Campus Parking FAQ

Why should I have to pay for parking?

Parking Operations must generate all the revenue needed to provide parking services to the university. No student fees or university or state funds are used to subsidize parking operations.

Why does parking cost so much?

UMKC had to construct three parking garages to meet the campus parking demand. To fund these structures, the university had to borrow funds, and the current parking fees reflect what is necessary to pay the Parking Operations expenses, including debt service, on the parking garages. All parking funds are used solely to support UMKC parking. Many other urban educational institutions have parking fees well in excess of fees charged at UMKC.

Why does the university have metered parking?

Our mission is to provide parking options to a wide variety of students, employees and visitors. We need to have an option for individuals who will spend a very short amount of time on campus.

If I purchase a permit, do I still have to pay the meter?

Yes, anytime a vehicle is parked in a metered space the meter must be paid. The limited metered spaces on campus should be kept available for those visitors and campus constituents who choose not to purchase a permit.

Is visitor parking free?

There is no free parking on campus. Visitors to the university are asked to park and pay meters while on campus, or purchase a visitor hangtag.

How do I obtain a visitor hangtag?

Individuals or departments can request a visitor hangtag online or purchase it at the Parking Operations office located in the Administrative Center, 5115 Oak, room 221.

Will a student permit allow me to park in any lot?

No, student permits are valid only in student permit parking lots. A day permit is valid 24 hours per day, and an evening permit is only valid after 4:15 p.m. Both day and evening permits are valid in most faculty/staff lots after 4:15 p.m., except in the areas indicated by signs stating reserved faculty/staff 24/7.

Can my roommate use my permit?

No, permits are to be used by the individual purchasing the permit. If someone else uses your permit, the person to whom the permit is issued will be held responsible for any tickets issued.

Is it OK to park at the end of a row as long as my vehicle doesn't prevent other cars from getting past?

No, parking at the end of rows is against parking regulations and you will be ticketed and subject to towing if you are blocking a drive lane.

Is it OK to park along a drive or walkway as long as other cars can get by?

No, it is against parking regulations to park along drives or walkways in any of the parking lots; you will be ticketed and subject to towing if you are blocking a drive lane.

Can I park in any designated accessible spot with my disability hangtag or plate?

You must also have a valid UMKC accessible permit to park in an accessible spot unless it is a metered spot, in which case you must pay the meter.

Are parking regulations enforced during breaks and between semesters?

Parking regulations are enforced Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. throughout the year, including the time between semesters. Regulations referring to accessible, driveway and fire lane parking are enforced 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

I parked illegally and didn't get a ticket. Does that mean it is OK to park in this space?

No, just because you didn't receive a violation this time does not mean you won't the next time you park there.

I don't remember receiving a ticket, but there's one on my student account. How can I be charged for a ticket I did not physically receive?

The disappearance of a parking violation from a vehicle does NOT relieve the violator from responsibility for that ticket. You are responsible for any ticket issued to your vehicle, regardless of who was driving or whether you received a copy of the ticket.

My parents got a ticket while parked on the campus. Am I responsible for that ticket?

Students and employees are responsible for tickets received on their vehicles and all family vehicles while parked on campus.

How can I pay a violation?

You may pay a violation via the Parking Online link, by U.S. mail or pay in person at the Cashiers Office or Parking Operations office. Tickets may not be available in the Parking online system until up to 24 hours after the date of issue. Tickets must be paid within ten (10) days in order to pay using the Parking online payment option. After this ten-day period, you will need to pay using the Pathway system or by going to the Cashiers Office. The Cashiers office accepts cash, check, Mastercard, American Express, Visa and Discover. The Parking Operations office and the online link accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Discover. If you wish to pay by cash or check you will need to come to the Parking Operations office, 5115 Oak St., Suite 221, Kansas City, MO 64112. You must have the ticket with you in order to pay for the violation.

What do I do if I received a parking violation and I don't think I deserved it?

You can appeal a parking violation that you feel was issued in error. Appeals must be made within ten (10) days of receiving the violation. You can appeal the violation using the online appeals link. If appealing a violation, you must include the following information: ticket number, vehicle license plate number, employee or student ID number and the reason for your appeal.

What should I do if I am holding an event on campus?

Contact the Parking Operations office by filling out the Special Events Parking Request Form well in advance of the event to determine and plan for the parking needs of your event.