2024-25 department, service, vendor, and reserved stall applications open May 1

The deadline to apply for early consideration is June 7.

Applications received after June 7 will be processed in later rounds of parking offers. Permit and reserved stall availability may become limited after the early consideration deadline.

2024-25 parking permits and reserved stalls will be valid from September 1, 2024 through August 31, 2025. For current rates, visit the rates page.

Department limited, service, and vendor permits, and reserved parking stalls offer different levels of 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.

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Department Limited and Service Permit Application

Vendor Permit Application

Department Reserved Stall Application

Department limited, service, and vendor permits: which is best for your organization?

Use the permit selection guide to receive recommendations.

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 permits provide UW departments, eligible UW affiliates, commercial businesses, and private organizations with 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 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 permits include: attending meetings or trainings; conducting business on different areas of campus; or delivering items across campus. 

UW employees who also have their own personal permit – such as a base lot or Flex permit – must be in paid status while parked with a service permit. This is accomplished by displaying both the personal permit and service permit when parked, and Flex permit holders must be in paid status with ParkMobile using their primary lot’s zone code.

Vendor permits provide eligible UW affiliates, commercial businesses, and private organizations with occasional, short-term parking in service/vendor stalls across campus to conduct official university business.

Both service and 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, UW Accessible 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. Service and vendor permits are not valid in parking stalls that are not marked with a service/vendor sign.

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 permits

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). 

Department limited and service 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 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 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 Permit Application

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 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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Department Reserved Stall Application

Funding information for UW departments and affiliates

2024-25 department limited, service, and vendor permits and reserved stalls will be charged as an expense against fiscal year 2025 and may not be paid for prior to July 1, 2024.

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.

More information

To learn more about parking permit offerings, visit the parking permits webpage.

For additional questions, please contact Transportation Services.