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Frequently Asked Questions About Parking



Allocation of Parking Spaces
Applying for Parking
Cancel Parking
Changing Permit Type/Parking Area
Employee-Specific
Evening Parking
Hands-Free Parking
Handicapped Parking
Motorcycles
New, Additional or Rental Cars
Occasional Parking
Overnight, Weekend, or Extended Parking
  Parking Coordinators
Parking Fees and Payment
Parking for Medical Reasons
Parking Lots
Payment Options
Permit Types and Costs
Renew Parking
Replace a Sticker
Spouse Authorization
Student-Specific
Summer Parking
Violations
Visitor Parking

Allocation of Parking Spaces

What are allocated parking spaces?

All parking spaces on campus, except those set aside for students, are allocated spaces and are the spaces assigned to commuting employees. The Parking and Transportation Office assigns allocations and associated parking areas to each department once a year in July. When you apply for a Regular Commuter permit, you are applying for an allocated space.

How are parking spaces assigned?

The number of parking permits that can be issued is determined by a combination of several factors:

  • MIT’s available parking spaces (regulated by the City of Cambridge)
  • The total non-resident commuting population, of which no more than 36% can be served (regulated by the Clean Air Act).
  • The assignment of parking spaces to departments (Parking and Transportation Office)

The Parking and Transportation Office determines the distribution of allocations to departments and distributes each department's allocation among the available parking facilities.

Distribution is based on:

  • The physical location of the department's headquarters
  • The previous year's assignments
  • The need to provide equity among departments.

Each department is issued spaces in several parking facilities, some of which are more desirable than others. The goal in the distribution of spaces is to keep the walking distance from the parking facility to the individual's office to 10 minutes or less.

Within MIT's parking inventory are a few spaces that are leased in conjunction with rental property. Employees who are given access to these leased spaces must also annually apply for an MIT parking permit and pay the same fee as individuals parking in campus facilities.

How do parking permits and areas get assigned?

Following are the criteria for how Parking Coordinators assign areas and permits.

Daily schedule:

  • Employees with regular schedules (9 AM to 5 PM) should be assigned to less convenient lots in deference to employees with irregular schedules or responsibilities off campus.
  • Individuals with an irregular schedule—those who, on a regular basis, have disjointed work schedules that result in irregular arrival and departure times and/or frequent automobile trips during the day—should be assigned to more convenient lots. This pattern is most common among faculty members, medical staff and senior research staff.

Distance from MIT:
Distance is based on normal morning rush hour time to MIT via public transportation rather than distance per se.

  • The farther away an individual lives, the greater the opportunity he/she should have to obtain a parking permit. For example, people living within a 15-minute walk of the Institute or a 30-minute ride on public transportation should not normally be given a permit.
    • In no case should a permit be issued to an employee living in close proximity to MIT (for example, 100 Memorial Drive); however, someone living in an MIT facility is eligible for residential parking.

Seniority:

  • Individuals with the longest continuous service to MIT should be given consideration before new employees, all other factors being equal. For example, an employee who lives in Arlington with 10 years of service should receive more consideration than another employee from Arlington with 10 months of service.
  • Faculty, senior research and administrative staff with irregular schedules should be given first consideration for permits to Main, Northeast Area, East Area and Kresge parking lots.
    • Permits issued to less senior staff, support and service staff should be to other appropriate facilities whenever possible.

Need to use a car for work-related activities:

  • Individuals with regular work-related duties that might involve trips between campus and off-site facilities, collaborating institutions, alumni activities, etc. should be assigned to more convenient lots.

Personal circumstances

  • Individuals who might require off-campus trips during the day because of personal responsibilities, such as children in day care or school, chronically ill dependents or close relatives, elderly parents or community responsibilities, should always be given special consideration.
  • Individuals who have medical conditions that would not necessarily qualify them for a Medical Parking Permit should be assigned allocated spaces closer to their worksite if possible.
    • Such an individual must make an appointment in the Medical Department (E23-209) and present documentation substantiating the severity of their impairment that requires special consideration.
    • Such assignments based on medical need would be included in your department's total allocation.

Requests for additional parking allocations from departments who have exhausted their allocation by issuing permits to employees from other departments, or employees who live within the local area, are usually not granted.

How are parking allocation problems resolved?

If you are having a problem with parking or are not satisfied with your allocation, contact your department Parking Coordinator.

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Applying for Parking

What permit types am I eligible for, and how much do they cost?

MIT faculty, staff or affiliates can find their permit options in the Employees section of the site; students can find their options in the Students section of the site. See the Special Permits section of the site if you are not a student or employee, or have special needs.

