Transportation Services Permit Information

Check out parking permit varieties, where you may use your permit and payroll deduction options:

Annual Parking Permits

General Information

Annual parking permits can be purchased on a space-available basis online or at the Transportation Services building.
The zone parking system allows most permits to be used in other parking zones.

Find out where your permit is valid

Many WSU students, faculty, and staff use alternate modes of transportation to get to campus such as free park and ride options, free transit, carpooling, walking, biking, etc.

Online Permit Sales

Residence Hall Permits (Crimson, Gray and Blue)

  • Note: Students living on-campus in a residence hall are ONLY eligible to purchase Blue, Gray, and Crimson Permits.
  • The Gray and Crimson parking areas are only for Students living on-campus in a residence hall.
Residence Hall Priority Sale: 10am, July 16 – July 26, 2019
  • During this sale residents qualifying for the priority sale may purchase their Crimson permit.
  • Residents eligible for this sale will be contacted directly by email.
  • If you have questions regarding your priority points for the Residence Hall Priority Sale please contact Residence Life at 509-335-1227.
Residence Hall Open Permit Sales: 10am, August 1, 2019
  • This phase is only for people with an active Residence Hall Housing contract (i.e. Hillside, Northside, and Southside) to purchase an available permit.
  • Residents may only purchase Crimson, Gray or Blue.
  • Log into your parking account on August 1, 2019 to purchase an available permit.

Before going online to purchase, please remember a valid WSU Network ID is required. Anyone who has lost or forgotten their network ID can retrieve it online at https://reset.wsu.edu/ or by calling the WSU IT Phone Desk at 509-335-HELP (4357).

Faculty, Staff and Commuter Annual Permits

Depending on permit availability, faculty and staff are eligible to purchase Orange, Green, Yellow, Red, or Blue permits.
WSU faculty and staff may be eligible to purchase their annual permit through payroll deduction. Click here to find out more about the payroll deduction program.

Open Permit Sales: 10am, August 6, 2019 (non-Residence Hall permits)
  • In this phase anyone may purchase any available permit and add themselves to requested wait lists.
  • Log into your parking account on August 6, 2019 to purchase an available permit.

Before going online to purchase, please remember a valid WSU Network ID is required. Anyone who has lost or forgotten their network ID can retrieve it online at https://reset.wsu.edu/ or by calling the WSU IT Phone Desk at 509-335-HELP (4357).

Storage of vehicles is prohibited in the Orange, Green, Yellow and Red zones. 

Annual Permit Rates

Annual Permit Pricing

Refunds

Permit holder may be eligible for a pro-rated refund* on their annual permit.
*Note: There are no refunds after May 15th of the permit cycle. 

Permit Refund Schedule

Permit Refund Form

Daily Parking Permits

Daily parking permits

Daily permits are sold on a space-available basis. Daily permits can be purchased online at our Service Center, at the Transportation Services building or at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center in downtown Pullman.

When selecting a permit to purchase, follow this link to see the Campus Parking Map.

The following link: Where May I Use My Permit, will provide you with information about how you may use your permit in other parking zones around campus.

Note: Students living on-campus in a residence hall are ONLY eligible to purchase Blue, Gray, and Crimson Permits. The Gray and Crimson parking areas are only for Students living on-campus in a residence hall.

Daily Permit Rates:

Note: Sales Tax Will Be Added To These Rates. Also No Refunds on Daily or Event Permits

Daily Permit
 Daily Rate
Orange (Currently Unavailable)   $            10.57
Green  $              7.16
Yellow  $              3.74
Red  $              2.05
Blue  $              1.35
Crimson (Currently Unavailable)   $              7.16
Gray (Currently Unavailable)   $              5.78
Day $            10.57
Commercial  $            14.31
Moped  $              1.00
Motorcycle  $              1.00

Vacation Period Daily Permit Rates:

Note: Sales Tax Will Be Added To These Rates. Also No Refunds on Daily or Event Permits

Daily Permit
 Daily Rate
Green  $              3.58
Yellow  $              1.87
Red  $              1.03
Blue  $                .68

Departmental Permits

Parking Permits Available to WSU Departments

There may be times when it becomes necessary to use a personal vehicle for University business such as attending meetings, training, working on department equipment, running errands for the department, etc. The options described below can help you during these times. Traveling to and from work is NOT considered to be a university business-related event.

