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 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 are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from 5:00a.m. to 3:00a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.
Underutilized parking in a designated area at a reduced rate. Please click here for more information.
3-Day permits are granted for non-assigned parking in a designated area for use from 5:00a.m. to 3:00a.m., three days per week. Permit holders have the flexibility to park any three days of the week you choose. This permit is valid all day on weekends.
If your current parking location does not offer 3‐Day permits, we will suggest the closest available location.
Evening Commuter Permits
Evening Commuter permits are granted for non-assigned parking in a designated lot, valid between 4:00p.m. and 8:00a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends and University holidays. Permit issuance is determined by current availability. This option is 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.
Electric Charging Station Permits
Electric Charging Stations (ECS) permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from 5:00a.m. to 3:00a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends. At this time there is no cost beyond an annual permit to use these stations.
Motorcycle permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in designated areas within parking facilities. Permits are valid from 5:00a.m. to 3:00a.m. Motorcycles are prohibited from parking on sidewalks or in spaces designated for vehicles.
Metered permits are valid in the Francis Avenue metered lot. Metered permits are granted to part-time employees only. Metered permits are valid specifically at the Francis Avenue 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.