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Parking regulations are in effect. Before coming into the Transportation and Parking office, please see online options or contact a customer service representative by email at parking@unc.edu or emppark@unchealth.unc.edu for UNC Hospitals employees.

Fall 2020 semester permits will be honored through Dec. 31. No additional action required.

For Spring 2021, Transportation and Parking will continue strategies implemented in Fall 2020, including optimizing parking availability and enhanced safety practices for public transit. These strategies were developed in collaboration with campus representatives from the Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT) and others within the community to understand and support changes to commuter populations, including teleworking and hybrid learning schedules and to mitigate impacts related to transit capacity reductions associated with physical distancing.

Permit year August 1 through July 31, 2021

  • The permit year, which typically begins Aug. 15, began Aug. 1 to accommodate changes to the academic calendar
  • Student Spring 2021 semester permits valid Jan. 4 – May 14, 2021
  • Employee Spring 2021 semester permits valid Jan. 4 – July 31, 2021

Daily Parking

In order to accommodate an occasional need to park on campus, daily parking options are offered via ParkMobile in designated areas.

Virtual Parking Permit

Employee, student, and state vehicle permits are virtual. Service and official visitor permits remain physical hang tags.

Virtual permits require:

  • No physical hang tag displayed in the vehicle
  • Permit holder to register vehicle license plate(s) through Online Services, and the plate is the permit
  • Vehicles must park with license plate visible from the travel lane or valid front license plate
  • Coming soon: Ability to purchase front license plate through UNC Transportation and Parking

Semester Permits for Commuter Students

In an effort to utilize available parking resources due to reduced on-campus reporting, commuter students will receive semester permits for spring 2021.

  • Commuter student permits for spring 2021 are valid Jan. 4 – May 14, 2021
  • Commuter students requesting a parking permit for spring 2021 semester will need to enter the spring commuter parking lottery

Weeknight Parking Permits honored at 4 p.m.

Weeknight parking, which typically begins 5 p.m., will now begin at 4 p.m. to accommodate changes in evening class and lab schedules. Weeknight parking permits are honored in designated lots throughout campus. Students (excluding first-year undergraduate students) are eligible for weeknight parking through student fees and may register license plate(s) in Online Services.

Reduced Pricing for Commuters

In an effort to accommodate changing work and class schedules, a pricing strategy was developed to provide a reduction in cost to those who may have reduced or adjusted on-campus presence.

Employees who report to campus 3 days or less are eligible for a reduced permit cost. Department parking coordinators are required to verify an employee’s schedule meets the criteria for a reduced cost. If an employee’s schedule reverts to more than 3 days reporting to campus, the full permit cost is applicable.

All commuter students, regardless of schedule, who receive a permit through the student parking registration processes will receive a semester permit at the commuter semester permit cost in consideration of adjusted on-campus schedules.

Residential students (living in UNC housing) who receive a permit through the student parking registration processes will receive an academic year permit at the academic year permit cost.

Measures to provide customer service approaches that incorporate community standards and limit requirements for in-person office visits include:

Before coming into the Transportation and Parking office, please see online options or contact a customer service representative:

Metered parking is cashless. Payment may be made through pay stations via card or ParkMobile app.

Please refer to the Transportation and Parking Gameday Operations Events Calendar for parking information about upcoming events on campus.

Transportation and Parking has worked with the campus community, including Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) representatives, as well as professional schools, to develop strategies that support changes to commuting demands.

Student fall 2020 semester permits will be honored through Winter Break (through Dec. 31). The permit extension is automatic and requires no additional action on the student’s part. Students who do not have a fall 2020 permit and need to park on campus between Dec.1 and Dec. 31 may request a permit by emailing parking@unc.edu. There will be no permit cost for a student between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31.

Spring 2021 Lottery

Notification of permit assignments are sent via email within five days after the close of lottery registration. When notified of a virtual permit assignment, students will be directed to Online Services and must provide proof of insurance and license plate registration. The cost of the permit is due by the designated deadline or the permit is forfeited. Student citation balances must be cleared prior to registering and purchasing a permit.

Students requesting parking for Spring 2021 may register for the lottery. Scheduled parking permit release dates outlined below.