Please Note: The proper stewardship of state resources, including funds, facilities, tools, property, and employees and their time, is a responsibility that all state officers and employees share. Accordingly, state employees may not use state resources for personal benefit or gain or for the benefit or gain of other individuals or outside organizations. Personal benefit or gain may include a use solely for personal convenience, or a use to avoid personal expense. Washington Administrative Code 292-110-010

Departmental Permits

Departmental Permits do not need to be displayed with a WSU parking permit

Departmental permits offer a great deal of parking flexibility, and are convenient and easy to use, and must be purchased with a department IRI or purchase order. Pre-purchase these permits to have on hand in the office or in your car to use when you need them!

Departmental permits are valid in the following areas:

  • Any parking meter space (Meter max times do not apply to Departmental Permits.)
  • Any Green, Yellow, Red, Blue, Crimson, or Gray parking zone space (except “Reserved”)
  • Smith Center Garage
  • Library Garage
  • Daggy Garage
  • Fine Arts Garage
  • Service and Mall Service areas
  • Student Recreation Center parking lot

Varieties Of Departmental Permits

In-Car Parking Meter:
The In-Car Meter is about the size of a cell phone and looks like a digital clock. When you activate the In-Car Meter and place it on your driver-side dash, your vehicle is valid in all the areas above. The pre-stored bank of time ticks down as you use the In-Car Meter.

If you need more time, simply bring the In-Car Meter into our office to load more time. The cost for the In-Car Meter is $25.00 for the deposit (refundable upon return) and $2.00 per hour of time purchased. Store as many hours as you want to fit your needs.

Departmental One-Hour Permits:
These one-hour permits are convenient to have for University business that lasts an hour or less. Simply fill in the date and starting time and display on your vehicle. Park in a meter, service area, garage, or any other area described above. The cost for a one hour permit is $2.00 each.

Departmental Two-Hour Permits:
Same as the one-hour permit above but this permit is valid for up to two hours. The cost for this permit is $4.00 each.

Other Permits Options

Annual Parking Permits:
Annual parking permits can be purchased for the WSU zone parking system and can allow some parking flexibility depending on your needs. For example, if you work in Carpenter Hall, and need to attend meetings at French Administration, you can purchase an Orange 2 permit. This permit allows you to park in Orange 2 (Daggy Garage) and any Green (including Green 1 and Green 2), Yellow, Red, or Blue zone. Annual permits are sold on a space-available basis. To find out where other zone parking permits are valid, click here: Where may I Use my Permit.

Daily Parking Permits:
Daily parking permits can be purchased on an as needed basis for those times when you have a need to park for meetings, training, etc. and do not want to purchase an annual permit for the entire year. For example, if you have a Blue permit, but you need to park near Lighty Student Services for training, you can purchase a Green 1 permit for the day. Follow this link for daily permit rates.

Service and Mall Service Permits:
Service and Mall Service permits can be issued to those individuals who need 15-minute access to these areas. There is no charge for these permits; however they do need to be displayed with a valid WSU parking permit. There are 2 types of Service and Mall Service permits:
Shared/Hanging Service or Mall Service Permits:
These permits are issued to departments and are designed to be used and shared by several people in the department. Typically these permits are checked out from someone in the department that has the responsibility of securing the permits. These permits are valid for a maximum of 15 minutes.

First Time Visitors

Welcome to Washington State University. Thank you for visiting our campus. We hope your visit to WSU is pleasant and productive. Our mission is to help get you where you want to be. Please refer to the visitor parking information below.

Daily Parking Permits

You can purchase a parking permit from the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center located at 150 NE Spring Street, in downtown Pullman between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or at the Transportation Services building, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Disability Parking Access

Persons with disabilities that have special parking needs can click here to find out more about accessing our services.

Convenient Garage Options

Central Campus Parking is available 24 hours a day in the Smith Center Garage and the Terrell Library Garage. The Smith Center Garage is located just off Stadium Way near the Fine Arts Building in the middle of campus.

To access the Terrell Library Garage, turn left from Stadium Way onto Cougar Way, just past Smith Gym, is the booth entrance on the left. These garages are available 24 hours a day on a payment-basis. If the cashier is not on duty, pre-purchase a parking permit from the permit vending machine located at the entrance to the parking garage.

Please display this permit on the lower left hand (driver’s side) corner of your windshield.

Be Sure to Read the Signs!

