The Parking 411 - Retirees


Retirees are special people and so are your Retiree permits. Your RETIREE decal permit is good for four (4) years. Expiration dates are visible on each permit.

If you have not received a Retiree permit, please contact Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

  • Enforcement Hours
    • Monday Thursday: 7am to 6:30pm
    • Friday: 7am-5pm
    • Weekends: Only specially marked spaces and overnight parking in non-residential lots are enforced
    • Non-residential lots are enforced overnight every night between 3am and 7am
  • Meters - Costs: 25 cents for the first half hour/25 cents for each additional 12 minutes
    • Housing meters - 30 minute limit
    • Other meters - 4 hour limit
    • Failed or Out of Order meters are a No-Park zone
  • Visitors
    • Visitors must have a permit. Visitors must stop in to Public Safety or Pew Security with photo ID and their license plate number to receive a temporary permit at no cost. Retirees may not pick up a permit for their guest.
    • Visitors with citation balances cannot be issued permits until the outstanding balance has been paid.
  • Handicapped Parking
    • A valid handicapped permit and a GVSU permit are required to park in Handicapped spaces on GVSUs campus.
    • If no Handicapped spaces are available, Handicapped permit holders may also park at any meter (payment not required) or in reserved faculty/staff areas.
  • Motorcycles
    • Motorcycles do not require a parking permit. Motorcycles may park on the yellow hash marks at the end of parking rows. Motorcycles are NOT allowed to park in the blue Handicapped hash marks.
  • Overnight parking
    • Overnight parking is limited to Residential lots. Vehicles are NOT allowed to park overnight in Commuter or Faculty/Staff lots. A RESIDENTIAL permit is required.
    • If your vehicle breaks down and cannot be moved overnight, the Police Department or Pew Security must be notified.
  • Temporary Permits
    • Temporary permits are available at no cost to Retirees 24/7 at Public Safety. All you will need is a photo ID and license plate number.
    • Temporary permits are placed on the driver's side dashboard to left of the steering wheel.
  • Permit Placement
    • Place your parking permit decal on the lower left side of your vehicle windshield. You may receive a citation if it is not in the proper location.
    • Place your temporary permit on the driver's side dashboard to the left of the steering wheel. Permit dates must be visible from outside the vehicle for the permit to be valid.
  • Transferring Permits
    • Parking permits are transferrable between vehicles. The person registered is responsible for all citations incurred while the permit is displayed on a vehicle.


In what lots may I park?

On the Allendale Campus: Any lot marked with a Blue "F" or a Red "S"

  • Lot C and Lot C West (Faculty/Staff or Commuter)
  • Lot D1 and D2 (NOT D3-9)
  • Lot E (Behind the Fieldhouse)
  • Lot G (You must pay meters if you park at one)
  • Lot H
  • Lot K-East
  • Lot M
  • Lot N
  • Lot O (Only the F/S section, NOT the Calder Resident spaces)

On the Pew Campus: Any lot marked with a Blue "F" or a Red "S"

  • DeVos Lot (West of DeVos Center)
  • Mt. Vernon Lot
  • Seward Flat Lot (Across from DeVos Lot)
  • Seward Ramp
  • Eberhard Lot (West of Eberhard Center)
  • CHS Lot (Lower level of the building)
  • Lafayette Lot (Half of a block south of CHS on Lafayette St)
  • Winter Lot
  • Watson Lot (Not the Pew Residential section)
  • Front Lot

Where am I not allowed to park?

  • Meters (still require payment)
  • Residential Lots
  • Visitor Spaces
  • Seward Ramp
  • Any Specially Signed Spaces or Areas

IMPORTANT! Unauthorized or improper use of this permit may result in employee disciplinary action. Fraudulent use of this permit will result in its confiscation, and may result in criminal penalties. Fraudulently obtaining goods or services is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of not more than $2,000.