What’s changing with Parking and Transportation Services this fall

Parking permits go on sale on July 1 with changes to fees and fines

The University of South Carolina’s Parking and Transportation Services department will begin selling parking permits on July 1 with increased pricing, fees and a few other changes to how you park on campus.

Faculty and staff who have garage or reserved parking permits have until June 30 to opt out of their current space/permit before they are auto-renewed for 2024-25.

Increased permit fees, fines: The most-noticed change will be the price of permits and increased fines. This is the first time USC has raised parking fees since 2016-17. The new fees are:

  • $13.25 per month for a Z-level surface permit (from $12).
  • $25 per month for a seniority surface permit (from $20). 
  • $73.33 per month for a garage permit (from $65). 
  • $118.33 a month for a reserved permit.

Fines also increased significantly to create a fair and equitable system for permit holders to park in their selected area. There are also more compliance staff on campus making sure people are parking correctly.

Any car without a permit or parked in the wrong zone will be subject to a citation. Parking and Transportation Services strongly suggests properly displaying permits and parking only in your assigned area.

New permit style, ADA changes: The biggest physical difference the campus community will notice is the permit itself, which will change from a rear window cling to a hang tag.

Permits will need to be displayed through the front windshield, either from your rearview mirror or on your dash.

Credentials to park in ADA (handicap) spaces are also changing. Instead of a unique USC decal, those needing ADA parking must register their state-issued ADA placard with Parking and Transportation Services either online or in person at 1501 Pendleton St.

ParkUSC app: ParkUSC (Apple, Google Play) will expand its coverage to all surface lots this fall. The crowdsourcing app helps campus community members identify available parking spaces in campus lots, find their car in a lot and navigate around campus.