Permits and Fees

Purchase your permit online

For your convenience, purchase your permit online.

Need your Net ID or password? Contact the University Help Desk at (775) 682-5000.

For more information, contact:

Parking and Transportation Services 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89557-0254

Phone: (775) 784-4654

Office Hours Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you have not received your permit, please contact our office and ask if it is being held for pick up.

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 Permits remain University property and can be reclaimed if an individual's parking privileges have been revoked.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 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 2018-2019 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 and Blue 1. Silver 17 is available in limited quantities on a semester permit basis, however, please note semester permits do not include the 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Tan Zone Permit - Tan zone includes both commuter (TAN) and resident (TNRS) parking, and is only available as an annual permit. Tan commuter permits are available to students, faculty and staff, and allow parking in Tan, Green or Blue 1. Tan resident 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. 
  • Green Zone Permit - Commuter permit available to students, faculty and staff that allows parking in the Green or Blue 1 zones.  Available as an annual or semester permit, however, the semester permit does not include parking for the 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 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 (excluding Great Basin Hall) only. These permits are available in limited quantities and are valid only in the Sierra Street Parking Complex. This permit is required for overnight parking. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Orange 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 zone only.  This permit is required for overnight parking. 
  • East Campus Resident Permit - (19ECR) Annual permit available to the Highlands, the Republic 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.  
  • 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. 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. After 5:30 p.m. evening permits are valid in Silver, Tan, Green 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 in the Circus Circus Garages on the two top floors only. If you need to park anywhere on the UNR campus, including during evenings, you must purchase a parking permit from the Parking and Transportation Services Department. Exceptions do not apply to Circus Circus Permits.
  • Wolf Pass Annual Bus Pass - This services is operated by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). 
    • RTC Ride Bus Pass -  Bus pass provides unlimited rides in all RTC buses within Reno and Sparks.
    • RTC Intercity Bus Pass - Bus pass provides unlimited service to Reno, Sparks and Carson City.

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, permits may be purchased at permit dispensers located on the top floor of  the West Stadium Parking Complex,  where the fee for a daily permit is $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. 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 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 for 15 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. 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.

Additional Information

  • 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. 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.  

Special Services

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 ten minutes or less. During fall and spring instructional days, shuttles operate Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 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.