Permits and fees
Permits and fees
Every vehicle operated on the University of Nevada, Reno campus is required to register with the Parking and Transportation Services Department and obtain an appropriate parking permit. Permits must hang from the rear-view mirror or be placed in a clear pocket and attached to the passenger side of the windshield. Permit information must face outward to be clearly visible. Permits remain University property and can be reclaimed if an individual's parking privileges have been revoked. Individuals are allowed to purchase one permit per person per academic term. The only exception to this is a Motorcycle/Moped, Bicycle and/or Wolf pass bus pass can also be purchased in addition to a vehicle permit.
Vehicles shall be parked only in authorized, designated parking zones. Please note, not every space is signed with its designation. A list of permits and parking zones is available below.
Purchasing a university parking permit
If you are visiting campus as a guest, or if you simply need to purchase a daily parking permit, there are a few options.
- Daily permits may be purchased at our office, located on the corner of North Virginia Street and 16th Street. Daily permits are available for the West Stadium Parking Complex (Silver 17 zone) for $5 per day per vehicle. This parking complex is located on 16th Street, just west of Mackay Stadium.
- Daily permits may also be purchased on the top floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex via the pay and display permit dispenser machines for $5 per day per vehicle. The Parking and Transportation Services Department will not issue refunds for pay and display permits purchased in error. All transactions are final.
- Guests who wish to purchase a daily disabled permit may also do so at any pay and display permit dispenser for $3 per day. A state issued DMV issued disabled placard must be displayed in conjunction with the disabled daily permit, and the placard owner must be in the vehicle. Again, the Parking and Transportation Services Department will not issue refunds for pay and display permits purchased in error. All transactions are final.
To purchase an annual or semester permit online, you will need to log in using your Net ID (not student ID number) and password. If you have not set up and activated your Net ID, please contact the UNR Help Desk.
Faculty and staff who are eligible for payroll deduction may elect to have the permit fees deducted, pre-tax, from their paycheck on a monthly basis. For more information, or to determine if you are eligible, please contact Parking and Transportation Services at (775) 784-4654.
Permit designations and descriptions
Please read carefully, as some zones have changed.
University of Nevada, Reno's parking system is based on a zone parking system. Parking permits are valid in the zone designated on the front of the permit. Additionally, any valid permit (excluding Circus Circus and Free Friday permits) may park in the West Stadium Parking Complex after 3:30 p.m., and after 5:30 p.m. may park in any Silver, Tan, Green 1 or Blue 1 zoned area and at meters, excluding areas and/or spaces designated "enforced 24 hours per day/7 days per week". Carpool spaces are reserved until 8:00 p.m. daily. Unless otherwise noted below, permits do not allow for overnight parking. The following information is valid for the 2019-2020 academic year.
- Silver Zone Permit - Silver 10, 16 and 17 are available to students. All other Silver zones are available to faculty and staff only (please call our office to be placed on a wait list.) Silver zone permits allow for parking in the Silver zone designated on the front of the permit, as well as Tan, Green 1 and Blue 1. Silver 17 is available in limited quantities on a semester basis, however, please note semester permits do not include the winter or summer sessions.
- Silver 7-Resident Permit - (S7RS) Annual permit available to residents of Peavine Hall only. This permit allows for parking in the Silver 7 lot located on the Southeast corner of Sierra Street and 11th Street only. This permit is required for overnight parking and is enforced 24 hours per day / 7 days per week.
- Silver 11-Resident Permit - (S11RS) Annual permit available to residents of Great Basin Hall only. This permit allows parking on the top level of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex only. Parking on other levels will result in a citation. This permit is required for overnight parking and is enforced 24 hours per day / 7 days per week.
- Tan Zone Permit - Tan zone includes both commuter and resident parking, and is only available as an annual permit.
- Tan commuter (TAN) permits are available to students, faculty and staff, and allow parking in Tan, Green 1 or Blue 1.
