadline.
2023-24 parking permits and reserved stalls will be valid from September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024. For 2023-24 rates, visit the rates page.
Department limited permits, service/vendor permits, and reserved parking stalls offer different levels of campus access for UW-Madison departments, eligible UW-affiliated departments, and non-UW vendors conducting university business. Please keep scrolling for important information to help you decide which parking options meet your business needs and how to apply.
- Department limited and service/vendor permits
- Eligibility and restrictions for department limited and service/vendor permits
- Department reserved stalls
- Funding information for departments
Department limited and service/vendor permits
Which parking options are right for your organization?
Department limited permits provide daily parking in one specific lot for department-owned vehicles. Because the permit may be transferred to multiple users, departments may also purchase a department limited permit to provide parking for guests who are conducting university business.
Vehicles displaying a department limited permit may park in any unreserved (unsigned) permit parking stall in the permit’s assigned lot.
Department limited permits may not be available in all lots due to construction and space restrictions. If we must deny your application based on availability, we will recommend alternate lot choices.
Service/vendor permits provide UW departments, eligible UW affiliates, commercial businesses, and private organizations with access to occasional, short-term parking in service/vendor stalls across campus to conduct official university business.
UW departments and affiliates may also request one or more service/vendor permits to provide a parking option for employees and guests who occasionally need to do business across campus. The permit may be transferred to multiple users. Acceptable uses of service/vendor permits include attending meetings or trainings; conducting business on different areas of campus; or delivering items across campus.
Service/vendor permits are only valid in designated service/vendor stalls in lots across campus. They are not valid in unreserved (unsigned) permit parking stalls, timed parking stalls, disabled stalls, or reserved parking stalls. Refer to the service/vendor parking map for locations.
If service/vendor stalls in a lot are full, the vehicle displaying the service/vendor permit must relocate to another service/vendor stall. This may mean moving to an alternate lot.
UW departments and affiliates should not allow users of service/vendor permits to park for long periods of time in one area of campus. In these scenarios, the department limited permit will be a better option.
Eligibility and restrictions for department limited and service/vendor permits
UW-Madison departments and eligible UW affiliated agencies may apply for department limited, service/vendor, and reserved stalls. Eligible University affiliates include the Wisconsin State Historical Society; UW Hospital and Clinics; UW Foundation; Alumni Association; System Administration; University Research Park; and WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation).
Outside vendors and commercial organizations doing official business with the university are eligible to apply for service/vendor permits.
Department limited and service/vendor permits cannot be purchased and used by faculty, staff, or students for regular daily parking of a personal vehicle or for employees to park closer to an office building than a regular base lot assignment.
Department limited and service/vendor permits are valid for work-related purposes only. Permits are not valid in lots reserved for special events.
By displaying a department limited or service/vendor permit, users agree to abide by all university parking rules and regulations when parked on campus.
For the full department limited and service/vendor policies, visit the transportation policies webpage.
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Department Limited and Service/Vendor Permit Application
Department reserved stalls
UW-Madison departments and affiliates may request a parking stall be reserved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in a specific lot or ramp to meet their business needs. For example: a department may want to offer dedicated parking for office visitors, or a clinic may want to provide parking for patients. Transportation Services provides annual or temporary permits to help the department manage their reserved stalls(s).
If vehicles are parked illegally in a reserved stall, Transportation Services will provide enforcement services upon request.
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Funding information for UW departments and affiliates
2023-24 department limited, service/vendor permits, and reserved stalls will be charged as an expense against fiscal year 2024 and may not be paid for prior to July 1, 2023.
UW departments are required to use a TS number/Cost Center for departmental permit purchases. TS numbers may be reused from year to year if the funding string is still active. New cost center TS numbers may be set up at the FP&M Financial Management Portal: https://www.fpm.wisc.edu/administrativebilling/Home/tabid/55/Default.aspx
UW Hospital and Clinics departments should contact their procurement department for TS number assistance.
To learn more about parking permit offerings, visit the permit types and information webpage.
For additional questions, please contact Transportation Services.