The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue permits to park in lots and areas described in Parking Zones to employees or students of the University and to employees of the UNC Hospitals and affiliated organizations operating on the Campus upon payment of the appropriate fee listed in Parking Fees. As part of the parking permit application process, applicants are required to provide the license plate number(s) of the Vehicle(s) they plan to park on Campus. All permits issued under this section are subject to limitations that may be imposed by the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, under Temporary Parking Restrictions. Permits shall be allocated among the faculty, students, and staff of the University, and of the UNC Hospitals in a manner that will best serve the needs of the University community as a whole. The University Departmental Parking Permit Allocation Policy is available online.

Transferring Employee Permits

If an employee transfers from one department to another department, the permit stays with the allocating department. If the employee’s new department does not have an allocation, then the individual will be referred to the Department of Transportation and Parking’s Registration Division for resolution.

Student Parking Permit Allocations

Student parking permits are distributed primarily through a lottery system in accordance with procedures posted on the T&P website. A supplemental set of student parking permits are made available for hardship cases. Student Government representatives are responsible for assigning the available set of student hardship permits to students in accordance with the procedures of the Student Government hardship parking committee.

Student Parking Permit Eligibility

The following student parking permit eligibility restrictions apply:

  1. No first-year undergraduate student is eligible for a permit during the academic year unless authorized by the Office of the Dean of Students.
  2. No parking permit shall be issued to any student for any Vehicle that is required to be registered pursuant to Chapter 20 of the North Carolina General Statutes, or the corresponding statute of a state other than North Carolina, until the student requesting the permit provides the name of the insurer, the policy number under which the student has financial responsibility, and the student certifies that the Vehicle is insured at the levels set in G.S. 20-279.1(11) or higher.

Retired Faculty/Staff Permits

An allocation of a maximum of 350 permits designated as PM/ALG will be available to retired faculty and staff applying for parking on Campus. The PM/ALG permits are valid in permit zoned lots excluding the Cardinal Deck after 12:00 p.m. Retired faculty and staff interested in applying for a PM/ALG permit must submit their request through their department coordinator. PM/ALG permits will be distributed to departments requesting them based on the same formula that is utilized to distribute the primary parking allocations. The PM/ALG permit fee will be based on the PM permit at the lowest tiered rate.

Postdoctoral Fellows’ Permits

Postdoctoral Fellows shall be allocated an appropriate number of permits by the Department of Transportation and Parking. A Postdoctoral Fellow may submit a request to be issued a permit from the Postdoctoral Fellows’ allocation if he/she so desires. If there are more requests for permits than there are permits, priority will be given based on years of service with the University. Any Postdoctoral Fellow not receiving a permit will be placed on a waiting list. The department in which the Postdoctoral Fellow works may assign a permit from its departmental allocation if it so desires.

Temporary Permits

Temporary permits may be issued in areas where space is determined to be available. A fee will be charged for such permits.

Other Agencies

Parking permit allocations may be assigned to agencies closely related but not affiliated with the University as appropriate based on determination by the Department of Transportation and Parking. Full payment of the value of the allocation will be required prior to receipt of the permits for distribution.

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue special permits under the conditions and at the fees indicated in Parking Fees. All permits issued under this section are subject to limitations that may be imposed by the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, under Temporary Parking Restrictions. Misuse of said permits shall result in confiscation of the permit and no further permits shall be issued for the remainder of the year. No refunds shall be issued on those permits requiring a paid fee. Persons found to be displaying said permits in violation of this section may be subject to a fine and impoundment of their Vehicle.

Service Permits

Two-hour service permits are designed for use by employees who perform maintenance on equipment, deliver or install equipment, or have duties that cannot be met by transit or state Vehicles. Use of the two-hour service permit is limited to a two- hour time limit in any one location, unless otherwise specified. Departments may apply for two-hour service permits through the Department of Transportation and Parking using an application form which must be signed by the Department Director / Department Chair. Requests for additional permits must include justification of the need and address the reasons for inability of transit to meet the departmental needs. Vehicles displaying a two-hour service permit may park in any unreserved parking space or any designated service permit space.

