Frequently Asked Questions

I have a valid permit but do not know where to park?

If you possess a valid permit but are not sure where to park on campus or which lots you have access to, please use this helpful Permit Access Guide.  You can also visit the Interactive Campus Map that will provide you the exact location of all parking lots and zones across campus.   

How can I register for a permit?

  1. Access your Parking Portal (
  2. Select “Get Permits”
  3. Click “Affiliated Login”
  4. Enter your myLSU username and password to complete the login process
  5. The “Purchase a Permit” screen should appear. Click “Next”
  6. Review the permits available based on your LSU classification. Make a permit selection, and select all checkboxes. Click “Next” to proceed.
  7. Enter your vehicle information by clicking “Add New Vehicle” or select all vehicles that apply. 
  8. Select a delivery address. If your delivery address is not correct, please click “Add New Address” and be sure to select the mailing
    type as “Home” (otherwise this address will not update). USPS non-university addresses only (NO PO Box). Please allow for 10-14 days
    for delivery.
  9. Enter or select a valid email address
  10. Review your order and “Pay Now”. (All charges are added to your LSU Billing Address).
  11. Print temporary permit and visibly display permit on the drivers/passenger side in the windshield/dashboard of your vehicle.

What Information do I need to register for a permit? 

  • Your myLSU login ID and password
  • A valid USPS address (non-University address)
  • Your vehicle information (make, model, color, state, license plate number and state)

Where can I find information regarding parking in the Union Square Garage?

The Union Square Garage (opened Spring 2013) is located on E. Campus Drive and is open to visitors, students, and faculty/staff.

How much would it cost to build a garage?

The cost of a simple garage can run $15,000-$18,000 per space, compared to an asphalt lot that costs about $1,500 a space.

I only come to campus at night. Do I need to register for a permit?

Yes.  Night students are required to register for a permit just as day students.

I take classes off-campus.  Why do I have to buy a permit if I come on campus only once or twice?

All students that park their vehicle on campus are required to purchase a permit and register their vehicle.  

I work late and can’t come to pick up my permit.  What can I do?

Contact Parking & Transportation Services.  There are several things we can do.  One option is to leave your permit with our dispatcher (towing window) for pickup after hours.  Another is to register online early and the permit will be mailed to you (see #8).

Can students park in metered spots?

Yes, but if the meter is not paid, students are subject to a violation of overtime parking. At that time, if a permit isn’t displayed, an unregistered violation may be issued as well.

Why do you give tickets at night when there is not a parking problem?

The guidelines for parking are in effect at all times, except zone restrictions.  Violating regulations regarding fire lanes, handicapped spaces, no parking areas (marked by yellow stripes or curbs), and reserved spaces will inconvenience or impact the safety of others and cannot be allowed.  Ticketing and towing are methods of discouraging illegal parking.

What do I do if I find a permit that is not mine?

Use of a lost or stolen permit has serious consequences.  Don’t use it or even hang it.  Mail or bring to the Parking & Transportation Services office located in the Audubon Safety Building (located on S. Stadium Dr. between the LSU PD and Military Science buildings) immediately.

Where can I park on holidays?

There are two types of holidays:

Student Holidays

  • Employees work and there are no classes (Fall Holiday, Spring Break, etc.).  On these days a student with a valid permit can park in any student zone but may not park in staff/faculty zones. 

Campus Wide Holidays

  • The University is closed.  A valid permit can park in any legal spot on campus during these days.

What do I do if I need to park close to drop off my class project?

Permission can be given for short periods of time to allow students into faculty/staff areas to drop off or pick up large items. But you need to get a loading permit in advance from either the Visitor Center, one of the Parking Booths, or the Parking & Transportation Services building on S. Stadium Dr.  Don’t take the chance thinking you’ll only be a few minutes.  The couple of minutes spent getting the permit are better than the ticket or tow that you may receive.

Are there enough spaces?

There are enough spaces on campus for the amount of students, staff, faculty and visitors we have daily at LSU. The problem is that we are so large that we cannot get them as close as everyone wants them to be.

Where are the spaces?

We have over 23,500 parking spaces.  If you are coming for a late morning class, don’t waste time looking for a space in a close lot. You can drive 10–15 minutes around the close lots without success.  Go to an outlying lot and use the bus system or walk.  The 2–3 extra minutes it takes to walk from there instead of a closer lot will save you time, gas, and frustration.

How long does it take to walk across campus?

Most commuter lots on campus are located within a half mile of the center of campus and are a quick 12-15 minute walk to the center of campus and the quad.  There are a few perimeter lots including the Tiger Park East Lot, North Fraternity Lot, East Tiger Blvd Lot, and the West Parker X175 Lot that are an estimated 17-20 minute walk to the center of campus and the quad. 

Are there buses to get us into campus?

Tiger Trails, LSU’s mass transit system, provides a safe, convenient, and free bus service for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, both on- and off-campus.  Tiger Trails operates on Fixed-Rider Routes to better serve daily-use passengers with quick and efficient schedules.  The routes run consistently on a schedule and stop only at established, pre-determined stops.  These routes will follow regular schedules Monday-Friday on weekends, with abbreviated or suspended service between semesters, on holidays, and during the summer.  Visit the Tiger Trails Transit Service page for more information.

I have a commuter tag but like to work out at the Student Recreation Center at lunch.  What can I do?

There are several lots on campus which are considered open to all zones.  This means that they are open to any valid permit at all times. There are three of these lots at the Student Recreation Center, and several others around campus as well.  Check the parking map for their location.

I received a ticket I don’t think I deserve.  Why can’t I just ignore it?  

If you receive a ticket, you should never ignore it. A violation should be paid or appealed within 7 days of receipt.  While it is fresh in your memory, present all of the facts in your appeal. Simply saying you did not do anything wrong or that the officer made a mistake is not sufficient. You should give the Hearing’s Officer as much information as possible on which to base a decision.

I’m a new employee.  How do I get my permit?

  • If your start date is your orientation date, you should choose to receive your permit at orientation.
  • If your start date is prior to your orientation date, you should visit the Public Safety Building for your permit.

Can my student permit be paid through the LSU Foundation or another department?

No, student permits can only be paid through an external payment plan to the student’s Bursar account.  It’s important for the student to acknowledge all of the terms in the permit purchase process, so this is the reason any affiliate should use FlexPort only for the permit purchase.  

Can a citation be paid through the LSU Foundation or another department?

No, citations must be paid through the student’s Bursar’s account, FlexPort (credit card), or in office (cash, check, money order, or credit card). Students or customers are welcome to work with the LSU Foundation or the department wishing to pay for the charges, but LSU Parking will only accept payment and provide documentation to our customers on their account. 

Additional Questions/Concerns? Don't see your question/concern answered here?  

  • Call the LSU Parking & Transportation Office at 225-578-5000 or email