Parking is enforced 24 hours a day, every day, so please make sure you park legally. After 5:00 p.m. some Parking Zones do not require permits. Areas where permits are required 24 hours a day include Disabled Parking Spaces, Service Access Spaces, and Fire Zones.

Some zones require permits at all times. These zones include but are not limited to Gray, Crimson, and select Green Parking Zones.

You can recognize these areas by the signs that say: “Permits Required At All Times” at the entrance to the parking lot. If your vehicle becomes inoperable, call our office to have your name added to the Inoperable Vehicle Log.

If you have any question about Parking on Campus, call Transportation Services (509) 335-PARK (7275)

Note: Any other source is unreliable!

Garages and Meters

Public Pay Parking Garage Rates

  • Park for only $2.00 per hour
  • Park ALL Night for only $3.00
  • Park in one of our garages and only pay for the time you stay.

Garage Locations

Look at the Campus Map to locate these facilities:

  • Smith Center: Just off Stadium Way next to Fine Arts
  • Library: Just off Cougar Way past the gyms
  • Fine Arts: At the intersection of Grimes and Stadium Way
  • Daggy: On College Ave, home of the R.R. Jones and Wadleigh Theatres in Daggy Hall

Smith Center & Library Garage Rates

  • Daytime Use: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
    $ 2.00 Per Hour
    $ 15.00 Daily Maximum
  • Nighttime Use: 5:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. Monday – Friday
    $3.00 All Night
  • Weekend Use: 5:00 p.m. Friday – 5:00 a.m. Monday
    $3.00 ALL Day Saturday
    $3.00 ALL Day Sunday

Parking Meter Rates: $ 1.75 Per Hour

There are metered parking areas in many convenient locations around campus, refer to the Campus Map.

Fine Arts and Daggy Garage Rates

  • Daytime Use: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
    Fine Arts: Orange 1 Permits Required
    Daggy: Orange 2 Permits Required
  • Nighttime Use: 5:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. Monday – Friday
    $3.00 All Night
    or
    Fine Arts: Orange 1 Permits Required
    Daggy: Orange 2 Permits Required
  • Weekend Use: 5:00 p.m. Friday – 5:00 a.m. Monday
    $3.00 ALL Day Saturday
    $3.00 ALL Day Sunday or
    Fine Arts: Orange 1 Permits Required
    Daggy: Orange 2 Permits Required

Reciprocal Parking Agreements

Where May I Use My Permit?

Where May I Use My Permit?

The following guide will help you understand how your parking permit may be used in other zones around campus.

Orange permits:

Orange permit holders may park in their numerically assigned orange zone, or in any green, yellow, red, or blue zone. For example, an orange 2 permit is valid in the orange 2 zone and in any green, yellow, red, or blue zone. It is not valid in other orange zones. This parking permit is valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Green permits:

Green permit holders may park in their numerically assigned green zone, or in any yellow, red, or blue zone. For example, a green 2 permit is valid in the green 2 zone and in any yellow, red, or blue zone. It is not valid in any other green zones. This parking permit is valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Yellow permits:

Yellow permit holders may park in their numerically assigned yellow zone, or in any red or blue zone. For example, a yellow 2 permit is valid in the yellow 2 zone and in any red, or blue zone. It is not valid in any other yellow zones. This parking permit is valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Red permits:

Red permit holders may park in their numerically assigned red zone, or in any blue zone. For example, a red 4 permit is valid in the red 4 zone and in any blue zone. It is not valid in any other red zones. This parking permit is valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Crimson permits:

(Resident Priority Parking) Crimson 1 permit holders may park in the crimson 1 zone, or in any gray 1, or blue 1 zone. Crimson 2 permit holders may park in the crimson 2 zone, or in any gray 2, or blue 1 zone. Crimson 3 permit holders may park in the crimson 3 zone, or in any gray 2, or blue 1 zone. Crimson 4 permit holders may park in the crimson 4 zone, or in any gray 1 zone, or blue 1 zone. All crimson permits are also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Gray permits:

Gray permits: (Resident Priority Parking) Gray permit holders may park in their numerically assigned gray zone, or in any blue zone. For example, a gray 1 permit is valid in the gray 1 zone and in any blue zone. It is not valid in other gray zones. This parking permit is also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Blue permits:

Blue permits: (Peripheral Parking) Blue 1 permit holders may park in any blue zone. This parking permit is also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

College Hill Permits

College Hill PermitsCollege Hill permit holders may park in their numerically assigned college hill zone. For example, a college hill 1 permit is valid in the college hill 1 zone. It is not valid in other zones. This parking permit is also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Golden Cougar permits:

Golden Cougar permits: (WSU Retiree) Golden cougar permits are valid in any green, yellow, red, or blue zones. This parking permit is also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot. Staff who are employed by the university or by other entities located on campus after formal retirement are not eligible to use a golden cougar permit in lieu of a regular paid zone permit.

