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Business and Other Parking Options


Alumni Parking

Alumni may purchase a garage parking permit.  Permits can be purchased at the PTS Customer Service location in University Lofts. 

Retiree Parking

Retirees of the university are eligible for a free retiree parking permit which allows parking in Zone E parking lots Monday-Thursday until 3 p.m., and any ungated lot on campus Monday-Thursday after 3 p.m., or any time Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other permits, such as Gated, Ungated and Garage permits, are available at regular cost, dependent on availability. The permit is intended for visitation use only and cannot be used for part-time work or attending classes. Interested retirees must send a written request to and a permit will be issued upon verification of employment status.

Vendor Parking

Vendors making deliveries on campus may use the green marked 20-minute loading zones located throughout campus. Vendors ARE limited to 20 minutes and vehicles will be electronically chalked for compliance. Vendors requiring any additional time may utilize any public parking at the current market rates. Visitor Parking Map Here.

Contractor Parking

Complimentary parking for contractors is available at UH Technology Bridge in the front gravel lot beyond the electrical tower. If other parking arrangements are needed, it must be coordinated in advance through the UH project manager and approved by Parking and Transportation Services in writing. Payment will be required.

Departmental Runner Permit

Effective FY20, the charge for runner permits is $100 per year for two years, with the $200 paid upfront. The purpose of this permit type is to provide access to locations where a given activity requires the use of personal vehicles for university business. Departments may request runner permits by writing the director of PTS. The director will consider expressed need, size of the operation, and other related factors in determining how many permits to issue to a given department.

It is the department’s responsibility to control use of the runner permits. It is recommended that the department keep a usage log for runner permits in their custody.

A current UH parking permit must be displayed in conjunction with the runner permit. Runner permits are neither intended for personal use nor to enable a person to park as close as possible to their office or workplace or to provide for convenient overflow parking.

The runner permit is for two years and allows for:

  1. Parking in any non-restricted space (two hours maximum)
  2. Parking in marked loading zones / "20-minute" spaces (two hours maximum)

The permit does not authorize parking in:

  1. Parking spaces reserved for the disabled (unless disability permit is displayed)
  2. Fire lanes
  3. Metered spaces
  4. Designated visitor lots
  5. Roadways and parking lot access lanes
  6. Gated lots (except for loading zones and “20-minute” spaces located within such lots)
  7. Reserved parking spaces
  8. Designated tow-away zones
  9. Pedestrian walkways
  10. Any other area not designated as a parking space

Runner permits remain the property of UH and will be revoked if it is observed being improperly used. Any citation issued while displaying this permit is the responsibility of the registered permit holder whose permit is displayed in the vehicle in question.

UH Component Parking Permits

The University of Houston has a reciprocity agreement with the other UH System campuses to honor their parking permits. Vehicles must display a current UH System Campus permit and are permitted to park in the following areas in the 2020-2021 fiscal year: 

  • Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.: Zone E ungated parking lots. 
  • Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-7 a.m., and all day Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Any ungated lot (student or faculty-staff).

The reciprocity agreement is intended for visitations only. A transfer of employment or classes would necessitate the purchase of a UH parking permit.