Night and Weekend Privileges

Night and Weekend Parking for Faculty and Staff

Parking and Transportation offers an extensive range of Night and Weekend parking options for University of Iowa faculty and staff who need to park on campus after regular business hours. Many sites are available to employees who hold one of many qualifying university permits and several free options that do not require any permit or pass.

Index of topics discussed below:

  1. Employee Permit and Pass Options for Night and Weekend parking
  2. Free Night and Weekend parking options
  3. Restricted Facilities
  4. Permits that provide NW privileges

Employee Permit and Pass Options for Night and Weekend parking

Night and weekend parking privileges are provided through several UI parking permits, including Ramp Reserved, Surface Reserved A, Surface Reserved B, Commuter, the NW permit (Night and Weekend only) and Carpool Stickers. These parking privileges, known as NW, are currently offered in most university cashiered facilities and two faculty/staff-only lots. The details of use may be different for each facility and restrictions apply for patient parking, special events and maintenance or construction activities.

NW in UI Cashiered Facilities:

The NW privilege provides access at no extra charge to the following university cashiered facilities between 4:30 pm and 8:30 am M-F, and all weekend long. If you forget your parking access card you will be required to pay the full cashiered amount. Exiting through a cashier without your card or a transaction ticket will result in paying the applicable fees and is non-refundable up to the a daily maximum charge.

* NW privilege provides access between 4:30pm and 7:30am M-F and all weekend long.  If you use these facilities outside of these hours, you will be subject to a Reserved Area parking citation.  

** NW privilege provides access between 4:30pm and 8:30am M-F and all weekend long.  If employees use these facilities outside of these hours, they will be subject to an Employee Prohibited in Ramp parking citation.  

Procedures for NW use In UI cashiered facilities:

  • When entering an approved UI cashiered facility, pull to a stop with the driver’s side window in line with the card reader. Present the card to the face of the reader, holding it parallel to, and no more than three inches from, the target decal on the reader surface. Hold it steady for one second. Do not wave or flash the card at the reader.
  • The time and location of the entry will be noted. Use the same procedure to exit. Calculations for fees will be based on these entry and exit times.
  • To utilize NW privileges, always use the card to enter or exit a UI cashiered facility.
  • Do not pull a transaction ticket upon entry and attempt to use the card when exiting. This will result in a daily maximum charge for every incident.
  • Use of the card for consecutive entries without a paired exit (or consecutive exits without a paired entry) is prohibited and may result in a daily maximum charge for each incident.
  • Use the card to exit when the gates are up late at night. Simply stop, present the card to the reader. Your exiting time is noted even though the gate may already be up.
  • Never share, transfer or pass-back a parking access card. Each incidence will result in a daily maximum charge and is considered theft and may be prosecuted.

NW Restrictions in UI Cashiered Parking Facilities:

Patient Facility Restrictions:

In Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, 4, and the Family Care Center parking lot, most parking is reserved for patients during weekday hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F). Any faculty/staff parking in these facilities during these hours without an appropriate permit, including those using NW privileges, will be subject to a citation and fine. In addition to the fine, any hourly charges will apply. NW privileges are not valid in the Family Care Center parking lot at any time.

Student Facility Restrictions:

In the Library Lot, much of the parking is reserved for Registered Student Vehicles and Lot 3 permits during weekday hours (7:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday).  Any faculty/staff parking in these facilities during these hours without an appropriate permit, including those using NW privileges, will be subject to a citation and fine. In addition to the fine, any hourly charges will apply.

Employee Facility Restrictions:

In Lot 13, the entire lot is reserved for Lot 13 permit-holders during business hours (7:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday).  Any faculty/staff parking in these facilities during these hours without an appropriate permit, including those using NW privileges, will be subject to a citation and fine. In addition to the fine, any hourly charges will apply.

Faculty/Staff as patients:

If you are a faculty or staff member using Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, 4 or the Family Care Center (FCC) Lot as a patient during weekday hours, please take a transaction ticket from the ticket dispenser when entering the facility.  Before leaving the appointment obtain a UI Hospitals & Clinics Patient Parking Pass (or FCC pass if applicable).  When exiting, insert the transaction ticket at the pay station and scan the Patient Parking Pass. The combination of the two items at exit will provide you with free patient parking.  

The Patient Parking Pass can also cancel "employee in hospital parking ramp" citations. If you receive this type of citation during your appointment, please go online and fill out the Hospital Parking Ramp Verification form. You will need to scan or take a photo of your pass and attach as part of the submittal. The Parking and Transportation Department will cancel the citation after validating the appointment with UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Anyone entering Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, and 4 between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, is subject to the graduated hourly rate (higher than the patient and standard hourly rates after the first three hours). The Patient Parking Pass, when used with the transaction ticket at exit, ensures that the patient parking rate is applied.

