Permits are required for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff who visit campus. Parking and Transportation Services is self-funded through permit sales and citations. 

Distribution of spaces is handled with parking permits and pay stations. The significant parking demands on campus mean that purchase of a permit does not always guarantee a space. Parking and Transportation Services makes every effort to provide a variety of parking options to everyone. 

General Rules expanding section

Anyone who parks in campus lots must purchase a permit or pay at a pay station. Parking is not free anywhere on campus. Permits may be purchased for the year, semester, day, half-day, hourly, or for overnight use. Permits are available at the office or online. Pay stations are available for short-term parking and accept multiple forms of payment.

Parking is permitted only in designated areas in accordance with all posted signs. Cars must park properly in marked stalls.

Parking is prohibited in yellow and white curb zones, no parking areas, bus zones, crosswalks, driveways, sidewalks, in front of fire hydrants and dumpsters, and other areas, as designated. Parking is prohibited in and on unmarked roadways and other unmarked areas. The absence of signs does not mean parking is allowed.

The circle in front of Cartwright Center is a No Parking Zone and must be kept open for emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked in this area will be ticketed. Flashers may not be used for loading and unloading in No Parking zones. Short-term parking areas are located near buildings around campus.

Allocate enough time to find a space. If your assigned lot is full, contact Parking and Transportation Services. Valid permit holders will not be charged an extra fee to park and may be directed to another lot.

The university is not responsible for the care and protection of vehicles or their contents while on university property, nor is the university responsible for damages to vehicles operated or parked on campus.

Citations are issued to the registered owner of a vehicle, even if the vehicle is driven by someone else. A citation is not excused because another person drove the vehicle or the registered owner was unaware of the citation. All citation correspondence, including overdue notices and findings of appeals, is sent to the registered owner.

Any person who falsifies or makes false representation of vehicle information, facts, or fees, shall have his/her university parking privileges revoked at the discretion of Parking and Transportation Services and will be subject to published fines and penalties. See UWS Chapter 18.

Permit Policies expanding section

Annual, Semester Permit Sales

Annual and fall semester parking permits are sold online. Online sales end in August. Permits are then sold in the office on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Anyone who purchases a permit agrees to abide by UWL parking regulations. 

  • Faculty/Staff sales begin mid-April.
  • Commuter Student (students who live off campus) sales begin mid-July.
  • Resident Hall Student (students who live in residence halls) sales begin mid-July. Priority is based on credits earned, starting with seniors. 

Visitor, Temporary Permit Sales

A UWL visitor is classified as anyone who does not have an annual or semester permit. Visitors, students, faculty, and staff may purchase temporary permits online or at Parking and Transportation Services. Full, half-day, and limited overnight parking permits are offered.

Pay stations accept multiple forms of payment (credit card, cash, or coin) and include online and smartphone options. The pay stations use a customer's license plate as a permit, and display of a receipt is not required. Pay stations include the option to receive text alerts to smartphones if parking is paid for with a credit card. Limited overnight parking is available by using the pay stations after 7 p.m. Overnight permits are valid until 6 a.m. Instructions are located at each pay station. Pay stations are located in C-1, C-2, C-7, C-9, C-10, C-12, and level 1 of the ramp. Customers may use the ramp pay station to park on levels 1-3 only. 

Placement of Permit

Hangtag permits must be attached to the vehicle’s rear-view mirror and the front of the permit should face outward. Vehicles with improperly displayed permits may be issued citations.

Transfer of Permits

Parking permits are not transferable for any reason. Transfer or resale of permits is prohibited, per state law. Students who sell or transfer permits may be cited for Misuse of Parking Services, have UWL parking privileges revoked, and face disciplinary action.

Lost or Stolen Permits 

Report lost or stolen permits to Parking and Transportation Services. Incidents are handled on a case-by-case basis. The permit holder may be required to pay a $25 replacement fee, refundable if the permit is recovered and returned.


Return the permit to Parking and Transportation Services. A prorated refund will be authorized to a student if the permit is returned within the refund schedule set by the UWL Cashier's Office. Failure to return the permit makes the owner responsible for the total permit fee. Employees who select payroll deduction will have their deduction stopped after the permit is returned and may be subject to additional deductions in accordance with the payroll schedule. 

Any person who falsifies or makes false representation of vehicle information, facts, or fees, shall have his/her university parking privileges revoked at the discretion of Parking and Transportation Services and will be subject to published fines and penalties. See UWS Chapter 18. 

