Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a parking permit to park on campus?

A valid OSU Parking Permit is required and must be properly displayed to park in any parking space on campus, year-round, between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. 

After 5:00 pm, you may park without a parking permit in commuter parking lots, with the exception of spaces with meters in service, and reserved or specially designated parking spaces.


What kind of permit choices do I have?

The new OSU Zonal Parking System brings new options for individual parking choices, so that you can select the parking permit that best meets your need, including location, parking type, and frequency.  

Location: OSU annual parking permit options include 7 commuter zones (A1, A2, A3, B1,B2, B3, and C) and 2 residence hall zones (BR and CR)  Zone Map.

Type: Permit options support your choice in the type of parking need, including general use permits, motorcycle, ADA parking, carpool, and conference or special-events parking. 

Parking Frequency: To meet the varied needs of our campus community, visitors and vendors, general use permits are sold in the following increments:

  • Annual Permits 
  • 30-Day Permits
  • Daily Permits (Visitors)
  • Daily Permits (Infrequent Driver discounts for OSU faculty, staff and students who do not own an annual permit)
  • Hourly parking at meters and pay stations 


How much will a permit cost?

For some, buying a permit in the OSU zonal parking system will be less expensive than in the past. This new system provides options that allow each person to determine the level of convenience and cost savings that best meets their needs.

Parking zones in areas of high demand have a higher price and lower-demand parking zones have a lower price.

Commuter & Resident Parking Zones

A Zones
A1, A2, A3
High demand lots
  • $495 Annual
  • $100 Monthly
  • $12 Daily visitors
  • $ 7 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
  • $ 2 per hour
B Zones
B1, B2, B3
Moderate demand lots
  • $330 Annual
  • $66 Monthly
  • $10 Daily visitors
  • $ 5 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
  • $ 1 per hour
C Zones
Low demand lots
  •  $95 Annual
  •  $20 Monthly
  •  $10 Daily visitors
  •  $ 5 Daily for OSU faculty, staff and students with no annual permit
  •  $ 1 per hour
BR Zone Residence hall lots
  •  $330 Annual
CR Zone Residence hall lot
  •  $95 Annual


  • ADA Parking - Vehicles may park in ADA spaces anywhere on campus with a DMV-issued ADA parking placard and an OSU parking permit, even a $95 C Zone permit. 
  • Motorcycle Parking – $75/yr. or $20/yr. (permit holders)
  • Carpool Parking - 35% discount on parking permit for carpool vehicles.  Minimum of three people per car to qualify


Where can I park with my permit?

Large parking signs identifying the parking zone are posted at the entrances to each parking area. You may reference the parking map and the information on where your permit is valid as well. 

There are three different geographic zones at the A price level (A1, A2, and A3) and the B price level (B1, B2, B3). An A1 permit holder is only authorized to park in the A1 lots, not A2 or A3. However, a “park down” feature increases your parking options, by allowing you to also park in any zones with a lesser demand. For example, with the A1 permit, you could also park in B1, B2, B3, and C. 

If you purchased this permit:

You may park in these zones:


A1, B1, B2, B3, C


A2, B1, B2, B3, C


A3, B1, B2, B3, C


B1, C


B2, C


B3, C








Where can people with disabilities park?

An individual with a DMV-issued disabled person parking permit and a valid OSU permit (regardless of the zone) may park in any ADA space on campus. 3-hour visitor ADA parking permits will be offered at no charge.


How do I purchase a parking permit?

Parking permits can be purchased online or in person at Adams Hall located at the intersection of 15th and Washington Way (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). 

The sale of permits will be limited in each zone to assure a higher probability of finding a parking space.  Permit sales schedules have been established to open sales dates to correspond with allocation groups (faculty/staff, student, time at OSU, vendor, etc.). Participants in each allocation group will have a period of time to purchase a parking permit before permit sales are opened for the next group. Within each group, permit sales will occur on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants will have the opportunity to join a wait list if sales are closed for their first choice zone.

If your first choice zone is sold out or if you are not satisfied with the zone the you purchase, you can trade for a different zone. You may add your name to a waitlist for any sold out zone. Utilization of the zones will be regularly monitored, and additional permits will be sold as capacity allows. You may exchange zone permits if permits are available for the new zone. If a permit is not available in the zone you select, you may be placed on a wait list. Parking Services will fulfill waitlist requests as permits become available.

Short term parking permits can be purchased in one of these ways:


Are there benefits for people who carpool?

To support carpooling, a number of carpool spaces will be offered in each zone, with more in the A and B zones.  A minimum of 3 people are required to qualify as a carpool. Vanpools may purchase an annual carpool permit in any zone with permits available at a discount of 35%.  If the Vanpool vehicle is not parking on campus often, a vanpool member who works at OSU and does not have an individual annual parking permit may purchase daily permits at a reduced rate ($7.00 for A and $5.00 for B/C). The daily permits can be purchased online and printed at home.