Motorcycle permits:

Motorcycle permits: Motorcycle permits are valid within the boundaries of areas specifically posted and/or marked for motorcycle permits. This parking permit is also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Moped permits:

Moped permits: Moped permits are valid within the boundaries of areas specifically posted and/or marked for moped permits. This parking permit is also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Commercial permits:

Commercial permits are valid in service zones, and green, yellow, red, and blue zones. Commercial permits are not valid in orange zones, pay lots, or other restricted spaces. This parking permit is also valid in the Student Recreation Center parking lot.

Contact Us
E-mail: transportation@wsu.edu
Phone: 509.335.PARK (7275)

Permit Display Information

Annual Permits:

No physical permit to display. All parking permission are associated to your vehicle license plate. 

Daily Permits:

No physical permit to display. All parking permission are associated to your vehicle license plate. 

Motorcycles and Mopeds:

  1. Motorcycle and moped permits must be mounted completely by means of their own adhesive and prominently displayed on the left rear side of the vehicle, or on top of the rear tail light.
  2. Plastic placards are available upon request. Affix the permit to the placard and bolt the placard to the rear of the vehicle.
  3. Motorcycle and Moped customers may opt to purchase a Permit Display Case and display their annual zone permit on the vehicle. For more information, go here.

Pre-Tax Payroll Deduction faq

What is the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program?

The Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program allows you the choice to payroll deduct your parking fees on a pre-tax basis. When you elect to payroll deduct on a pre-tax basis, it reduces your taxable income. This allows you to realize savings in Federal Income Taxes, Social Security, and Medicare. Due to recent changes in Federal tax laws, up to $255 personal parking expenses per month can be paid for on a pre-tax basis through this program.

How do I know if I am eligible?

You are eligible for the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program if you are a member of the WSU Faculty, Classified Staff, Administrative & Professional Staff, and Graduate Students on an appointment of 0.50 FTE or greater. Temporary employees are not eligible.

Why are non-WSU employees excluded from the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program?

The law does not exclude non-WSU employees from the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction. However, since WSU is not paying these affiliates we have no ability to offer a parking deduction whether pre-tax or not. This benefit would need to be provided by their employer. Non-WSU employees should contact their employer for more information.

How do I enroll?

If you are eligible to participate, all you need to do is select the Payroll Deduction option on the Web when you purchase your permit. Make sure you check the appropriate box in the “pre-tax election” section and indicate the number of payroll deductions.

Do I have to enroll in the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program? Is it mandatory for all employees?

No. Enrollment in the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program is voluntary.

Can I still use payroll deduction for my parking permit without enrolling in the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program?

Yes. Simply check the “No” box under the “pre-tax election” section of the Parking Permit Payroll Deduction Authorization Form.

When will the payments be deducted from my paycheck?

Following submission of the Parking Permit Payroll Deduction Authorization Form payments will automatically be deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis each pay period (the 10th & 25th of each month). In most cases, the first payroll deduction will occur on September 10th. Additionally, you can choose the number of payroll deductions that suits you, as long as the pre-tax deduction is not over $255 per month.

Can I get a refund on my permit if I purchased it using the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program?

No, but you can stop the payroll deduction at any time prior to the month that you want the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction to stop.
Important Note About Refunds: Federal law prohibits refunds of pre-tax qualified parking deductions. This is clearly stated on Parking Permit Payroll Deduction Authorization Form signed by the participant. According to the federal law and regulation, an employee who ceases to participate in the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program (such as in the case of termination of employment) would not be entitled to receive a refund.

Tax laws do not allow for a refund of the Pre-Tax Parking Fee once deducted. Therefore, it is recommended that you payroll deduct through the end of the plan year (September through August) or until your academic or cyclic appointment ends each year.

If you wish to stop parking permit fee deductions, return the permit to the Parking office for cancellation of the authorization and the deduction will be stopped on the next available pay cycle.

