Accessible Parking

Faculty and staff requiring accessible parking accommodations must initiate a permit request through the Office of Access & Equity (OAE). OAE will contact the Parking Department once an individual’s accessibility requirements have been evaluated.

 

For parking accommodations submitted on the basis of pregnancy, faculty and staff must initiate the request through the OAE.

Students requiring accessible parking accommodations must initiate a permit request through the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) (www.disability.illinois.edu). DRES will contact the Parking Department once an individual’s accessibility requirements have been evaluated. 

If an accessible space is assigned, the Parking Department will produce a virtual or temporary University of Illinois accessible permit, for which any previously assigned faculty/staff permit must be surrendered for the duration of that accessible assignment.

As necessary and where available, eligible faculty, staff, or students may purchase an accessible permit and be assigned a permanent parking space with twenty-four (24) hour signage for enforcement purposes. The permit holder must display the University of Illinois Parking Department issued permit or have a valid virtual permit on file, in addition to a valid state issued disability placard or license plate. 

Because a state issued disability parking placard is issued to the person and not the vehicle, the placard is transferrable for authorized usage in other vehicles. While parked in any accessible space, the permit holder must either display a valid state issued disability parking placard from the rearview mirror, or a valid state issued disability license plate. 

When parking in a rental facility, a citation may be issued for failure to properly display either a valid state issued disability parking placard or state issued disability license plate along with a valid virtual University of Illinois faculty/staff or student parking permit.

 

When parking in an accessible space, the individual who was issued a valid state issued disability parking placard or state disability license plate must be in the vehicle at the time the vehicle is being parked.

 

State issued disability parking placards and state disability license plates are only valid through the expiration date indicated on the placard or plate. In Illinois, the illegal use of a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities carries a minimum $250 fine.

 

State of Illinois issued meter-exempt parking placards (yellow and gray striped) are issued by the State of Illinois to persons who meet the qualifying criteria. This placard EXEMPTS the authorized holder from payment of parking meter fees and time limitations, except at meters or signs with time limitations of 30 minutes or less. All other State of Illinois and out of state disability parking placards, permanent or temporary, DO NOT exempt authorized holders from payment of parking meter fees or time limitations.

 

Valid out of state permits issued to persons with a disability may park in designated accessible spaces, which have not been assigned. However, out of state accessibility permits are not exempt from parking fees or time limitations.