Parking Permit Questions and Answers

Any commuting or resident student choosing to park a vehicle on the Allendale or Grand Rapids Campuses, Monday through Thursday, 3:00 am - 6:30 pm  and Fridays, 3:00 am - 5:00 pm must register for a permit or utilize the pay-to-park areas.

All questions about billing and charges should be directed to Student Accounts at (616) 331-2209.

No, parking permits are not required at the Holland, Muskegon or Traverse City campuses. 

During the spring and summer semesters, parking permits are not required in Student Commuter spaces or Residential spaces, with the exception of Pew Residential parking spaces. Permits for Pew residential areas are available at the Parking Services office located at 102 Eberhard Center or by calling (616) 331-6601.  Permits are required in Faculty and Staff spaces, specially signed spaces and designated areas year-round. Payment is required in pay-to-park areas year-round.

Your license plate is your permit.  If you drive a different vehicle than the vehicle associated with your permit, you must visit Your Permits on the Parking Portal and assign to your permit the vehicle you are driving and parking on campus.  

Yes, student permit registration is per semester, so you will need to register again if you want a permit for Winter.  If you have registered for a Fall semester permit, you will be automatically notified when it is time to register for a Winter semester permit.



You can purchase a permit for one semester only. Permit registration is per semester and is billed to your student account when you register.

Yes, you must notify Parking Services when your housing status changes and we can adjust your permit to match your housing status.  In some cases, there may be an extra associated permit charge.

Your Parking Portal is where all of your parking information (including permits and parking violations) is located. Through your Parking Portal, you are able to register for a permit, pay and appeal parking violations, and add/edit vehicle information.


If your vehicle has a temporary license plate, you will enter the last 8 digits of the VIN number (located on the driver's side dash by the windshield). Upon receiving the permanent license plate, you can edit your plate number in your account. 

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Page last modified June 4, 2021