Employee Permits

This is the place to find information on employee parking permits. If you're a student, please visit the Student Permits Page.

Parking on Campus

Parking on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods is extremely limited and parking regulations are strictly enforced. A valid WWU parking permit is required to park in all Western parking lots.

We recommend that employees commute to campus by riding the bus, walking, biking, or carpooling. There are only 1,356 employee parking spaces on campus for Western’s approximately 3,000 employees.

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Parking Permit Rates for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Lot Permit Type
Pay-by-Day Quarterly Academic Annual Summer
G $3.25/day $111 $334 $426 $94
G (Part-Time) $3.25/day $58 $169 $213 $45
A $3.25/day $99 $293 $372 $79
A (Part-Time) $3.25/day $47 $146 $185 $40
11G/17G Carpool $3.25/day $111 $334 $426 $94
26CP Carpool $3.25/day $99 293 $372 $79
Motorcycle   $22 $61 $75 $18
Commuter Code     $32    
Lincoln Creek   $29 $87 $102 $15

Pay-by-Day Parking Permit - New! 

Last summer Transportation Services introduced a new Pay-by-Day parking permit. 

Employees who already have a Pay-by-Day parking permit and want to continue using it through fall quarter and winter intersession will use the same method to pay for parking as they have been using during remote operations. There is no need to request another Pay-by-Day parking permit.

For employees who have not used this option, the Pay-by-Day parking option uses the ParkMobile parking app and will be available for the upcoming academic year in all employee campus parking lots for $3.25/day. To sign up for the Pay-by-Day permit option email transportation@wwu.edu.

Sign Up for a Long Term Parking Permit

To obtain a parking permit add yourself to the waitlist for your desired parking lot. You can do this through the Parking Portal. Permits are awarded from the waitlist based on availability and waitlist position is ordered based on seniority (the number of days employed). If you are awarded a permit you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to purchase your parking permit.

Pay or Appeal a Parking Citation

Citations can be paid through the Parking Portal. From the home page, enter the citation number or the license plate number to locate the citation.

If you believe that your citation was issued in error, you can appeal the citation through the Parking Portal. Citation appeals must be made within 7 days of issuance, with the first day being the day following the citation’s issue date. All days, including weekends and holidays, are counted when determining the appeal deadline.

Transfer Your Parking Permit to a Different Parking Lot

If you have a permit and wish to transfer to a different lot, you can add yourself to the waitlist for your desired lot. If you are awarded a permit for a new lot, you can transfer the credit from your original permit and use it to pay for your new permit. Payment would be required or a refund would be generated if the two permits differ in price.

Park with a State Disability Placard

Daytime hours (Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 4:30pm): A WWU permit is required along with your state disability placard. You can obtain a permit in lot C or 6V at the pay station or by using the ParkMobile app. This permit, along with your disability placard, will allow you to park in any disability space on campus. If the disability space nearest your destination is full, you can park in an adjacent, non-reserved, space.

After hours (Monday – Friday after 4:30pm, all day Saturday and Sunday): During these hours a WWU permit is not required as long as you are hanging your state disability placard. You can park in any available disability space or adjacent space.

Part-Time Parking Permits

Part-time parking permits are available for employees who only need to park half of the day. These permits function the same as full day permits but are only valid for half of the day.

Part-time permits are available in two time frames:

  • AM Permits: 7:00am – 1:00pm
  • PM Permits: 11:00am – 5:00pm

To obtain a part-time permit add yourself to the waitlist for your desired parking lot. You can do this through the Parking Portal. Permits are awarded from the waitlist based on availability and waitlist position is ordered based on seniority (the number of days employed). If you are awarded a permit you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to purchase your part-time permit.

Carpool Permits

Employee carpool assignments are available in 11G, 17G, and 26CP.

Two or more people may share a carpool parking permit by meeting the following criteria:

  • One carpool member is designated as the permit holder.
  • At least two people must arrive together on all trips to campus.
  • Each member must read and sign an agreement to comply with the carpool policy.
  • No carpool members are eligible to purchase another full-time or part-time permit.

Only valid carpools may park in carpool lots. On days when special circumstances prevent carpool members from riding together, the carpool permit holder may park alone and follow the appropriate procedure below:

  • Carpool member driving alone must park in parking lot 12A.
  • Employee carpool permits are honored in lot 12A with no call-in necessary.

Instances of parking alone will be monitored to ensure that the carpool system is not being abused.

Commuter Coupon Code

Commuter Coupon Codes (formerly known as Scratch Packs) are only available for employees who use alternative transportation (walk, bus, bike, or belong to a WWU carpool) as a primary means of getting to campus and only need to drive occasionally.

Each Commuter Coupon Code is valid for 10 days of parking. One Commuter Coupon Code may be purchased per quarter, but the Coupon Code does not expire until the end of the annual school year. Unused parking days on Commuter Coupon Codes are nonrefundable. If all parking days of the Commuter Coupon Code are used, you must purchase a permit at the daily rate to park on campus for the remainder of the quarter.

Commuter Coupons Codes are redeemed at pay stations. To purchase your Commuter Coupon Code, please visit Western's parking portal.

After Hours Permit

Student Parking Employee Parking Weekend Parking
4:30PM - 7:00AM (M-F) 4:30PM - 7:00AM (M-F) All Day
  • Evening and weekends, you may use a valid Parking Permit to park in lots: 5G, 7G, 9G, 11G, 17G, & 19G (NO OTHER LOTS).
  • Temporary permits purchased through ParkMobile or the pay station are only valid for the lot in which they were purchased and cannot be used to move to another lot after hours.
  • Permits are not needed in the C and 12A lots between 4:30PM and 7:00AM Monday - Friday and all hours on weekends.
  • Permits are not valid in:
    • Reserved spaces
    • Lots reserved for an event

Intersession Permits

Intersession permits are available for students and employees who either do not have a current permit or those who like to park in a larger selection of lots during intersession.

Parkers with a current permit who do not purchase an intersession permit, should continue to park in their assigned lots.

Intersession permits are valid in lots: 12A, 17G, 19G, 7G, 9G, 22G, 33G, 32G, 24G

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”

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.

Permit Refund Information

Excerpts from WAC 516-12-460 Fees.

(3) Refunds will be made based on the valid time remaining according to the parking services refund schedule. Refunds may be made if unpaid fines and fees have been paid.

(a) The permit holder must return the permit to Parking Services before a refund will be authorized or a payroll deduction will be terminated. (Note: This is no longer true. License plate numbers now serve as parking permits.)

(b) Unused quarters may be refunded in whole at respective rates.

(c) Refunds will not be made upon permit revocation by the public safety director

Additional Notations for Processing Permit Refunds

  • Any employee who requests to cancel their permit after the first 30 days of any quarter will pay the same permit fee (See (3)(b) above). Permits purchased via payroll will be charged for the quarter until the quarter fee has been paid in full. Payroll deduction is an option that an employee voluntarily chooses to allow the employee to purchase the permit in payments rather than pay the entire amount up front.
  • Permit refund requests made after an extended personal/emergency leave do not qualify for a retro-active refund. Unused quarters left on the permit will be refunded.
  • Permit refund balances are calculated from the date the refund is requested.

Retiree Permits

Western Washington University retirees are eligible for a no cost annual parking permit.  Please contact Transportation Services if you are interested.