Parking Permit Types and Fees

Most Parking Permits for Students, Staff and Faculty may be purchased online.

How to display your 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 your permit

The permit may be used on another vehicle that you are operating.

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 or payroll deductions stopped (even if permit is expired).

Permit types

Reserved permits (Blue)

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. until 7:00 a.m. unless posted “Reserved 24-Hours, 7-Days a Week.”

Reserved permits will be issued on an annual basis upon request. Available reserved parking permits will be issued to faculty and staff members based on employment seniority with right of renewal.  When space is not available in a reserved lot, faculty, staff and students may place their names on a waitlist through the MyParking portal. 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 (Evening)

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 (Yellow)

Park only in a lot with a sign matching the permit's color (yellow), or reserved lots after 4:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m., unless posted "Reserved 24-Hours, 7-Days a Week." All commuter lots closed 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily.  Please refer to "To Park in a University Parking Lot, You Must".

Please Note the following 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 3:00 a.m. through 5:00 a.m. daily.

Remote permits (Orange)

Park only in a lot with a sign matching the permit’s color (orange). Sold at a reduced rate as remote parking. No parking with this permit 3:00 a.m. thru 5:00 a.m. daily. This permit type not sold online.

Residence hall permits (Red or Green)

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. until 7:00 a.m. unless posted, “Reserved 24-Hours, 7-Days a Week.”

Motorcycle / Moped / Scooter permits

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

Motorized vehicles of any sort, including mopeds, scooters, and similar non-licensed vehicles, are prohibited on the University sidewalks and bicycle paths, other than licensed and non-licensed University-owned vehicles being used in the conduct of University business or in case of fire or to otherwise maintain the public peace and order. Non-licensed vehicles, such as mopeds and scooters (49cc or less) are required to register their vehicle with the Parking Administration Office, display a University permit and park in designated motorcycle spaces on campus. This permit type is not sold online.

Overnight permits

Overnight permits are limited to the Bear Park North parking garage. This permit type is not sold online.

Disabled parking permits

To park in disabled spaces on campus you must have a University parking permit  (commuter, residence hall, reserved, vendor, special, presidents, etc.)  and a state issued disabled placard or license plate. The Form 2769 Application for a Disabled Person Placard and Form 1776 Physician's Statement for Disabled License Plates or Placards are available through the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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; Magers Health and Wellness 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 (yellow) lots and Reserved (blue) 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 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.  Special (SP) Parking Permits has no time limit in the Service Vehicle spaces or University Vehicle spaces.
  • Service vehicle (SV) parking is restricted to (2) two hours parking only. Service Vehicle Permits are issued for business purposes only.  Personal use is considered abuse of permit privileges. This permit type is not sold online.
  • 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. This permit type is not sold online.


Parking permit fees

Permit Type Fall & Spring
Per Year
Commuter $95.00 $24.00 $119.00
Residence Hall $171.00 $24.00 $195.00
Lot 27A N/A N/A $374.00
Reserved N/A N/A $187.00
Second Reserved
N/A N/A $12.00
Evening $50.00 $24.00 $74.00
Service Vehicle N/A N/A $187.00
Vendor N/A N/A $187.00
Motorcycle N/A $8.50 $22.00
Overnight N/A N/A $405.00
Metered Parking N/A N/A $1 per hour
Orange $54.00 $13.00 $67.00

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.