Permit Types

Permit Types

The University offers a number of general permit types to meet the different commuting needs of faculty and staff members. With the exception of resident and tenant permits, parking permits are for commuting use only. University parking facilities are not to be used for vehicle storage. Each permit is designated for either garage (covered) or surface (uncovered) parking.

See our rates page for information on current rates and fees. 

Reserved Permits

Reserved permits are granted for specific spaces reserved for commuting permit holders' exclusive use. These spaces are identified by a number (sequenced within a given lot) and may be used at all times by the permit holder.

Unreserved Permits

Unreserved permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.

Underutilized Permits

Underutilized parking in a designated area at a reduced rate. Please click here for more information.

Morning Permits

Morning permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.

Afternoon Permits

Afternoon permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from noon to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.

3-Day Permits

3Day permits are granted for non-assigned parking in a designated area for use from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., three days per week. These days need to be selected by the parker and must remain constant for the year. This permit is valid all day on weekends.

3PM Permits

3PM permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.

Evening Commuter Permits

Faculty and Staff Evening Commuter permits are granted for non-assigned parking in a designated lot, valid between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends and University holidays. Permit issuance is determined by current availability. Commuter permits are not available to residents of Harvard University affiliated housing, and are for commuters only. Hours of parking on this permit are strictly enforced, violators subject to ticketing, towing, and revocation of parking privileges.

Student Evening Commuter permits are granted for non-assigned parking in a designated lot, valid between 5:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Motorcycle Permits

Motorcycle permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in designated areas within parking facilities. Permits are valid from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Motorcycles are prohibited from parking on sidewalks or in spaces designated for vehicles.

Metered Permits

Metered permits are valid in the FRAN metered lot. Metered permits are granted to part-time employees only. Metered permits are valid specifically at the Fran Lot Meters. Metered permit holders must also pay the posted meter fee of $1.50 per hour. A four-hour maximum is enforced.

Tenant Surface Permits

Tenant Surface permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated surface lot. Tenant Surface permit holders must live in University-owned facilities that do not have designated parking facilities. These spaces are valid 24 hours per day, seven days per week. This permit is available to faculty and staff members who do not use their vehicles to commute to campus.

Tenant Garage Permits

Tenant Garage permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in garages that are associated with the residential facility in which the permit holder lives. This permit is available to faculty and staff members who live in University-owned facilities and do not use their vehicles to commute to campus. 

    Visiting the Parking Office

    For information about visiting the parking office, click here.