The function of the Parking Services Office is to make parking as convenient as possible within constraints imposed by demand, available space and cost. The entire operation is self-sustaining through fees collected from users. Income derived from fees is used to cover operation expenses (e.g., paying debt on garages, and road/lot repairs).
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Parking Services currently offers the following services to the university community:
- The Motorist Assistance Program for unlocks, jump starts and inflating flat tires. For assistance, contact 513-556-2283 or, after hours 513-556-1111.
- When a citation is written for 'no permit displayed,' a courtesy void is available on an annual basis to all university faculty, staff, students, visitors and patients. Contact the Parking Office at 513-556-2283 for further information.
- Lost your car? It's easy to do with over 11,000 parking spaces at the Medical and West campuses. Come to the Parking Office at 4 Edwards Center and we will be happy to help you locate your car.
- Snow removal from lots, garages and drives (101 acres) is the responsibility of Parking Services. Every effort is made to clear and de-ice all surfaces. Sidewalks, plazas and other pedestrian-only areas are cleared by Facilities Management.
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No individual or department, other than Parking Services, may grant parking privileges, except those that may grant parking privileges for their respective areas, as specifically delegated in writing by Parking Services. All parking permits issued to users of the parking system remain the property of the university and the university reserves the right to:
- Refuse issuance of a parking permit.
- Change parking assignments as deemed necessary.
- Restrict the use of any parking space, structure or surface lot at any time.
- Determine hours of control or determine mode of operation of any area at any time.
- Revoke or recall a parking permit or decal.
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No liability is created by granting parking or vehicle operating privileges on property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the University of Cincinnati. The university assumes no responsibility for the care and/or protection of vehicles or their contents while operated or parked on university property. The University Police, however, do make regular tours of parking facilities.
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Rules and regulations are enforced 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Cars must be operated and parked in a manner that assures the safety of other vehicles and pedestrians in the lot. Parking is permitted in marked spaces only. The entire vehicle must be within the boundary lines of the parking space.
Responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. Snow or other severe weather conditions are not valid reasons for violating regulations. Revocation of parking privileges may be made by Parking Services for failure to observe parking regulations.
In the event of mechanical failure of a vehicle, the owner/driver is responsible for its removal as soon as available services permit. Lots and/or garages may not be used to store a vehicle. If a vehicle will be left unattended for more than 72 hours, the owner/driver should contact Parking Services.
Parking for loading and unloading up to 30 minutes will be granted when necessary. Permission and passes must be obtained from Parking Services at 4 Edwads Center and are valid only in the designated location.
When loading dock access is needed on the Medical, West, UC Blue Ash, UC Clermont or Victory Parkway properties, a specific request for their use must be made.
Established garage rates will be charged for loading and unloading in garages on the Medical and West campuses. A valid load/unload permit must be displayed at all times while loading or unloading.
Contractors working out of their vehicles must park within a construction area, if one has been designated, or in an available facility at the daily or monthly rate. Parking charges are to be paid by the contractor. Violators of these policies will be cited or towed. All contractors and/or subcontractors requiring campus drive parking must submit the request in advance and must provide verification issued by the appropriate university department.
Parking will not be reserved for deliveries, unless a Request for Special Parking Form is submitted online in advance. The parking office will provide cost information for extended deliveries. Delivery drivers are responsible for any parking violations they incur.
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Service or sales vehicles will be limited to garages unless the service person needs to work from their vehicle. In these cases, Parking Services Office will issue a thirty-minute dock temporary permit for loading and unloading. The vehicle must then relocate to a pay facility. Service persons working on projects longer than one day will be treated as contractors and subject to contractor's guidelines.
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University vehicles are subject to university parking regulations. Operators of university-owned or leased vehicles must comply with vehicle regulations. If the operator’s identity cannot be determined, the department to which the vehicle is assigned will be liable for payment of fines.
Visiting government-licensed vehicles are exempt from parking permits requirements. Government vehicles are subject to compliance with parking rules and regulations.
Voucher Pass Order Form
Hang tags must be returned to Parking Services upon resignations, terminations, etc. If access cards are not returned, a fee will be assessed to the account.
Visitor Parking will be charged to the designated department's account.
Special Parking Request Form
The Special Parking Request Form is used to request parking for an event on campus for an individual or group of people who need to park, but are not affiliated with the university and do not have valid parking permits.
Special Parking Request Form Instructions
When submitting a special parking request form, please complete the form in its entirety as applicable to your event. If there is information you would like to include but there is no defined area, please add information to the comment section and submit.
If paying by credit card, please do not enter your credit card information on this form as it is only needed when picking up your request.
Retiree/Emeriti Parking Form
Retirees and emeriti may apply for a permit allowing up to three hours of complimentary parking when visiting the University of Cincinnati. You will be permitted to park in any garage unless the "FULL" light is on display.
For emeriti, this does not replace the permit that you might have for a specific garage. This special card is for use in facilities other than your assigned permit facility.
Be sure to reapply for renewal prior to the expiration on your card.
