Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs


Parking permits are not a substitute for specific spaces signed for AMP Park or for any other reserved space without the appropriate permit.  Permits are also not a substitute for the AMP Park areas on High Avenue and Osceola Street.

  • Parking regulations are enforced year-round, even when classes are not in session.
  • If your vehicle is unattended, it is parked.
  • Using your vehicle’s hazard lights does not excuse illegal parking.

Do you ticket during school breaks, summers and interim?

YES. The Parking Services office enforces all parking rules and regulations year-round, even when classes are not in session.

I just received a parking ticket that I feel was unjustly given. What should I do?

You have the option to appeal the ticket. An appeal is due in the Parking Services office with 72 hours after the ticket was written (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). The appeal may be submitted via our website or in writing on a plain sheet of paper. Please remember to include your name, address, ticket (citation) number, license plate number, student ID# (if applicable) and explanation. Appeals written on paper may be mailed, faxed to (920) 424-0906, or brought to our office. There is NO guarantee the appeal will be granted.

I have a guest speaker or perspective employee coming to campus. How can I ensure that they are not ticketed?

If it is the first time a guest is parking in a lot designated for visitor permits, that person does not need to purchase a permit. Since we now use License Plate Recognition (LPR), the vehicle will receive one freebie (first warning that only appears in our system) as a $0 warning ticket.  We encourage the department to purchase a permit after the first warning the guest receives. If your department does not have an account and you would like to have one set up, please email your request to us at

If I put my flashers on, will I still get a ticket?

YES. If your vehicle is parked in violation of parking rules with or without flashers, the vehicle will be ticketed.

What forms of payment do you accept?

The Parking Services office accepts cash, check, credit or debit cards (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).  In addition, if you are a UW Oshkosh student, payment can be billed to your student account.  Also, ticket payments can be made online.

Employees of the University (not students or graduate assistants) can also have the cost of parking permits deducted from their payroll checks. This is only an option for long-term permits purchased near the beginning of the academic semester.

I have tickets that I can’t afford to pay at this time. Does the Parking Services office take charge cards?

YES. The Parking Services office accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. If you are a current student, you may also add charges to your student account at your request.

What kinds of parking permits are offered?

For the types of permits we offer, please see the Permits section of our website.  For current pricing, log into our parking portal.

When does my parking permit expire?

You may log into our parking portal to view your active permit(s).  An expiration date will be listed with each permit.  If you have questions about your permit, please email us at or call our office at (920) 424-4455.

I have a disabled hang tag or license plate from the State of Wisconsin. Where am I allowed to park on campus?

As long as you have a valid UW Oshkosh parking permit AND display your disabled hang tag or license plate, you may park in ANY disabled space in any of the lots on campus during the times of valid parking.  If you are living in a resident hall and have handicapped credentials and a University permit, overnight parking is valid in the handicapped spaces in the resident lots and those spaces on the first level of the parking ramp.

How are parking rates determined?

Parking rates are determined by the costs of facilities, maintenance, administration, security and enforcement. These costs are then passed on as user fees to those who use the parking facilities.

What should I do if I am selling/trading in my vehicle and getting a new one?

Please log into our parking portal to make changes to your vehicles listed directly under your permit.  If you have any issues in making the changes, please email the Parking Services office at or call us at (920)424-4455.

How do I arrange for group parking for an event at UW Oshkosh?

For event parking information, please email us at with specifics about your event, such as name and location of event, date(s), arrival and departure times and approximate number of attendees. An email response will be sent to notify you of any parking accommodations.

When is the Parking Services office open?

Our Oshkosh office hours are Monday and Thursday 9am – 1pm and Tuesday and Wednesday 11am – 4pm. The office is closed on holidays observed by the University. However, rules and regulations are enforced 24 hours per day all year long, regardless of whether or not classes are in session.  Our virtual office for payment of tickets and permits or to make vehicle changes is always open.

What should I do if the parking lot I normally park in is full?

We encourage everyone to allow some time before their class/work/activity to find a valid parking spot. If the lot you normally park in is full, please continue to look through the other lots where your permit is valid. There is almost always a spot open; however, it may not be in the closest, most convenient lot for you. You may have to walk a small distance.