- Tan resident (TNRS) permits are only available to residents of University Resident Halls or Ponderosa Village, and allow parking in the North Tan zone only. Tan resident permit is required for overnight parking and is enforced 24 hours a day / 7 days per week.
- Green 1 Zone Permit - Commuter permit available to students, faculty and staff that allows parking in the Green 1 or Blue 1 zones. Available as an annual or semester permit, however, the semester permit does not include parking for the winter or summer sessions.
- Blue 1 Zone Permit - Commuter permit available to students, faculty and staff, and allows parking in the Blue 1 zone only. Available as an annual or semester permit, however, the semester permit does not include the winter or summer sessions.
- Blue 2 Zone Permit - Available to College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) students only. Valid only in the Blue 2 signed zone located at the Agriculture Education Building and the Equestrian Center on Valley Road. Department approval is required.
- Yellow 1 Zone Permit - Annual permit available to resident hall students only (excluding Great Basin Hall and Sierra Hall). These permits are available in limited quantities and are valid only in the Sierra Street Parking Complex. This permit is required for overnight parking and is enforced 24 hours per day / 7 days per week.
- Yellow 2 Zone Permit - Annual permit available to residents of Sierra Hall only. These permits are available in limited quantities and are valid only in the Sierra Hall parking garage. This permit is required for overnight parking and is enforced 24 hours per day / 7 days per week.
- Yellow 3 Zone Permit- Annual permit available to residents of Ponderosa Village only. These permits are available in limited quantities and are valid in the Yellow 3 zone only. This permit is required for overnight parking and is enforced 24 hours per day / 7 days per week.
- Wolf Pack Tower Permit - Only available to residents of Wolf Pack Tower at Circus Circus. Residents of Wolf Pack Tower parking a vehicle at the West Tower Parking Garage on North Sierra Street are required to obtain a free Wolf Pack Tower Permit. If you need to park anywhere on the UNR campus, including during the evenings, you must purchase a parking permit from the Parking and Transportation Services Department or pay for short term parking via parking meters or permit dispensers. Parking exceptions during breaks do not apply to Wolf Pack Tower Permits.
- Orange 1 Zone Permit - Annual permit available to residents of Ponderosa Village and the resident halls only. These permits are available in limited quantities and allow parking in the Orange 1 zone only. This permit is required for overnight parking and is enforced 24 hours a day / 7 days per week.
- East Campus Resident Permit - Annual permit available to the Highlands and the YOUnion apartment residents. This permit also includes a shuttle bus access card which is required for residents to ride the PACKTransit Shuttle serving these specific apartment complexes. Effective for the 2019-2020 academic year, no shuttle service will be provided to The Republic Apartments.
- Disabled Permit - Annual permit available to students, faculty and staff that possess a valid DMV disabled placard or plate. These permits are valid in any disabled space on campus. The owner of the disabled placard/plate must be in the vehicle to park in a disabled space. Using a disabled placard that is not your own constitutes fraud and is punishable by state law. Please visit the Disability Access page for additional information.
- Evening Permit - Available to students, faculty and staff. These permits are only valid after 3:30 p.m. in the West Stadium Parking Complex and after 5:30 p.m. in Silver, Tan, Green 1 and Blue 1 zones. This permit is not valid in any space marked "Enforced 24/7" or carpool spaces. This permit does not allow for overnight parking.
- Car Pool Permit - Available to students, faculty and staff and allow parking in designated car pool spaces in Green, Silver 11 and Silver 17. Permit allows parking in the carpool designated zone on the front of the permit. These permits are available in limited quantities and require 2 or more members. All members of the carpool are allowed to bring their own personal vehicle to campus on Fridays and park in their designated zone.
- LEV permit - Available to students, faculty and staff who drive a low emission vehicles per DMV designation. Currently sold out. Please call our office for more information.