How can I find out the status of my application?

Your Parking Coordinator can tell you where your application is in the process. This table shows you the possibilities:

EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT STATUS – WHAT IT MEANS
Employee
New The Parking Coordinator has entered your name into a departmental parker list.
Approved The Parking Coordinator has assigned a parking area and permit type, and released the application so that you can enter your vehicle information and payment method.
Denied If your application is denied, it probably means that you have entered incorrect residence information and your application is not in the correct queue. The Parking Coordinator will forward it to the correct Parking Coordinator.
Submitted You have entered vehicle information and payment method, and submitted the application to the Parking and Transportation Office.
Permit issued The Parking and Transportation Office has assigned a permit number.
Student
Requested You have filled out the application and sent it to your Parking Coordinator for review, approval and submission.
Submitted The Parking Coordinator has reviewed and approved the application, and submitted it to the Parking and Transportation Office.
Permit issued The Parking and Transportation Office has assigned a permit number.

The vehicle information that appears on my application is for a car that I don't have anymore. What should I do?

The fields on the application are text fields, so you can delete the information that's there and type in the correct information.

What happens after I submit my application?

Employees: Your submitted application goes into a queue in the Parking and Transportation Office. If you have no outstanding violations, the Parking and Transportation Office will issue a permit.

Students: Your application requesting a permit goes to your Parking Coordinator who, by approving it, puts it into a queue in the Parking and Transportation Office. The Parking and Transportation Office then issues a permit.

In all cases, the Parking and Transportation Office sends permits to the Parking Coordinators, who in turn distribute them to the parkers for whom they are responsible.

I just submitted my application and now I need to change some information. What should I do?

Once you have submitted your application, neither you nor your Parking Coordinator can make any changes. Contact the Parking and Transportation Office at mitparking@mit.edu to make the changes.

What's the purpose of the commuter survey?

The City of Cambridge requires this information to provide to its regulatory agencies.

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Cancel Parking

I’m leaving the Institute and don’t need parking anymore. What should I do?

Remove the parking permit from your vehicle window and return it to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, with a completed Parking Cancellation form (PDF). The Parking and Transportation Office will calculate your fee and determine the amount you owe or if a refund is due to you. Refunds will be processed by the Payroll Office or the Student Accounts Office. You should also notify your Parking Coordinator of the date you’re leaving.

I don't want a parking permit after all. How can I cancel it?

If you have just completed an online parking application and have decided you don't want parking, you should contact the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, 617-258-6510, to cancel it.

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Changing Permit Type, Parking Area

I am an occasional parker, but now I want regular parking. What should I do?

Changing to regular parking after the beginning of the parking year in September depends on availability of an allocated space. Contact your Parking Coordinator to find out if a space is available, then fill out and submit the online application that your Parking Coordinator will make available to you. You will also need to remove the occasional permit from your vehicle window and return it to the Parking and Transportation Office. Your balance will be adjusted. There is no additional processing fee.

I have a regular permit, but I want to switch to occasional parking. What should I do?

Contact your Parking Coordinator, who will change your parking status in the parking system and make your application available for you to change. Meanwhile, you must remove the parking permit from your vehicle window and return it with a completed Parking Cancellation (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office where you can pick up your new, occasional sticker. There is a small processing fee with a returned sticker, or a fee equal to that of a second vehicle, if you cannot return the sticker.

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Employee-Specific

I am a new MIT employee and will need parking. What should I do?

Every department has a Parking Coordinator who manages parking assignments. You need to talk to your Parking Coordinator. Commuter parking is regulated by the Clean Air Act (1973) and restricts MIT to providing parking for no more than 36% of its commuting population. Even though you may be eligible for a parking permit, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get a permit.

Can I change the parking area that I'm assigned to?

You will need to talk to your Parking Coordinator who keeps track of the parking spaces assigned to your department.

I used to park in a garage with hands-free parking, but my current parking area doesn't have it. What should I do with the transponder?

Return the transponder to the Parking and Transportation Office in W20-022, and we will refund you the deposit you paid when you signed up for hands-free parking.

Can I get permits for more than three vehicles?

Employees may purchase extra stickers for any vehicle that will be parked in an MIT parking lot. There is a charge for each additional sticker. All vehicles must be registered to the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family. No more than one vehicle may be parked in the MIT facilities at the same time.

A commuter obtains the second sticker via the regular annual application process, or by applying any time at the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

I’m a temporary employee and have an occasional permit, but I don’t understand the billing.

Temporary employees must pay a fee for the permit, and make an additional deposit at the time they apply for the permit. Since the temporary payroll is not designed to handle payroll deductions, when the deposit is used up, the Parking and Transportation Office bills the temporary employee periodically for accumulated charges.

