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ADA Accessible Parking

Motorcycles, Motor Scooters and Bicycles

Permit Parking Access Methods


Permit Guidelines

Parking on Other Campuses

When UC permit holders must travel between campuses, limited use of a lot on another campus – reciprocity - is allowed. Guidelines for reciprocity and locations are outlined below.

  • Vehicle information must be updated in the Parking Services system. Out-of-date vehicle information may result in a citation.
  • Parking is limited, and not guaranteed. Available only when space permits.
  • Limited to 2 hours, 1 time per day between the hours of 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • No time limit during other hours of operation. 
  • Cannot park in reciprocity areas on the campus of your current permit.
  • Regional campus students who live on Uptown West campus that require parking, must purchase a west campus permit. Reciprocity parking is available on UC Blue Ash and Clermont College campuses.
  • Evening permits are not eligible for reciprocity parking.
  • During special events, postings may be placed in the lots, indicating the need to use an alternate facility, when appropriate. 
  • Reciprocity parking is NOT available on UC Football Game Days.

Uptown West Campus

  • Clifton Lots

Uptown Medical Campus

  • Panzeca Way behind Eden Avenue Garage

UC Blue Ash

Reciprocity parking is available for an unlimited number of hours in any white-lined stall for permit holders from any other campus.

UC Clermont

Reciprocity parking is available for an unlimited number of hours in any white-lined stall for permit holders from any other campus.

1819 Innovation Hub

Reciprocity parking is available for an unlimited number of hours in the Winslow Lot for permit holders from any other campus.

Reading Campus

Reciprocity parking is available for an unlimited number of hours for permit holders from any other campus.

Victory Parkway

Reciprocity parking is available for an unlimited number of hours in the West, North and Cypress Lots for permit holders from any other campus.

Display of Physical Permits

Most facilities utilize virtual permits (i.e., the vehicle license plate is the permit); however, some physical permits are still distributed.

  • Hang tags must be placed on the rearview mirror with the facility name facing outward. If the hang tag will not fit on the rearview mirror it should be fully displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard or contact Parking Services for a zip-tie.
  • Motorcycle permits should be displayed on the rider’s left front fork. 
  • SP/other permits must be fully displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard.

Lost Physical Permit

A fee will be assessed for replacement of a lost physical permit or Fast Pass. The replacement fee will be refunded if the lost permit/Fast Pass is found and returned within 30 days of filing a lost permit form with the Parking Services Office. Once reported as lost, use of the permit/Fast Pass will result in impoundment of the vehicle and the owner will be assessed full charges for use from the date the lost permit form was filed.

Stolen Physical Permit

Replacement fees for a stolen physical permit/Fast Pass will be waived if a police report is provided.  Once reported as stolen, use of the permit/Fast Pass will result in impoundment of the vehicle and the owner will be assessed full charges for use from the date the stolen permit form was filed.

Altered Physical Permit

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

Revocation

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:

  1. Using a permit in a manner not specified for its use.
  2. Possessing multiple permits for the same period.
  3. 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. Multiple vehicles may be assigned to a permit; however, only one vehicle is allowed to park in the facility at a time per permit.  The driver is responsible for ensuring accurate vehicle information is linked to the permit.

Unpaid Obligations

No permit will be issued to any individual having outstanding parking fines or obligations regardless of the age of the infraction. 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 , faculty and designated affiliates are eligible for placement on one waiting list. When a waiting list exists, a faculty or staff member must go to the Parking Services portal and place his/her name on the list. Designated affiliates will work with parking staff to add their name to a list, when appropriate. 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 contact information on file. The university reserves the right to move individuals outside of the waitlist policy when it is in the best interest of the university. Approval for exceptions will be made by the vice president responsible for parking services.


ADA Accessible Parking

Students

ADA accessible parking is available in all parking facilities. Individuals with a state-issued disability placard or license plate may park in any non-reserved ADA accessible parking stall within their assigned facility. 

Students with a state-issued disability placard can purchase a Zone A parking permit on a first-come, first served basis. Zone A parking is located in marked stalls along Campus Drives and at Victory Parkway. 

Students with a state-issued disability placard may purchase any permit, until a facility is sold out, for the semester fee of the least expensive garage facility. The student will need to bring the state-issued disability placard and registration to the Parking Services office in order to receive the discounted rate. If a facility is sold out, the student may be placed in the facility of their choice with proof of state-issued disability placard, at the normal facility rate. 

