Q: When will parking permits be available?

A: Commuters: Parking permits may be purchased beginning August 15th. On campus residents: An application and registration form will be mailed in early August. Parking lot assignments will be made as applications are received by Visitor & Parking Services on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits may then be picked up on move in day.

Q: Why are there different types of parking permits and different fees?

A: There are approximately 5,000 parking spaces on campus, but with over 12,000 students (3,800 living on campus) and 1,200 faculty and staff, a system of allocating the available parking spaces is needed. On campus students generally require a parking space 24 hours a day. On campus students are assigned to a parking lot near their residence halls, and are expected to walk to classes and other campus destinations. Commuting students use parking lots near the academic buildings, and generally they are on campus for shorter periods of time. Because of this turnover, a parking space in a commuter lot generates approximately the same amount of revenue as a parking space in a resident lot.

Q: What are the payment options?

A: Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, PurplePoints, or the permit fee may be added to a student's account. Payment should be made at the time the permit is picked up.

Q: Where does the money go?

A: The revenue is used to pay all costs of providing parking at the University. In accordance with Wisconsin statutes, parking utilities on University of Wisconsin campuses are considered auxiliary enterprises, and are operated in a manner similar to a non-profit business. The parking program is prohibited from using tuition or tax generated revenue. Operating costs include new construction, maintenance, staff salaries, debt service and other routine expenses.

Q: Why are citations issued?

A: Citations issued for "no permit" or "overtime meter" are a matter of fairness to those students and others that have purchased a parking permit or paid meter fees, and as an incentive to comply with campus parking regulations. Parking Services is also charged with maintaining safe and orderly conditions for traffic and pedestrian movement on campus. Vehicles cannot be allowed to restrict the movement of normal traffic or emergency vehicles.

Q: What happens if a parking citation goes unpaid?

A: If a citation is unpaid, a late fee is added after five business days, and a notice of unpaid citation is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. If it remains unpaid, approximately 28 days after the citation was issued an administrative fee is added and a second notice is mailed, again to the registered owner of the vehicle. After approximately 60 days, an additional $10.00 fee is added and the license plate is referred to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV suspends the registration for the vehicle with that license plate, and will refuse to renew registrations for vehicles with the same owner. Notices are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes. The additional fees added to the fine amount are an incentive to pay citations promptly and to recover the costs of collection efforts.

If the vehicle is not registered in Wisconsin and it can be traced to a UW-Whitewater student, an administrative hold is placed on the student's registration and transcript records.

Vehicles that accumulate 3 or more unpaid citations are towed from campus at the operator's expense if the vehicle is found parked in violation of campus parking regulations.

Q: What do I do if I borrow a different car, or have a loaner because my car is being repaired?

A: The parking permit may be transferred and displayed on any vehicle. It is not necessary to notify the Parking Office.

Q: Is there any time that parking permits and meter fees are NOT enforced?

A: From noon on Fridays, until midnight on Sundays, and on legal holidays. Parking 2:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. in commuting student lots is allowed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Q: What if I only need to park on campus occasionally?

A: Temporary parking permits are available, at a cost of $2.00 for each 12 hours or $4.00 for a 24 hour period. Permits may be purchased at the Visitor Center. Walk in, drive up, or use the 24 hour vending machine located near the drive up window.