Department Parking Resources

Event Parking

Parking Services assists with hosting over 600 events annually. Events range from small events, parking 10 attendees to large events with 1000 or more attendees. We look forward to assisting you with planning or providing information if you are attending an event. You can find more information by visiting the Event Parking page.

Departmental Guest Permits

Using the directions below, University Departments can purchase guest parking permits 24/7 online on Western's Parking Portal

Employees and students are NOT eligible for this permit.

Guest Parking Hours Rates Lots Available for Guests
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM $8 12A, C, 22G, 24G, 32G
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM $8 12A, C, 22G, 24G, 32G
All Day $10 12A, C, 11G*, 19G*, 22G, 24G, 32G

*If your guests will be parking in 11G or 19G, please direct them to park only in the spaces that are signed for guest parking.


The license plate number of your guest's car is required for a permit to be purchased and valid.

You will need a department email address to complete the next steps. If your department does not have a department email address ask your IT support person to create one for you. Then contact Transportation Services at 360-650-2945 or by email to provide us with your department email address. After you receive confirmation that your department account has been created, continue to Western's Parking Portal and do the following.

  1. Login with your department email
  2. Click to create password
  3. You will receive an email confirmation to your department email account
  4. Select “Get Permits”

Additional step by step instructions can be found here.

Departments must provide a fast index or FOAPAL on the request. Cancellations must be submitted up to 1 hour prior to arrival time via email to transportation@wwu.edu.

All Guest Permits issued are subject to audit by Transportation Services, WWU Internal Auditors and External/State Auditors. By submission of this request, you acknowledge you have approval from your budget authority.

Guest Parking for More Than Two Vehicles

If you are requesting guest parking for more than two vehicles, this is considered an event. Please follow the directions for departmental guest permits and complete an Events Request Form in the Parking Portal. Allow three business days for the process to be completed. If you will be parking your guest with one of the exceptions listed below, also complete the Online Guest Parking Exception Request Form.

Guest Parking with a Sign or Sandwich Board

If you are requesting guest parking that is reserved with a sign or sandwich board, this is considered an event. Please follow the directions for departmental guest permits complete an Events Request Form in the Parking Portal. Allow three business days for the process to be completed. If you will be parking your guest with one of the exceptions listed below, also complete the Online Guest Parking Exception Request Form.

Guest Parking Exceptions

Guest parking exceptions are not processed through the Western Parking Portal. They are handled by Transportation Services on an individual basis. The same hours and rates apply.

Exceptions Requests submitted after 3:00 PM will not be processed until the following business day.

Exceptions will only be given for:

Exception Description
State Vehicles Vehicles with Exempt plates
Evenings Arrival after 4:30 PM
Weekends 4:30 PM Friday - 7:00 AM Monday
Disability Must display state placard
ET Lots By request of ET Department ONLY
Other Foundation donor, elected government officials & intersession

University Business Permits

Departments will be held responsible for the distribution of rules to employees using these permits.

The University Business Permit is issued for the purpose of conducting university business; personal activities/appointments are not considered a valid use of this permit. Identified misuse of this accommodation may result in revocation of the permit(s).

The University Business Permit is VALID in these lots only (unless otherwise authorized):

7G, 9G, 17G, 19G, 24G, 32G, C/12A

The University Business Permit is NOT VALID in these spaces:

Metered, Load Zones, Loading Docks, Reserved, Maintenance, Physically Disabled

University Business Permits are only considered valid when used with a valid parking permit or a Commuter Coupon Code that is activated the same day that the University Business Permit is used. Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a parking citation.