Transportation Services Permit Information

Check out varieties Of parking permits, where May you use your permit and pre-tax payroll deduction:

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

Students Permits

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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.
Depending on permit availability, commuter students are eligible to purchase Orange, Green, Yellow, Red, or Blue permits.

Faculty and Staff 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.

Annual Permit Rates

Annual Permit Pricing

Refunds

Permit holder may be eligible for a pro-rated refund on their annual permit.

Permit Refund Schedule

Disability Parking Permits

The following information is designed to help disabled parking patrons park on the WSU Pullman campus. If at any time you have questions regarding disability parking, please contact us.
How to Obtain a State-Issued Disability Parking Permit – for both Temporary and Permanent Disabilities
In WashingtonFollow this link for the application and information on how to obtain a Washington State Department of Licensing Disabled Parking Application.

Take the completed form to:

Vehicle Licensing Office
1195 SE Bishop Blvd. Suite 3
Pullman, WA 99163or any vehicle licensing office in the state of Washington

In Idaho

Follow this link to the application for an Idaho State Disabled Parking placard.

Note: According to the application instructions, you need to mail or fax the application to Boise. However, you can take the application to the Latah County DMV office in Moscow, they will issue a temp permit for up to 30 days while the application is being processed.

Here is their contact information: Latah County DMV.

PLEASE NOTE: The WSU Access Center DOES NOT issue disability parking permits of any kind.

The following is required to give persons with disabilities the most flexibility with parking on the WSU campus:

Any valid WSU-issued zone permit displayed with a valid state-issued disability placard or disability license plate.

Where to Park

State placards with a current WSU parking permit are valid in disability spaces signed for WSU Disability Permits and any blue, red, yellow, green, orange, gray, and crimson zones, and on-street parking meters.
State placards with a current WSU parking permit also allow access to the disability spaces within the restricted area of the pedestrian mall areas on campus. Please drive cautiously on the pedestrian malls.

Disability spaces in parking lots during times when WSU permits or payment is not required only need to display a state-issued disability parking permit.
Disability parking areas signed: “WSU or State Disability Permits Required”
On-street parking meters

Central Campus can be accessed by using the elevators in the Fine Arts parking garage, the Smith Center parking garage, or the Library parking garage. Disability Parking for Central Campus is available in the following locations:

Fine Arts parking garage. Take the elevator to the 5th floor for Central Campus. State placards with a current WSU parking permit are required.
Smith Center parking garage. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor for Central Campus. State placards with a current WSU parking permit are required.
Smith Center surface parking lot. Park in this lot just outside of the Smith Center and take the Smith Center or Fine Arts garage elevators to get to Central Campus. State placards with a current WSU parking permit are required.
Library parking garage. Take the elevator to the top floor to access Central Campus. Hourly payment required.

Daily Parking Permits

Daily parking permits

The permits can be purchased and used on an as needed basis. Some daily permits are sold on a space-available basis. Daily scratch permits can be purchased ahead of time and kept on hand. 10-day select permits are also a convenient option. Daily permits can be purchased 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 PermitDaily10 DayMonthly
Orange10.25102.50205.00
Green6.9469.40138.80
Yellow3.6336.3072.60
Red1.9919.9039.80
Crimson 6.9469.40138.80
Gray5.6156.10112.20
Blue1.3113.1026.20
Motorcycle0.979.7019.40
Moped0.979.7019.40
Commercial13.88138.80277.60

Vacation Period Daily Permit Rates:

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

Daily PermitPrice
Green3.47
Yellow1.81
Red0.99
Blue0.65

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

UI Reciprocal Agreement

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:

Static cling annual permits must be displayed in the lower driver’s-side corner of the front windshield. The entire permit, including permit number, must be clearly visible at all times. The permit must be positioned out of any tint or antenna lines.

Display Instructions

  1. Thoroughly clean the inside surface of your windshield prior to application. Static cling permits work best with a clean windshield.
  2. Carefully place the permit in lower driver’s-side corner of the front windshield with the permit number facing out. Apply pressure to permit to secure to windshield and remove any air bubbles. During cold weather, you must heat the windshield prior to application.
  3. Check the permit from the outside of your vehicle. The entire permit, including permit number, must be clearly visible at all times.

Failure to properly display your annual permit in the approved location may result in an “Improper Display” violation.

Daily Permits:

Daily permits must be displayed as instructed on the permit. The entire permit, including permit number, must be clearly visible.

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 Q&A

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.