That was then...
If you recall a time when permits were not enforced during exam weeks and breaks between class sessions, or if you have a move-out brochure or notice that claims a period of no enforcement, that is out-of-date information. "Relaxed enforcement" is no longer as relaxed as it used to be.
...This is now
- Permits are required whenever the University is open. That means even during exams and when classes are not in session.
- Meters and Visitor decks and lots require payment of visitor fees
Enforcement from April 29, 2015 through May 17, 2015:
Any unexpired semester or year-long permit is valid and will provide appropriate gate access
- Two-Day permits are valid on all days
- Night permits are valid during the day and night
- Any valid permit may park in any non-reserved student space and gate access will be adjusted accordingly
- Commuter permits may park in Resident and Greek Village spaces
- Resident permits may park in Commuter and Greek Village spaces
- Greek Village permits may park in Commuter and Resident spaces
- Faculty/Staff permits may park in any student space including Lot 16
- Lot 6A and Lot 27 permits may park in any student space
Those without permits are required to park in Visitor parking or at meters and pay the standard hourly fee or buy a temporary permit.
- Temporary permits are available at the PaTS Office for $6 per day.
- Temporary (daily) permits are valid ONLY for the days purchased and not valid in gated areas
Why did the policy change last year?
It used to be that permits were not required to park on campus during exam weeks because there wasn't enough Visitor parking to accommodate students who had no permit but wished to park on campus to take their tests. This is no longer the case. There is plenty of short-term Visitor parking available in:
- East Deck 1
- Cone Deck
- Student Union Deck
- CRI Deck
- Level 1 of South Village Deck
- Lots 4 and 30 (and for disability parking, Lot 28).
As Visitor parking options increased, so did the number of complaints during exam weeks from permit-holding students and staff. To them, relaxed parking periods meant unfair disruption and space competition with those who had never bought a permit. The time had come for an unfluctuating enforcement policy.
Establishing an enforcement policy that's consistent throughout the year is not a move designed to write more citations and collect more fines. In fact, PaTS and the University do not financially benefit from citation fines. State statutes govern our parking fines (GS 115C-457.1-3, page 305) and the law requires that, minus the cost of collection, fines be remitted to the State. The cost of collection is capped at 20% and costs University more than the amount we’re permitted to keep.
Reminder about loading and unloading
For short term parking by a building to carry something in or out, call the PaTS Call Center at 704-687-0161. Give your vehicle information and location. You'll be given some direction and 15 minutes to park.
PaTS' Call Center line has someone available to help you 24/5 (weekdays from 5:00 AM continuously through 10:00 PM Friday). When in doubt, ASK, please!
Summer parking permits will be available for online purchase May 1 and may be picked-up from the PaTS Office May 11.
- If you bought a full-time permit in the fall or spring (Commuter, Resident, Greek Village, Faculty/Staff) your permit is good throughout summer (expiration is August 14).
- Summer permits cost $110 per session (Summer 1 or 2) or $185 for both sessions.
Don't buy someone else's permit
This time of year offers pop up on Twitter and Craigslist that seek to sell unexpired full-time permits to summer students. Please, don't fall for that! Permits are registered to a specific person and vehicle. Buying and then using a permit registered to someone else may subject you to fines and other penalties. UNC Charlotte parking permits may only be bought through PaTS.
- Call the PaTS Call Center, 704-687-0161
- or email email@example.com
- We're also on Twitter, @unccparking.