Citations expanding section

Citations must be paid or appealed within 10 calendar days from the date of issuance. The fine doubles after 10 days and a letter is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. Failure to pay or request information within 15 days from the date of the first notice results in a second notification. Continued failure to pay within 15 days of the second notice results in suspension of the vehicle registration through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. An additional $5 charge, per ticket, is added to the citation after the registration is suspended.

Type 1 Fines


Backing/Driving Through a Space


Permit Improperly Displayed


Improper Parking


Parking at a Failed Pay Station


Type 2 Fines


Blocking a Driveway


No Parking Zone


Parking at an Expired Pay Station


Parking in Lot After Hours


Unauthorized Area – Commuter Lot


Unauthorized Area – Resident Lot


Parking in Hall Director Space, Reserved, or Service Space


Type 3 Violations


Blocking a Fire Hydrant


Driving on a Sidewalk/Mall


UWS Chapter 18 Street Violation


Blocking an Exit Door


Parking in an Accessible/Handicap Space


Misuse of Parking Services


Failure to pay past due fines of $10 or more may result in towing of a vehicle. Responsibility for towing costs and the unpaid fine rest with the vehicle owner. Vehicles with no license plates or obscured vehicle identification numbers are subject to ticketing and towing.

Students with unpaid fines lose university class registration rights and have transcripts held. They may also be referred to small claims court or a collection agency. Employees and visitors may be referred to small claims court or a collection agency. An additional fee is levied for court and/or administrative costs plus unpaid violations. Parking and Transportation Services, in conjunction with the UWL Parking Appeals Board, reserves the right to revoke the parking rights of habitual violators.

Appeals expanding section

Appeals must be filed within 10 calendar days of the date of the citation to Parking and Transportation Services. Appeals submitted after 10 days of a citation will not be considered and will automatically be denied. Parking appeals are only accepted using the online appeal form. Written letters, notations on citations, or other correspondence in lieu of payment are not considered valid appeals and will not be accepted. Appellants who need assistance with the online form may visit Parking and Transportation Services during business hours.

Appeals are reviewed by Parking and Transportation Services. The following circumstances are not valid and will not be accepted:

  • Time constraints (late for a meeting/class, class/meeting ran long)
  • Parking without a permit or without paying at a pay station
  • Entering the wrong license plate at the point of purchase
  • Failure to display a permit and/or disabled placard
  • Lack of available or convenient parking spaces
  • Parking in a lot with a failed pay station
  • Parking for a short period of time
  • Not seeing/reading signs
  • First time offence
  • Lack of funds

Ignorance of university parking regulations is not a valid basis for an appeal from students, faculty, and staff. Purchase of a permit is an acknowledgement and understanding of university parking policies.

Citations that are not denied due to the criteria above are referred to the Parking Appeals Board for review. The Parking Appeals Board consists of faculty, staff, and student representatives who meet, as needed, to review appeals. Notices are posted at Parking and Transportation Services, in the office, and on its social media pages. Meetings are open but evidence for appeals is only accepted in writing. Deliberations are made in closed session in accordance with Chapter 19.85 of Wisconsin State Statute.  

  • No additional penalties are imposed while an appeal is pending.
  • Appeals should only address the parking-related circumstances, conditions, where the vehicle was parked, and when the citation was issued.
  • Appeals must provide substantial evidence that the violation in question did not occur or that the citation was erroneously issued. 

The appellant or registered owner is notified of the decision by email or in writing if no email address is provided.

Resident Lots expanding section

Residence hall lots provide permit parking only to resident students and designated staff. Permit holders must park in their assigned lot. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking without a designated residence hall permit is not allowed in any resident lot, even when the university is not in session, unless prior arrangements are made with Parking and Transportation Services. 

Guests are required to obtain visitor permits and may not park in resident lots. Limited overnight parking is offered in commuter lots based on availability. Loading/Unloading zones provide 15-minute parking. Permit holders are prohibited from parking in these spaces and will be cited. Anyone who parks longer than 15 minutes in these spaces will be cited and may be subject to multiple citations each day. 

  • R-1, West of Angell Hall (Angell, Hutchison, Wentz)
  • R-2, West of Whitney Center (Coate, Angell)
  • R-4, East of Reuter Hall (Reuter, Laux) and South of White Hall (White, Sanford, Laux)
  • R-5, East of Eagle Hall (Eagle, Drake, Wentz)
  • R-8, Oakland and Farwell Street (Coate, Eagle, Angell, Hutchinson, Drake)
  • Levels 4-5 of the parking ramp
Commuter Lots expanding section

Commuter lots are available for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Rules are enforced from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and overnight parking is prohibited from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. unless arrangements are made with Parking and Transportation Services. Limited overnight parking is available from Parking and Transportation Services. Special events may require a parking permit. Parking regulations remain in effect when the university is not in session. 