- Motorcycle Decal - Annual permit available to faculty, staff and students. These permits are valid in motorcycle areas only. Mopeds, motorcycles and motor scooters parked in designated motorcycle parking areas must be registered with the Parking and Transportation Services Department and must display a valid University motorcycle permit on the right fork or fender. They may be parked in regular vehicle spaces, as long as the registered owner holds a valid University permit for that specific zone and the permit is clearly displayed on the motorized vehicle in a locking display pouch. Locking permit display pouches are available for purchase, at the Parking and Transportation Services office. Designated motorcycle parking is available on a first come, first served basis. If a preferred parking area is full, riders are expected to find a different designated motorcycle parking area. Do not move other motorcycles in an attempt to make additional room. Motorized vehicles must not be driven on sidewalks or pedestrian access routes and must be driven with due regard for the safety of pedestrians.
- Bicycle Decal - Bicycles used on campus must display a valid University bicycle permit and must be registered each year with the Parking and Transportation Services Department. Bicycle permits are complimentary, and bicycle lockers are available for rent. Please contact the Parking and Transportation Services Department to determine bike locker availability. Bike racks are provided throughout campus to ensure proper parking, as bicycles may not be parked (except in racks) on the sidewalks, in pedestrian access routes to buildings or inside buildings. Bicycles parked in buildings and deemed to be in violation of fire and/or safety codes will be impounded at the owner's expense. Bicycles may not be chained to any object other than a designated bicycle rack. Bicycles not displaying a University bicycle permit are subject to citations.
- Circus Circus Permit - This free permit is available in limited quantities and is valid on the two top floors of the West Tower Circus Circus Garage ONLY at the corner of West 6th Street and North Sierra Street. If you need to park anywhere on the UNR campus, including during evenings, you must purchase a temporary parking permit from the Parking and Transportation Services Department. Individuals may not have a Circus Circus permit and another vehicle parking permit at the same time. Parking exceptions during breaks do not apply to Circus Circus Permits.
- U-Pass - This service is operated by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). Please visit their website for more information.
Additional parking options
- Metered Parking - Metered Parking and Permit Dispensing Machine Areas are enforced Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See our campus parking map for metered lot locations. Please note that parking at a non-functioning meter will result in a citation.
- Public/ Visitor Parking - Public/Visitors may purchase a temporary daily parking permit at the Parking Services office on 16th Street. Additionally, all-day permits may be purchased at permit dispensers located on the top floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex for $5.00. Hourly parking is available on the 1st level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex at $1.50 per hour, with a 4-hour maximum. Parking on other levels or going over the purchased time will result in a citation. The Parking and Transportation Services Department will not issue refunds for pay and display permits purchased in error. All transactions are final.
- Exempt Vehicle Parking- With a valid Service Vehicle permit, exempt (EX) and government vehicles may park in Blue 1 designated parking areas free of charge. Departments that wish to park their EX or government vehicle closer to lower campus will need to purchase a parking permit for each vehicle. For short-term deliveries or errands, Service Vehicle spaces are located throughout the campus and are valid for15 minutes.Vehicles using a designated Service Vehicle space must also display a Service Vehicle parking permit. Temporary Service Vehicle permits are available free of charge at the Parking and Transportation Services office and are valid for 30 minutes in a Service Vehicle space. EX vehicles that are not registered with the Parking and Transportation Services Department found to be parked long-term or considered abandoned will be issued a notice. If no response is received within 30 days, the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense and the vehicle may be surplused through the Purchasing Department.
Permit refund policy
All refunds are processed through the Cashier's Office. If there is an outstanding balance on your account with the Parking and Transportation Services Department, the refund will be applied to this balance. The remaining refund amount will be sent to the Cashier's Office where the refund may be applied to any outstanding MyNevada student account balance. If no balance is outstanding, the refund will be forwarded to Accounts Payable for a refund check to be issued.
Faculty and staff on payroll deduction for their parking permit may cancel the deduction by returning the permit to the Parking and Transportation Services Department; however, they are not eligible for a refund. Monthly paid employees must return the permit by the 10th of the current month to not be charged for the current pay period. For semi-monthly paid employees, the permit must be returned within the first 7 days of the current pay period to not be charged for the pay period.
