Parking FAQ

Parking FAQ


What should I do if my automobile breaks down on campus?

Move your vehicle to the nearest unreserved parking space. Report the vehicle immediately to Campus Police 919-515-3000 and Transportation 919-515-3424. Inoperable vehicles left unattended or standing in driveways, driving lines, tow lanes, “No Parking” areas or Reserved spaces are subject to being fined and towed. The owner is responsible for removing the vehicle within the time required by Transportation.

Is my car safe on campus?

Statistically, the campus has relatively low crime – most crimes are “crimes of opportunity.” Our parking lots are well lighted and the campus is patrolled by our campus police. Reduce your risk by ALWAYS locking your vehicle. Secondly, don’t leave any valuable items on the car seats (in plain sight) and if you must leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in the trunk.


I have a North Carolina handicap placard. Do I need a parking permit to park in a handicapped space on campus?

Yes, vehicles parked in a handicapped/accessible space during enforcement hours must have valid university parking credentials. Mobility-impaired faculty, staff, and students with a valid state-issued handicap placard must complete an application for a permit and submit a copy of their placard. Visit the Accessibility Parking page for accessibility policies, procedures, and more.


Why do I have to pay for parking? What is the money used for?

As an auxiliary service, NC State Transportation is solely financially responsible for the construction, maintenance and management of all on campus parking facilities. Auxiliary units do not receive any financial support from the University or the State of North Carolina.  Parking permit fees are calculated based upon our annual operating budget which includes but is not limited to: maintenance (repair and renovation), encumbering funds for the construction of future parking facilities, and all personnel required to manage 20,000 parking spaces.

Where is my permit valid?

You can see all of the available lots for your permit by using our interactive parking map.

When will I receive my parking permit?

You will not receive or need to pick up a physical permit. The license plate of your vehicle will serve as your permit.


Where can I find your enforcement rules and fines?
When is a parking permit or pay-by-plate payment required?

A parking permit or pay-by-plate payment is required anytime the University is open for business. Parking permits and pay-by-plate payments are not required on the following official University holidays and closings:

New Year's DayWednesday, January 1, 2025
MLK Jr. DayMonday, January 20, 2025
Memorial DayMonday, May 27, 2024
Independence DayThursday, July 4, 2024
Labor DayMonday, September 2, 2024
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 28, 2024
Day After ThanksgivingFriday, November 29, 2024
Winter Break University ClosureTuesday, December 24, 2024 - Tuesday, December 31, 2024
Adverse Weather Condition 2 or 3As determined and announced by the Chancellor or Provost

Please note that reserved parking spaces are enforced twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week including official University holidays and closings. This includes AS, LZ, SV, UV, RD, ADA, reserved visitor spaces, and otherwise reserved spaces/areas.

Can I park in the park and ride lots overnight?

For safety and security, overnight parking is not permitted in the park and ride lots.

Is it necessary to have a permit while I am unloading or loading items at my residence hall?

If you are loading or unloading your vehicle during parking enforcement hours, you must display a valid loading/unloading permit. Permits are available at the Transportation office or the Visitor Information Booth on Main Campus. Unloading permits are valid for a designated time period at specified spaces throughout campus or at loading docks; never in AS, A4, SV, pay lots, “Accessible Parking” areas, “No Parking” areas, reserved lots/spaces and metered spaces. Check for guidelines during official move-in dates.

Where can I read Official University Transportation Policies or NC Statutes?

Read Official Transportation Policies on the main NC State University Website.

I have an off-peak permit. What does that mean?

An off-peak permit will allow you to park on campus between the hour of 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. in the following areas: Coliseum “CD” Deck, Dan Allen “DD” Deck, West “W” Deck, Partners Way Deck, Monteith Research Center Deck, Toxicology Deck, Centennial Biomedical Campus (CBC) Deck, CBC North Lot, CBC Annex Lot, or the Fringe Lots.


Do visitors of NC State University need a parking permit?

Yes, individual visitors may purchase daily permits for $15.00 per day at the NC State University Transportation Office located at 2721 Sullivan Drive. Transportation Customer Service operates from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visitors may also park at any Pay-by-Plate or pay lot. Pay lots are located on the first level of the Dan Allen Deck, in the Coliseum Deck, and the two lower levels of the Partners Way Deck on Centennial Campus. View Pay Lot and Pay-by-Plate fees.

How much is hourly parking?

$3 for the first hour or any portion of, $2 for every additional hour, or portion of

Where can visitors park?
How can I pay for hourly parking?

Use the ParkMobile app. View the ParkMobile flyer for more information and download the app to get started.

I mistakenly purchased parking using ParkMobile on a day I didn’t need it. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds for hourly parking.

Can I reserve a parking spot using ParkMobile?

Because the parking lots are set up as zones, parking is on-demand only. You are not able to reserve a space ahead of time.