Fifteen-minute service permits are designed for use by representatives of non-affiliated service companies using unmarked Vehicles that have a need to make deliveries taking fifteen minutes or less. Companies may apply for the permit through the Department of Transportation and Parking. Use of the permit is restricted to fifteen minutes in any one location. The fifteen-minute service permit may not be used by University or UNC Hospitals employees or students. Vehicles displaying a fifteen-minute service permit may park in any unreserved space, or any designated service permit space.

Vendor Service Permits

Representatives of non affiliated service companies that have a contractual relationship with the University to deliver goods or services may apply for a vendor service permit through the Department of Transportation and Parking. An application must be completed by the vendor and approved by the Director of Transportation and Parking. Vendors with Vehicles prominently displaying the vendor’s name or logo, performing routine deliveries and pick-ups from University buildings, and requiring less than fifteen minutes are exempt from any permit requirement. Faculty, staff and students are not eligible to display or purchase Vendor Service Permits.

Vendors may purchase temporary (one-day) permits from the Department of Transportation and Parking. Vehicles displaying a Vendor Permit may park in areas designated by the Department of Transportation and Parking.

Government Vehicles displaying Federal license plates are exempt from the permit requirement. Construction Vehicles are not exempt and contractors must contact the Department of Transportation and Parking to arrange for appropriate parking. Construction contractors are not eligible for Vendor Permits.

“ALG” Permits

These permits are issued to employees having broad, significant, Campus-wide responsibilities. ALG permits may be used in all gated and non-gated parking spaces, which are not otherwise reserved, with the exception of the Dogwood, Cardinal, and Rams Head Decks and all surface visitor parking lots. “ALG” permits shall be allocated from the zone adjacent to the primary work location. “ALG” permits are approved by the Chancellor or his/her designee.

Morning Shift (AM Permit)

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue special permits to employees of the University and UNC Hospitals whose regular work hours are within the time period 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The “AM” permit will entitle the holder to park in the assigned zone from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Afternoon Shift (PM Permit)

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue special permits to employees of the University and UNC Hospitals whose schedule of work begins after 12:00 p.m. These permits entitle the holder to park in the assigned zone space after 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rotating Shift (SR/NR Permits)

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue special permits to employees of the University and UNC Hospitals who have regular working hours rotate equally among shifts. An NR permit will be allocated from one of the north Campus primary zones, which shall appear on the permit. SR permits will be allocated from one of the south Campus primary zones, which shall appear on the permit. The permit shall only be valid in the designated zone, unless the lot is specifically reserved as outlined in Special Event Parking.

Disability Permits

Mobility-impaired students and employees of the University and employees of UNC Hospitals desiring parking on Campus must obtain a UNC Disability permit by the established application process, through the Department of Transportation and Parking. An allocation of spaces will be made available to mobility impaired users, based upon a physician’s certification of need. UNC Disability permits will be assigned from zones throughout Campus, and their cost will be based on the sliding scale fee structure. the Department of Transportation and Parking will determine the zone based on access needs and availability. By displaying the UNC Disability permit, an individual may park in his assigned space or any unreserved space within his designated zone. Reasonable accommodations for mobility impaired students and employees will be made.

Vanpool Permits

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, shall determine vanpool allocations by the predominant driver based on space availability. Vanpool users must submit a list of participants to the Department of Transportation and Parking with name, department name, and work telephone number for each individual. The parking permit fee will be waived for vanpools.

Carpool Permits

Those persons wishing to carpool may apply through their department jointly for a single transferable permit at no additional charge. Once issued, this permit will be transferable only among the Vehicles in the carpool, as registered with the Department of Transportation and Parking. This permit shall be displayed as provided in Display of Permits. Only one of the registered Vehicles may be parked in the zone designated during parking control hours.