Item​  Date​ 
First Spring 2021 Parking Lottery Available​ Dec. 1 – Dec. 11​
First Lottery Permit Assignment Process​ Dec. 14 and 15​
First Student Lottery Notification​ Dec. 16​
First Lottery Payment Deadline​ Dec. 16 – Dec. 23​
Hardship Application Available​ Dec. 17 – Jan. 8​
Second Spring 2021 Lottery Permit Available Dec. 16 – Jan. 5
Spring semester permit​ Jan. 4 – May 14​
Second Lottery Permit Assignment Process Jan. 4 and 5
Second Lottery Notification Jan. 6
Second Lottery Payment Deadline Jan. 6 – Jan. 11
Hardship Application Review​ Jan. 8 – Jan. 14​
Student Hardship Notification​ Jan. 15
Student Hardship Payment Deadline​ Jan. 15 – Jan. 18
Waitlist Release​ (weekly) Jan. 11
Waitlist Payment Deadline​ Jan. 11 – Jan. 19​
Available Parking Permits for Sale Jan. 11
First-Year Undergraduate Resident Permits
First-Year Undergraduate Resident Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 50
K PERMIT 15
M PERMIT 2
N5 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 15
RR PERMIT 500
S4 PERMIT 5
S12 PERMIT 5
First-Year Undergraduate Commuter Permits
First-Year Undergraduate Commuter Permit Availability
N5 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 10
RD PERMIT 25
S10 PERMIT 10
S11 PERMIT 40
  • Sophomores and sophomore transfers register for permits based on class and residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first
Sophomore Resident Permits
Sophomore Resident Permit Availability
A PERMIT 10
CD PERMIT 75
K PERMIT 35
L PERMIT 2
M PERMIT 4
N5 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 20
RR PERMIT 475
S4 PERMIT 5
S12 PERMIT 10
Sophomore Commuter Permits
Sophomore Commuter Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 30
N5 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 20
RD PERMIT 45
S4 PERMIT 15
S10 PERMIT 10
S11 PERMIT 50
  • Juniors and junior transfers register for permits based on class and residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first
Junior Resident Permits
Junior Resident Permit Availability
A PERMIT 15
CD PERMIT 75
K PERMIT 40
L PERMIT 5
M PERMIT 5
N5 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 20
RR PERMIT 300
S4 PERMIT 10
S12 PERMIT 25
Junior Commuter Permits
Junior Commuter Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 30
JD PERMIT 20
N5 PERMIT 25
N7 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 30
RD PERMIT 60
S4 PERMIT 10
S10 PERMIT 15
S11 PERMIT 50
  • Seniors register for permits based on class and residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect class or residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first
Senior Resident Permits
Senior Resident Permit Availability
A PERMIT 20
CD PERMIT 100
K PERMIT 45
L PERMIT 5
M PERMIT 7
N5 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 20
RR PERMIT 300
S4 PERMIT 10
S12 PERMIT 25
Senior Commuter Permits
Senior Commuter Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 50
JD PERMIT 20
N5 PERMIT 25
N7 PERMIT 10
ND PERMIT 40
RD PERMIT 100
S4 PERMIT 30
S10 PERMIT 35
S11 PERMIT 100
S12 PERMIT 25
  • Graduate students register for permits based on residential/commuter status. Students living in UNC Housing are residents and students in living off-campus housing are commuters
  • Commuter lots are designated for transient parking and not intended for long-term parking or storage for nearby housing
  • Permit eligibility is verified in the Fall Semester. Students who register for a permit with an incorrect residential/commuter status will be notified by email and the virtual permit cancelled
  • Graduate students living in Student Family Housing should contact Baity Hill Office property manager for parking assignment. Baity Hill residents are not eligible for commuter permits
  • Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first
Graduate Resident Permits
Graduate Resident Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 5
RR PERMIT 5
S12 PERMIT 5
Graduate Commuter Permits
Graduate Commuter Permit Availability
CD PERMIT 260
JD PERMIT 75
N5 PERMIT 50
N7 PERMIT 50
ND PERMIT 75
RD PERMIT 165
S4 PERMIT 50
S10 PERMIT 15
S11 PERMIT 150
S12 PERMIT 75

Hardship parking is considered on a case-by-case basis for students with qualifying circumstances, which include commuting from off-campus housing and/or military and family obligations. Even if a student’s circumstances warrant applying for a hardship permit, students should apply through the lottery process first.