  • C-1, South of Graff Main Hall
  • C-2, Southwest of Stadium
  • C-5, North of Physical Plant
  • C-7, North of Recreational Eagle Center
  • C-8, East of Mitchell Hall
  • C-9, South of Mitchell Hall
  • C-10, South of Center for the Arts
  • C-11, East of Stadium
  • C-12, South of Alumni Center
  • C-14, North of Health Science Center  

Faculty/staff permits are valid overnight in commuter lots. Commuter permits are not authorized to park overnight without permission from Parking and Transportation Services.

Motorcycle, Moped Parking expanding section

Motorcycles and mopeds require permits and may park only in designated motorcycle/moped areas as identified on the campus map. Motorcycles and mopeds may not park on lawns, sidewalks, or other areas that are not otherwise designated, including bicycle racks.

Bicycle Parking expanding section

Bicycles must be parked in designated racks. Bicycles may not be parked in university buildings, on sidewalks, driveways, in motor vehicle parking spaces, in building entries, or any place that obstructs free passage of pedestrians or vehicles. Bicycles may not park or be locked to trees or ramps used by wheelchairs. Locks may be cut and bicycles impounded for violations.

La Crosse city ordinance requires that all bicycles within the city are registered with the City of La Crosse Police Department. Bicycles can be registered at La Crosse City Hall, 400 La Crosse St. Registration is $2. The registration is good for as long as the owner has the bicycle. Bicycles may also be registered in the National Bike Registry. Forms are available at Parking and Transportation Services. 

Report lost or stolen bicycles to Police Services.

Emeriti Parking expanding section

Emeritus parking permits are available to retired UWL faculty. Only the retired faculty member is allowed to use the permit. Emeritus parking permits are not available to retired faculty who return to work in a permanent part-time position. Permits expire each year and must be picked up at Parking and Transportation Services.

Accessible Parking expanding section

Accessible parking spaces are solely for the use of persons with disabilities. Spaces are conveniently located in UWL parking lots. Vehicles with properly displayed and valid disabled parking permits or license plates are required to purchase a UWL campus parking permit.

Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities who wish to park on campus may purchase annual or semesterly permits. Permits are valid for the lot selected, and customers may park in any marked accessible space or regular space in their assigned lot. If they cannot find a space, persons with disabilities may park in designated accessible spaces in other lots with a valid disabled permit and UWL permit displayed. 

The state-issued disabled permit must be displayed on the rear view mirror of the vehicle, or a valid disabled license plate must be visible. The UWL permit should also be displayed on the rear view mirror as long as it does not obstruct the disabled permit. The UWL permit may, alternately, be displayed on the dashboard above the window’s tint line.

Parking at pay stations or meters is not authorized unless they are paid. Visitors may purchase hourly parking at pay stations or purchase a temporary permit at the office. Permits may be purchased online or by using the Passport Parking app

Students, faculty, or staff who require temporary accessible parking should contact their physician to determine eligibility for a disabled parking permit. UWL employees should also contact Human Resources. State regulations and forms are available at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Summer Parking expanding section

Purchase of an annual or spring semester permit includes parking in any lot during the summer. Summer parking permits for classes or work are available at Parking and Transportation Services. Annual and spring semester permits are valid in any lot during summer. Resident permits are authorized to park overnight in summer, and only in resident lots. Faculty/Staff permits may park overnight in their assigned lots. Commuter permits are not authorized to park overnight. Permits are not valid at pay station spaces or spaces designated for another purpose (reserved, service, loading/unloading, 15 minute, etc.). 

Special Event Parking expanding section

Group permits can be ordered in advance through Parking and Transportation Services. Advance payment can be made by check, cash, money order, or department transfer. Permits are sent to departments or can be picked up in advance.

Lot rentals are available for large groups (more than 50). The number of expected guests must be supplied. Events that occur on weekends may require payment. 

Group permits for functions in which you will have an undetermined, but small number of guests, are also available. These guests may purchase their own passes.

Special overnight permits are available for groups staying on campus. Special arrangements should be made in advance.

Event organizers are responsible for ensuring that attendees park in designated lots. Organizers may place signs on campus to direct people to designated lots. These signs may not be attached in any way to existing UWL parking lot signs. Costs to repair damages to parking lot signs will be charged back to the organization.