The Chancellor or his/her designee shall determine carpool allocations based on space availability. The Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP) outlines available carpool options. If a carpool is disbanded during the permit year, the carpool permit must be cancelled and returned to the Department of Transportation and Parking.

Emergency Staff Permits

Emergency staff permits are issued by UNC Hospitals for those persons responding to emergency medical calls. The permits are only valid in the spaces designated for emergency staff parking.

Official Visitor Permits

Departments may apply for annual official visitor permits through the Department of Transportation and Parking. Justification of need must accompany each request. The permit is not authorized for use by employees or students of the University or UNC Hospitals. If there is a visitor lot within two blocks, that lot must be used in lieu of obtaining official visitor permits. Official visitor permits are not valid in any pay operations lot. Vehicles displaying this permit may park in spaces that are not metered, gates controlled for zone permits, pay visitor parking, or other areas specifically reserved.

Board Members Permits

Special permits are issued to serving members of the:

  1. Board of Trustees of the University;
  2. Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina;
  3. Board of Directors of the UNC Healthcare System; and
  4. Other University-affiliated boards, as specified by the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers.

Vehicles displaying these permits may park in any unreserved zoned space and in any service space. Normally, these permits shall not be valid for controlled-access zones.

Construction Trailer Permits

Contractors who need parking for storage of materials or supplies may purchase a permit for $70.00 per month. The construction trailers will be stored at a designated location on Campus.

Reserved Space Permits (RS)

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue a reserved space permit to a person, department, or school. Job duties and other functions associated with employment shall be considered in determining whether a reserved space permit is appropriate (e.g., area directors required to live in residence halls). The cost of the permit and space shall be as defined in Parking Fees. Reserved spaces assigned to departments are for use by visitors / patients to the department only. Use of these permits by departmental employees is prohibited. Should reserved space abuse occur, the Department of Transportation and Parking reserves the right to revoke the department’s reserved space permits.

Bicycle Permits

Students and employees of the University and UNC Hospitals are required to display a bicycle parking permit. A bicycle registrant will be issued a free, five- year bicycle permit to be affixed as a sticker to the bicycle frame as described in Display of Permits. Bicycle permits are not transferable.

Park and Ride Permits

Park and Ride lots are designated for University employees and students commuting to Main Campus by parking their Vehicles away from the Main Campus and using transit services to reach Main Campus. Persons parking in Park and Ride lots shall register in the Park and Ride program and display a Park and Ride (PR) permit in their Vehicle. The pricing for Park and Ride (PR) permits is set forth in Parking Fees. Window sticker permits are to be affixed to the lower right-hand side of the front windshield.

Employees with a primary worksite located adjacent to a Park and Ride lot will not be eligible to utilize a Park and Ride lot as proximate worksite parking. Park and Ride lots are for use by those taking advantage of transit for their daily commute to Main Campus and not meant as primary parking for those working adjacent to the lot.

Night Parking (NP) Permits

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue night parking permits. The “NP” permit will entitle the holder to park in designated NP parking zones from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. For parking zones marked as both an NP zone and as a daytime zone or PR zone, the daytime and PR parking permits will still be honored and remain valid after 5:00 p.m. (subject to Special Event Parking).

The parking permit must be properly displayed at all times. Parking permits must be clearly visible and cannot be obscured in any manner. A violation of this section will result in the appropriate fine.