Students must demonstrate qualifying circumstances where commuting demands cannot be met by available transportation options, such as transit, carpool, biking, or walking.  Permit costs are the responsibility of the student (Student Permit Prices).

Qualifying circumstances include:

  • Family obligations
  • Internship or clinical requirements
  • Significant extracurricular involvement
Fall 2020 semester waitlist permits will automatically renew for Spring 2021. To cancel the automatic renewal, employees must complete the cancellation form. Employees may cancel permits at any time for a prorated refund.
  • Daily permit options available through Parkmobile in designated lots
  • Employees interested in an on campus permit should contact their department parking coordinator
  • License plate(s) must be registered through Online Services to associate vehicle with virtual permit
  • Only one registered vehicle may be on campus at one time
  • Confirmed teleworking employees receive a calibrated reduced permit price
  • Daily permit options available through ParkMobile in designated lots
  • Postdoctoral Fellows interested in an on campus permit should contact their department parking coordinator to request:
    • a permit from the department allocation, if available
    • a permit from the postdoctoral allocation, available on a first-come, first-serve basis
    • a permit from the waitlist, availability based on lot capacity and waitlist position (released biweekly)
  • License plate(s) must be registered through Online Services to associate vehicle with virtual permit
  • Only one registered vehicle may be on campus at one time
  • Confirmed teleworking employees receive a calibrated reduced permit price

Annual parking permits may be cancelled at any time for a prorated refund. Spring 2021 semester permits cancelled before Jan. 24 receive a full refund; permits cancelled after Jan. 25 receive a prorated refund.

  • To cancel a permit, students must complete the cancellation form; students will receive an email confirmation of the processed cancellation
  • Students will receive an email confirmation when the credit is in process
  • Employees and Postdoctoral Fellows with a department allocated permit must contact their department parking coordinator to cancel the permit
  • Employees and Postdoctoral Fellows with a Park-and-Ride or motorcycle permit must complete the cancellation form

Students must agree to the COVID-19 Student Acknowledgement in order to participate in classes for 2020-2021, and the guidelines are a condition of employment for faculty and staff.

P2P Express and P2P Shuttle

P2P Express and P2P Shuttle fixed-route services provided on-demand through Jan. 15. Use TransLoc or call P2P at 919-962-7867 to request a ride. (Service Hours: 7 p.m. – 6 a.m., Monday through Sunday, excluding holidays)

Beginning Jan. 16, P2P Express and P2P Shuttle resume normal fixed-route operations.

RR Shuttle

RR Shuttle services suspended for fall 2020. Beginning Jan. 15, P2P provides on-demand service after the NU Route stops operating.

Library Shuttle

Library Shuttle services suspended for fall 2020 and spring 2021 due to reduced library hours.

On-Demand Services

On-demand services (ADA, After Dark, Campus Health) operating normally.

PASS Cart Services

PASS Cart services: Call as needed (919-962-7867)

All P2P Services

  • Wear a mask or face covering while in vehicle
  • Adhere to all driver requests
  • Check seat area for belongings before exiting
  • No smoking, eating, drinking, yelling, or using profanity
  • Do not participate in activities that distract the driver or are unsafe to other riders

Vans

  • Limit one passenger per vehicle (exception for passengers requiring a companion for medical reasons)
  • Rear passenger seating only

Buses

  • Wait for riders to exit before boarding
  • Do not board bus if it is already at capacity (limited capacity due to social distancing)
  • Priority seating for patrons with accessibility needs

Community Standards

Masks mandatory for on-demand and shuttle riders; masks available in vehicles

On-demand Service Standards

  • Plastic barrier between driver and rider
  • Limit one passenger per vehicle (exception for passengers requiring a companion for medical reasons)
  • Passengers ride in the back seat to promote social distancing
  • Commonly touched surfaced wiped down before and after shifts
  • Professionally sanitized regularly

