Carnegie Mellon University

Open Enrollment FAQs

Yes. Email authorization to the person who will be responsible to pick up the hang tag, and they can present the email to the P&TS staff as proof of consent.

Only one hang tag is issued per permit.

You can keep your vehicle information current by notifying

The email was sent to all campus ANDREW ID email users.  Please disregard if you did not apply.

Please keep your separate proxy cards for the following locations if you have elected to remain in your current parking location:  Fifth & Craig (RAND Building garage), Bakery Square, Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC), Morewood, Second Avenue (PTC), South of Forbes (Carnegie Museum), and the Tepper Garage.  If you misplace your proxy card or it becomes damaged, please visit our office in the East Campus Garage for a replacement card.  The replacement fee is $20.00.

Please visit our permit section of our website for further information.  You can always submit a parking application throughout the year by downloading the application and sending a scanned copy to our email.  (ANDREW ID REQUIRED)

Students can also apply for parking by submitting the same application at any time throughout the year.

Permit FAQs

Faculty and staff should contact HR's Equal Opportunity Services Division.  Students wanting to obtain a handicap parking space should contact  Catherine Getchell, Director of Disability Resources.

P&TS will receive the necessary paperwork from the appropriate sources, and once you are granted a handicap space, you should display both the state-issued placard as well as the CMU-issued disabled hang tag.

If you wish to retain your parking while on a leave of absence, you must pay the monthly fee associated with the permit.  You have the ability to cancel at any time; however, parking in your current area may not be available upon your return.

If you are retaining your parking permit but wish to pay directly for your permit and cancel your payroll deduction, payment for the remainder of the year can be made at one time via cash, check, or credit card.

If you are canceling your parking permit, you will need to surrender your active hang tag and parking cards for the payroll deduction to be removed.  Please contact our office with any other questions regarding your payroll deduction.

You can decide at any time to cancel your parking permit.  To cancel, please visit our office located on the first floor of the East Campus Garage Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM or send an email to our office. You will be removed from both the parking and payroll database once we are in receipt of your gate card and hang tag. 

If you've paid for your permit for the entire year, you will be refunded for the remaining months. All cancelled permits must be accommodated with proof of purchase in order to have your refund processed. Refunds are prorated at one-half a month for permits returned before the 15th of the month, and a full-month charge for any time after the 15th of the month.  If your permit is returned on the 1st day of the month, you will not be charged for that month.

The waiting list is reviewed on a consistent basis and spaces are allocated as space becomes available.  You will be contacted via the email you provided on your application.  The waiting lists progress when folks cancel their parking or leave the University.  There is no guarantee of receiving parking at CMU.

If you have forgotten your permit hang tag, please stop in our East Campus Garage office for a temporary tag to avoid receiving a parking citation.  The temporary tag is a one-time charge of $3.  If you are driving a rental vehicle for more than one day, you can obtain the temporary hang tag for a $3 charge for the duration of your rental car use. 

All permit holders will receive a "one-time forgiveness" during each permit year for forgetting to display/ forgot a hang tag for one day only.  You would simply appeal the citation if you have forgotten your hang tag or did not have it displayed and received a citation; request the one-time forgiveness for the current academic year.

Yes.  P&TS policy (PDF) states that a parking permit hang tag must be displayed while parked on campus at all times.  To replace a lost or damaged hang tag, stop in our East Campus Garage office to receive a replacement for a one-time fee of $20.

Other FAQs

If you board the bus or train (T), and your CMU ID does not register as a valid CMU ID card holder, you must pay to ride ($2.75) that day or exit the bus. 

You will need to visit the HUB for a replacement CMU ID.

Yes.  As an off-campus permit holder, you are able to park in the East Campus garage.  This includes when the garage is open to lease holders only, as you are considered a current "lease holder."  If the garage is open to lease holders only, simply enter the garage, and press the "help" button.  State that you have a permit at Dithridge Street Garage (for example), and the gate will be raised for you to enter.  Stop in the East Campus Garage office to pick up your validated parking ticket for the day. 

Off-Campus parking is available in the East Campus and the Dithridge Street garages. If you have a permit for any area listed below, you are eligible to receive validated parking as follows: At the East Campus Garage – 4700 Fifth Avenue, 6555 Penn Ave, Bakery Square, Dithridge Street Garage, Fairfax Lot, Fifth & Craig (RAND), Fifth & Neville, Henry St., Second Ave (PTC), Whitfield, Zebina Way lot, and all Downtown locations.   At the Dithridge Street Garage – East Campus Garage, 6555 Penn Ave, PTC, Bakery Square and all Downtown Locations. An off-campus employee who does not have a current parking permit will pay for parking at the prevailing rate.
There are a number of locations to charge your electric vehicle while on campus. The CIC, Dithridge, and East Campus Garage all have charging stations. The CIC has 5 spaces in the ungated portion, and the Dithridge and East Campus garages each have two. For more information visit our Parking Information tab.

A subcompact car is the American classification for small cars which is broadly equivalent to the B-segment (Europe) or supermini (Great Britain) classifications.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) car size class definition, the subcompact category sits between mini-compact and compact categories.

  • Any high clearance vehicles (VEHICLES EXCEEDING A HEIGHT OF 5'2") , regardless of length, are not subcompact cars
  • If your vehicle is classified as a compact car - it is NOT a subcompact car
  • Subcompact SUVs MUST be below 5'2" in height, regardless of length to be considered a subcompact vehicle

Makes and models of classified subcompact cars include Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Rio, Ford Fiesta, Mini Cooper, Mazda 2, and Toyota Yaris.  Makes and models of subcompact SUVs and crossover SUVs lower than 5'2" in height include Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona SE, and the Mini Cooper Countryman.

You can pay a citation directly in our office, M-F, 8 AM-4:30 PM; online; or by check/money order by mail to the address on the ticket envelope.

All citations can be appealed, with the exception of handicap parking violations and safety/hazard lane violations.  Please visit our Citation page on our website for more information.

Departments may submit a parking request to the Parking & Transportation Services office for groups conducting special events on campus by completing the Event Parking Request Form (pdf).  This form must be completed for events that are expecting 25 or more attendees.  When requesting visitor’s parking reservations for events with over 40 vehicles, P&TS requires the event sponsor to hire Jay Becker Parking Services, who will provide parking assistance at the expense of the event sponsor. The P&TS office must receive requests, in writing, 30 days prior to the scheduled event date(s).

More information is available for visitors.

Departments may purchase validation tickets from Parking & Transportation Services for their guests.  Upon notification, departments should pick up and sign for requested validation tickets in the Parking & Transportation Services office in the East Campus Garage.  

You can bookmark our validation ticket page for further reference.  All questions regarding validation tickets can be sent to our parking office.