Parking Permits

The issuance of parking permits is controlled by Parking Services. Permits are issued upon verification of eligibility. Only one annual parking permit may be issued to each permittee (faculty member, staff or student, or other eligible person). Faculty and staff (A) permits are not valid for use by students except in registered carpool vehicles; student permits are not valid to be used by faculty and staff. Parking permits are only valid for the period of time and location designated on the permit or in the parking policies. Parking signs on campus identify which permits are valid in those areas or lots. Parking Services is responsible for determining the eligibility requirements for parking permits.

 A. Eligibility for faculty and staff parking permits:

1. Must be full or part time employee including temporary hourly employees of Colorado State University as identified by Human Resources.

2. Faculty and staff living on main campus are only eligible for permits designated for their living area.

3. Faculty and staff have the option of purchasing annual, semester, monthly, or daily permits online at or at the Parking Services office.

4. Contracted services or business partners: Certain companies or individuals who are contracted by CSU to provide services on campus may be eligible for annual, semester, monthly, or daily permits.

B. Eligibility for student parking permits:

1. Residence hall and student family housing parking permits are issued to students residing in their respective housing areas.

2. Residence hall parking permits may be obtained online at or at the Parking Services office.

3. Student family housing permits are issued on behalf of the Housing Services manager’s office at or at the Parking Services Office. These permits are not valid for use in any location other than the student family housing lots. Excludes U and T permits, which are valid in Research Blvd lot 740.

4. Students not residing on the main campus are eligible for commuter student parking permits which may be obtained at Parking Services or online at

5. Students have the option of purchasing annual, semester, monthly, or daily permits.

6. If a residence hall student moves to a different residence hall or moves off campus, or if an off-campus student moves into a residence hall during the permit year, they must exchange their parking permit at Parking Services for issuance of a new permit based on change of status. An exchange may result in an additional fee being assessed or a refund being issued, depending upon the permit cost and remaining period for which it is valid. Failure to exchange a permit within 10 business days after moving may result in a Misuse of permit citation and the permit being deactivated.

C. Fuel efficient vehicle permits:

1. LEED Permits. Owners of LEED qualifying vehicles may request a LEED permit at the Parking Services office for that specific vehicle ONLY. There is no charge for the LEED permit. Both the LEED permit and a valid CSU parking permit must be linked to the vehicle license plate to enable parking in LEED spaces. Parking is restricted to the areas where the customer’s regular parking permit is valid.

2. EV Permits. Owners of electric vehicles may request an electric vehicle permit at the Parking Services office for that specific vehicle ONLY. There is no charge for the electric vehicle permit. Both the electric vehicle permit and a valid CSU parking permit must be linked to the vehicle license plate to enable parking in an electric vehicle space. Vehicles may use the electric vehicle spaces and chargers for up to four hours and must then move to a regular permitted space to allow others to use the charging station. Vehicles with an electric vehicle permit are allowed to park in any electric vehicle space; however, parking in a LEED space are restricted to the areas where the customer’s regular parking permit is valid.

D. State and federal vehicle permits: All state and federal vehicles are required to have a valid parking permit issued by Parking and Transportation Services if they are parked in a permit-controlled space. The type of permit authorized varies based on the type of vehicles and use. Please contact Parking and Transportation Services for what type of permit is allowed.

**Temporary permits: Temporary permits are issued to individuals who do not qualify for another CSU parking permit and are restricted to specific areas. Visitors and guests of CSU may purchase daily temporary permits. Individuals or companies doing business with CSU may purchase a temporary permit valid for up to six months.

E. ADA or disability permits:

1. Faculty, staff and students may obtain a permit allowing access to ADA spaces upon certification of medical need by the CSU Health Network, a personal licensed physician, a state disability verification form, or a current state disability license plate or placard. Placard users may be required to show the placard’s registration and picture identification.