Avoid the Citation:

Employees attending their healthcare appointment at UI Hospitals & Clinics can avoid getting a parking citation by pre-printing a Patient Parking Pass from their MyChart account.  Patient Parking Passes are displayed in MyChart up to seven days prior to their appointment.  Employees will need to prominently display the pass on the dashboard of their car when parking in a Hospital Parking Ramp on the day of the appointment.  MyChart can be accessed at https://mychart.uihealthcare.org/.

Reminder:

Faculty/Staff who park as patients on weekdays should always take a transaction ticket when visiting. Do not use the parking access (NW) card associated with employee parking permits.  The patient hourly rate cannot be reduced to the patient rate when the parking access card is used for entry and exit.

E-mail any questions to the Parking Office.

NW Hourly Charges in UI cashiered facilities:

If you enter and exit these facilities during designated NW hours, with an appropriate permit and follow the procedures, there will be no hourly charges. If you enter before 4:30 pm and/or exit after 8:30 am on weekdays, or are parked during those hours, you will be charged at the appropriate rate for each hour outside NW rules. Any fraction of an hour will result in a full hour of charges (61 minutes = 2 hour parking charge). Charges for early entry are calculated separately from late exiting. The charge for a lost ticket is the daily maximum.

There is no charge when the recorded exit time is no more than thirty (30) minutes later than the entry time.

Web Review of NW use and charges:

Each NW card-holder has the ability to view a summary of their monthly activity and any charges on a secure web site located within the UI Employee Self Service portal under My Parking. All charges will be deducted from the faculty or staff member’s paycheck on a monthly basis.

NW in Non-cashiered or permit-only facilities:

NW privileges provide free off-hours access to the following faculty/staff facilities between 4:30 pm – 7:30 am M-F and from 4:30 pm Friday through 7:30 am Monday at no extra charge.  Note the difference in required morning exit times from the cashiered facilities (7:30 am versus 8:30 am for cashiered facilities). Always display the appropriate permit when using NW privileges.

Lot 21: at the meters beneath the Pappajohn Business Building

Procedures for NW use in Non-cashiered or permit-only facilities:

Lot 21: Enter and park at a meter after 4:30 pm M-F. Always display your parking permit (hangtag).  If the Lot 21 entrance gate is in the down position do not pull into the lane or block the gate waiting for it to be raised. Exit Lot 21 before 6:45 am M-F because the exit gate will be lowered at that time. If you exit after 6:45 am M-F the exit gate will be lowered and you will need to call Parking Dispatch at (319) 335-8312.

Free Night and Weekend parking options

The following facilities are free and open to the public after 4:30 pm until 7:30 am M-F, and from 4:30 pm Friday through 7:30 am Monday. No permit or pass is required. Restrictions apply for emergencies, special events and maintenance or construction activities. If the lot is gated and the gate is closed you may not enter. Do not block the lane to wait for the gate to be raised. You will be subject to a citation and towing for blocking the lane.

Lots 15, 25, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 55, 65, 71, 75 and 85.

Lot 2 will be closing in October 2017 due to construction until further notice. 

Restricted facilities:

NW privileges are NOT valid in faculty/staff-only lots that are controlled 24/7. Lots may be controlled by a gate that functions 24/7 or by signage.

Currently, NW privileges are not available in University Lots 4, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31, 34, 37, 39, 44, 57, 64, 67, 90 and 91.

NW privileges are not valid in the Family Care Center (FCC) parking lot at any time.

NW privileges are also not valid in any parking facilities owned and operated by the City of Iowa City. These include those facilities where the University assigns permits; specifically lots 12, 22, 62, 72 and 92.

Permits that provide NW privileges:

Most UI faculty/staff parking permits provide night and weekend (NW) parking privileges at no extra cost. Those that do are listed below. If you do not see your permit in this list, call the parking office for details.

Permit Type/Rates Qualifying Assignments
Ramp Reserved Lots 6, 9, 10, 12, 20, 21, 30, 50, 54, 60, 62, 72, 80, 90, 92
Surface Reserved A Lots 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 57, 64, 67, 91
Surface Reserved B Lots 45, 55 (Hancher Lot), 75 (Arena Lot)
Commuter Lots Lots 65 (Finkbine Commuter), 85 (Hawkeye Commuter)
Carpool Sticker Any
Night and Weekend (NW) Any