Effective Sept. 1, 2017
Everyone needs a permit to park at Stanford.
Departments and vendors with specific service and delivery needs can apply for appropriate permits and gate access at the Parking & Transportation Services (P&TS) office located at 340 Bonair Siding. All requests will be reviewed for eligibility based on need.
Department sponsorship is required for long-term permits (30-Days+): non-Stanford entities must submit a Department Sponsorship Form with a Department Permit Application Form to establish affiliation with a university department or on-campus organization.
Service & Delivery Permits
|Duration||"A-Business" ||Service Vehicle|
 All departments and sponsored affiliates purchasing permits for business purposes must purchase ‘A-Business’ permits.
Permits can be purchased by the day, month or academic year. Prices for 10 and 12-month permits are prorated monthly from October and reflected in our pricing chart. All departments, on-campus organizations and sponsored affiliates purchasing permits for business purposes must purchase “A-Business” or Service Vehicle permits.
- Permit ordering, payment, and delivery options are listed on our How to Purchase page.
- The Parking and Circulation / Campus Map shows where each permit type is valid.
This permit allows you to park in "A" and "C" spaces in regular commuter lots (except "Carpool Permit Only" spaces before 10 a.m.). Permit requests will be reviewed for approval by Parking & Transportation Services. See the Parking and Circulation Map for the locations of these areas.
Parking for vendors
Vendor parking is available to businesses that have contracts or agreements with the university to provide services or goods for a specific time period.
Businesses have the following parking options:
- Employee pays for his or her own parking.
- Employee list is required: If employees will be purchasing their own permits, the company is required to provide P&TS with a list of all employee names and the length of their contract before our office will sell a parking permit to the employees.
- Permit type and payment options: The employee has the option to purchase an “A” or “C” permit either through a one-time payment with cash, check, Visa/Mastercard or with recurring monthly deductions from a bank account or credit card.
- Deliveries. If the company is making deliveries and has a commercial license plate, the delivery driver may park in loading and unloading zones for up to 20 minutes, or as marked. Refer to the Loading Zones map.
Service Vehicle Permits
These permits allow you to park in any "A" or "C" space (except "Carpool Permit Only" spaces before 10 a.m.), metered spaces, pay-by-space areas, residential permit spaces, and special "Service Vehicle" spaces adjacent to the Pedestrian Zone. They are NOT valid in spaces marked "Special Area Permit." If approved, you may also be granted access to the Pedestrian Zone (PZ).
There are two types of Service Vehicle permits. All offer the same privileges:
- Departmental Service Vehicle (DSV)
If your department is located within Stanford's parking system, you may buy a DSV permit. The DSV is for individuals to use when they are out doing departmental business in their private cars. The DSV must be used in conjunction with a valid "A," "C" or "Resident" permit in order to be valid. It may not be used to park all day in a service vehicle space instead of a regular commuter space.
- Service Vehicle (SV)
SV permits are designated for off-site departments and vehicles from non-Stanford entities sponsored by a Stanford affiliate.
Where NOT to park
Never park at red curbs, in fire lanes, or on anything that isn't asphalt (this includes dirt, concrete sidewalks, grass, and mulch). Your vehicle may be cited and towed if you park in these areas.
Loading and Unloading
No permit is required to load or unload at any marked loading area, except within the Pedestrian Zone. Do not leave your vehicle unattended for more than 10 minutes (or as marked), or you may be cited.
Government and University Vehicles
- Government vehicles with "E" (exempt) plates, may park in "A," "C," or "Service Vehicle" spaces without a permit. If your government vehicle is not identified as such, call Parking & Transportation Services at (650) 723-9362.
- University or other department-owned vehicles with the University Seal on the side may park in "A," "C," "Service Vehicle," or "University Vehicle" spaces without a permit. University vehicles without the University Seal are entitled to a free Vendor Service Vehicle permit (with vehicle registration provided). All vehicles must observe posted parking time limits as applicable.
The Pedestrian Zone
Stanford University's central Pedestrian Zone (PZ) has been established to create a safer central campus for pedestrians and cyclists, preserve facilities, and minimize the disruption of university activities through the elimination of unnecessary vehicular traffic. All vehicles (including motorized carts) require authorization prior to accessing the PZ and must display the appropriate PZ permit while moving through or parking in the PZ.
Please see the Pedestrian Zone Access Protocol for details about applying for PZ access privileges.
Special Services for Contractors
All parking arrangements for construction, renovation or other University-sponsored projects must be made by the general contractor, in conjunction with the Stanford Project Manager, and adhere to the following Stanford University Land and Buildings policies:
- Contractor Parking for Construction Projects
- Construction Project Temporary Facilities Siting Policy
Prior to the start of the project, the Project Manager and general contractor will need to submit the following materials to the Parking & Transportation Services office (340 Bonair Siding):
- the proposed site logistics and parking plan for the entire work crew (including subcontractors)
- a Contractor Parking Permit Sponsorship application
Contact us at (650) 723-9362 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to make parking arrangements for your project.
To remove a lockable bollard, your Stanford project manager should send a Work Order Request to Maintenance Customer Service at 340 Bonair Siding, mail code 7270. In the request, identify the location of the bollard you need removed, the dates and times for removal and replacement, the reason it must be removed, a University account number to which the work should be charged, and, finally, a contact name and phone number. Please allow five days for the request to be processed. Your request is subject to P&TS approval. If your request is not accepted, you will be contacted to discuss alternatives.
If you need to make special circulation or parking arrangements for your project or unique situation, send an email to email@example.com or call (650) 723-9362.