I’m a temporary employee. Am I eligible for a parking permit?

Fill out the Temporary Parking Permit form (PDF) and take it, along with the payment, to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022. Temporary permits may be paid for with cash or check.

Why can’t a temporary employee pay for parking by payroll deduction?

The temporary payroll system is not designed to accommodate payroll deductions beyond the standard federal and state taxes.

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Evening Parking

I work the Evening or Night shift. What are my parking options?

Employees or students who require campus parking outside of regular business hours (between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM) should apply online for the Occasional/Evening Parking permit for the annual cost of $81.

This permit also accommodates for when evening parkers need to occasionally park during regular business hours. When the evening parker needs to park between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM, the day rate of $7.70 will be deducted from their payroll check. Students may have their parking fees deducted from their Bursar’s accounts.

Affiliates, who cannot have the charges deducted from payroll, and employees and students who choose to pay by check, must include an additional $100 deposit with the application. This creates a "debit" balance from which each day’s occasional parking is deducted. Periodic bills or statements are sent to parkers who do not have payroll deduction.

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Hands-Free Parking

I've heard about hands-free parking and would like to know where it's available.

Hands-free parking is currently available in the Stata Garage, Northeast Area, Main Lot and upper level of the West Garage. If you park in one of these areas, and want to apply for hands-free parking, fill out the Hands-Free application.

I have a hands free transponder for the Stata parking that I wish to turn back in. Where do I return the unit?

Please return it to the Parking and Transportation Office in Building W20-022.

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Handicapped Parking

We have a visitor coming to campus. She has handicapped license plates and would like to know where she can park that’s close to our building.

Call the Parking and Transportation Office (617-258-6510) or email your request to mitparking@mit.edu to arrange for convenient handicapped parking.

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Motorcycles

Do I need a permit for my motorcycle?

Yes. There is an annual fee for motorcycle parking. Motorcycle permits may be purchased for a period of six months or one year. If you have a regular, full time, commuter permit for a car, the motorcycle is considered a second vehicle and is charged the second vehicle rate. Motorcycles are not considered second vehicles for occasional parkers and campus residents and are subject to the full fee. Fill out the Motorcycle Permit and Key Application form (PDF) and take it to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

Where can I park my motorcycle?

Motorcycles may be parked in the Hayward Lot, Windsor Lot, Kendall Lot, outside W34, NW86 Lot, W91 Lot or in the lower level of the West Garage, as well as designated motorcycle spaces in various facilities.

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New, Additional or Rental Cars

I've just submitted my application for parking, and now I want to add a second vehicle. How do I do this?

Once you have submitted your application, neither you nor your Parking Coordinator can make any changes. Contact the Parking and Transportation Office at mitparking@mit.edu to make the changes.

How do I get a sticker for my rental car?

If you already have a regular parking sticker for a vehicle but for some reason you are not using that vehicle (for example, you are using a rental car), you can get a temporary sticker. Fill out the Temporary Parking Permit form (PDF) and take it to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022. A special sticker will be issued for a specified period of time (a two-week limit) at no extra charge.

I got rid of my second car. Is there anything I need to do?

You should remove the sticker from the second car so that no one can use it illegally. If you get a violation because that car with the sticker happens to be parked on a day when your first car is also parked, you will be responsible for paying the violation.

I just got a second car that I’ll drive sometimes. Can I get a sticker for it?

If you have more than one vehicle, you need to request an additional sticker for an The second vehicle must be registered to the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family. No more than one vehicle may be parked in the MIT facilities at the same time.

A commuter obtains the second sticker during the regular annual online application process, or at any time at the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

I got a new car. How do I get a sticker for it?

Replacement stickers for new vehicles may be obtained from the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, upon receipt of the previous sticker (or its pieces) and/or presentation of the new vehicle's registration. A small replacement fee is charged when accompanied by the old sticker (or its pieces). A higher fee is charged for sticker replacement requests that are not accompanied by the old sticker. Submit a Replacement Sticker form (PDF) for each replacement sticker or for a new vehicle. There is no replacement fee if the request is accompanied by a stolen vehicle report.

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Occasional Parking

I want to park just a few times each month. Can I get a sticker and how much will it cost me?

The Occasional Parking Permit is an annual permit that allows a student or an employee to park at MIT up to eight times a month for a daily rate. Rates can be found on the Employee Rates page and Student Rates page. Additional information can be found on the Employee Occasional Parking page and the Student Parking page.

I am a (visitor, contractor, affiliate, retired employee, alumnus/a, volunteer, other). How do I get parking?

