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 may display your new academic year parking permit after August 1 prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

There are two types of parking permits available.  The hangtag permit and the sticker permit.

Display the hangtag from the rearview mirror with the design/color facing out, unobstructed.

Stickers are to be attached to the back of the rearview mirror.

Do not leave the permit on the dash.

Motorcycle permits must be displayed on the front fork.  The number must be visible from the front of the motorcycle.

How to use the permit

You can use the hangtag permit with another vehicle. However, if you use another vehicle for more than a week, you must register it with the Parking Administration Office.

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

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

If you forget your permit, you must request a temporary permit from one of the Safety and Transportation locations 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. (Refer to fee refund schedule shown under "Parking Permit Fees/Violation Fines".)

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."  Please refer to "To Park in a University Parking Lot, You Must" for exceptions.

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 $10.00.  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 8:00 a.m. Monday - Friday, during the fall and spring semesters.  It is valid in commuter lots day and evening, during the summer semester.  Please refer to "To Park in a University Parking Lot, You Must" for exceptions. (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 and Bear Park South parking is prohibited 2:00 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, green, or brown), or reserved lots and commuter 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.

Motorcycle permits

Park in designated motorcycle areas of lots 1, 4, 10, 14, 19, 21, 22, 24, 30, 31, the Bear Park North and Bear Park South, or in commuter and reserved  lots in the triangles at the end of the row.  Do not allow the motorcycle to cross over the white lines.

Conditional, special and temporary permits

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.

Pass per day:(2)
Commuter - $2.50
Reserved Lots - $2.50

Visitor Pass per week:(4)
Commuter/Residence Hall - $10.00
Reserved Lots - $10.00 

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 or special (SP) permit are valid in signed service vehicle spaces and non-signed spaces in all other parking lots, except metered spaces.
  • Special (SP) has no time limit in the Service Vehicle spaces.
  • Service vehicle parking is limited to 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.
  • Service Vehicle and Vendor permits are to be used for business purposes only.
  • Service Vehicle and Vendor permits used by students attending class will result in forfeiture of the permit.

Parking permit fees

Prices effective for 2016-2017 academic school year.

Permit TypeFall & Spring
Per Year
Commuter(1) $91.00 $24.00  $115.00
Residence Hall $164.00 $24.00 $188.00
Lot 27A(2)     $360.00
Reserved(1)     $180.00
 - Second Reserved
Evening(1) $48.00 $24.00 $72.00
Service Vehicle     $180.00
Vendor     $180.00
Motorcycle   $8.50 $22.00
Overnight(3)     $390.00
Orange Permit(5) $52.00 $13.00 $65.00
Metered Parking     $1.00 per hour

Special notes

Replacement tags are one-half of original cost. 

Parking Administration will provide prorated refund for early termination of parking privileges.

(1) Payroll deduction required for full-time University employees.

(2) Limited to residents of Monroe Apartments only.

(3) Limited to restricted lots.

(4) Parking permits will be provided at no cost to University guests of faculty and staff if requested in advance from the Parking Administration Office.

(5) Orange permit is authorized only for daytime parking in Orange Lots.