Parking Permits

Most Parking permits may be purchased online.

Parking Administration contact and hours

  • Parking Administration Office: 700 E. Elm Street
  • Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Weekends: Closed Saturday and Sunday
  • Phone: 417-836-4825

How to display the permit

Parking permits are issued on an academic year basis. You must display your new academic year parking permit on August 1 prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

There are two types of parking permits available. The re-positional permit and the sticker permit.

Display the permit on the lower left side of the windshield on the driver's side, above the inspection sticker.

Do not leave the permit on the dash.

How to use the permit

You can use the hangtag permit with another vehicle.  You may use the permit with another vehicle.

Do not sell, give away or loan your permit. You are responsible for any citations issued to a vehicle displaying your permit.

Persons who carpool can share the same permit. In the event of a violation, the parking violation will be charged to the permit owner, no matter who is driving.

If you forget your permit, you must request a temporary permit from Safety and Transportation on campus and display it in accordance with instructions. (See Temporary and Visitor Parking)

If your status changes and you no longer require a parking permit, you may be eligible for a refund on the unused period for which the permit was issued. The parking permit must be returned to Parking Administration before a refund can be initiated.

Permit types

Reserved permits

Park only in a lot with a sign matching the permit’s lot number and color or any commuter lot. The permit is also valid in all other reserved lots after 4:00 p.m. unless posted “Reserved 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week.”

Reserved permits will be issued on an annual basis. Available reserved parking permits will be issued to faculty and staff members based on employment seniority with right of renewal. An additional (alternate) reserved lot parking permit (must be the same lot as the regular permit) may be purchased for $12.00. The regular reserved permit and the alternate permit cannot be on campus at the same time. Misuse of the alternate parking permit may result in the vehicle being wheel-locked and loss of parking privileges.

Evening permits

Park in any reserved lot, unless posted “Reserved 24-hours, 7-Days a Week” or any commuter lot. Your permit is valid from 4:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. 7-days a week.

Daytime parking permits may be purchased on a daily basis when needed.

Commuter permits

Park only in a lot with a sign matching the permit's color (yellow), or reserved lots after 4:00 p.m., unless posted "Reserved 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week." Please refer to "To Park in a University Parking Lot, You Must" for exceptions.

  • Lot 18 parking is prohibited 6:00 p.m. Friday through 6:00 a.m. Monday.
  • Lot 28 parking is prohibited Monday through Friday 11:00 p.m.- 5:00 a.m. and closed all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bear Park South parking is prohibited 2:00 a.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily.

Orange permits

Park only in a lot with a sign matching the permit color (orange). This permit may not be used in any other lots on campus at any time. Sold at a reduced rate as remote parking. No parking with this permit 3:00 a.m. thru 5:00 a.m. daily.

Residence hall permits

Park only in a lot with a sign matching the permit’s color (red or green), or reserved lots and commuter lots after 4:00 p.m. unless posted, “Reserved 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week.”

Motorcycle permits

Park in designated motorcycle areas or in the triangles at the end of the row. Do not allow the motorcycle to cross over the white lines or park in ADA accessible striped areas.

Overnight permits

Overnight permits are limited to the Bear Park North parking garage.

Disabled parking permits

To park in disabled spaces on campus you must have a University permit (commuter, residence hall, reserved, vendor, special, presidents, etc.) and a state issued disabled placard or license plate.

Conditional and special parking

Parking privileges are for the location identified on the permit. Holders of these permits are subject to the University Parking Policy and the Parking Regulations.

  • The University President may authorize special parking permits, that may be used by the person(s) issued to only. The special parking permit is not transferable to other relatives or friends. The special parking permit excludes parking in disabled, metered, service, reserved and loading / unloading parking spaces; Taylor Health Center patient parking; and designated Bears Fund parking lots for football and basketball games near the Plaster Sports Stadium and JQH Arena.

West Plains campus parking permits are valid in commuter lots and reserved lot 24.

Service vehicle, vendor and University vehicle parking

Signed parking spaces will be provided for approved service vehicles. Drivers of service vehicles and University vehicles are subject to all traffic and parking regulations. University Vehicles are exempt from parking permit requirements.

  • University vehicles and vehicles displaying a service vehicle permit (SV) or special (SP) permit are valid in signed service vehicle spaces and non-signed spaces in all other parking lots, except metered spaces / lots.
  • Special (SP) has no time limit in the Service Vehicle spaces or University Vehicle spaces.
  • Service vehicle parking is limited to (2) two hours.
  • Vendor permits are valid in the same parking spaces as Service vehicles and have no time limit. Vendor permits will only be issued to off-campus contractors/vendors.
  • Vendor permits are to be used for business purposes only. Personal use is considered abuse of permit privileges.
  • Service Vehicle Permits are issued for business purposes only. Restricted to (2) two hours parking only. Personal use is considered abuse of permit privileges.
  • Special Parking (SP) Permits are issued to Faculty and Staff for business purposes only when a Service Vehicle (SV) permit will not suffice, due to a frequent need to exceed (2) two hour parking at (1) one location.

Loading zones

  • Loading zones are reserved exclusively for the loading or unloading of materials or equipment by those persons displaying a University parking permit in their vehicle.
  • All designated campus loading zones shall at all times (24 hours a day) have a maximum use limit of 30 minutes.
  • When it is necessary that a vehicle occupy a loading zone for the purpose of loading/unloading for a period longer than (30) thirty minutes, authorization shall be secured from the Parking Administration Office prior to the use of the loading zone. 

Parking permit fees

Permit TypeFall & Spring
Per Year
Commuter $91.00 $24.00 $115.00
Residence Hall $164.00 $24.00 $188.00
Lot 27A N/A N/A $360.00
Reserved N/A N/A $180.00
Second Reserved
N/A N/A $12.00
Evening $48.00 $24.00 $72.00
Service Vehicle N/A N/A $180.00
Vendor N/A N/A $180.00
Motorcycle N/A $8.50 $22.00
Overnight N/A N/A $390.00
Metered Parking N/A N/A $1 per hour
Orange N/A N/A $65.00

Refund Schedule

Permit refund schedule for Fall and Spring semesters

  • Up to three weeks – 100%
  • Four to nine weeks – 50%
  • Ten or more – 0%

Refund schedule not applicable for employees participating in payroll deduction.

Refund schedule based on beginning date of semester.

Permit refund schedule for Summer semester

  • Up to one week -100%
  • No refund after the first week

Refund schedule not applicable for employees participating in payroll deduction.

Refund schedule based on beginning date of semester.

Special notes

  • Replacement permits are one-half of original cost.
  • Parking Administration will provide prorated refund for early termination of parking privileges.
  • Payroll deduction required for full-time University employees.
  • Lot 27A is limited to residents of Monroe Apartments only.
  • Overnight parking is limited to restricted lots.