Apply for Parking

UW employees, UW Health employees, students, departments, and vendors can follow the steps on this page to apply for these permits:

  • Annual base lot permit (including reduced cost)
  • Annual UW-Accessible permit
  • Flex permit
  • Park and ride permit
  • Business alternate permit
  • Department Limited
  • Department Reserved Stalls
  • Service/Vendor

For all other permit types, click here for purchase instructions.

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Parking Application Steps for UW Employees

Information for

  • Faculty
  • Academic/university staff
  • Employees of affiliated agencies
  • Graduate students with employment appointments

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Step 1: Explore your parking options

Employees are encouraged to select multiple lots in their application to increase the chances of receiving an assignment.

Because parking is in high demand and space is limited, annual base lot and Flex applicants may be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. Waiting list positions are determined by priorities assigned by unit transportation coordinators.

Step 2: Apply in the Permit Application System (PAS)

Complete an application in the Permit Application System (PAS). You will need a valid NetID and password to log in to PAS.

If you encounter difficulties in the Permit Application System, please contact your Unit Transportation Coordinator.

Step 3: Make temporary commuting arrangements

Applications are processed multiple times throughout the summer, and every two weeks throughout the academic year. Waiting lists can be long. If you don’t receive an offer by September 1, or if you applied after September 1, be sure to make alternate commuting arrangements while waiting for an offer.

Step 4: Wait for a parking assignment from Transportation Services

Permit assignments are emailed to your email address on file in the eBusiness purchasing portal.

You can also check the status of your application in the Permit Application System (PAS).

Step 5: Purchase your permit

Your permit offer letter will contain a link to the eBusiness purchasing portal.

Log in to eBusiness with your NetID.

When checking out, select your parking permit assignment from the list of options.

If you are purchasing an annual base lot or UW-Accessible permit, you can choose to pay in full or by payroll deduction (if eligible). Please note that payroll deductions are not refundable

Step 6: Get your permit

Read your purchase receipt carefully for information on how to get your permit.

Depending on the time of year, permits may be mailed to the address listed in your eBusiness account, or you may be required to pick up in person at a Transportation Services office. Your receipt will tell you what to do.

Parking Application Steps for UW Health Employees

Information for

  • Clinical staff
  • Administrative staff
  • Teaching staff

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Step 1: Explore your parking options

Most UW Health employees apply for parking in lots on the west side of campus, including Lot 75 (UW Hospital Ramp); Lot 76 (University Bay Drive Ramp); and Lot 60. Employees are encouraged to select multiple lots in their application to increase the chances of receiving an assignment.

Because parking is in high demand and space is limited, annual base lot and Flex applicants may be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. Waiting list positions are determined by priorities assigned by unit transportation coordinators.

Step 2: Complete a Health Sciences parking application request

If you are a new employee or this is your first time applying for parking, complete the application request form to request permission to apply for parking from your division.

Visit the Health Sciences Parking website for more information, or contact the Health Sciences Unit Transportation Coordinator (UTC) at healthsciencesparking@mailplus.wisc.edu.

Step 3: Apply in the Permit Application System

After your request has been approved, complete an application in the Permit Application System (PAS). You will need valid UW Health login credentials to access PAS.

If you encounter difficulties in the Permit Application System, please contact the Health Sciences Unit Transportation Coordinator (UTC) at healthsciencesparking@mailplus.wisc.edu.

Step 4: Make temporary commuting arrangements

Applications are processed multiple times throughout the summer, and every two weeks throughout the academic year. Waiting lists can be long. If you don’t receive an offer by September 1, or if you applied after September 1, be sure to make alternate commuting arrangements while waiting for an offer.

Step 5: Wait for a parking assignment from Transportation Services

Permit assignments are emailed to your email address on file in the eBusiness purchasing portal.

You can also check the status of your application in the Permit Application System (PAS).

Step 5: Purchase your permit

Your permit offer letter will contain a link to the eBusiness purchasing portal.