Participants who park in campus lots that are not designated for the event may be subject to citations. 

Misuse of Parking Services-UWS 18.06(44) expanding section

No person may falsify, alter or duplicate or request the unauthorized falsification, alteration or duplication of any type of university parking permit. No person may knowingly display on a vehicle, or knowingly allow another person to display on a vehicle, a falsified, altered, duplicated, stolen, lost or found parking permit with the intent that such permit be relied upon by university employees or agents as valid in connection with obtaining or using university parking facilities or privileges.

No person may knowingly provide false information to any university employee or agent with the intent to obtain a valid university parking permit. Serious and intentional misuse of parking services may result in a citation with a possible maximum fine of $295.

Parking Two or More Vehicles expanding section

Multiple vehicle registration, when the vehicles are owned by the same person or family, is permitted. Only one vehicle may be in the designated lot at a time. If more than one car is in the lot at the same time, a permit is required for the second vehicle in the lot. Standard university parking rates apply for additional permits. 

Service Vehicles and Contractors expanding section

Temporary parking areas for contractors and their employees may be established during construction projects. All other vehicles parked in these areas will be cited. Contractors must register their vehicles with Parking and Transportation Services and obtain temporary permits.

Contractors visiting campus for the day may purchase a half or full day permit at Parking and Transportation Services. Monthly and yearly rates are available. Contractors may park, with a valid UWL permit, in any lot. Contractors are not authorized to park at metered or pay station spaces without approval. Marked vehicles may park in UWL Facilities spaces with a valid university permit.

Parking is prohibited on sidewalks and in front of buildings where parking spaces are not designated. Limited, short-term parking is available for contractors who need access to vehicles to load or unload equipment and who have valid reason to park near buildings. Such parking requires approval from Parking and Transportation Services in advance. Failure to make arrangements may result in a citation. 

Snow expanding section

The university works to keep parking lots free of snow, but piles are inevitable at various times of the year. Contact Parking and Transportation Services for alternate parking due to excess snow.

Resident students are notified by email if vehicles must be moved to plow lots. Vehicles not moved are subject to tickets or may be towed at the owner's expense. 

Disabled and Abandoned Vehicles expanding section

Contact Parking and Transportation Services to provide the vehicle's location, make, model, color, and license number. The vehicle will receive a temporary permit for 24 hours. Vehicles parked longer than 24 hours may be towed at the owner's expense. 

Vehicles will be considered abandoned and towed at the owner's expense in the following situations: Vehicles left in a commuter lot or on university land for 24 hours or more, or vehicles left in a residence hall lot without permission for 48 hours or more when the university is not in session.

Rental, Loaner Cars expanding section

Valid permit holders can stop by Parking and Transportation Services for a temporary parking permit at no cost. Failure to obtain a temporary permit may result in a citation.

If you return to campus when the office is closed, call 608.789.9000 and provide the switchboard operator the license number, make, color, and lot in which the unregistered vehicle will be parked. The vehicle will not be cited until noon the following day, allowing the owner to obtain a temporary parking permit. 

Fleet Vehicle Parking expanding section

Fleet vehicle parking is located on the north side of the Physical Plant facing the building. If you pick up a UWL fleet vehicle, park your personal vehicle in the spot vacated by the fleet vehicle. Do not back into the stall.

If you are a passenger in a fleet vehicle and require overnight parking for your personal vehicle, prior arrangements must be made with Parking and Transportation Services. If you have a valid university parking permit, a parking space will be provided at no charge. Individuals without a valid permit will be charged the daily, overnight, or weekly rate.

Parking Ramp expanding section

The Parking Ramp provides five levels of parking. Levels 1-3 offer covered parking for visitors, commuter students, faculty, and staff. Resident parking is prohibited on levels 1-2. Levels 4-5 are for resident students only.

Permits are available for the ramp at the rates listed for visitors, commuters, and residents. Valid hangtags are required.

A pay station is located on level 1 of the ramp and offers temporary parking on an hourly, pay-by-plate basis. To use the pay station, enter plate number at the pay station. The pay station is not available for resident students. Temporary permits may also be purchased at Parking and Transportation Services.

Lot Availability expanding section

Certain parking lots may be full or unavailable due to maintenance or special events, such as sports events, conferences or other activities. UWL permit holders must stop by Parking and Transportation Services to obtain a temporary permit for another lot at no charge if their assigned lot is full. For special events that occur on weekends, commuter permit holders may park in any other commuter lot without another, temporary permit. Parking is not allowed in any resident lot as a result of a special event unless authorized by Parking and Transportation Services.