Parking Services
UW-Whitewater Visitors Center

Contact & FAQs

Parking Services (Located in the Visitor Center building)
826 W. Starin Road
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (262) 472-1011
Fax: (262) 472-5775


Business Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closed on State Holidays

Parking permits will be available for purchase on-line usually in August. An email will be sent mid July to late July, briefly explaining the date permits will be available to purchase. All permits are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Students who will be living on campus or commuting to campus can refer to Student Parking for more detailed information.

Parking permits are now digital and enforced via License Plate Recognition (LPR).  This means you will not receive any physical permit, because your license plate is your permit.  Therefore, it is the permit holder's responsibility to maintain an accurate vehicle record.  If there is any need to change vehicle(s) associated with a permit, please log into the parking portal and make the necessary changes directly under your permit.

Parking rates are determined by evaluating the cost of current and future facility needs, maintenance requirements, administration services, safety, and enforcement.  These costs are passed on as user fees to those who use the parking facilities.

All revenues collected through permit sales, daily permits, and parking citations are directly used to fund necessary maintenance projects, preparation of new parking facilities, salaries of staff, and to make payments on the debt service from previous parking projects.   In accordance with Wisconsin statutes, parking utilities on University of Wisconsin campuses are considered auxiliary enterprises, which means Parking Services must be a self-supporting enterprise.   The parking program is prohibited from using tuition or tax generated revenue.   By law parking funds can only be utilized for costs associated with parking, transportation, and security.

The Parking Services office accepts cash, check, credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover).    We do not accept bills larger than $50 or coin payments over $2.00.   

If you are a student, payment for parking permits only can be billed to your student account.   Employees of the University (not students) may have the cost of the parking permit deducted from their payroll checks.  

Temporary parking permits are available at a cost of $5.00/day.   Permits may be purchased in person in the Parking office during business hours, from the kiosk, which is located behind the Visitor Center building (available 24/7), or visitor permits can be purchased online.

Visitor permits are not valid for overnight parking.   

Permits purchased from the kiosk; be sure to read the signs located on each side to know what lots the permit is allowed.

From 5 pm Friday to 11 pm Sunday it is considered free parking on campus except when certain events are happening, then lots may be closed.  Parking on streets (Prince, Prairie, and Lauderdale) between the hours of 2 am and 5 am is prohibited at all times; including weekends.    There are nine (9) University recognized holidays that allow free parking on campus.   Parking will announce any additional unenforced timeframes through University media outlets.

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve day.

Yes.   Parking Services enforces 24/7 all parking rules and regulations year-round, even when classes are not in session. 

No.   Parking Services enforces all parking rules and regulations year-round.   The same rules and regulations are enforced during exam schedules.

Information on the different types of permits we offer and their pricing can be found at the Parking Services website.

There are less than 5,000 parking spaces on campus, with over 12,000 students 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.

Faculty and Staff are eligible for the Faculty/Staff (blue) permit or the North Commuter (brown) permit.   Students who are not living on campus, are eligible for either the North (brown) or South (orange) Commuter permit.   Students living in a residence hall on campus, are eligible for the Resident (yellow) permit in a lot that is located closest to their hall.    For more detailed information, go to "Faculty/Staff" or "Student Parking" on our website.

If permits sell out, you have the ability to add yourself to the waitlist through the parking permit portal website. If a permit becomes available later in the year, those on the waitlist will be notified of the availability by email.

Until you receive an email notification, there will be no parking available for your vehicle on campus. You will need to leave your vehicle at home or you will need to make off campus parking arrangements.

Permits are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis once permits sell out, UW Whitewater cannot accommodate special parking arrangements and is not responsible to find additional parking.

Students purchasing a permit will have the option to pay with a credit card or have the amount transferred to their student bill.   If the payment is added to your student bill, payments will then need to be paid through the Cashier’s office located in Hyer Hall.

A registered permit holder who forgets their parking permit for a day, will be issued one free temporary permit per semester.   Any additional permits needed within that semester, will be charged $5.00.

No.   Due to the demand for parking permits, it is the best and fairest policy for our office to offer that permit to an individual on the established waiting lists.   It is illegal to resell, or offer for resale, at any price, UW-Whitewater Parking Permits.   Also, permits are associated with specific license plate numbers and if the permit does not match the license plate, the permit may be considered stolen and any vehicle displaying the permit may be ticketed, booted, or towed at owner’s expense.

To view or change a vehicle license plate that is registered to your permit, go to the Parking Services website.

  • Click here for instructions for vehicle changes  
    • Please use the Temporary Option for loaner/rental vehicles

    If you need to add a new vehicle or are moving an existing license plate to a different vehicle you will need to contact our office at 262-472-1011 or email us at

    Please note commuter and and staff permits will be able to register up to 2 vehicles registered to one permit but only 1 vehicle can be on campus at a time.   Students living on campus will only be able to register 1 vehicle.