In the absence of a state-issued disability placard, an accommodation may be requested through Accessibility Services for placement in a sold-out facility.  

Students should contact Michael Southern at Accessibility Services at 513-556-6823 or southeml@ucmail.uc.edu. Medical documentation may be required along with the request. 

Violators parking in ADA accessible stalls, in accordance with Ohio House Bill #148, are subject to a fine and possible impoundment of the vehicle in violation. 

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff with a state-issued disability placard can purchase a Zone A parking permit on a first-come, first served basis. Zone A parking is located in marked stalls along Campus Drives and at Victory Parkway. 

If a facility is sold out, faculty and staff may be placed in the facility of their choice with proof of state-issued disability placard, at the normal facility rate.  In the absence of a state-issued disability placard, an accommodation may be requested through Human Resources for placement in a sold-out facility. 

Faculty/staff should contact Angela Eicher at Human Resources at 513-556-6381 or LOAADM@uc.edu to make a request. Medical documentation may be required along with the request.

Violators parking in ADA accessible stalls, in accordance with Ohio House Bill #148, are subject to a fine and possible impoundment of the vehicle in violation.


Motorcycles, Motor Scooters* and Bicycles

Motorcycles parked in authorized area

Operators of motorcycles, bicycles, scooters and skateboards must obey all traffic regulations. Licensed motor vehicles (motorcycles, mopeds and motorized scooters*) must have a valid decal to park in designated motorcycle areas. Bicycles must be parked in the bicycle racks.

*Although the State of Ohio and the City of Cincinnati have recognized a motorist’s right to park their scooter/motorcycle on sidewalks, the University of Cincinnati has the right to further regulate university property according to ORC 4511.07. As a result, the university has chosen to prohibit scooter/motorcycle parking on sidewalks as the campus is primarily traversed by pedestrians using these sidewalks. Allowing scooters/motorcycles to park on the sidewalks would impede that access.

Operator Responsibility

It is the responsibility of operators to read and fully understand these regulations. The university assumes no responsibility for the care and protection of any personal or rented items at any time or location while on campus.

Bicycle Parking Areas

Bicycle racks on MainStreet outside of the TUC food court.

Bicycle parking is available throughout the campus and is designated by the presence of bicycle racks. Bicycles, must be parked only within the boundaries of designated parking areas and/or properly attached to a bike rack. Bicycles shall not be parked or stored in any university building, unless otherwise designated; nor shall they be attached to items not specifically intended for bicycle parking, such as trees, sign posts, stair rails or hand rails.

Operation of Bicycles

Bicycles are vehicles and must adhere to laws regulating the operation of vehicles. Applicable state laws are in effect whenever bicycles are operated on University of Cincinnati property. (O.R.C. 4511.52)

In addition, riding is prohibited on grass areas.

Whenever bicycles are operated in areas primarily intended for pedestrians (e.g., sidewalks or plazas) the bicycle must yield right of way to pedestrians.

Equipment

All equipment required by state code for the operation of bicycles is also required on University of Cincinnati property. (O.R.C. 4511.52)

Enforcement

Citations may be issued for violations of bicycle regulations as described above. Bicycle owners are encouraged to register their bicycle with the Department of Public Safety.


Permit Parking Access Methods

Using A Fast Pass

The Fast Pass is a hangtag that drivers use to open garage gates.

The UC Fast Pass makes parking entry and exit hands free! The Fast Pass works best when hanging from your vehicle's rear view mirror. The Fast Pass is available for a one-time charge of $30, and may be purchased at the Parking Services office at 4 Edwards Center. 

It may take some adjustment to the placement of the pass to ensure it works consistently in your vehicle. The Fast Pass connects to a signal from the grey boxes to the left of the gate arm or directly above the entry lane (see photos). If you experience difficulty with the reader connecting with your Fast Pass, the barcode on the back may be  scanned. Hold the pass under the red light until the display shows the barcode has been read as in the bottom photo. If you continue to have problems with your Fast Pass, please contact the Parking Services Office for assistance. 

Fast Passes may be replaced at no cost if found to be defective within the first six months from issuance.

Using a UC ID (Bearcat Card)

To access garage, UC ID is placed or waved by the black sensor to the left of the entry or exit station.

Wave ID across the black panel above the red laser-scanner as shown.