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Registration, Permits & Fees



Every motorist desiring to park on campus is required to register with the WCU Parking Operations Office and to pay the parking permit fee. Additionally, every motorist must have proof of ownership to register any vehicle on campus and in accordance with North Carolina general statutes, students are required to show proof of insurance.

Bicycle permits are free of charge and not required. Students are encouraged to register so that there is a record on file with the Parking Operations Office.
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The Chancellor of Western Carolina University shall have authority to establish the number of vehicles any motorist may register and operate pursuant to these regulations.


  • Student parking permit registration for the next academic year usually begins at the end of the Spring semester. Current student parking permits expire at the end of the summer semester.
  • Staff and faculty may register and obtain parking permits anytime. Permanent staff and faculty parking permits are non-expiring.
  • Parking permits may be purchased at any time during the year at the Parking Operations Office during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Students have the option to purchase a semesterly/yearly parking pass, day/week pass or can pay to park in meter lots for $1 per half hour. All lots are monitored daily from 7am-11pm. 

Students on WCU Main Campus

  • Registration will open June 1st 2024.
  • Permit fee will be applied to your student account during registration according to the credit hours earned at time of registration.  Please make sure all of your earned credit hours have been posted.  
  • Freshman, when you reach 30 earned credit hours you may upgrade your permit.  There will be no refunds associated with upgrades or exchanges. 
  • If you register for a parking permit, and it is determined you will not be attending WCU you must call the parking permit to receive credit for the permit.
  • There will be no physical hang tag permits for students as of August 1st, 2019. All permits are virtual and connected to the students account via the T2 system. 
  • We strongly encourage you to register your vehicle prior to returning for the fall semester!.
  • If you are on campus or live near campus during the summer you may come to the Parking Operations office to register for the fall permit..
  • If you are attending 2024 Summer Semester and do not already have a current permit, you must register for a parking permit at the Parking Operations office.

Registration/Permit Fees

Freshman Resident < 30 hours credit
Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $418

Sophomore Resident  30 - 59 hours credit

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $418

Junior Resident  60 - 89 hours credit

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $418

Senior Resident > 90 hours credit and Resident Graduates

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $385


Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $335

Long-Term Storage Parking

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $105

Motorcycle Parking

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $45

Student Day Pass:

Student Week Pass:

Permits are prorated for Spring and Summer.

  • Temporary Employees /Adjunct Faculty-prorated based on schedule.
  • Retirees receive their permanent parking permit for free.
  • Permanent Full-time Faculty/Staff – (determined by salary range) Parking permit fees will be payroll deducted on a monthly basis.
  • Temporary, Part-time and Contractual (Aramark) employees – (based on full year $132.00 or half year $66.00 permit) Payment must be made in full by credit card in the Parking Operations office at the time permit is purchased.
  • Car Pool permits (faculty and staff only) will allow up to 4 vehicles to be tied to an individual permit. All persons within the permit pool will be identified in the notes field of T2. Fee is based on the salary level of the person applying for the permit. Fee will be assessed to that individual's deduction form. Individuals within the pool permit who decide to drive separately to work will pay $5.00 a day for a temporary permit or park in the pay lot.


Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $588


Permanent Employees > $100k 

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $363

Permanent Employees $75k - $99,999

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $288

Permanent Employees $50k - $74,999 

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $249

Permanent Employees $35k - $49,999

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $210

Permanent Employees $25k - $34,999 

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $168

Permanent Employees <  $24,999

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $132

Motorcycle Parking

Fall 2024/Spring 2025 = $42.00

Faculty/Staff Day Pass:

Faculty/Staff Week Pass:

If you are full-time staff or faculty and have previously enrolled in the payroll deduction program and have a parking permit, you do not need to do anything. One of the advantages of this program is that the permits are continuous as long as the member remains enrolled in the payroll deduction program. If you need to change your vehicle or license plate information, you may do so online. If your permit is lost or damaged, please contact the Parking Operations Office.

If you are full-time staff or faculty and do not have a parking permit but need to obtain one, please come by the Parking Operations Office to enroll in the payroll deduction program and receive your permit.

If you are a part-time or hourly University employee, or employed by a vendor, you need to obtain a new parking permit for the next academic year. The new permits will be available for sale in July. You may purchase the permit at the Parking Operations Office with a debit or credit card. Employees wishing to pay by cash or check must first pay for the permit at the Cashier's Office and then bring the receipt to the Parking Operations Office.

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