    You may be eligible to receive a prorated refund if you return the permit to Parking Services office and fill out the request for refund form.   Parking Services will then process that prorated refund.

    Visit our website "General Information" for the quarterly proration schedule.

    Visitors should purchase a daily or weekly permit from the Parking Services office during office hours or after hours from the permit kiosk (located in the service drive behind the Visitor Center).   Hourly permits, up to 4 hours, can be purchased from the permit kiosk.   Students may purchase a permit on behalf of their guests.

    In accordance with Residence Life policy a visitor staying as a guest in a resident hall may purchase parking for up to two consecutive nights.   The overnight visitor permit will only be valid to park in Lot 19.

    You should call the Parking office during business hours or after business hours, call UW-W Police non-emergency number at 262-472-4660.   You will be instructed where to park for a limited time while enforcement goes through your lot to ticket violators and tow if necessary.

    Tickets are issued to enforce the parking regulations policies and procedures.  These rules ensure maximum parking is available to our campus community and to help maintain safety.    The fine amounts are based on how severly an infraction inconveniences other motorists.  

    Unpaid tickets with Wisconsin plates are subject to late fees and after 78 days an additional fee of $10 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. 

    Unpaid tickets with out of state plates are subject to late fees and after 78 days an additional fee of $15 is added and an invoice sent to registered owner of vehicle.    Any invoice not paid over 90 days will be sent to collections.

    All tickets must be appealed online within five (5) days of when the ticket was issued.    Any ticket that is appealed and denied will be assessed a $10 processing fee.

    Tickets may be paid online, in person in the Parking Office (located in the Visitor Center), or mailed to our address, 826 W. Starin Road, Whitewater, WI 53190.    Please note, UW-Whitewater is not responsible for lost checks or cash that are mailed.

    Paying Your Parking Ticket Video

    No.    Tickets will not be transferred to your student bill.    They must be paid to avoid any late fees, possible license plate and vehicle registration suspension, or collection process.

    For event parking information, please see the Parking website and choose “Event Parking.”

    Signs will be posted at the entrance of the lots that will be closed, an announcement email will be sent to all staff and students, and the parking website will have information.   It is the staff’s and student’s responsibility to let their guests know of any closed parking lots to eliminate unwanted tickets.

    Coin operated meters have been removed from UW-Whitewater campus due to the cost of maintaining, the inefficiency of outdated equipment, and to make it more convenient for the patrons who visit the campus.   The coin operated metered stalls have been replaced with the Passport Parking App that you download to your smartphone and pay for short term parking through your phone.

    The current rate is $0.25/15 minutes up to a 2 hour or 4 hour maxed time limit.   There is a $0.25 convenience fee that is added to your session.   If you need to extend your session, you will not be charged an additional convenience fee; it is a one-time fee for each new session.   

    NOTE:  You will not be able to extend any session once you have reached the maximum time limit.   The maximum time limit is 2 hours except for lot 11 which is 4 hour maximum time limit.     Once a session has expired even if you didn't pay for the entire time allowed in that space, you will be locked out of that space for 24 hours.  In these circumstances, you will need to move your vehicle to another space and pay the fee.

    If you do not have a smart phone to download the AMP Parking App, visit the Parking Services office to purchase a daily permit, or stop at our parking permit kiosk (located in the service drive behind the Visitor Center) where you are able to purchase hourly parking permits up to 4 hours.

    If you do not have a credit card, you will need to stop at the Parking Services office to purchase a daily permit.   We accept cash (nothing larger than $50 bills or coins over $2 will not be accepted) or check.

    Parking in Lot 12 after 7 pm does not require a parking permit to allow for students and patrons to access the library however, parking in stalls with any type of sign is still not allowed.

    Call the UW-Whitewater Police non-emergency number at 262-472-4660 and request an escort from our campus CSOs. More information can be found in the UWW Police Personal Safety FAQ.

    Call UW-Whitewater Police non-emergency at 262-472-4660.    If your vehicle is on University Grounds, the University Campus Service Officers (CSO’s) can assist in unlocking or jump starting your vehicle.   For more information on Campus Service Officers, please visit the University Police website.

    If your vehicle becomes stalled, stuck, or disabled on University property, contact the University Parking Services and University Police Department immediately with the license plate number, vehicle information, and location of vehicle.   If the vehicle is not obstructing traffic or is not creating a hazard in any way, you will be given three (3) hours to move the vehicle before it is subject to a ticket or tow.   If the vehicle is parked at a pay by space metered stall, the fee must be paid until vehicle is moved.

    Yes.  A valid/current UW-Whitewater parking permit is required to park in any accessible parking stall on campus along with the handicap placard or disabled license plate.   This is required for students, staff, and visitors.

    Yes.   Parking in Lot 11 and 24 before 3 pm is still subject to all parking policies and Regulations; a permit or meter must be paid.