There are different permit types depending on the nature of your association with MIT. Go to Special Permits to view your permit options.

What is the difference between a Regular Commuter permit and an Occasional permit?

A regular permit, which you purchase for an annual fee, is valid anytime during the parking year with no limit on the number of days or evenings that you park.

An occasional permit, which you purchase for a smaller annual fee and is also valid anytime during the parking year.The main difference is that you pay another small fee for each day you park. The Occasional Parking permit is intended for those who normally commute by other methods.

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Overnight, Weekend and Extended parking

I have to go on a business trip. May I leave my car in the parking lot while I’m gone?

If you have a valid MIT parking permit and need to be out of town on Institute business, you may leave your car in your assigned parking facility for up to two weeks. Before leaving, send or fax a completed Extended Parking Notification form (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office. You must name a contact person on the form and leave keys to your car with that person.

Is it OK if I leave my car in the parking lot overnight?

A permit holder may leave a vehicle overnight in any MIT parking area, but the vehicle must be removed by 7am the following morning, unless the vehicle has a permit for that particular area.

I’m going out of town on Friday and returning on Monday morning. May I leave my car in the parking lot while I’m gone?

You may leave your vehicle in the parking lot for which it has a permit. Before leaving, send or fax a completed Extended Parking Notification form (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office. You must name a contact person on the form and leave keys to your car with that person.

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Parking Coordinators

What are Parking Coordinators?

Each department has a Parking Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating the distribution of parking permits. At the start of the “parking year” he or she will create a list of all the people who want to sign up for parking. If you had a permit the previous year, you should make sure to let that person know if you want any changes from the previous year’s arrangement. If you did not have a permit, then you should let this person know that you want one.

Department Parking Coordinators are responsible for preparing employees’ parking applications, and spots will be reserved based on the allocation provided to the department by the Parking and Transportation Office.

Although no department is forbidden to assign any classification of employee to any lot, some lots are traditionally reserved for faculty and senior officers. The Main Lot and the Northeast area in particular fall into this category.

How do I find out who my Parking Coordinator is?

Faculty, staff and affiliates: You may locate your Parking Coordinator on the list of employee Parking Coordinators.

Students: You may locate your Parking Coordinator on the list of student Parking Coordinators.

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Parking Fees and Payment

When I signed up for parking, I opted to pay by check. Now I want payroll deduction. What should I do?

To change payment option, you must go to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, and sign up for payroll deduction.

What are the parking fees?

Consult the Rate Tables for employee, student and visitor parking.

Why does parking cost so much?

It is very expensive to maintain parking facilities. The cost of parking at MIT is much less than the cost of public parking in the Kendall Square area. The market rate for a parking space in the area is $300 per month.

Why can’t a temporary employee pay for parking by payroll deduction?

The temporary payroll system is not designed to handle deductions beyond those required by the federal and state governments.

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Parking for Medical Reasons

I have a medical disability. How can I be sure I can park near my building?

The Parking and Transportation Office issues a Temporary Parking Permit (PDF) for members of the MIT community with medical conditions that impair their mobility. Such permits may be given on a temporary basis up to three months. These permits will allow parking in an area convenient to their place of work or study. For any disability that is permanent, or predicted to last longer than three months, you should apply for an HP plate or placard through the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Requests for an MIT Special Parking Permit on a medical basis are reviewed by the MIT Medical Department at E23-171.

I’ve been sick (injured, had an operation) and need to park closer to my office. How can I do that?

Approval for temporary permits (less than three months) can be obtained by presenting documentation of the medical condition and its expected duration to the MIT Medical Department (E23-171). Your case will be reviewed and based on your medical documentation, you may receive a temporary permit. When you present the Temporary Parking Permit form (PDF) to the MIT Parking and Transportation Office, you will receive this temporary permit.The Parking and Transportation Office will determine the exact parking location based upon space availability.

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Parking Lots

What parking lots are available on weekends?

If you have a permit of any kind, you can park in any lot on weekends and after hours (between 5:30 PM and 7:30am) MIT-affiliated people without a permit may park their vehicles in Hayward Lot, Windsor Lot, 65 Waverly Lot and Tang Center Lot (E51).

What parking lots can I use with an occasional sticker?

Occasional parkers must park in gated lots in their assigned parking area.

What parking lots can I use with a scratch visitor pass?

Scratch Visitor Passes can be used at any non-attended, non-gated lot; such as, W91, Windsor Lot, and the 65 Waverly Street Lot.

What am I supposed to do when the gate won’t go up and I’m stuck in the parking lot?

