Departmental Business Parking Placard Guide

Departmental Business Parking Placard Guide

Parking and Transportation supports on-campus, business-only mobility for a limited number of employees by issuing Departmental Business Placards (DBPs). The placards, which are sold only to departments, provide access to a range of university parking facilities.  Each placard contains an imbedded proximity access card for use at gated parking facilities. Please contact the Parking and Transportation Department if you have any questions.

A DBP is valid when used as follows:     

  • When properly displayed on the dash of the vehicle in conjunction with an approved employee parking permit and only while conducting official university business in a UI parking facility. Approved employee parking permits to be used in conjunction with a DBP include the following parking permit types: Ramp Parking Permit, Surface A Parking Permit, or Physician Parking Permit.
  • When used for no more than three consecutive hours for each entry.
  • When limited to one entry and one exit at a time. 
  • When used for each and every entry into and exit from a gated parking lot.

Proper Use

Please be sure employees using an assigned DBP are aware of the proper use policies listed on the back of the DBP.

  • Use the placard for each and every entry and exit into a gated parking lot even if the gate is up.
  • The placard cannot be shared for multiple and/or consecutive entries and exits.
  • Do not take a cashiers’ ticket when using the placard at a cashiered facility.
  • The placard is for official use, not for your own personal convenience.
  • Limit each use to not more than three hours.
  • Do not use the placard to enter an employee’s assigned parking lot, exit an employee’s assigned parking lot, or to access Night and Weekend (NW) privileges. Learn more about NW privileges
  • Placard is not valid when:
    • You have a permit for these locations:  Lot 17, Hancher (Lot 55), Finkbine (Lot 65), Arena (Lot 75), Hawkeye (Lot 85), Pomerantz Center (Lot 9), Field House (Lot 6), Evening or Student Permits. 
    • You park in these locations:  Cleary Walkway, Family Care Center, Service Vehicle Zones, Meters or Student Lots. 

The Departments assigned DBP(s) are required to manage their use in the following way:

  • Subscribing department administration needs to maintain an accurate record of individuals assigned placards. Random audits may occur to help our department identify and educate those improperly using an assigned DBP.
  • Where placards are shared among multiple users, the department will maintain a check-out record of the date, time, and name of the user and provide to Parking and Transportation.