Log in to eBusiness with your UW Health login credentials.

When checking out, select your parking permit assignment from the list of options.

If you are purchasing an annual base lot or UW-Accessible permit, you can choose to pay in full or by payroll deduction (if eligible). Please note that payroll deductions are not refundable. 

Step 6: Get your permit

Read your purchase receipt carefully for information on how to get your permit.

Depending on the time of year, permits may be mailed to the address listed in your eBusiness account, or you may be required to pick up in person at a Transportation Services office location. Your receipt will tell you what to do.

Parking Application Steps for Students

Information for

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students without employment appointments

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Step 1: Explore your parking options

Because parking is in high demand and space is limited, annual base lot applicants may be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. Waiting list positions are determined by priorities assigned by unit transportation coordinators.

Step 2: Assess your eligibility

Students interested in applying for peak parking assignments must meet certain eligibility requirements.

There are no eligibility requirements for off-peak, short-term, moped, or motorcycle parking permits. Students with a valid NetID may purchase these permit types online.

Peak Permit Eligibility Criteria for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students must meet at least one of these criteria to be eligible to apply for an annual base lot permit or UW-Accessible permit:

  1. Students with a valid, state-issued disabled placard or plate.
  2. Students commuting one mile beyond the limits of the Metro Transit system.
  3. Working students using their vehicle at least three times a week for employment off campus. A signed letter from the employer listing scheduled work hours on business letterhead is required.
  4. Students with unusual or unique needs (must provide justification).

Graduate Students without Employment Appointments

Graduate students without employment appointments (or with appointments classified by HR as “student help”) should follow the same application process as undergraduate students.

Most graduate students with employment appointments are considered UW employees and should follow the instructions in the Parking Application Process for UW Employees section.

If you have questions about your employment status, contact your department administration.

Step 3: Submit student parking pre-approval form

If you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for student parking, or are a graduate student without an employment appointment, complete and submit the student parking permit pre-approval form.

If you are a student with a valid, state-issued disabled permit or placard, you can submit the student parking permit pre-approval formor skip this step and simply apply for a UW-Accessible permit in person at a Transportation Services office location with the required documentation.

Step 4: Apply in the Permit Application System (PAS)

If your student parking pre-approval form is approved, complete an application in the Permit Application System (PAS).

You will need a valid NetID to access PAS.

Students may apply for an annual base lot assignment in Lots 34, 41, 46, 59, 67, 75, 76, or 83.

If you are applying for a UW-Accessible permit, select UNIVERSITY CAMPUS ACCESSIBLE from the list of permit options in PAS.

If you encounter difficulties in the Permit Application System, please contact your Unit Transportation Coordinator.

Step 5: Make temporary commuting arrangements

Applications are processed multiple times throughout the summer, and every two weeks throughout the academic year. Waiting lists can be long – especially for student applicants. If you don’t receive an offer by September 1, or if you applied after September 1, be sure to make alternate commuting arrangements while waiting for an offer.

Step 6: Wait for a parking assignment from Transportation Services

Permit assignments are emailed to your email address on file in the eBusiness purchasing portal.

You can also check the status of your application in the Permit Application System (PAS).

Step 7: Purchase your permit

Your permit offer letter will contain a link to the eBusiness purchasing portal.

Log in to eBusiness with your NetID.

When checking out, select your parking permit assignment from the list of options.

Step 8: Get your permit

Read your purchase receipt carefully for information on how to get your permit.

Depending on the time of year, permits may be mailed to the address listed in your eBusiness account, or you may be required to pick up in person at a Transportation Services office location. Your receipt will tell you what to do.

Parking Application Steps for Departments and Vendors

Information for

  • UW departments
  • UW affiliated groups
  • Commercial vendors doing business on the UW campus

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Step 1: Explore your parking options

Step 2: Apply for a permit or reserved stall

Apply for department limited and service/vendor permits using the web-based department/vendor application.

