Faculty/Staff Contract Parking

This option is available to University faculty and staff who work a minimum of 75% time. (Contract parking for University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview staff is handled through the hospital parking department. Call 612-273-6674 for further information.)

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Monthly Parking Contract Features
  • Guaranteed, unlimited, 24/7 access to an assigned (home) facility with unlimited in/out privileges
    • At most locations;contract holders without 24/7 access in their assigned facility are provided with evening and weekend access at a nearby location).
    • For a few locations, large events at TCF Bank Stadium may require re-location of some parking contracts.
  • Easy convenient paymentUniversity employee contract parking is payroll-deducted, pre-tax.  Contract Payment Schedule
  • Reciprocal parking privileges (ability to park at other locations on a space available basis).
    • In a specific location on East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul before 4:30 p.m. and most other facilities after 4:30 p.m.
    • Reciprocal space is not guaranteed.
    • When event rates are in effect, space availability is at the discretion of the parking attendant on duty. View reciprocal parking locations.
  • Standard Contract Terms and Conditions
  • Parking Contract Credential User Guide

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Lots – $74.00 per month; Ramps – $104.75 per month; Garages – $137.00 per month.

Break-even point on contract parking is about 2 days per week/11 days per month

Facility Type

Contract Rates 

Pre-Tax Payroll Deduction with Effective Tax Rate of 25%

Daily Cost
(Full Month
21 uses)

Daily Cost
(Half Month
11 uses)

Current Daily Lot Rate



















In Comparison to Daily Parking
  • Pay-per use
  • Fee covers a single day. Rates based on daily facility maximum. Most likely to be paid rates are:  
    • Daily Lot rate - $6/day 
    • Structure rate - $13-15/day 
  • No in/out privileges (if you leave, you must pay again to enter)
  • Breakeven of daily vs. contract parking depends on frequency of use
    • Daily lots are a less expensive option for those parking fewer than 11 days per month
    • Daily structures are a less expensive option for those parking fewer than 6 days per month

NOTE: The monthly parking rate is calculated from the annual rate divided over 12 months. The bi-weekly rate is the annual rate divided by the amount of pay periods in the parking year (October 1 thru September 30). See Payroll Deduction Schedule

For employees paid over a nine-month period, the annual rate is divided among pay periods from mid-September through early-June.  Contact parking@umn.edu to set up this deduction schedule for your parking contract.

Handout of Faculty/Staff Parking & Transit Options

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How To Get a Staff/Faculty Parking Contract

1. Decide where you want to park.

    • Use the free campus shuttles to transport you from your parking location to your campus destination.
    • Tip: To help you determine your selection, review the Facility Waiting List Summary.
      • The Summary can be sorted by name, location, monthly rate or waiting list size.

2. Sign up on the parking contract waiting list.

    • U of M employees are able to be on ONE waiting list at a time.
    • In a few locations, parking contracts are immediately available. Most locations, however, have a waiting period.
    • Individuals are able to have a parking contract AND be on one waiting list at the same time.
    • Parking contract openings are filled from the waiting list in the order they were received.

3. Add or delete your name from a facility list or change your parking selection at any time by logging back into the waiting list.
4. If "Buy Now" is showing, then go to Your Waiting List and click the Review Facility List button. You should find a Buy Now button on the left.

Your Parking Contract Waiting List

Parking Contract Waiting List Method
  • When an opening occurs, the person at the top of that particular facility waiting list will be contacted and offered a parking contract in that specific facility.
    • The individual is not obligated to accept the offer.
    • If the individual has a parking contract in another University facility, they may transfer their active contract to the new facility at the new facility rate.
  • Once the contract offer is accepted, faculty/staff will receive further information.

Optional Features

University Ride-Share Registration - Staff and faculty members with a current parking contract can register as a carpool or vanpool with PTS. Eligibility and names of ride-sharers are verified and renewed annually. A contract holder can access his/her parking facility with an active U Card. Contract holders who eegister for a ride-share can request one, free PTS Parking Card. Additionally, any contract holder may purchase up to two PTS Parking Cards for $20 each. Holders of individual contracts may also link up to two license plate numbers to their contract for use by the LPR system. U Cards, PTS Parking Cards, and LPR function interchangeably (only one may be used at a time). Registration form

Special Reciprocal Parking – In certain instances, access may be issued at locations not included in the regular reciprocal parking program. Special reciprocal access may be issued for teaching or research purposes. Please e-mail a request including the reason for the added access, days and times you need it, name of the building where you will be teaching, and your current contract information to parking@umn.edu. Requests must be renewed annually.

Reserved Parking Stall – (numbered stalls in some locations, Monday - Friday, 6 am - 6 pm). This optional program is being phased out in University parking facilities through attrition.

Special Situations

Leave of Absence – If a contract holder will be on an official leave of absence for six months or more, they may suspend their contract for the duration of their leave. Upon return, if space is available, the contract will be reinstated. If the facility is full upon their return, they will be placed at the top of the waiting list for the facility in which they held a contract. For any leaves of less than six months, the contract holder remains responsible for the parking contract and must arrange a payment method with Parking & Transportation Services for the duration of the leave.

Laid-off employees – Contract holders may retain their parking contract for up to three months while looking for another position within the University of Minnesota. Bills will be sent on a biweekly basis to the address specified by the customer. Laid-off employees who return to the University within one year shall be restored to the top of the waiting list in their previous facility.

Sublet Parking Spaces – Sublet space is defined as a contract holder allowing use of their contract space by another University faculty or staff member (the sublettor) during the contract holder’s absence. Parking spaces may be sublet for a maximum of one year. A University employee -- with a parking contract -- who is leaving the University cannot sublet the parking contract to someone else. 

Sublet billing is done in one of two ways:

  1. If the contract holder remains on the University payroll (on paid leave, for example), the normal payroll deduction process is followed.
  2. If the contract holder will not be on the University payroll, the parking charges must be paid in advance for the duration of the time period.

Note: The contract holder is responsible for all aspects of the contract, including informing the sublettor about reciprocal parking privileges, charges incurred due to lost credentials, access details (for example: providing the sublettor with a PTS Parking Card) and hangtag permit display rules.

Counterfeit/Altered Parking Permits – Use of stolen, counterfeit, or altered parking permits will result in a parking citation, loss of contract privileges for contract holders for one calendar year from date of infraction, and assignment to the bottom of any contract parking waiting lists. Lost or stolen permits should be reported to Parking & Transportation Services immediately.

Annual Parking Contract Newsletter

Staff/Faculty Annual Parking Contract Newsletter 2020-21

Tip: To help you determine your selection on the waiting list, review the Facility Waiting List Summary. The Summary can be sorted by name, location, monthly rate or waiting list size.

Tip: Contract parkers should be able to park in their assigned facility even during events (football games are the exception). If there is a space miscalculation, PTS staff should be available to re-direct contract parkers to another location without any charge.



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