The Parking and Transportation Services Department will not issue refunds for temporary day permits or pay and display permits purchased in error. All transactions are final.
Revised parking permit refund policy
Following the decision to move classes online for the remainder of the spring semester, Parking and Transportation Services is modifying its policy to provide a refund for students who purchased a parking permit. There is approximately 25% of the parking permit year remaining before the permit would have normally expired. As a result, the refund amount for each type of permit, both annual and semester, is listed below. In order to be eligible for the refund, students must fill out the permit deactivation form and submit it by Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m.
Forms may be submitted in the following manner:
- Scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faxed to (775) 784-6219
- Mailed to Parking Services at 1664 North Virginia Street MS 0254, Reno, NV 89557.
Refund checks may take up to six weeks for processing.
Please be advised that if the permit is deactivated and refunded, the permit is no longer valid when the campus reopens and normal operations resume. Vehicles parked on campus without a valid parking permit will receive parking citations.
For those residents who returned home but left a vehicle on campus, please email Parking and Transportation Services with your name, license plate number and where you left your vehicle. Also please provide a phone number so you may be contacted if necessary.
Permit zone refunds amounts are listed below:
- Yellow zone permit holders: $142 refund
- Silver zone permit holders: $121 refund
- Tan zone permit holders: $90 refund
- Green zone permit holders: $70 refund
- Blue 1/ Evening/ Disabled zone permit holders: $38 refund
If no action is taken by the April 10 deadline, the permit will remain active until its expiration date.
- The Parking and Transportation Services Department is not responsible for vehicle or property theft, vehicle damage or vandalism incurred on campus.
- Parking permits are transferable to any vehicle you register with Parking and Transportation Services. You are responsible for all vehicles registered and citations that vehicle incurs. All changes regarding vehicle registration must be reported to the Parking office immediately. Only one vehicle registered to a permit may be parked on campus at a time.
- Notes left on vehicles are not accepted as a substitute for a parking permit.
- Refunds for summer sessions do not apply to annual permits purchased in the fall.
- The sale, loan or gift of a permit to another person is prohibited.
- Abandoned vehicles are considered "dead storage" and will receive a notice. If the notice is not responded to within 48 hours, the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense.
- Overnight parking of campers is prohibited except as approved for special events by the Parking and Transportation Services Department.
- With the exception of residents of campus housing, parking lots are designated primarily for daily commuter use. Parking permits are granted for the purpose of transportation to and from campus only. Motor vehicles may not be stored in campus lots in the absence of the owner/operator regardless of whether the vehicle is permitted. Overnight parking on campus is prohibited unless you are a campus resident student with the appropriate permit.
- Zone changes may occur throughout the year as needed.
- A $25.00 charge is assessed for returned checks.
- If a permit is lost or stolen, the owner may obtain a replacement permit for a fee of $30.00. Permit owners must notify the Parking and Transportation Services Department of all lost or stolen permits and complete replacement paperwork as needed.
Parking and Transportation Services offers the following special services:
- The PACKTransit campus shuttle service includes many convenient stops throughout campus and provides service to these stops in twenty minutes or less. During fall and spring instructional days, shuttles operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information regarding summer shuttle service, please call Parking and Transportation Services at (775) 784-4654.
- The Motorist Assistance Program provides assistance to individuals who need help with a flat tire, a battery jump start or retrieving keys from locked vehicles. Motorist Assistance is available during regular business hours.
- The Carpool Program provides incentives for those carpooling to the UNR campus. Two or more passengers are required. Please visit our Alternate Transportation page or contact our office for more details.
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are located on third floors of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex and the West Stadium Parking Complex. To use a charging station, you must have a valid University parking permit for the zone where the charging station is located. You must also have an active ChargePoint card. For additional information, please visit our Alternate Transportation page.