E-scooter Policy

This policy defines the process for e-scooter operation and parking on the UW-Madison campus. All e-scooters on campus must have an e-scooter permit and may only park in signed, designated e-scooter parking stalls. E-scooter regulations on campus may differ from those of the surround communities, including the City of Madison and the Village of Shorewood Hills.

File: E-Scooter-Policy.pdf

Transportation Services announces 2019-20 parking rates and policies

Parking permit rates for the 2019-20 parking year (Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020) have been approved and released. This is the final year of the six-year conversion plan. Now a two-tier system has all parking structures and high-demand surface lots in one category and all remaining surface lots in another. By phasing the conversion in over six years, one-time, large-scale price increases were avoided. Typically, converting lots increased ten percent a year while non-converting lots increased two to three percent.

The price for base lot permits in the lots making the final conversion move were adjusted between three and five percent. All other product prices and fees—other permits, the employee bus pass, visitor parking fees, and administrative/citation fees—will remain the same for the 2019-20 parking year.

There are no policy updates for the 2019-20 parking year.

As an auxiliary enterprise of UW-Madison, Transportation Services—a division of Facilities Planning and Management—receives no state funding and must generate revenue to fund its programs and activities. Revenue funds parking lots and facilities, bus service, and federal- and state-mandated alternate transportation activities.

Information will be released throughout the first full week of May about parking applications for the 2019-20 parking year. Please take this time to confirm your priority email in the Transportation Services eBusiness portal (log in, click on your name, then click “Manage Your Account Information”).

Reminder of 2018-19 policy changes

Reminder of the upcoming 2018-19 parking policy changes:

Effective Sept. 1, 2018

  • The daytime hourly visitor parking rate for all gated parking lots will change.
2018-19 2017-18
Daytime hourly rate $1 per half hour for the first three hours
$1 per hour thereafter
$1 per half hour for the first two hours
$1 per hour thereafter
Daily maximum charge $15 $12
  • Lot 51 (by 30 N. Mills Street) is changing to “controlled at all times.” A lot-specific permit is required on weekdays from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Any valid UW permit is allowed in the lot after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. There will be no public parking in Lot 51.

Effective Sept. 8, 2018

  • All gated parking lots will have gate equipment arms down at all times. Weekend parking—Saturdays and Sundays—will still be available at no charge in Lots 17, 20, 36, and 76. Lot 7 is no charge on Sundays. People will pull a ticket to enter the lot and must use it to exit. There will be no charge for parking during non-controlled hours.
    Annual permit holders will see no change; their permits will let them enter and exit their assigned lot per usual.

Find additional parking policy and rate information on the rates and policies page.

Carpool Policy

Carpools are an important alternative to single occupancy vehicles on campus and reduce the demand for parking. A carpool is two or more employees (who qualify for parking on campus, including spouses) who drive to campus together in one vehicle on a daily basis. A carpool with three or more members has a significant impact on lowering the demand for parking on campus and may qualify for a campus carpool permit.

File: Carpool-Policy.pdf

Visitor Parking Policy

Visitor parking on the UW-Madison campus may be available in parking facilities including ramps, garages, and designated surface parking stalls on campus. Visitor parking is any parking in designated campus parking stalls, during hours of control, while being in paid status.

Temporary permits and visitor parking provide flexibility for short-term parking needs of faculty, staff, students, or visitors to campus.

File: Visitor-Parking-Policy.pdf

Vendor Permit Policy

Transportation Services offers a vendor permit for commercial businesses or private organizations providing service or conducting official University business to purchase annual parking on campus.
Vendor permits are for vendors who conduct business on campus throughout the year. Vendors who need to park on campus only occasionally should park in the visitor garages/ramps.

File: Vendor-Permit-Policy.pdf

Service Permit Policy

A service permit is an option for departments and eligible University affiliates needing access to parking across campus to conduct university business. Service permit intended use is for attending meetings/trainings or delivering items across campus.

File: Service-Permit-Policy.pdf

Student Permit Policy

This policy defines the process by which UW students can apply for parking on campus. Students must meet several requirements, such as commuting from a certain distance from Madison or living outside of a certain boundary from Madison Metro routes. Students with off-campus employment may also be considered.

File: Student-Annual-Permit-Policy.pdf