What if I typically ride the bus, carpool or bike, where can I park for occasional use?

To reward people who regularly travel to campus without the use of a single occupancy vehicle and do not purchase an annual parking permit, there will be a new opportunity to purchase one-day parking permits at a discounted rate.


Do motorcycles or mopeds require parking permits?

Motorcycles and mopeds need permits to park on campus. They are allowed to park in any designated motorcycle parking space on campus. Motorcycles are not allowed to park in vehicle parking spaces, and vehicles other than motorcycles are restricted from motorcycle spaces at all times. All motorcycles, mopeds must pay if parking at a meter


Do I need a permit for metered parking?

Permits are not required in metered areas. If you park at a meter, you cannot "stuff" the meter with more change than the maximum time limit (i.e., two quarters will not give you an hour if the maximum time is 30 minutes). Metered areas are enforced rigorously and an expired 30 minute meter can receive a parking violation every half hour. Specific rates and enforcement times are posted on each meter: be sure to read them.


Where can I find short-term (less than 1 hour) parking for myself or my visitors?

Metered and other short-term visitor parking will be offered in more places around campus this fall.


Where can vendors park?

Vendors may park without a permit for up to 30 minutes in loading zones. Vendors may also purchase daily, monthly, or annual permits for a commuter zone, as available. Short-term areas for hourly and daily parking exist throughout campus as shown on the parking map.


Can a department provide parking permits for its guests?

Guests and other visitors may park in short-term parking lots located throughout campus, as shown on the zone parking map, or one-day parking permits may be purchased by departments on the Parking Services website or in person.  If a department is expecting 20 or more guests, contact Parking Services to make special parking arrangements.


How can I use the OSU shuttle to help me get around campus and to and from my parking space?

To support the zonal parking system, the Beaver Bus (OSU's free shuttle system) is available to everyone. The number of buses and routes has been expanded, and the buses will run longer on most days of the year. New shuttle routes have been strategically planned to efficiently transport people from remote parking areas to the core of campus. In addition, the OSU shuttle will become more recognizable and the live shuttle tracking phone app and website will have improved function. 2014 - 2015 Shuttle Route Map

  • Extended hours of operation: 7 am to 7 pm
  • Extended service: year-round service.
  • Four buses serving campus on three routes.
  • 5 to 14-minute service frequency.


How can I get around campus if I don't have a permit and use public transit?

The OSU campus is also well served by public transit with most routes stopping on campus, and at least one bus running through campus on 26th Avenue at least every 30 minutes. Corvallis Transit Service (CTS) and OSU continue to look for ways to improve transit service to campus. the Beaver Bus (OSU's free shuttle system) is available to everyone.


How do I avoid getting a ticket?

If you have any questions about parking on campus, call Parking Services. 

  • Have a properly displayed, valid OSU parking permit and park only in the lots for which your permit allows. 
  • If you park at a meter, set an alarm on your phone or watch to alert you when your meter is about to expire.
  • Pay close attention to signs and park in marked spaces only. Parking lots have signs posted at entrances describing what type of restrictions apply and when enforcement is in effect.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, and you cannot move it right away, call Parking Services to avoid citations.


What can I do if I get a ticket?

If you have any questions about parking on campus, call Parking Services. 

  • Citations can be paid online at http://parking.oregonstate.edu/pay-citation; in-person at the Parking Services office Monday-Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm; or by mail to
  • Parking Services

    Oregon State University

    100 Adams Hall

    Corvallis, OR 97331


  • If you wish to appeal a citation, please carefully review the information on the appeals process available at http://parking.oregonstate.edu/pay-citation or by contacting Parking Services at 541-737-2583. 


Where does the money go?

Oregon State University's parking program is a self-sustaining auxiliary. No tax revenue, student fees or tuition funds are received or used. If you do not drive a motor vehicle or park on OSU property, you do not support the parking program. Parking fees pay for the following:

  • Maintenance of Parking Lots - Pothole repairs, asphalt or concrete overlay, slurry sealing, sign replacements, painting of parking stalls and curbs, cleaning, grading of gravel parking lots, meter and Pay Station service and repairs, car stops, lighting, landscaping, leaf removal, water, sewers, etc.
  • New Construction – Site acquisition, engineering and design costs, underground drainage systems, site preparation, gravel, asphalt or concrete surfacing, curb and gutter, landscaping, walkways, stall painting, lighting, signs, car stops, etc.
  • Enforcement and Administrative Support - Parking permit sales, providing printed parking information, Beaver Bus operation, driver support services, parking enforcement, processing of citations, appeal processing, special events coordination and management, student employees, office equipment, supplies and administration of the parking program.