Every gated lot has a speakerphone attached to it. During the day, the black button connects to the Parking and Transportation Office. After office hours you’ll speak with the MIT Police. In either case, someone can raise the gate from their remote location.

I pay for full-time parking, but sometimes there are no spaces left. How come?

The issuance of an MIT Parking Permit does not guarantee that a parking space will be available for the permit holder at the assigned area or lot. If there are no spaces left in the lot where you usually park, go to another lot in your zone or call the Parking and Transportation Office for assistance at 8-6510. To find out what other lots are in your zones, read the Locations page.

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Payment Options

If I choose Payroll Deduction (employee) or Student Account (student), is the fee deducted all at once?

Employees: When you choose Payroll Deduction, assuming you apply for parking for the full year, the fee is deducted from your paycheck over 11 months, beginning in October.

Students: When you choose Student Account, assuming you apply for parking for the full year, the fee is deducted from your bursar’s account over nine months, with the first payment in September and the last in May.

If I pay by check, who do I send the check to and when do I send it?

Employees: As soon as you submit your application, attach your check, made out to MIT, to a printout of the final screen in the application process and send both to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

Students: As soon as you submit your application, attach your check, made out to MIT, to a printout of the final screen in the application process and send both to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

Don't you need my signature to authorize payroll deduction?

Your MIT personal certificate that you used to fill out the online application is your electronic signature.

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Permit Types and Costs

What permit types am I eligible for, and how much do they cost?

MIT faculty and staff can find their permit options on the Employees section; students can find their options in the Students section. Special situation permit options are in the Special Permits page.

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Renew Parking

I won’t be around when it comes time to renew parking. How can I be sure I’m signed up?

Talk to your department Parking Coordinator. If you do not know who that is, check the list of department Parking Coordinators if you are an employee, and the Students page if you are a student.

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Replace a Sticker

How do I replace a sticker?

Give the Parking and Transportation Office a Replacement Sticker form (PDF) and the previous permit (or its pieces). For a new vehicle, provide the registration.

There is a small administrative fee of $10 for a replacement sticker when accompanied by the old sticker, and a larger fee of $30 if the previous sticker is not turned in.

This fee is waived if a copy of a stolen vehicle report, filed with a police department, accompanies the request. The license plate number on the police report must match that of the vehicle to which the permit was assigned.

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Spouse Authorization

I park in a gated lot, but sometimes my spouse (partner/friend) needs to park the car. Is there some way we can get access?

If your spouse has an MIT ID card, you can have it activated for parking. Submit the Additional Parker Authorization form (PDF). This does not allow you to park two vehicles; it only supplies the option for you or your spouse to open the parking gate.

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Student-Specific

I am a student, and I don't know yet where I'll be living. What should I do?

If you are a graduate student, and don't know yet where you'll be living in September, contact the Graduate Housing Office, W59-200, 617-253-2404.

If you are an undergraduate, and don't know yet where you'll be living in September, contact the Undergraduate Housing Office, W59-200, 617-253-2811.

Where do commuting students park?

Student commuters are assigned parking in the Westgate Lot.

Where do resident students park?

If you live in East Campus, you park in the Eastgate Residents Parking Area.

If you live in West Campus, you park in the Westgate lots.

If you live in Northwest Campus, you park in the Pacific lot, the NW86 lot or the NW86 Garage.

If you live in North Campus, you park in the North Area.

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Summer Parking

Is there some way I can get parking just for the summer?

If you don’t already have a current parking permit, and if you have no outstanding violations, you may fill out an application at the Parking and Transportation Office beginning on the Monday after Commencement. Assignment to available parking facilities is on a first come, first served basis. Summer permits are valid for June, July and August and may be purchased by cash or check. See the Special Permits page for the cost of summer parking.

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Violations

I got a parking violation that I don’t agree with. What can I do about it?

If you believe you’ve gotten a violation in error, you can appeal it. No member of the Parking and Transportation Office has the authority to cancel or void an MIT Parking Violation. Submit a Parking Citation Appeal form (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, or you may write a letter addressed to the Appeals Committee:

Appeals Committee
c/o the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Where do I pay my violations?

Pay your violations at the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

If I have outstanding violations, can I still get a parking permit?

You must pay your violations first. As soon as the Parking and Transportation Office receives payment, they will issue a parking permit to you. Read the Regulations and Penalties page for more information.

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Visitor Parking

We have a visitor (temporary employee) coming to our department. How can I get parking for this person?

Invited Visitor Parking Passes are available to MIT departments from the Parking and Transportation Office. Visitor passes can be purchased online via Atlas. Consult the Visitor Parking page for more information.

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