Parking Services

Parking Regulations

General Parking Information:

The State of Wisconsin defines parking utilities on UW-System campuses as auxiliary enterprises.   As such, the parking programs are operated entirely without support from tuition dollars, student fees, the University budget, or general tax revenue.   All operational, deferred maintenance, and facility development expenses are paid entirely from permit sales, parking fine revenues, and metered fees. 
UW-Whitewater has moved to a "virtual parking permit" system in which no physical permit is displayed.  Through the use of License Plate Recognition (LPR) software, we identify if a vehicle has a virtual permit assigned or a vehicle has paid for a parking session.   Parking is enforced 24/7 and all vehicles parked on campus must have a permit or paid for parking at all times including winterim, spring and summer breaks; with the following exceptions:     
  • 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays
  • University recognized holiday's (see FAQ section for list of holidays)
  • No parking on streets from 2 am to 5 am at any time (this includes weekends)
Vehicles arriving before or after Parking Services office hours may purchase a parking permit from the kiosk located behind the Visitor Center in the service drive.   Drivers will need to enter their license plate number correctly and read the signs for available lots to park with kiosk permit.   Failure to park in the correct lot or enter the correct plate will result in a ticket.   
Pay-by-Space fees are required except for University recognized holidays and on weekends, starting at 5 p.m. Friday through 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.   Permits are not required when parked at the pay-by-space stalls; however the permit does not cancel the requirement to pay the fees of the pay by space stalls.

Parking at Additional UW-Whitewater Campus Locations:

There is no fee to park at the UW-Rock campus in Janesville

Virtual Parking Permit System:

Virtual permit holder users MUST provide their correct license plate information when purchasing a permit before parking on campus.  A registered permit holder who brings a different vehicle to campus and forgets to register/update plate information subjects the vehicle to a $5.00 fine.   Your permit or pay-by-app parking associates to your vehicle license plate number and is how parking rights are validated.  Permits can associate up to two (2) vehicles/license plates, but only one (1) of those vehicles may be present at a time on campus.   Even though we no longer use colored hanging permits, the virtual permit that you purchase will have the same rules and regulations as the colored hanging permits.  
License Plate Recognition (LPR) is used for parking enforcement, therefore; a permit and pay-by-app rights holders are solely responsible for the accuracy of vehicle plate information within the system.  Vehicle registration plates that are not attached to the "front" or "rear" of the vehicle, fictitous/decorative/vanity plates, or plates that are damaged, sun faded, worn, or illegible due to debris are not acceptable and must be corrected.  Vehicles issued only one plate, regardless of State of issuance, are not exempt and must be parked with the plate facing the travel lanes of the parking lot.

Standard Campus Wide Regulations:

  • Physical signage is deployed as necessary throughout UW-Whitewater campus.  It is the drivers' responsibility to ensure they read all signs and familiarize themselves with parking rules to avoid receiving unwanted ticket(s).  
  • Vehicles must park within one parking stall in designated parking areas only
  • Motorcycles must have their own permit and must park in designated motorcycle parking areas only.  Not valid in vehicle parking stalls.
  • Vehicles are prohibited from parking on any area with grass, pathways (paved, improved, natural), sidewalks, or fire zones
  • Storing of vehicles or vehicles that are disabled for more than 24 hours is not permitted. 
  • Vehicles which present a hazard due to location, condition or other factors as determined by University Police may be ordered removed and/or removed at owners expense.
  • Overnight guests must temporarily park in lot 8 until 8/31/2024.  While lot 19 is being reconstructed.  This restriction is in place due to parking capacity in resident lots to allow our student residents to park in their assigned lots.
  • Pay-by-app paid parking is available through AMP Parking app.  Use must be consistent with signage.

Permits:  Information, Fees and Refunds:  Refund Policy

  • Permits are available to purchase each year through the parking portal  
  • Annual Commuter (orange or brown),  Staff (blue), and Reserved (red) permits are valid September to August of each year
  • On-Campus Resident (yellow) permits are valid for the school year; September to May each year
  • The price and permit type availability will be determined by the time of year permit is purchased (see proration schedule below)
  • A permit may be terminated by the permit holder and may be eligible for a prorated refund based on the refund schedule.   The permit holder MUST complete and submit a Request For Refund to Parking Services in order to receive the refund.
  • On-Campus Resident permits are valid for only three quarter which means as of March 1st they are not eligible for refunds.
  • Permits are sold and refunded on a quarterly proration schedule.  This schedule begins on September 1st each year and after the 3rd quarter, no refunds are issued.  

Proration Schedule

FIRST QUARTER:  September 1 to November 30
SECOND QUARTER:  December 1 to February 28
THIRD QUARTER:  March 1 to May 31
FOURTH QUARTER:  June 1 to August 31

Parking Permit Rates:

Permit Type
On-Campus Student Reserved Lots 3 and 9 (school year) - (red)
On-Campus Student Resident Lots 2R, 4R, 8, 9R, 17, 18, 19, 20 (school year) - (yellow)
On-Campus Student Resident Lot 22 (school year) - (yellow)
Annual Student South Commuter - (orange) (no overnight parking allowed)
Annual Student and Staff North Commuter - (brown) (no overnight parking allowed)
Annual Faculty/Staff - (blue)
Annual Reserved Lots 12, 13, 14 and Hyer (non-resident) - (red)
Annual Motorcycle/Moped/Scooter ($5 with purchase of a vehicle permit)
Daily Temporary Permit

Restricted Parking:

  • All specifically restricted areas or parking stalls (handicap, reserved, time restricted, services stalls, etc) are enforced at all times
  • Time restricted stalls are available around campus for the purpose of short-term business.   Any vehicle exceeding the time restriction may be cited multiple times
  • Service vehicle stalls around campus are restricted to those vehicles that have been granted permission and have obtained the appropriate permit rider to their virtual permit
  • The University reserves the right to close University parking lots for maintenance, snow removal, special events, etc. when necessary
  • Vehicles parked in drive aisles, fire lanes, on sidewalks or lawns will be ticketed and towed at owner's expense

Overnight Parking:

  • Overnight parking time frame is 2 am to 5 am
  • Overnight parking is restricted to lot 19 only with appropriate permit.  Lot 19 is currently being reconstructed and not available, temporary overnight parking is restricted to lot 8 until 8/31/2024.
  • Overight Parking in commuter lots is prohibited without Parking Services approval
  • Commuter permits (orange and brown) are not valid for overnight parking
  • Permit holders who wish to leave vehicle on campus during school sponsored trips and only have a commuter permit, need to contact Parking Services
  • NOTE:  All vehicles must have the ability to be moved upon request.  If you are leaving your vehicle, you should ensure someone has the ability to move it on your behalf if necessary otherwise the vehicle will be towed at owners expense.

Disabled Vehicle:

When a vehicle becomes stalled, stuck, or disabled on University property, contact University Parking Services and the University Police immediately with the license plate number, vehicle information, and location. 
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 parking meter, the meter must be paid until the vehicle is moved.    Disabled vehicles will need to be moved off campus within 24 hours unless University Police or Parking approve for longer period.

The Parking Services office is located in the Visitor Center building at 826 W. Starin Road.   Business hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.   Contact us at (262) 472-1011 or e-mail us at