General Policies

Motor vehicles parked on Howard University property at any time must be registered and also must display a valid hangtag or parking permit for the appropriate parking lot or area. This includes secondary vehicles driven to campus occasionally and temporary vehicles used in lieu of registered vehicles (i.e. rental cars).
Parking Enforcement Hours of Operation are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
VISITOR PARKING. Visitor parking permits can be purchased at the Howard Center parking lot, located at 2204 Georgia Ave N.W. The Howard Center parking lot operates as a Pay-As-You-Go parking facility, Monday thru Friday, 7:00am –5:00pm (excluding holidays).  Both daily and monthly permits are available for purchase. Daily permits are sold at a flat rate of $10 per day (Cash Only). Monthly permits are $160 a month.
To purchase a permit in advance for the Howard Center Lot, visit
ALL PARKING IS BY PERMIT ONLY. Vehicles parked without a valid permit are subject to ticketing, towing (at owners expense), and or immobilization. A permit holder who finds no space available in an assigned area should notify the OPTS which will arrange to temporarily park the vehicle in another lot. Parking patrons with proper authorization (drop off permit) may park for 15 minutes in an unassigned parking area for loading/unloading only with flashers on. This arrangement is void in reserved spaces, fire lanes and handicap spaces. Any vehicle found parked after the 15 minute period will be ticketed. No exception.
Personnel from Parking Enforcement, Campus Police, and Hospital Security enforce University parking regulations. Hangtags are issued by OPTS. Parking privileges at Howard University can only be authorized and granted by OPTS for respective parking spaces under their management. Parking permits, access cards, and other parking paraphernalia issued to users of the University parking system remain the property of Howard University. The University reserves the right to:

o Refuse issuance of a parking permit
o Revoke or recall a permit
o Change parking assignments as deemed necessary
o Restrict the use of any parking space or lot at any time
o Change any or all of its parking regulations at any time
o Close, reserve or restrict parking areas as deemed necessary

Instant Tows/Barnacle

Below are exceptions to the "Two or more Citations" criteria for being towed or receiving a barnacle.

o ADA Spaces
o Fire Lanes
o Reserved Spaces
o Habitual Violators
o No Parking Anytime
o Resident Complaints
o Fraudulent Permit
o Inoperable Vehicles
o Abandoned Vehicles
o No Parking Spaces/Zones
o Loading Docks
o Alleyways
o Sidewalks
o Non-Approved Spaces
CONTRACTOR PERMITS: Contractors who are performing work on the campus may obtain parking arrangements by contacting OPTS. Contractors are encouraged to car pool to the greatest extent possible.
HANDICAPPED PARKING PERMIT: Faculty and staff requiring special handicapped parking accommodations must be validated by Human Resources (EEO) and have a parking assignment through a departmental allocation and a valid university hang tag or permit. Parking in a handicap-designated space requires the vehicle to be licensed with either a license plate or a valid state hang tag depicting the international mobility limitation. Designated handicapped parking spaces will be allotted to the departments by the Office of Parking and Shuttle Operations after individuals have been identified by department Parking Coordinators. Note that these spaces are limited. Reassignments may occur at the discretion of the responsible vice president, dean, director or designee in order to accommodate handicapped patrons.
To the extent possible, OPTS will work with Department Heads to facilitate requests for temporary handicapped accommodations. Students who need handicapped access must register through the Office of the Dean of Special Student Services. Visitors needing a handicapped accessible parking space will be directed by OPTS to a visitor space so designated. All persons who park on University parking lots, regardless of mobility limitations must have a valid permit and pay the appropriate parking fee. There is no free parking on campus parking lots.

Summer Parking Information

Parking at the University is extremely limited, however there is less demand for parking during the summer sessions. Parking permits for summer sessions can be obtained from OPTS for a monthly fee. Parking for students is $75.00 per month. Students must be validated for summer school in order to qualify for summer parking. Parking for faculty/staff is $66 per month for non-reserved and $88 per month for reserved parking. Valid staff ID is required.

Staff/Faculty Parking

Parking at the University is very limited. Employees who are unable to obtain a parking assignment must find alternatives to driving to campus. Staff and faculty parking assignments are made through departmental allocations. Employees who have parking assignments through their respective department or school must pick up the appropriate registration forms from their department parking coordinator. The forms must be filled out and returned to the coordinator. The coordinator, once all forms have been received, will forward them to OPTS for processing. Parking permits and expiration stickers are to be picked up from the department’s parking coordinator. THE DEPARTMENT HEAD, DEAN OR VICE PRESIDENT, MAKES ALL ASSIGNMENTS.
Two forms of payment are accepted for faculty/staff permits:
PAYROLL DEDUCTION: This type of payment is available only to permanent full time staff or full and part-time faculty. Students who are temporary employees cannot use the payroll deduction option for payment of permits. It is the employees' responsibility to verify that the proper deductions for parking are being made from their paycheck, and to report any errors directly to OPTS. The parking hangtag permit remains the property of Howard University. Return the hangtag to OPTS upon separation from the University. Failure to do so does not excuse an employee from payment of the correct fees and back parking charges.
ADVANCE PAYMENT: Individuals not eligible for payroll deductions must pay in advance for a parking permit. Cash, check*, or money order are accepted. Permits must be purchased for a twelve month period.
*Checks must be imprinted with the name, address and phone number of issuing party. Valid University ID must be presented.
Permit holders with outstanding citations are subject to Towing or immobilization via Barnacle.

Student Parking

Student parking registration at the University is determined through a Parking Registration system. The registration is held following the spring semester of each year. The dates of the registration deadlines are announced via our website and university communications. Students must present a valid Howard University student ID card in order to register for the Parking Registration. Students who have parking assignments via the Parking Registration must pick up permits during the fall registration period. Unclaimed parking assignments will be sold via an automated random selection process.
Parking is very limited and students are encouraged to rideshare or use alternatives to driving to campus. Howard Plaza Towers and Bethune Annex residents should apply through the residence manager’s office if they wish to park in the underground parking facilities. Permits must be purchased for a twelve month period. To effectively manage this limited resource, freshmen (First Time In College) students are not eligible for parking privileges on University lots. Freshmen are discouraged from bringing a car to campus as street parking is limited and aggressively enforced by District of Columbia authorities.
Student Account Charges

o Citations (excess of 30 days)
o Citations/Barnacle Fees
o Permit Fee’s

Special Events

Request for special events parking can be submitted online using the Special Events Request Form or in writing to the OPTS Parking Coordinator no later than seven days in advance of event date. All special events parking must be coordinated through OPTS to insure parking lot availability, parking authorization and easy access to event sites.