Shuttle Service Standards

  • Plastic barrier between driver and rider
  • Limit passengers per social distancing recommendations
  • Commonly touched surfaced wiped down before and after shifts
  • Professionally sanitized regularly

Local and regional transit providers (see agency websites for specific measures) have implemented:

  • Mask requirement (posted in vehicles)
  • Mask and hand sanitizer available in vehicle
  • Limit passengers based on vehicle size
  • Separate driver and passenger(s)
  • Rear-door boarding where possible
  • Mark seating (6-feet)
  • Route consolidation with additional buses
  • Increased sanitation of vehicles
  • Air filtration
  • UV Light sanitation

Medical Center Shuttle

  • UNC Hospitals Transportation Dispatch (984-974-0465)

Park-and-Ride and Transit

Regional Transit

Alerts and updates for regional transit operations can be found at:

Bikeshare

University

Hospital

I am a student with a fall 2020 semester permit with an expiration date of Nov. 27. How do I extend my permit after Nov. 27?
Student fall 2020 semester permits are automatically extended through Winter Break (Dec. 31). No action is required.
I am a student who needs a Spring 2021 semester permit. How do register for parking?
Spring 2021 lottery registration opens Dec. 1. Students sign up for the lottery through Online Services.
I am a first-year undergraduate student, and I need parking access for Spring 2021. Do I have to go through a hardship process?
No, a first-year undergraduate student may request parking through Online Services via the waitlist or register for the lottery?. You will not be required to submit a hardship application for the Spring semester.
I am a student. What if I do not receive parking through the lottery process?
Students may begin signing up for the Spring 2021 waitlist on Jan. 6 through Online Services.
I am a residential student. Will I receive a calibrated price for my permit?
No, residential students live on campus and are not eligible for the calibrated price. Only commuting students with a registered commuter permit are eligible for the calibrated price. – Annual permits were not calibrated; semester permits were calibrated.
I come to campus less than two days a week, what are my parking options?
Occasional-use options include daily parking located throughout campus and hourly parking in designated locations.
I am an employee who is only coming to campus occasionally. How much will my permit cost?
Once your department verifies you are a teleworking employee, the calibrated permit pricing will apply. If you prefer not to purchase a permit for the year or semester, you may also use daily parking options for designated lots throughout campus.
How do I cancel my spring 2021 permit?
Students may cancel spring 2021 permits by completing the cancellation form. Employees should contact their department parking coordinator to cancel a permit.
Can I park in a reserved space or in an area not designated for parking while parking regulations are not in effect?
No. While you can park in marked parking spaces without a parking permit, spaces designated reserved for specific purposes such as disability, service or delivery are not open parking and require specific credentials. Fire lanes are never available for parking and are open to ensure public safety and access for emergency response.
What is a virtual permit and how does it work?
A virtual permit means that no physical permit/hang tag is required. Instead, your license plate is registered in the system and serves as your credential. License plate recognition (LPR) technology scans your plate to verify that you are credentialed to park in the lot. Vehicles must park with license plate visible from the travel lane of the space.
Why can’t I back in or pull-through park?
You must have a valid front license plate to back in or pull-through park. Otherwise, back-in or pull through parking is not allowed. LPR technology must be able to read your plate from the travel lane of the parking space to verify your registered plate.
Do I still use my UNC OneCard for gate access?
Yes, for gated access lots, UNC OneCard will continue to be used.
When will I receive my permit?
Parking permits are virtual, so there is no physical permit. Instead, your license plate is your permit. Once you have registered your license plate in your Online Services account and purchased a permit, you have parking privileges.
What if I drive multiple vehicles or get a new license plate?
You can register multiple and update vehicle license plates online. Only one vehicle can be on campus at a time associated with the permit. Any license plate registered to your account is your responsibility when parking on campus.
If I register more than one vehicle, does that mean I can park all of them on campus?
No, you may only park one vehicle on campus at one time with that paid virtual permit. Individuals who park more than one vehicle on campus at the same time must purchase a paid parking permit or session for the additional vehicle(s).

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