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Permit Guidelines

Motor vehicles must display a University of Cincinnati parking permit (key card or decal) or cash receipt while on university property.


The Parking Office may issue parking permits to employees or enrolled students at the University of Cincinnati.

Display of Permits

The permit shall be fully displayed on the driver's side of the windshield or dashboard. A key card hang tag must be placed on the rear view mirror with the facility name facing outward. A no-charge temporary permit must be obtained from Parking Services if the parking permit is not available in the case of changing from one vehicle to another. Motor cycle permits should be displayed on the rider's right front fork.

Altered Permits

Display of altered permits incurs a heavy fine and impoundment. Back parking will be charged from the date of alteration.

Campus Reciprocity

See Parking at Other Campuses for details.


To cancel parking privileges, the permit card(s) must be returned.

Key Cards (Hang Tags)

Key cards (hang tags) are issued with or without a permit card and are valid in a designated facility. Both cards are property of the University of Cincinnati and must be returned to Parking Services upon termination or expiration. When the permit card and key card expire, they must be returned to Parking Services’ office. All cards returned must be in proper condition. Damaged cards may result in a charge. A late fee and usage charge will be assessed.

Lost or Stolen Permits

Lost or stolen permits must be reported immediately to Parking Services. The owner of the permit must complete a lost/stolen form here or at the Parking Office. A fee of $50 will be assessed for replacing the lost permit. The replacement fee will be refunded if the lost/stolen permit is found and returned to the Parking Office within 30 days of filing the lost/stolen form. Lost or stolen permits are added to the list of revoked parking privileges and further use may result in impoundment of the vehicle. Individuals cited for use or display of a revoked, lost or stolen permit will be assessed full charges for use from the date that the report was filed with the Parking Office.

McMicken, Emeritus and Other

Short term permits are to used daily for the specified time limit of the card.

Please contact the Parking Services office for additional information.

New Permits

When new permits are issued, expired permits must be removed or returned. Persons with a revoked permit will be responsible for returning those items to Parking Services immediately upon notification. There will be no refund on permits revoked due to fraudulent application. Individuals cited for use of a revoked, lost or stolen permit will be assessed full charges for use from the date or the report filed with Parking Services.


Refunds for returned permits will be made on a prorated basis. No refund will be issued if the permit card is not returned. No refunds will be made for permits revoked due to fraudulent application. Allow 4-6 weeks to receive a check in the mail for a refund.

Removal of Permits

Permits must be returned to Parking Services under the following conditions:

  • Termination of association with the university. 
  • Transfer between campuses. 
  • Change in permit type. 
  • Cancellation of parking arrangements.


A person who purchases, uses or displays a university permit in violation of university parking regulations may have his/her parking permit revoked. Fraudulent applications include, but are not restricted to:

  • Signing an application for a permit in another person's name.
  • Possessing multiple permits for the same period.
  • Obtaining a permit to be used by an individual not authorized for such privileges.

Two or More Vehicles

Only one permit is issued per person, unless otherwise specified. Permits are not transferable to another person. Use of a permit on additional vehicles is permissible provided the vehicle is registered with Parking Services. Only one vehicle is permitted to park in garage/lot per permit. The Parking Office must be notified of changes in vehicles, license plate, address or other permit application information.

Unpaid Obligations

No parking permit will be issued to any individual having outstanding parking fines or obligations regardless of the age of the infraction. Students with outstanding obligations cannot purchase parking permits until they are cleared. The issuance of parking privileges to an individual having outstanding obligations does not eliminate any responsibility to pay. Permits issued under these circumstances can be revoked.

Waiting List Policy

University of Cincinnati staff and faculty are eligible for placement on one waiting list. When a waiting list exists, a faculty or staff member must go to the Parking Services website and place his/her name on the list. When a space becomes available in the parking facility, the first individual on that list will be notified either by phone or in writing. Individuals who do not respond within the set period of time will be removed from the list. It is the responsibility of the individual to update information on file.