Where does the money go from permit fees and parking tickets?

The Parking Services office is a self-supporting enterprise. All revenues collected through permit sales, visitor fees and parking tickets stay in the department to help defray the cost of maintenance projects, snow removal, building of new parking facilities, salaries of staff and to make payments on the bonds associated with previously-built parking structures.

I have a parking permit but I am leaving the University. Can I transfer the permit to another person?

NO. Permits are associated with specific license plate numbers, and if the permit does not match the license plate, ticket(s) may be issued. In addition, due to the demand for parking permits for residence hall students, it is the best and fairest policy for our office to offer unneeded permits to individuals on a waiting list.

If you are leaving prior to the end of the academic year, please email our office at to cancel your permit.  If a prorated refund is available at that time, it will be issued to you. 

If I am leaving the University after first semester and I bought a year-long permit, can I get a refund?

Please email our office at to cancel your permit.  A prorated refund will be issued to you.  If you are an employee and the permit was set up for payroll deduction, we will notify HR with details to finalized deductions.

I have a night class or a job off campus and don’t want to walk to my car alone at night. What can I do?

On the Oshkosh campus, contact the University Police at (920) 424-1212 or through the UWO mobile app and request a Safewalk with Community Service Officers. They are available to escort you during later evening and early morning hours. For more information on Safewalk, please visit the University Police website.

I will be using the Halsey computer lab after midnight. Where can I park?

Commuter students who have a valid parking permit and are working in the Halsey computer lab between midnight and 6 a.m. may park in Lot 17 (located on Scott Ave.) by emailing Parking Services at or calling (920) 424-4455 and providing name, vehicle license plate number, make and color.

Students without a valid parking permit may also park in Lot 17 to use the Halsey computer lab between midnight and 6 a.m., but they must use the app AMP Park to purchase the needed time.  The app is available for free download on Apple or Google.  Then email Parking Services at or call (920) 424-4455 and provide name, vehicle license plate number, make and color.

Are there any Resident Parking Permits left for the current academic year?

Please see the Permits section of our website to see how permits are issued or contact the Parking Services office at or (920) 424-4455 to find out if we still have permits available.

How is it decided who receives reserved or Regular Resident permits and who will receive other permits?

In last early July, all students who are signed up with Residence Life for the next academic year will be sent information via their UW Oshkosh email address about applying for a resident parking permit. Each student who would like a permit is required to complete the online application form.  To be included in the permit lottery, the application must be received in Parking Services by July 31.

The applications that are received in our office by the deadline date are sorted by class standing based on number of credits the student has earned. Graduate students and seniors will receive permits first, then juniors, etc.  Upperclassmen (junior status or higher) will be awarded prime resident parking.  Permits for reserved permits are issued first, followed by Regular Resident and Lot 37 permits, and finally remote lot permits. The first class that does not have enough permits available to cover every applicant will be placed into the lottery.  Any students for which permits are not available are added to a waiting list.

Is it true I can park on campus during the weekends for free without a permit and not receive a parking ticket?

YES and NO. During most weekends as long as your vehicle is parked in a legal, non-reserved space, you may park in non-reserved University lots between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  (Do not park in Lots 4, 4a, and 23.)  However, overnight permits are required for hours outside of these free hours.

On rare occasions, we may need to deviate from the general weekend rules. If that is the case, the campus community will be notified of the change.

I have a guest coming to visit me on campus. Where can my guest park?

Visitors may purchase a visitor parking permit for $5/day through the parking portal. In accordance with Residence Life policy, a visitor staying as a guest in a residence hall may only purchase parking for two consecutive nights. The overnight parking with visitor permits will only be valid on the first level of the High Avenue Parking Ramp in any non-reserved space.

Hours and Location

Parking Services
738 High Avenue
Oshkosh, WI

Monday and Thursday
9am - 1pm

Tuesday and Wednesday
11am - 4pm


Contact Information
(920) 424-4455
(920) 424-0906

Parking Regulations

Parking on campus is by permit only.

Parking regulations are enforced year-round, even when classes are not in session.

Visitor Parking Options