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Frequently Asked Questions About Permits

If I have Preferred parking, where can I park?

  • STUDENTS - You will be able to park in any of the preferred or general parking areas - with the exception of F/S ONLY and RESIDENT parking areas.
  • Faculty/Staff - You will be able to park in any preferred or general parking areas (with the exception of Resident lots).

If I have General parking, where can I park?

     You will be able to park in any general parking areas only.

If I have Resident parking, where can I park?

     You will be able to park in any of the Resident or General parking areas.

Do I have additional options after 5:00?

      The Laclede garage will be open to all permit holders (except Evening General) from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am during the week and 6:00 am to 2:00 am during the weekend.

Can I park in a parking garage overnight?

     Yes, but only if you have the type of permit that allows for overnight parking. General parking (also known as a Commuter permit) does not permit you to park overnight. It is designed for those who drive to campus and do not store their vehicle on campus overnight. Resident and Preferred permit prices include the ability to park overnight within their designated areas. Resident permits are only available to those living in SLU housing and anyone else needing overnight parking will need to purchase a Preferred permit. 

How will this affect Scott Hall parking?

     Due to the availability of parking in the downtown area, Scott Hall will remain the same. All 24 Hour Reserved, Premium, and Preferred Scott Hall permits will have the same access as Preferred permits on the North and South campuses and the Scott Hall Evening permits will have the same access as Preferred Evening permits on the North and South campuses.

I currently have a Preferred permit for a surface lot or garage that will become General after June 1st. What will happen to my permit?

     Your Preferred permit will remain Preferred after June 1st. If you want to change to a General permit, you will need to bring in your current permit to our office in DuBourg Hall, room 33 and change to a General permit.  

When will Gonzaga reopen?

     We do not have an exact time for when the construction project will be completed.  We will send out communication regarding the date and time once we have been notified.  

Will this increase residential parking on the West side of campus?

     The restructure will increase parking options and availability on the west side of campus, but does not guarantee parking on the west side of the North campus.   

Will Evening parking still be available?

     Evening parking will still be available and there will be two options; Preferred and General.  

If I have Premium or 24 Hour Reserved parking, will I need to switch out my hangtag?

      All Premium and 24 Hour Reserved parking permits will be honored as a Preferred parking until an overall permit change can be conducted at a later date. Parking deductions for Premium and 24 Hour Reserved permits will automatically change to Preferred deductions after June 1st. However, if you wish to change you parking type from Preferred to General, you will need to switch out your hangtag. 

If I already have preferred surface parking, how much of an increase will I see in my parking deduction?

     Monthly deductions will increase by $4.17 - bi-weekly will increase by $1.92. 

Does my permit guarantee me a space on a particular lot or garage?

      Unless you have Premium or 24 Hour Reserved parking permit for the Scott Hall garage in the Law School, you are not guaranteed a particular space or parking area. Your parking permit gives you access to multiple parking areas, but does not guarantee you parking in any of them. For General Commuter and Resident General permits, most of the available parking spaces are located within the Olive garage on the North campus or the Hickory garages on the South campus.

Can I park in the Visitor sections of Laclede or Olive garage?

  • The Visitor Sections of Laclede and Olive garage (denoted by blue pillars with white lettering reading "VISITOR") are reserved for visitors only 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have a valid SLU parking permit, you are no longer considered a visitor and cannot use these areas. 

What do I do If I own multiple vehicles?

  • I am using a different vehicle for LESS than a month:
    • Make certain your valid permit is displayed within the vehicle while it is on campus.
  • I am using a different vehicle for MORE than a month or alternating between more than one vehicle frequently:
    • Register the vehicle(s) using Banner Self-Service. Click on either your employee or student tab. Find the "Parking and Card Services Vehicle Registration" link. Next click  "Register Vehicle(s)" and fill out the vehicle information. Finally click "Add Vehicle."
      • If you have difficulty registering your vehicle online, you may send your vehicle information (Make, Model, Color, and License plate number), name, and banner number to In subject of the letter, write "vehicle registration" and in the body include the information above. One of our staff will be able to register the vehicle for you. 
    • You will still need to have your valid permit within the vehicle on campus in order to use the garage and lot access on your card.
  • I am using two or more vehicles on campus at once:
    • Only ONE vehicle is allowed on campus per permit. If you want to have more than one vehicle on campus at a time, you will have to pay for a permit for EACH vehicle or pay the hourly/daily rate in the garages as a visitor. Abuse of this policy will result in fines up to and including termination of the privilege to park on campus.

Where do place my motorcycle or convertible/Jeep parking sticker?

Motorcycle permits

     Must be attached to the front wheel fork. Individuals must keep their issued hangtag with them at all times. 

Convertible & Jeep permits

     Must attach the valid sticker permit on the inside and lower left-hand corner of their windshield. Individuals must keep their issued hangtag with them at all times.

If I forget my permit or ID, do I have to park on the street?

        If you forget your permit and/or ID, you can still park within your permit areas, but you will need to contact our office prior to or immediately after parking. We can then inform our enforcement officers and assist in raising gates remotely if necessary. If our office is closed, you can also contact Public Safety for gate assistance and to inform our enforcement officers of the situation. You must still park according to your permit's restrictions even in the absence of your permit and/or ID.  


When does my permit expire?

I have a permit for the North and South Campuses.

  • Fall Semester: January 15
  • Spring Semester: May 31
  • Summer Session: August 31

I have a permit for the Law School.*

  • Fall Semester: January 15
  • Spring Semester: May 31
  • Summer: July 31

* Due to the fact that some of our permits rely on externally controlled parking facilities downtown, we must communicate the number of renewals prior to the permit's expiration. The renewal date will be communicated to permit holders in advance.


How do I renew my permit?

      Any student renewing a parking permit within the Academic year (Fall to Spring, Spring to Summer) must bring in his/her previous parking permit to the Parking and Card Services office. Upon receipt of payment for parking, we will update your previous hangtag for continued use. All expired permits are subject to ticket and immediate boot. Please return all expired permits to the PCS office or one of the garage cashiers (Hickory East or Laclede) in order to avoid unnecessary fines.

Do hazard lights allow me to park in any location temporarily?

      Hazard lights do not allow you the ability to park temporarily. You must park according to the rules and regulations regarding parking on campus at all times. Regardless of duration parking in a Reserved Business, Visitor Section, Fire lane, etc. will result in a parking citation. If there is an emergency such as a vehicle breakdown, please contact our office (314-977-2957) and the Department of Public Safety (314-977-3000) in order to provide vehicle description, situation and estimated time of repair. If towing or a jump start is needed, we can assist or refer you to those who can. 

If the gates to the lot/garage are raised, can anyone park there?

      There are several instances where gates may be raised (inclement weather, gate arm repair, special events, etc.), but in each of these situations parking regulations and parking permit restrictions remain in effect. If you are unable to utilize the parking area due to time restrictions, permit restrictions, not meeting reserved criteria, etc., then the absence or the raising of a gate to that area does not grant you permission. If you have questions about your permit's restrictions, you can contact us during our office hours and a Parking and Card Services staff member will be able to assist you.

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