Affiliate/Vendor/Contractor Parking Application
This form should be completed for CORPORATE, VENDORS and AFFILIATE employees only. Please submit your request(s) at least five days in advance of required date.
Guests must use paid parking garages. Individuals, departments or sponsoring groups may arrange to pay for parking by completing a Request for Special Parking Form online. This form should also be completed to alert Parking Services of large programs/events for which individuals are to pay for parking. Requests for special parking must be submitted five or more business days in advance of the date the event is desired. It is the responsibility of faculty, staff and students to make parking regulations known to their invited guests or visitors. Guests are subject to parking regulations.
What information do I need to provide to buy a parking permit? Expand
You will need to provide your vehicle license plate number, make, model, style and color as well as your UCID.
Why should I purchase a permit? Expand
Parking must be purchased to park in any garage facility or in any valid surface lot on the university campus. Any driver without parking privileges or without a valid permit (for surface lots) must park in a cash garage and pay hourly/daily rates.
My permit was lost. How do I get a replacement? Expand
If your permit was lost (e.g., surface lot permit, motorcycle, etc.), you can receive a replacement by contacting Parking Services at 513-556-2283. There is a replacement fee.
If your parking privileges are accessed via your UC ID and it is lost, you will need to contact Public Safety Keys & Badges to obtain a new ID at 513-556-4925. There will be a replacement fee for a lost UC ID.
How do I get to the University of Cincinnati? Expand
Where is visitor parking located? Expand
How do I apply for special parking needs, such as vendor or dock passes, event passes, guest speakers, etc.? Expand
Go to the Special Parking request form, located in the forms section of this page above.
How often can I use my permit? Expand
Parking permits can be used 24 hours a day as long as they are used sequentially (an entrance and an exit) for the assigned garage.
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How exactly does my UC ID or Fast Pass work? Do I have to scan my UC ID or ensure the Fast Pass reader turns green if the gate arm is up going in or out? Expand
Your UC ID or Fast Pass must be used in your garage sequentially (an entrance and an exit) in order to work. For the UC ID, place the mag-stripe side of your ID against the black panel above the red laser-scanner (see image above). Do not tap the panel or wave your UC ID in front of the panel. This will not allow entrance or exit.
If the gate arms are in the upright position when entering or exiting the garage, your UC ID must be still be scanned or Fast Pass must register the green light to continue to work properly in sequence.
What do I do if my UC ID or Fast Pass does not work? Expand
If you have a valid UC ID that does not work, press the Intercom/help button at the exit or entrance and your call will immediately be directed to a Parking Services Enforcement Supervisor. Please wait for the response; at times there may be a large volume of calls. DO NOT select the “Lost Ticket” button as you may not be refunded for the fee.
As a first time payroll deduct employee, how are my payments processed? Expand
As a payroll deduction-eligible employee, your initial deduction, which will be paid upfront at the Parking Services office, will reflect the prorated amount of the actual date you initially purchase parking. This will in turn initiate the next month’s payment through automatic deduction, which will continue until you request that parking be stopped.
Payroll-deduction parking may NOT be purchased online, as it will not initiate the automatic deduction and will expire after the initial month.
How can I be reimbursed if I had to pay to exit when my permit did not work? Expand
In the event your UC ID or Fast Pass does not allow you to exit and you pay the PIL (pay-in-lane) machine to exit, select the printed receipt button and bring the receipt and the specific card used in the transaction to the Parking Services office within 30 days and your money will be refunded.
When can students register for parking for the next semester? Expand
Students can purchase parking for the next semester in accordance with the student sales dates which will be posted on the Parking Services website upon availability. This includes evening students as well.
My address has changed and/or I would like to update my vehicle information. How can I do this without coming into the office? Expand
Log into your parking account to update the information. Fill out the "Address/Vehicle Change Form." You can also contact Parking Services at 513-556-2283.
How does the Waitlist work? Expand
University of Cincinnati staff and faculty are eligible for placement on ONE waiting list. When a waiting list exists for a facility or lot, a faculty or staff member must log into their account to place their name on the list. Parking Services will also assist with placing your name on a waitlist; call 513-556-2283.
Can my permit be interchanged with friends and family? Expand
Interchanging parking privileges with family and friends is considered improper usage of parking and could cause your parking privileges to be revoked. This includes standard parking as well as improper usage of value permits, athletics events, CCM events permits, and permits and passes purchased online.
Are there shuttle buses available to transport people from one campus to another? Expand
When can impoundment of a vehicle occur? Expand
In general, a tire boot/impound will occur when a vehicle is located on university property and has four outstanding or open parking citations. It can also occur when the vehicle displays a revoked, altered or stolen permit. Blocking a through-way or emergency access lane may also result in a vehicle being impounded. Please see the Citations page for more detailed information.
What is a UC Fast Pass? Expand
The UC Fast Pass is a new way to access your parking facility, hands-free! The Fast Pass hangs from your vehicle’s mirror and engages a sensor when you pull into the garage, eliminating the need to scan your UC ID. You can use either of the methods interchangeably for access.