Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Where is Parking & Transportation Services located, and what are its hours of operation?

Parking & Transportation Services is located in the Claude I. Howard Building, two buildings west of Lied Library on Harmon Avenue, and can be located on the UNLV Campus Map. The department is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Can I get an answer without coming into the office?

Yes, if you cannot find an answer to your question on this website, please call our office at 895-1300.

When is parking enforced?

Parking is enforced 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday during the traditional school year. Handicapped,reserved and resident parking is enforced 24 hours a day. Visit our enforcement page for more information.

Who enforces the parking rules?

Parking & Transportation Services is responsible for enforcing the parking rules established by the university. The university police enforce federal, state, municipal, and university parking rules.

Does UNLV provide any motorist assistance?

Yes. Parking & Transportation Services provides jump starts for dead batteries and tire-inflation assistance. These services are provided free of charge and can be accessed by calling 895-1300 for assistance.

What if I have an emergency and need help while on the UNLV campus?

For your convenience and safety, emergency phones are located throughout the campus. A blue light is attached to the top of each phone post for easy identification.

Why do I have to pay for parking?

UNLV Parking and Transportation Services is considered a self-funded or auxiliary department of the University. Tuition fees and tax payer funds are not used to fund the parking program so that those funds can further support the academic mission of the university. Since the purpose of the department is to protect and maintain the parking for those that use the areas, it does so by the issuance of permits coupled with rules and policies regulating their use. To provide the necessary revenues to function in this capacity, permits have a nominal fee associated with them. The fees generated from permits, combined with other revenues generated from a self-funded parking program (meters, citations, and events), go towards the operation, maintenance, and future development of parking. This is the basic standard and most common approach found at larger Universities across the country.


Do I need a permit to park on the UNLV campus?

Yes, parking in any lot on campus, except Lot S, requires a permit, or your vehicle will be cited. This includes guests, visitors, speakers, performers, applicants, students, staff, faculty, deans, vendors, etc. Meters are available and do not require a permit. The cost of metered parking is $1 per hour.

Where can I purchase a parking permit?

Most permits can be purchased online. All permit types can be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services office, and new students can also purchase parking permits at New Student Orientation held prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

How can I pay for my parking permit?

If you purchase your permit online, you can pay by credit card. When purchasing your permit at the Parking & Transportation Services office or at New Student Orientation, you can pay by cash, check, or credit card.

I lost my permit; it may have been stolen. What do I need to do?

If your permit is lost or stolen, you should go to Parking & Transportation Services to obtain a replacement permit. The cost to replace a permit is $15.

I found my permit that I thought was lost or stolen. Can I still use it?

No, once a permit is reported lost or stolen, it is voided in the computer system and is no longer valid, and the individual is subject to receiving a citation if the permit is used. Any permit found that was previously reported as lost or stolen must be returned to Parking & Transportation Services.

I am a visitor to the campus. Do I need a permit to park? Where can I park?

Visitors to the campus do not have to register their vehicles, but they must use metered areas or they may park in student spaces if they have a valid daily, weekly, or monthly permit displayed. Daily, weekly, and monthly parking passes may be purchased from the Parking & Transportation Services office. A metered lot specifically for visitors is located at the main entrance of campus, at Maryland Parkway and Harmon Avenue. The cost of metered parking is $1 per hour. Metered parking is also available in various lots throughout the campus.

I have a state-issued handicapped permit. Can I use it to park on campus?

Persons requiring parking on campus covered under ADA must have a valid state-issued handicap license plate or portable handicap tag. All individuals with a state-issued handicap parking placard must also purchase a campus handicap parking permit and display both in their vehicle. Visitors or those not displaying their University handicap permit must insert coin in the meter to cover the time spent. (see also permit types and legal brief).

I ride a motorcycle to campus. Do I need a permit? Where can I park?

Yes, a permit is required to park a motorcycle on campus. Motorcycles must park in areas designated for them and may not occupy automobile parking spaces. Motorcycles must display valid parking permits. Motorcycles cannot be operated on campus sidewalks or walkways.

I ride my bicycle/moped to campus. Do I need a permit? Can I lock it anywhere as long as it is not blocking traffic?

Bicycles and mopeds are not required to have parking permits. Bicycles used on campus must be riden and parked with regard for the safety of pedestrians. Bicycle parking racks must be used, and bicycles cannot be parked or driven on pedestrian ramps to buildings, or in buildings. Mopeds must be parked in motorcycle parking areas only. Mopeds are not allowed on campus sidewalks or walkways.


Where can I pay a citation?

Parking citations may be paid at the Parking & Transportation Services office. Fines may also be paid by mail using the preaddressed envelope provided with your citation. Make checks payable to the Board of Regents, and include the citation number on your check.

How long do I have to pay a citation?

Citations are to be paid within 30 days of the date they were issued. In the event the fine is not paid within 30 days, the fine is doubled.

How do I appeal a citation?

Any citation issued or any fee charged that is not delinquent may be appealed in writing on an official arbitration form available through Parking & Transportation Services . The appeal will be presented for arbitration but only after a deposit equal to the citation fee or other charge has been made with Parking & Transportation Services. If the appeal is granted, the deposit will automatically be refunded to the depositor. If the appeal is denied, the deposit will automatically be used to pay the fee. Failure to make a timely appeal waives the right of appeal. Appeals must be made within 30 calendar days from the date of citation. No delinquent citation or fee will be considered for appeal.

What happens if I don't pay my citations?

If not paid within 30 days, fines are doubled and students may find a hold placed on their school registration. Students' parking privileges could be in jeopardy and requests for official transcripts may be delayed as well as receipt of the student's college diploma. Upon accumulating $50 or more in unpaid fines, the operator/registered owner is expelled from parking on campus until all back citations are paid. Any expelled vehicle found on campus will be cited for illegal parking and subject to mechanical immobilization by use of a wheel boot or to being towed at the owner's expense without notice.

How do I get a "boot" removed from my vehicle?

If the vehicle has been booted, the outstanding fee(s) must be paid before the boot will be removed. Payment can be made at the Parking & Transportation Services office Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I got a ticket for parking in a service area/loading zone, but there wasn't a sign designating this space. Nobody told me what that space was. How was I supposed to know?

All areas not specifically marked for parking are no-parking zones. Vehicles are prohibited from parking in any area designated as a no-parking or stopping area. These include red zones and fire hydrants as well as any other means of parking a vehicle that causes damage to university property, obstructs traffic, or creates a safety hazard.

I know I parked illegally, but I left a note on my windshield with an explanation. Why did I get a citation?

There are no excuses for parking illegally. Leaving a note on the windshield of your vehicle does not relieve you of the responsibility of parking in compliance with the parking regulations.