Can I get a refund on my permit if I purchased it using the Post-Tax Parking Fee Deduction Program?

Yes, however the permit needs to be returned before May 15th of the year the permit expires. Refunds are processed by WSU Student Accounts. Please inquire at Room 342, French Administration Building or call 509-335-9651.

Will the amount of the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction impact the amount I can contribute to my retirement plan or tax sheltered annuities?

No. Your retirement contributions will not be affected.

Will the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction affect my Social Security benefits?

Since this program has the general affect of lowering your taxable income, Social Security benefits may be slightly reduced for certain participants.

Will the Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction reduce my retirement benefit?

No. The Pre-Tax Parking Fee Deduction will not impact your retirement benefit.

Virtual Parking Permit faq

What is License Plate Recognition (LPR) and why do I need to enter my license plate?

Washington State University (WSU) utilizes vehicle license plate recognition (LPR) hardware and software for its parking system. LPR and pay-by-plate technology specifically connects campus-parking permits to individual vehicle license plates. These technology improvements significantly enhance and simplify the customer experience, enforcement, and parking lot utilization analysis.

What happens if I enter my license plate number incorrectly when purchasing a permit?

Entering your vehicle information correctly is vital to the LPR system. If you enter your license plate number incorrectly, you may be subject to a parking ticket. Please double check your information to make sure it is correct.

How will my license plate information be used?

The license plate information collected in this process will only be referenced against the campus database for the strict purpose of verifying WSU Pullman parking permits on campus. The enforcement rules will not change because of this new technology. For more information please read the LPR Privacy Policy.

How can I purchase a virtual permit?

Virtual annual and daily permits may be purchased online at https://parking.wsu.edu/. Ensure License Plate information is correct. License Plates entered incorrectly may be subject to a ticket.

What happens if I don’t have access to a computer or a phone?

Pay stations are available in various lots around campus (please see WSU campus parking map). You may also come into the WSU Transportation Services office to purchase a permit. Daily permits are also available at the WSU Visitor Center.

What if I get a new vehicle or a new license plate?

If your vehicle does not have license plates yet, please type in the last 4 digits of your vehicle’s VIN number. It is imperative that your license plate and vehicle information is current and correct in order to avoid an unnecessary ticket. Please visit your online parking account to update your vehicle information immediately. Once you get your permanent license plates, contact Transportation Services to update your account.

What if I have a loner vehicle or a rental car?

Individuals are allowed to add a “Temporary Replacement”; this includes loaner vehicles and rental cars. It is important that you remove vehicles from your account as soon as your use of the temporary vehicle has ended.

Can I park multiple cars on campus at the same time registered to the same permit?

No, you may only park one vehicle per permit on campus at one time. Individuals who park more than one vehicle with only one parking permit permission on campus at the same time are subject to a parking ticket.

Can I still use my EasyPark in-car meter? I use it when I need to visit across campus and park in a lot I don’t have a permit for. How does a license-plate-recognition scanner know how long is left on my meter?

Yes, you can still use the EasyPark devices. You will display them as you always have. When the license-plate-recognition (LPR) system reads your license plate and recognizes you do not have a permit, the enforcement officers are trained to look for these alternate “permits” before issuing a citation.

How does the switch impact departmental permits?

All departmental permits are still valid. As physical departmental permits expire or the department runs out of them, we have alternate solutions for them within the license-plate-recognition (LPR) system. Please contact WSU Transportation Services to learn more about these options.

Can I still park at the University of Idaho with my WSU parking permit? How will UI Parking know that I have a WSU permit, if I don’t have one displayed in my car? 

Yes, you can still park at the University of Idaho. The only difference is that you must print off a physical permit to display in your vehicle. You can obtain this permit by logging into your parking account and selecting the UI Reciprocal option and printing it off. This permit is valid for the current semester.

  •   NOTE: The same arrangement is made for the WSU Spokane campus reciprocal agreement. The only differences are that you will select the Spokane Reciprocal Permit and a new one must be printed off daily.

My wife/husband and I both work at WSU and we buy two permits. All of our cars are listed on both of our permits in both of our parking accounts. Will there be any problem when we both drive to campus and park?

