The University of Washington: Facilities Services

Parking: Disability

Parking For Persons with Disabilities

Faculty/staff with longer-term disabilities must contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 to initiate a review for reasonable accommodation. If you already have a state disability placard, present it and the accompanying confirmation letter you received with your placard to the Disability Services Office when making your request. You will be issued a short-term disability parking permit at Commuter Services while your request for accommodation is being reviewed. All customers must have a vehicle registered on their account in order to purchase a parking product. To add a vehicle to your account, you must provide a copy of your vehicle registration or other documentation to validate the license plate, make, year, and model of the vehicle.


Students With Disabilities

Students with longer-term disabilities should contact the Disability Resources for Students at 206-543-8924. If you already have a state disability placard, present it and the accompanying confirmation letter you received with your placard to the appropriate office of disability services when making your request. You will be issued a short-term disability parking permit at Commuter Services while your request for accommodation is being reviewed.

Temporary Disability Parking

Parking accommodations for faculty, staff or students with temporary disabilities are issued upon request at the Commuter Services office for limited time periods. At the main office, complimentary parking is provided in the load zones near the entrance while business is being conducted. Parking permits for disabled and wheelchair areas on main campus cost the same as for other areas; For prices check the parking fee section of the current Schedule of Common Transportation Fees.

Disability Assistance

Dial-A-Ride, the Disabled Persons’ Shuttle, is available to faculty, staff, and students who are permanently or temporarily disabled with mobility limitations. The shuttle operates between UW facilities on campus and in the University District. To determine if you are eligible for this free service, call your respective office of disability services.

An Access Guide for Persons with Disabilities is published annually and shows access routes to campus facilities. The University of Washington Transportation Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities was developed to help you explore your transportation options. These guides may be obtained by contacting the appropriate office of disability services.

Disability Parking for Visitors

Upon entering campus at any gatehouse, a visitor who is mobility impaired should self-identify in order to be accommodated. Visitors will be assigned parking in a “disabled” area as close to their destination as possible. Parking permits for disabled and wheelchair areas cost the same as for other UW parking areas (see current fee schedule). Gatehouses are staffed weekdays from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon. At the gatehouse ask for disability parking and building access information as needed. Visitors parking is available in the Central Plaza Garage which can be entered from 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St. Download a wayfinding map for this garage.

Disability Parking Restrictions

Disability/Wheelchair parking permit holders may not park in the following locations:

  • Restricted at “All Times, All Days” parking spaces or areas
  • Reserved parking spaces
  • Spaces marked University Vehicles Only, Physical Plant Vehicles Only, Service Vehicles Only and Truck Only
  • Lot C14
  • Lot C17
  • The Triangle Garage or the Surgery Pavilion Garage (parking is available but managed by the UWMC with different rules)

Disability permit holders may also park in other available regular spaces in their assigned parking area. Stop at a campus gatehouse and request disability parking as needed.

UWMC Disability Parking

Disability parking for UWMC patients and visitors to patients is available in the Triangle Garage or Surgery Pavilion Garage. Both locations have wheelchair and disabled parking stalls. Oversized vehicles may be parked in the South Campus Garage (up to 7’5” tall). UWMC patient or visitors to a patient MUST purchase a parking permit at a campus gatehouse prior to parking in the South Campus Garage (S1). The permit must be displayed on the dash while the visitor(s) are in the UW Medical Center. The procedure is different in the Triangle and Surgery Pavilion Garages; click to get details.

Parking in the Triangle (vehicle max. height 6’8”) and Surgery Pavilion Garages is administered by the UW Medical Center (UWMC). The hospital’s parking validation program is available for all UWMC patients and visitors to UWMC patients, disabled or not. Questions relating to parking at the UW Medical Center should be directed to the office of the UWMC parking manager via e-mail at uwmcpark@u.washington.edu or call (206) 598-5275. Or, you may contact the Triangle Garage at 206-598-3460.

Basketball Disability Parking

Call (206) 616-8710 to obtain detailed information and the necessary forms.

Football Disability Parking

To request disability accommodations for Husky Football call Intercollegiate Athletics Event Management at (206) 685-3410 or email footballparking@ica.washington.edu