Department Permits

A number of permit types are available to Duke departments, both for their own use and for their visitors. Duke's policy is to require approval before departmental funds may be used for parking purchases. Pricing varies by permit.

Annual Departmental Permits

To apply for an annual permit, complete an application. The following annual permits are available:

  • Reserved - Reserved permits allow the use of a specifically assigned and numbered parking space. While parked in the space, a vehicle must display the corresponding permit. The reserved permit is also valid in non-reserved spaces on campus, except on the West Campus Chapel Quad, in handicapped spaces or in spaces designated for service vehicles. They are not valid in hourly (metered) spaces.

Departments may request reserved spaces for departmental vehicles, service vehicles, and visitors. 

The following types of reserved permits are available:

    • RSD (reserved) - Provides use of a department's reserved space
    • RSDV (reserved visitor) - Provides use of a reserved space designated for a department's visitors. See more below.
    • RSV (reserved service) - Provides use of a reserved space designated for a department's service vehicle
  • Duke Service (DUS) - This service permit must be associated with a specific Duke-owned/leased DU or DUMC numbered vehicle, and is not available to employees, students, contractors, or vendors. The DUS permit is valid in all designated service vehicle spaces. They are not valid in hourly (metered) spaces, handicapped, and reserved spaces. DUS permits must be purchased by fund code/IR.
  • Universal Access (UA) - This permit can be used with departmental vehicles or by employees who use their personal vehicles for work-related activities. UA permits are valid in all facilities/areas except:
    • Science Drive Garage visitor section
    • Research Drive Garage visitor and reserved sections
    • Reserved spaces (including carpool)
    • Service spaces
    • Handicap or AMB (ambulatory) spaces
    • Loading zones
    • West Campus Chapel Quad
    • Valet lots
    • Visitor metered spaces
Departmental Visitors

Visitors must display a daily visitor permit or pay the hourly rate in facilities where an hourly rate applies. Faculty, staff and students associated with Duke University or Health System, and individuals who use the resources of Duke University more than twice weekly are not considered visitors and may not display a visitor permit.

If your department needs to provide parking for visitors, choose from among the following options. To order, contact

Note: If you expect 20 or more visitors, read about events

  • Reserved visitor space - If you own a reserved visitor permit (RSDV), your annual permit fee covers the cost of parking for your visitors. We will provide you with unlimited free Daily Visitor Permits (DVPs) for use in your reserved visitor spaces. The DVPs are issued as printable PDFs. Distribute them via email to your visitors prior to their arrival. 
  • Metered spaces - If visitors will park in metered spaces, we offer a "scratch-off" pass valid for one day only. $8 each. These are also available through our events program.
  • Gated facility, permit required to enter/exit - If visitors will park in a gated facility, we offer a scannable daily permit (daily barcode, or DAYBC). These are valid for a year from the date issued, but are only valid for the one day they are used. The DAYBCs are issued as printable PDFs. Distribute them via email to your visitors prior to their arrival. $8 each.
  • Parking garage, hourly fee - If your visitors will park in a garage where they will incur an hourly fee, we offer validation tickets that you can provide them before they exit the facility. Prices vary.