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Parking & Mobility Services

Parking and Mobility Services

Policies and Procedures

Parking Permits and Regulations

All motor vehicles parked in a non-metered University-owned parking lot are required to obtain a parking permit for that motor vehicle from the Department of Parking and Mobility Services. Parking permits are issued only for use by the person and on the vehicle(s) specified.

  • The purchase of a University parking permit grants the permit holder access to specific parking lots, but does not guarantee a parking place on campus. Parking for all permit holders is on a "first-come, first-served" basis only.
  • All vehicles parked on University property must display a current valid license plate and be fully registered in the state issuing the license plate.
  • All parking permits must be displayed in the lower left corner of the windshield and have a valid license plate(s) attached/associated through Department of Parking Services system.
    • Virtual parking permitted lots must have license plate attached/associated through the Department of Parking Services and displayed to the center aisle.
    • University Rental Property (URP) permits must be displayed on rearview mirror, must have license plate attached/associated through the Department of Parking Services and displayed to the center aisle.  
  • A permit is not transferable to other individuals.
  • Any person obtaining a permit for a vehicle(s) shall be liable for all violations incurred by such vehicles(s) or by the holder of the permit.

The Department of Parking Services issues, for a fee, the following parking permit types:

  • Restricted (Red)
    A restricted permit is valid for a specific restricted parking lot 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Additionally, from 4pm to 6am, Monday - Friday, and all times on the weekends a restricted permit is valid lots H1, Q, W and all General 100 series parking lots. This permit is not valid in hourly paid parking lots or designated parking spaces.
  • General (Yellow)
    A general permit is valid in General parking lots within the designated area (i.e. North or South) on the front of the permit at all times. Additionally, from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, and all times on the weekends a General permit is valid in all General 100 series lots and restricted lots H1, Q, and W. This permit is not valid in metered visitor lots or designated parking spaces.
  • Night/Weekend (Silver)
    A Night/Weekend General permit is valid from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, and all times on weekends in General 100 series lots and H1, Q, and W. This permit is not valid in metered visitor lots or designated parking spaces.

    A Night/Weekend Restricted permit is valid from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, and all times on weekends for the lot specified on the front of the permit, General 100 series lots, and restricted lots H1, Q and W. This permit is not valid in metered visitor lots or designated parking spaces.
  • Temporary/Visitor
    Vehicles parked in any parking lot, which are not regularly permitted vehicles, require a temporary permit. This permit may be purchased from the Department of Parking and Mobility Services for $10.00 per permit, per day or obtained from an approved University department to which the vehicle operator is visiting. PDF permits are provided to event participants from the sponsoring department or organization. Temporary permits are not valid in short term (3 hour max or less) parking lots, loading zones, or undesignated parking spaces.
  • Motorcycles (>=50CC engine displacement)
    A motorcycle permit is valid for the lot specified by the type of permit purchased. This permit is not valid in metered or designated visitor areas. Two wheeled vehicles over 49cc's are required to purchase a DU parking permit and park in the designated lot according to the permit purchased.
  • Scooter/Moped (<50CC engine displacement)

Scooter and mopeds under 49cc's must be registered with the City of Denver and purchase a DU permit valid for scooter parking areas only. Scooter and moped parking is not permitted at bike racks, on pedestrian pathways, or any non-designated scooter parking area.

  • Accessibility
    Parking and Mobility Services offers accessibility permits for a fee annually to faculty, staff and students. These permits can be purchased online or through the parking services office with verification of your state issued credentials.

Visitors to the DU campus who require accessible parking may utilize the designated spaces in our visitor parking lots. Drivers must display a state-issued disability parking permit such as a placard or license plate. These spaces, like all visitor parking, require payment via meters or parking kiosks.

Lost and Stolen Permits

Lost or stolen parking permits must be reported to the Department of Parking and Mobility Services immediately. After a report is completed, the permit may be replaced for a nominal fee. Recovered lost or stolen permits should be returned to Parking and Mobility Services immediately. The replacement fee will be refunded if the original permit is recovered and returned to the University of Denver Parking Services department within three months of the report filing date.

Operators of vehicles found displaying a permit that has been reported as lost or stolen will be held accountable for unethical behavior. The permit will be seized, the vehicle will be issued a citation, immobilized, and the case will be referred to the University's Office of Citizenship and Community Standards for disciplinary actions.

When a motor vehicle is sold, traded, or otherwise disposed of, the University parking permit must be removed and returned to the Department of Parking Services. All parking permits remain the property of the University of Denver.

Acceptance and use of any University of Denver parking permit constitutes acknowledgment by the permit holder that he/she agrees with and will abide by all provisions contained in this document.

Permit Refunds

All refunds must be requested in-person, at our main office during normal business hours. A Refund Application Form must be fully completed and the permit (product) returned to Parking Services in good physical condition.

No refunds will be accepted after the refund return deadline of April 15th.

All refunds are issued via the original method of payment, except cash. A $5 per permit/product service charge will be deducted from the total refund amount. This charge helps cover the costs associated with the researching, processing, issuing, and possibly mailing a refund check to a customer. All permit refunds are based on an established, pro-rated monthly refund schedule. Refunds are calculated according to the month the permit is physically returned and not to any official termination, leave date or last day of classes attended. Specific payment refund information is as follows:

  • Credit cards may be refunded immediately if the original card at the time of purchase is presented at the time of the refund application. If the original credit card is not available or the card has been cancelled, the refund will be issued in the form of a check.
  • Student billing refunds will be processed according to the appropriate student billing schedule. Students who have their parking fees placed on their student bill accounts are encouraged to physically return their permit for a refund immediately in order to stop future billings of the parking fees being placed on their accounts. Students who fail to return their permit will receive University notices reflecting the appropriate parking fees associated with the permit still in their possession. It is the responsibility of the withdrawing student permit holder to ensure that the permit is returned to Parking Services, or the billing process will continue. Late fees may be assessed by the Bursar's office for late payments of the student tuition bill.
  • Payroll deduction payments for employees separating from the University and no longer needing their assigned parking permit will have their payments terminated on the last day of employment. Former employees are still responsible for the full amount of the remaining balance due until it is returned to Parking Services. All employees are encouraged to return their parking permits immediately after separating from the University or no longer needing it.
  • All other payments will be refunded through the University of Denver Accounts Payable office, which can take up to four weeks to process.

Refunds & Unpaid Parking Balances - If a customer has any existing parking balance (i.e., permit &/or fine(s)) owed to the department/University, the entire refund will be applied to the unpaid balance. If after the refund is applied to the existing balance and a remaining credit exists, it will be processed as a refund to the customer. At no time will refunds/credits be given to individuals with outstanding parking/traffic balances.

Resident Student 24-hour Access Fee

A 24-hour access fee will be added to all Resident student-parking to cover storage parking impacts to campus events.