The Occasional Parking Program (OPP) offers a limited amount of parking to eligible Danforth commuters who only occasionally park on campus.
Eligible individuals include Danforth faculty, staff, graduate students and Basic Services Contractors (BSCs) who don’t have another parking permit besides a motorcycle permit and only occasionally park on campus.
Ineligible individuals include undergraduate students, Medical Campus employees and students, and anyone with another permit besides a motorcycle permit.
OPP permit restrictions & one-month trial
- If your permit is lost/stolen, you may NOT get a replacement, buy additional time or be refunded for your lost time.
- You have one month from the day you pick up the permit to try the program and can return the permit if it’s not a good fit within that one month. At that time, you will be refunded the remaining balance and can select a different permit, subject to availability.After one month, regardless of how much time is used, you may not get a refund and may only return the permit to buy a ParkSmart permit for West Campus or pay the visitor parking rates for the remainder of the permit year that ends July 31, 2019.
- The permit and any unused funds expire on July 31, 2019; the remaining balance may not be refunded or rolled over to the next permit year.
About the permit
OPP permits are RFID hangtags with a virtual wallet that comes preloaded with a set amount of money based on the level you select from the chart below and are valid in the one parking zone you select. Specifically where you park depends on your zone, and the “Using an Occasional Parking Program Permit” section explains this in more detail.
The permit’s parking is based on hours, not days, and is deducted based on the second chart below. The “full day equivalent” column is to help those who will be on campus more than 6 hours at a time understand how many days they can park with each level.
|Level||Hours of Parking||Full Day
(6+ hours) Equiva- lent
|Cost||Eligible||Available for purchase or upgrade||Payment Options|
|1||80||8||$36||Part-time & Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||Dates available to buy:
August 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019
No Payroll Deduction or Student Billing
|2||240||24||$108||Part-time & Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||Dates available to buy or upgrade:
August 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019 (full-time) August 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2109 (part-time)
No Payroll Deduction
|3||360||36||$162||Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||Dates available to buy or upgrade:
August 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2019
Wash U Payroll Deduction (two (2) payments)
|4||480||48||$216||Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||Dates available to buy or upgrade:
August 1, 2018 – Oct. 31, 2018
Wash U Payroll Deduction (three (3) payments)
The appropriate monetary amount will be deducted from your permit’s virtual wallet based on the chart below, not in one-hour intervals, for the time you park between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Any time outside of those hours won’t be deducted.
|Hours Parked||Dollar Amount Deducted||Hour Equivalent Deducted|
|0-2||$ .90||2 hours|
For instance, your permit’s virtual wallet will be deducted $.90 (2 hours) if you park for 45 minutes, $1.80 (4 hours) if you park for 2 hours and 1 minute, $2.70 (6 hours) if you park for 4 hours and 1 minute and $4.50 (10 hours) if you park for 6 hours and 1 minute.
Buying more time (based on eligibility)
- Full-time faculty, staff and students may not exceed 480 hours/Level 4 per permit year (Aug 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019), and part-time may not exceed 240 hours/Level 2.
- You can upgrade to a higher level once based on the first chart above for a $15 upgrade fee and the difference in cost between the levels.
- The additional hours will be the difference between the hours in your current level and the hours in the higher level you’re upgrading to.
- You may only upgrade to a level during its “available for purchase or upgrade” dates listed in the chart.
- You may not buy another of the same level or a lower level.
- For instance:
A full-time person with Level 2 can upgrade to Level 3 for $69 ($15 upgrade fee + $54 difference in cost between the two levels), but must upgrade before January 31, 2019 due to the dates the level is available. That upgrade would give them an additional 120 hours (360 hours in level 3 that they’re upgrading to minus the 240 hours in their current Level 2).
- To upgrade, you must contact the office at least a week in advance since your permit’s RFID tag needs to be programed specifically for you, your zone and your amount of parking ahead of time; we cannot process upgrades on the spot at the office.
Using Your Occasional Parking Permits
How you park depends on if you park in a garage with parking equipment (Zone 2, Zone 3, and West Campus) or an area with Passport visitor spaces (North Campus and Zone 4).
Zone 2 (Danforth Underground Garage), Zone 3 (Millbrook Garage and Snow Way Garage) and Zone 5-W (West Campus Garage)
These OPP permits are only valid in your zone’s garage(s) in yellow spaces (i.e., non-visitor, non-red, non-reserved spaces), not in surface lots. OPP permits are embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and programmed with your specific parking zone and amount of parking based on the level you select.
Your permit’s RFID tag will automatically activate the garage equipment in your zone to open. As you exit the garage, your permit’s virtual wallet will automatically be deducted the appropriate monetary based on the deduction chart above and your remaining balance will display on the exit machine’s digital screen.
Zone 4 (Wallace Garage on the South 40) and North Campus
Zone 4 OPP permits are only valid on the roof of the Wallace Garage in the Passport visitor spaces, and North Campus OPP permits are only valid in the Passport visitor spaces at North Campus.
Passport parking allows visitors to pay for parking with an app or on the Passport website.
Misuse of the Program
Providing false information to obtain a permit may result in a fine, revocation of parking privileges and/or vehicle towing. All permits are non-transferrable; the permit is considered fraudulent if it’s used by anyone other than the person it was issued to, which will result in a fine up to $1,000 and towing of the vehicle. OPP members cannot purchase any annual parking permit besides a motorcycle permit while enrolled in the program.
Failure to comply with the program guidelines will result in immediate membership termination and prevention from enrolling in future programs through the Office of Parking & Transportation Services as well as may result in fines and/or vehicle towing.
Is an OPP permit your best option?
- An evening permit may be a better option if you arrive at campus between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm, but you may not have both an Evening permit and OPP permit. Student Yellow Evening permits are valid in Yellow spaces in Zone 2 and Zone 3 after 3:30 pm and cost $39 for the entire permit year. Faculty/Staff Evening Red permits are valid in all zones after 3:30 pm and cost $185 for the entire permit year.
- Parking in Yellow and Visitor spaces only requires a permit between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Outside of those hours, you may park in a Visitor or Yellow space in any zone for free without a permit.
- Depending on how often you need to come to campus, it may be better to pay the hourly visitor rate in a garage. You’re not charged for time outside of the enforcement hours mentioned above.
- Yellow permits provide unlimited parking in both surface lots and garages in your zone and are prorated monthly. If you only need a full-time permit for a limited time, you may return it when you no longer need it for a refund or payroll stop. Students must return the permit to the Parking & Transportation office before spring break to receive a refund.