Parking permits at IU Bloomington
If you plan to park on the IU Bloomington campus, you must register your vehicle, motorcycle, or bike and display a valid parking permit. Permit eligibility requirements and fees vary, depending on your IU affiliation.
Sharing parking permits is not allowed. If you give, lend, or sell your permit to someone, they are not authorized to use it and you may receive a ticket and/or be towed.
Compare different permit options
Visit the Permit Options page to see what permits are available for you to purchase. Your options are based on your affiliation with IU.
If you return your permit to Parking Operations, you may be issued a refund. Refunds are calculated based on the date you return your permit.
No refund will be issued if your permit is not returned. Parking Operations will not provide a refund if your permit is revoked for fraudulent use.
- September 30 is the final refund date for Fall semester.
- January 31 is the final refund date for Spring semester.
- May 30 is the final refund date for Summer semester.
After the 5th calendar day of the month, a refund for the current month will not be provided.
How to display a permit
You'll need to follow a few simple guidelines for displaying your permit in order to avoid citations and/or towing.
Displaying permits on automobiles
Permits may only be displayed on vehicles registered with Parking Operations. Your permit must be clearly displayed at all times while you are parked on campus.
Hang tag permits
Hang tag permits should hang from the rearview mirror, with the letter and/or graphics showing through the front windshield and below the tinted portion of the windshield.
A clear, plastic pocket is available free of charge for displaying your permit. The pocket may be placed anywhere on the driver's side of the windshield where it is visible and does not block the driver's vision.
Sticker permits—including temporary permits—should be placed in the center of your front windshield, behind your rearview mirror. The permit must be below the tinted portion of your windshield and out of your line of sight.
Remove the backing and attach the permit to your windshield (do not use tape).
Display the Service permit by hanging it over the interior rearview mirror so the permit faces out and can be read through the windshield. Vehicles must also display either an EM-P, EM-S, CH, or ST permit.
Tips on what to avoid when displaying your permit
Want to avoid citations and/or towing for displaying your permit incorrectly?
- Tape a permit to your windshield
- Leave a permit on the seat or dashboard
- Use tape, magnets, string, or other materials to attach the permit
- Hide a permit behind other hang tags on your rearview mirror
Displaying permits on motorcycles
Place the motorcycle permit on the front fork or fender of your motorcycle. You must affix the permit so the serial number of the permit is plainly visible and running in a vertical direction.
You may also contact Parking Operations for a plastic holder that will allow you to use your car hang tag on your motorcycle.
What to do if your permit is lost or stolen
If you lose your parking permit or it is stolen, you will need to visit the Parking Operations office to complete a form for a replacement permit.
By signing the form, you assume responsibility for the old permit and guarantee that it will not be used by anyone parking on the Bloomington campus. The replacement fee for a lost or stolen permit is $25.00.
Your permit number will then be placed on a lost/stolen permit list. If the lost/stolen permit is found displayed on a vehicle on campus, Parking Enforcement will issue an unauthorized permit citation and may tow the vehicle.
Note for vendors and contractors: Vendor and Construction permits must be replaced at full price if lost or stolen. Contact Parking Operations for the current rate.
What if I find a lost or stolen permit?
If you find a lost or stolen permit, please return it to Parking Operations immediately. If you display a lost or stolen permit on your vehicle, you will receive a citation and your vehicle could be impounded.