No. The LPR system will associate the proper permit with the first vehicle. The second vehicle will be associated with the second permit. For example: You and your wife/husband have an Orange 1 and a Green 5, respectively, and both of your vehicles are associated to both permits on both accounts.. You park in Green 1 and your wife/husband parks in Green 5. The LPR vehicle goes through the Green 1 lot first, it will associate the Orange 1 permit to your vehicle as a Green 5 is not valid in Green 1. Then when the LPR vehicle goes through the Green 5 lot, it will recognize that the Orange 1 permit has already been associated to your vehicle and will associate the Green 5 permit to your wife/husband’s vehicle. For additional details, please contact WSU Transportation Services.    

I have a Green 2 permit.  What happens if I need to drive a different vehicle to campus than the one listed on my online account profile?

If you do not have the alternate vehicle’s license plate associated with your permit in your parking account, you can login to your online parking account at https://parking.wsu.edu  and add that license plate to your permit. Or, you can call the Transportation Services office at 509-335-PARK (7275) and we will be happy to add the license plate to your permit in your account for you.  Even if you will only have that vehicle for a short time (e.g. a rental car), you must add it to your permit or ask us to do that for you.

I co-pay for a parking permit with a friend who also works on campus, and we carpool as often as possible. So, both of our cars are listed on the permit. What if we need to drive separately to campus on the same day (meaning that only one of us can legally “use” the permit that day)?

As in the past, you can only park one vehicle on campus at a time per permit. If you share an annual permit, and you need to bring both cars to campus at the same time, one of you would have to purchase a daily permit for that day. You can go online (https://parking.wsu.edu)—or use your cellphone—to purchase a daily permit which will automatically be associated with the appropriate license plate. You will need to know your vehicle license plate, make and model.

I buy a permit to park in the Smith Center garage (Orange 3), a place where many people pay to park hourly. If there isn’t an attendant on duty to keep an eye on available spaces, how will I always know that I have a parking space if I have to come and go from the lot during the work day?

In order to ensure Orange 3 permit holders always have a space in the Smith Center garage, we are setting aside an “Orange 3 Permit Only” section on the top floor. Orange 3 permit holders are allowed to park anywhere in the garage; however, if spaces are limited, there will be space available in the Orange 3 Permit Only section.

Will garages have license-plate-recognition sensors on the entrances, or will people have to drive the specially equipped LPR vehicles around in the garages?

Yes, the Terrell Library and Smith Center garages have LPR cameras at the entrances and exits.

How does The LPR system make Transportation Service’s operations more efficient? 

LPR increases our efficiency to enforce lots, which results in a greater value for our permit holders. The more efficiently we can enforce lots means we are more likely to find vehicles parked without permits.  LPR can be seen as a deterrent for people to park in the lots without permits, which translates to more open parking for those who paid for a permit. Also, in most cases there is no reason for customers to have to come to the Transportation Services office to purchase a permit. Everything can be done online and all you need to have at hand is your vehicle’s license plate, make, and model. This saves our customers time and the hassle of having to come in person to our office.

My friend is a physician who works on campus. Why does she have a physical permit, but I don’t? 

Some permits  still need to be picked up at our office and displayed, such as Motorcycle, Golden Cougar, Orange 5 MD, Orange 5 HD, Commercial, Mall Service, Service, etc. Please contact Transportation Services if you have a question as to whether or not your physical permit still needs to be displayed.

Since Transportation Services is self-sustaining, does this mean people are losing their jobs because of technology?

No. Our staffing is not changing because of LPR. Our enforcement staff is made up of mostly students (nearly 30 of them) and we still depend on them to help enforce parking rules and do simple lot maintenance.

What about parking for football games and other sporting events?  Where do I have to go to get whatever permit (or extra permit) is needed?

At the current time, we will not be using LPR for football parking, so, football parking does not change. The same printed permit for the CAF lots or General Parking lots will be required.

I am hoping that my family will come visit me this semester, and be here for two or three days. What can I do to help them avoid getting parking tickets when they want to park on campus?

You have a several options.  For example, if you bought a parking permit for your vehicle for the year, you could add your family’s license plate to your permit in your online account—but remember, only one car can use a permit at a time, so you might want to park off campus during their visit.

If you don’t have a permit (or if you do but want them to have their own) remind your family—or any other visiting guests throughout the year—to go online or use a cellphone to purchase a daily permit for each day they park on campus.

As always, guests can contact Transportation Services to ask about specific needs or with special questions. We are happy to help welcome everyone to campus.

Don’t see the answer to your question?

Please contact WSU Transportation Services at transportation@wsu.edu or 509-335-PARK (7275)