2. Based upon certification, the person may be issued a medical A permit or an H permit. Medical A permits are valid in any A or Z designated lot. H permits are valid in A, B, I, Q, S, T, U, W, X, and Z lots, and at any blue ADA metered space. CSU H permits and vehicles linked to any valid CSU parking permit and also displaying a valid state disability plate or placard are exempt from paying blue ADA meters if the vehicle’s license plate is correctly linked to the permit.

3. State-issued disability placards and disability license plates are valid in blue equal access metered spaces and pay by plate zones. The meter or pay station must be paid to avoid a citation for expired meter. When parking in an ADA space in a permit lot, a disability placard or disability license plate must be accompanied by a valid CSU parking permit.

F. Lost or stolen permits: Lost or stolen permits must be reported to Parking Services. Vehicles found displaying a permit that has been reported as lost or stolen will be issued a citation for misuse of permit and will be booted immediately. The booted vehicle will be subject to towing and will be released only upon payment of citation fines, boot and impound charges, and return of the lost or stolen permit. Anyone found displaying, using or selling a lost or stolen permit may lose the privilege of purchasing a parking permit for the remainder of the academic year. Students will be referred to the Student Resolution Center and criminal charges may also be filed. Employees are also subject to disciplinary action and charges pursuant to CSU policies and applicable law.

For lost or stolen permits: Once Parking Services is contacted, the permit will be replaced and an administrative replacement fee will be assessed. If the original permit is recovered and returned to Parking Services within ten business days, a portion of the administrative replacement fee will be refunded.

Unrecoverable permits: Other situations that merit replacement of a permit (e.g., if a vehicle was totaled or the windshield was destroyed) will require appropriate documentation validating that the permit was not retrievable from the vehicle.

G. Permit refunds

1. Refunds will not be issued on monthly and daily permits.

2. No refunds on semester and six month permits after 14 days.

3. Annual permits may be eligible for a refund at a prorated rate based on date of purchase and are subject to a restocking and administrative fee. The restocking and administrative fee may be waived for a qualifying event such as termination or withdrawing as a student. Refunds will not be issued after March 31.

Restricted Parking Areas:

A. Motorcycle and low-power scooter parking: Motorcycles and low-power scooters, as defined in these regulations, are governed by all regulations applicable to other motor vehicles except: When parked in an area where a CSU parking permit is required, motorcycles and low-power scooters must be parked in areas specifically signed for motorcycle parking. When parking in short term and hourly areas, motorcycles and low-power scooters may be parked in regular vehicle parking spaces if they pay for time at a pay station or meter.

Motorcycles and low-power scooters must be correctly linked to a valid CSU parking permit. Motorcycle and low-power scooter owners may purchase a motorcycle permit in addition to a vehicle permit; however, full price will be charged for both permits. Low-power scooters parked on campus must display a valid state of Colorado low-power scooter registration sticker and link the registration number to a CSU parking permit. Low-power scooters, mopeds, and gas-motorized bicycles are prohibited from parking at bicycle racks.

B. LEED parking: LEED parking spaces are only for vehicles that have a valid CSU LEED permit and have correctly linked the vehicle’s license plate to a valid CSU parking permit.

C. State and federal vehicle parking: All state and federal vehicles are required to have a valid parking permit issued by Parking and Transportation Services to park in permit-controlled parking spaces. Any of these vehicles which are not moved within a 72 hour period will be issued a parking citation. State and federal vehicles not used on a regular basis must park in Research Blvd lot 740. These vehicles must comply with time zone requirements, meter payments, ADA space restrictions, and other parking regulations. Drivers of state and federal vehicles are responsible for all violations of university parking regulations. Department heads, principal investigators, or other responsible supervisors are ultimately responsible for vehicles assigned to them. Failure to identify drivers of vehicles who receive a notice of parking violation will result in the fine being charged to the responsible supervisor. University funds may not be used to pay a parking fine for faculty, staff, students, or resident employees of cooperating agencies with offices on the main campus.

D. Game Day – Restricted parking: Parking in any area identified as Game Day Parking either by signs posted at the entrance of the parking lot or on the Game Day website. Vehicles must have a Game Day permit issued by CSU Athletics to park in the areas identified as Game Day Parking.


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