Departmental Parking Permit Questions

Departmental Parking Permit Frequently Asked Questions

 

Departmental Business Placard questions:

We received a free Departmental Business Placard (DBP) last year; will we still receive a free DBP this year?

One free DBP may be issued per department. For example Parking and Transportation has multiple sub-departments such as CAMBUS, Commuter Programs, Parking Services, Fleet Services and Field Services and is issued one free placard to the Parking and Transportation department. If you have further questions please contact our office at (319) 335-1475 or email parking-office@uiowa.edu.

Where can I use my DBP permit?

Departmental Business Placards are valid in the following locations:

  • Valid in Faculty/Staff reserved lots except Lot 17.
  • Hospital Parking Ramps, Newton Road Ramp, North Campus Ramp, IMU Ramp, Recreation Center Lot, Library Lot and the Dental Visitors lot.
  • DBP are not valid in Service Vehicle Zones, parking meters, Cleary Walkway, Pomerantz Center Lot (Lot 9), Field House Parking Ramp and Family Care Center Parking Ramp (entrance off Melrose Ave).

How do I use the Departmental Business Placard?

  • You must display the DBP on the front dash of your vehicle in conjunction with a valid and properly displayed University of Iowa Faculty/Staff ramp or surface reserved parking hangtag.
  • The DBP is not valid with the following permit types: Hancher (Lot 55), Arena Commuter (Lot 75), Finkbine Commuter (Lot 65), Hawkeye Commuter (Lot 85), Lot 45, Evening (such as NW, SN, RN) or Student Permits.
  • The DBP allows 3 hours of parking in the approved facilities. Additional time beyond the 3 hour time limit may result in a parking citation.
  • Departmental Business Placards are for use by members of your department for University business only. This placard is not meant to be used for personal convenience or for changing an existing parking lot assignment.
  • Departments that have University vehicles may park in any open surface lot and are not required to display a permit.
  • Departmental business placard use is centrally monitored by the Parking and Transportation Department.  Misuse may result in revocation of the placard.

Please note, if the appropriate Faculty/Staff permit is not displayed in conjunction with the DBP and a citation is written for this reason, only the employee with the Faculty/Staff permit may appeal the citation. Parking citations issued to a Departmental permit may not be appealed and the citation must be paid by the driver. It is the responsibility of the department that holds the permits to know who is using the departmental placards/permits and to communicate this responsibility to their employees. Unpaid citations will be billed to the department.

 

Service Vehicle Zone Placard questions:

Where can I use the Service Vehicle Zone (SVZ) placard?

Service Vehicle Zone placards are valid in posted University Service Vehicle Zones.

How do I use the Service Vehicle Zone (SVZ) placard? 

SVZ placards must be properly displayed on the front dash of the vehicle. This allows for 30 minutes of parking. Additional time beyond the 30 minutes may result in a citation.

Where can we park our University vehicle?

Vehicles with university license plates may park in the SVZ zones and do not need to display a SVZ placard.

Can we allow a non-university consultant to use our Service Vehicle Placard?

Service Vehicle Zone placards are for use by members of your department or business in transacting University business only. This placard is not meant to be used for personal convenience or for changing an existing parking lot assignment.

 

Pentacrest Service Drive Placard questions:

Where can I use the Pentacrest Service Drive (PSD) placard?

Pentacrest Service Drive placards are valid in the posted stall by Jessup Hall and MacLean Hall.

How do I use the Pentacrest Service Drive (PSD) placard?

PSD placards  must be properly displayed on the front dash of the vehicle. This allows for 30 minutes of parking. Additional time beyond the 30 minutes may result in a citation.

Vehicles using the PSD placard must not block sidewalks.

Can University vehicles park on the Pentacrest Drive without a PSD?

No. University vehicles are required to display a PSD placard.  This allows for 30 minutes of parking. Additional time beyond the 30 minutes may result in a citation. Pentacrest Service Drive placards are for use by members of your department or business in transacting University business only. This placard is not meant to be used for personal convenience or for changing an existing parking.

Departmental Parking Permits

Parking permits issued to a department and used by departmental employees must be displayed to be valid.  Citations issued for failure to display a departmental parking hangtag may not be appealed and must be paid. Additionally, users of departmental parking permits may not complete a call-in if they do not display the permit and receive a citation. It is the responsibility of the department that holds the permit(s) to know who is using it and to communicate this responsibility to their employees. Unpaid citations will be billed to the department.