Permit display options are:

  1. Hanging from the Vehicle’s rearview mirror facing the front of the Vehicle, clearly visible through the front windshield. When using a special permit assigned to a department (such as two-hour service, etc.), the parking zone permit must be displayed in front of the special permit, so that both permits are clearly visible through the front windshield.
  2. If the tint, slant, or other design factors of the Vehicle obscures in any way the permit’s visibility, the permit should be displayed on the passenger side of the windshield in the lower corner.
  3. Bicycle permits must be affixed to the rear upright frame bar supporting the seat of the bicycle.
  4. Permits for motorcycles must be displayed on the rear fender so it can be seen when viewing the license plate from behind the motorcycle or on the front fork, or on the State inspection plate. Permits for motorcycle covers must be permanently affixed on the top rear area of the motorcycle cover. The Department of Transportation and Parking must record the license plate number of the authorized motorcycle on the motorcycle cover permit.
  5. Permits for Vehicles using car covers must be affixed permanently on the top center windshield portion of the cover. The license plate number of the authorized Vehicle must be recorded on the permit by the Department of Transportation and Parking. An additional permit must be displayed from the rearview mirror of the authorized Vehicle. the Department of Transportation and Parking will record the license plate number of the Vehicle on the car cover.
  6. Adhesive windshield permits should be displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the front windshield.
It is unlawful for any person to produce (or cause to be produced), to alter, or to display, without authority of the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, any parking permit, sticker, decal, gate card, or other device indicating eligibility to park on the Campus. Such permits shall be confiscated, no refunds shall be issued, the violators will be issued a citation, the Vehicles shall be towed or booted, and the violators shall be ineligible for a parking permit for one calendar year. Violators will first meet with the Chancellor’s designated Hearing Officer, and then violations may be forwarded to the appropriate agency for disciplinary action(s) (i.e., the Student Attorney General for students, the Office of Human Resources and the department chair for SHRA employees, the department chair for University faculty and EHRA non-faculty employees, and UNC Hospitals Personnel Department for hospital employees). Prior to the release of the Vehicle, the improper permit must be surrendered to the Department of Transportation and Parking.
It is unlawful for any person to obtain a parking permit by any means other than procedures established by the Chancellor pursuant to this Ordinance, including but not limited to, obtaining such permits by theft, fraud, trickery, willful misrepresentation of fact, purchase from another, or gift from another. Such permits shall be confiscated, no refunds shall be issued, the violators will be issued a citation, the Vehicles shall be towed or booted, and the violators shall be ineligible for a parking permit for one calendar year. Violators will first meet with the Chancellor’s designated Hearing Officer, and then violations may be forwarded to the appropriate agency for disciplinary action(s), (i.e., the Student Attorney General for students, the Office of Human Resources and the department chair for SHRA employees, the department chair for University faculty and EHRA non-faculty employees, and UNC Hospitals Personnel Department for hospital employees). Prior to the release of the Vehicle, the improper permit must be surrendered to the Department of Transportation and Parking.
The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, may issue regulations for the transfer of permits from one Vehicle to another owned or used by the holder of the permit, and it is unlawful for a person in possession of such a permit to use it in any manner inconsistent with such regulations.

It is unlawful for any person in possession of a parking permit, whether that possession is lawful or unlawful, to give, sell, or otherwise transfer or to attempt to transfer it to another. It is unlawful for any person to display on a Vehicle a parking permit not issued to that person for use with that specific Vehicle or to display a lost, stolen, counterfeit, or an altered permit. Such permits shall be confiscated, no refunds shall be issued, the violators will be issued a citation, the Vehicles shall be impounded or booted, and the violators shall be ineligible for a parking permit for one calendar year. Violators will first meet with the Chancellor’s designated Hearing Officer, and then violations may be forwarded to the appropriate agency for disciplinary action(s), (i.e., the Student Attorney General for students, the Office of Human Resources and the department chair for SHRA employees, the department chair for University faculty and EHRA non-faculty employees, and UNC Hospitals for hospital employees). Prior to the release of the Vehicle, the improper permit must be surrendered to the Department of Transportation and Parking.

Any person who is permitted to retain their eligibility for a parking permit after being charged with a violation of Counterfeiting/Altering Parking PermitsObtaining Parking Permits Through Unlawful Means, or Unauthorized Display of Parking Permits will not be issued a refund for previously purchased permits (payroll deduction will continue). The person will be required to purchase a permit at the current prorated issuance rate for the zone being purchased.
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