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 UI permits, but there is also a booklet of occasional-use passes 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), Ramp Night, Surface Night and Carpool Stickers. These parking privileges, known as NW, are currently offered in most UI 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 to the following UI cashiered facilities between 4:30 pm and 8:30 am M-F, and from 4:30 pm Friday through 8:30 am Monday at no extra charge. You are required to have been issued an authorized UI parking permit and to use a UI issued parking access card for all entries and exits.

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.
  • If you forget your 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 a daily maximum charge.

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 Ramps 1, 2 and 4 as a patient during weekday hours, please take a transaction ticket from the machine when entering the facility.  Before leaving the hospital obtain a UIHC patient parking pass, then present the cashiers ticket and the pass to the parking cashier when exiting. If you are parking in the Family Care Center lot make sure you obtain a Family Care Center patient pass prior to exiting.

The regular UIHC patient pass, or the FCC pass, validates the cashiers ticket, ensuring that the lower patient rate will be applied and it can also cancel certain parking citations.  To accomplish this, submit the parking transaction ticket, the pass and citation, if you received one, to the cashier when exiting. 

Anyone entering Hospital Ramps 1, 2 and 4 between 5:00 am and 9:00 am, Monday-Friday, is subject to the graduated hourly rate (higher than the patient and standard hourly rates after the first three hours). The pass, when used with the cashiers ticket, ensures that the patient parking rate is applied.

Avoid the Citation:

Employees coming to UIHC for outpatient clinic appointments can avoid getting a parking citation by pre-printing a Parking Citation Waiver from their MyChart account, up to seven days prior to their appointment, and prominently displaying it upon the dashboard of their car when parked in a Hospital 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 cashiers ticket when visiting. Do not use the parking access card.  The patient hourly rate cannot be reduced to the patient rate when the access card is used for entry and exit.

For those who accidentally use their NW card access privileges to visit the UIHC as a patient and who receive a parking citation for parking in Hospital Parking Ramps 1, 2, and 4 and the FCC Lot during those appointments can have parking citations canceled by submitting the citation along with the patient parking pass to the cashier upon exit. This will require you to use the card to raise the gate in an exit lane where a cashier is present. After the gate is raised, pull forward and submit the citation and the orange information sheet (issued with the citation) to the cashier. The Parking Services office, in conjunction with the UIHC will review the citation to determine whether or not it should be canceled.

If no cashier is present, or if you exit via an automated lane, you can submit the citation and information sheet to the Parking Services office via campus or US Mail.

The patient hourly rate cannot be reduced to the patient rate when the 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.

20 Exit Pass booklet use in UI cashiered facilities:

Booklets of 20 separate, one-exit passes are available to faculty and staff.  Each separate pass provides prepaid access to Hospital Ramp 3 and Newton Road Ramp between 2:30 pm – 8:30 am M-F and from 2:30 pm Friday through 8:30 am Monday at no extra charge.

Each separate pass also provides free NW access to other UI Cashiered Facilities between 4:30 pm – 8:30 am M-F and from 4:30 pm Friday through 8:30 am Monday at no extra charge.

Charges for use of pass booklets in UI cashiered facilities:

If you enter and exit these facilities during designated hours and follow the procedures there will be no hourly charges. If you enter early, exit late, or are parked outside the appropriate hours, you will be charged on an hourly basis at the appropriate rate.

Procedures for using single-exit passes in UI cashiered facilities:

Submit the pass to the cashier with the transaction ticket when exiting the facility. Pay any additional charges. Each pass provides for one exit only.

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 2: the west row of parking adjacent to Seashore Hall

Lot 21: at the meters beneath the Pappajohn Business Building

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

Lot 2: Enter and park in the far west row after 4:30 pm. and leave before 7:30 am M-F. NW is valid all weekend. Always display your permit or hangtag. A citation will be issued if the hangtag is not displayed. A citation may be issued for early entry or late exiting.

Lot 21: Enter and park at a meter after 4:30 pm M-F. Always display your permit or 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 2 (all but west row), Lot 8-the un-gated North end, 15, 17, 25, 32, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 55, 65, 71, 75 and 85.

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, 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, 82 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, 82, 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
Surface Night (SN) Any
Ramp Night (RN) Any
Night and Weekend (NW) Any
20 Exit Pass Booklet None Required