Go to Department/Vendor Application

Apply for department reserved stalls using the web-based reserved stall application.

Department Reserved Stall Application

Step 3: Wait for a parking assignment from Transportation Services

Transportation Services may contact you for more information as applications are processed, and will contact you if and when your permit(s) are assigned.

Permit Purchases

Many UW parking permits may be purchased directly online with a valid NetID or UW Health credentials without the need for an application or waiting list.

  • Your purchase receipt will provide instructions on how to get your hangtag.

Some permits must be purchased in person at a Transportation Services office.

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Off-Peak Permit Purchases

Afternoon and night permits may be purchased online. There is no application process or waiting list for these permit types. These permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Log in to eBusiness with a valid NetID or UW Health login credentials and locate your permit type to make a purchase.

Go to eBusiness

Short-Term Permit Purchases

Semester, monthlyUW-Accessible monthly, and daily (temporary) permits must be purchased in person at a Transportation Services office. There is no application process or waiting list for these permit types. Most of these products are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact customer service to check availability.


Reserved visitor permits must be ordered online between two months and two weeks of the anticipated event or visit date.

Order Reserved Visitor Permits Online


Lot 76 Quick Passes may be purchased online. There is no application or waiting list. Permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Log in to eBusiness with a valid NetID or UW Health login credentials and locate your permit type to make a purchase.

Go to eBusiness


UW-Accessible monthly permits must be purchased in-person with the required documentation at a Transportation Services office.

Motorcycle and moped permit purchases

Motorcycle and moped permits may be purchased online. There is no application process or waiting list for these permit types. These products are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Log in to eBusiness with a valid NetID or UW Health login credentials and locate your permit type to make a purchase.

Go to eBusiness


UW-Accessible moped permits must be purchased in-person with the required documentation at a Transportation Services office.

UW-Accessible Flex purchases

UW-Accessible Flex permits must be purchased in-person with the required documentation at a Transportation Services office.

Order Emeriti pass

Emeriti passes can be ordered online or in-person at a Transportation Services office.

Follow these instructions to order your emeriti pass online:

  1. Go to the eBusiness purchasing portal.
  2. Click the “Employee or student login” button and log in with your UW NetID and password.
  3. Click the “Get permits” button to start the purchasing process. (Note: this is still a “purchase” even though your pass is free!)
  4. Follow the directions on each page. Be sure you submit your current mailing address: this is where we will mail your emeriti pass.
  5. Once you get to the product selection page, find and choose the emeriti parking pass. Complete all remaining steps.

If you are unable to login with a NetID or you cannot see the emeriti parking pass as an option on the selection page, please contact Transportation Services customer service.

Parking Application Help

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Why am I unable to log in to the Permit Application System?

First, make sure you are using the correct NetID or UW Health credentials.

If you are still encountering issues, contact your Unit Transportation Coordinator (UTC).

  • Students who submitted a student parking pre-approval application must contact the Student Parking Program at studentparking@fpm.wisc.edu.

If you learn that your UTC has entered you into the Permit Application System and you still can’t log in, contact customer service.

What is my application status?

You can check the status of your application by logging back into the Permit Application System. If you have submitted an application, the system will show one of these application statuses:

  • WAITING – Your permit application is on a waiting list.
  • OFFERED – A permit offer has been made. Check your email or eBusiness for more information.
  • PURCHASED – You have accepted a parking assignment offer by purchasing the permit.
  • OFFER EXPIRED – An offered permit was not accepted by the deadline. Please re-apply to be considered for a parking assignment.
  • RETURNED – A permit has been returned to Transportation Services.

For more specific information about waiting lists, contact customer service.

I missed the deadline to purchase my permit. What do I do?

If you missed the purchase deadline and still want a weekday permit, you will need to re-apply in the Permit Application System.

To avoid missing the application deadline in the future:

If your question isn’t answered here, please contact customer service.

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