Employee & Retiree Permits

Permits for employees and retired employees

If you are an IU Bloomington employee or retired employee who plans to park on the IU Bloomington campus, you will need to register your vehicle with Parking Operations and buy a parking permit.

The employee permit is an annual permit valid from July 1 through June 30.

How do I buy a permit?

There are several types of permits available for faculty and staff to purchase depending on your university status. If you are unsure what permit is right for you, you can compare different types of permits.

Permits are available to purchase online, or in person at the Parking Operations office in the Henderson garage.

What are my payment options?

Permits can be paid for by cash, check, credit card, or payroll deduction.

Some categories of employees, such as visiting scholars, employees appointed as students, and non-IU employees, are not eligible for payroll deduction and must pay for a permit in advance with cash, credit card, or check.

How does payroll deduction work?

With payroll deduction, a proportional amount of the permit cost will be deducted from each paycheck. There is no additional fee to participate and no down payment is required.

If you choose payroll deduction, you will automatically be enrolled in the pre-tax commuting expense plan for employees that makes the parking permit fee exempt from federal, state, and local income taxes, as well as FICA tax withholding. (Employees who purchase permits with cash, check, or credit card are not able to participate in this plan.)

If you have a twelve-month appointment, twelve deductions will be made over the course of a year. If you have a ten-month appointment, then ten deductions will be made. If you are a bi-weekly paid employee, 26 deductions will be made.

Deductions begin with the first paycheck of the month in July. The first deduction in a new fiscal year occurs in July and the last in the following June. The amount deducted varies depending on the permit you choose. You are responsible for monitoring your paycheck to ensure the deductions taken are correct.

If a paycheck from which a deduction is scheduled to be taken is not large enough to cover the cost of the permit, then the balance will be taken out of the next paycheck for which a deduction is scheduled (creating a larger deduction amount in that month).

Deductions will continue as long as the permit has not been returned to Parking Operations, or until the permit expires.

How do I renew my permit?

An employee permit renewal notification will be sent to faculty and staff IU email accounts each year when it's time to renew your permit.

Permits may be renewed online, or you can renew in person at the Parking Operations office in the Henderson garage.

If you are an AFSCME employee, in addition to ordering online or in the Parking Operations office, you may obtain a permit renewal form from your HR or Payroll manager to complete and return to Parking by Campus Mail. Parking Operations will no longer be mailing a paper renewal form. 

Your new permit is valid as soon as you receive it. All outstanding parking fines must be paid before a new permit will be issued.

How do I buy a Retired Employee permit?

Permits for retired IU employees may be purchased online through the IU Parking Portal, or in person at the Parking Operations office.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Vehicle description/color

You may purchase a permit with cash, check, or credit card.