OAR 573-050-0025
Vehicle Permits, Parking Areas and Fee Schedule


All vehicles parked on the University campus are required to display a valid SOU permit when the posted signs require a permit. Faculty/Staff lots are posted yellow; Student Commuter lots are posted green; Resident Student lots are posted red. Parking Services can be contacted for the location where other types of permits may be obtained. Failure to display a permit may result in the issuance of a parking citation. Faculty/Staff hangtags, commuter decals, and resident decals can be purchased on the SOU parking website only. Once ordered, decals/hangtag permits are to be picked up at enrollment services in Britt Hall the following business day. Permits will not be mailed to personal addresses, or via campus mail services. Visitor/Guest Permits may be purchased 24 hours a day at any of the parking meters. All permits are valid for the current academic year only, unless otherwise designated by Parking Services at the time of issuance; there are no open-ended permits. Permit is defined as any Parking Services sanctioned or issued permit. Examples include: decal, hangtag, guest, metered, temporary, courtesy*, media, or other placard or device issued or developed by Parking Services as needed to facilitate parking of vehicles on Southern Oregon University property. *(A courtesy permit refers to a Retiree, VIP, or a Volunteer.) Any misuse of these parking permits may cause them to be revoked.


Parking permits and faculty/staff hangtags are serialized for use on specific vehicle(s) with a license plate designated by the purchaser at the time of purchase. Permits (decals) must be affixed outside to left-rear bumper, left-rear body, left-rear window, or rear-side window behind driver of the vehicle where visible. The adhesive on the back of the permit must be the attaching mechanism. Hangtags are to be hung from the rear-view mirror; serialized numbers facing out. Parking Services (at the Enrollment Services Center in Britt Hall) must be informed of changes in vehicles; re-registering the hangtags to the appropriate vehicle(s). A maximum of three vehicles may be registered to one hangtag. Those three vehicles must be registered to the owner or his/her spouse. Hangtags are not to be shared with others. If a vehicle is disposed of, the permit must be removed and returned to Parking Services.


Parking permits may be purchased for the time period designated on the decals; generally, the academic year. The academic year begins and ends in September. Parking permits purchased during the winter, spring, or summer terms are at a proportionately reduced rate.


Faculty/Staff (yellow) parking permits (or hangtags) will be sold to classified employees, graduate assistants, temporary employees who are half-time or more, and faculty. Faculty/staff employees working .50 FTE or less will be eligible for a permit at a reduced rate of one-half the cost of the permit. Hangtags are issued for a three-year period. Faculty/staff hangtags are considered the first permit. They are not to be sold as a second permit. Vehicles displaying a Faculty/Staff permit (yellow) (or hangtag) are authorized to park in designated Faculty/Staff (yellow) parking areas or Student parking areas (red parking areas or green parking areas).


Student Commuter parking (green) permits will be sold to students who live off campus and wish to bring vehicles on campus. Vehicles displaying a Student Commuter permit are authorized to park in designated Student Commuter (green) parking areas.


Residence Hall (red) parking permits will be sold to students living in campus residence halls. Vehicles displaying a Residence Hall permit are authorized to park in designated Residence Hall (red) parking areas.


Second parking permits may be purchased for an additional vehicle if more than one vehicle will be brought to campus. The purchaser must also be the registered owner of the vehicle. Only one permit (the original or second permit) is valid in permit-required lots at a time. If both first and second permits of one person are parked in permit-required lots at the same time, both vehicles will be cited for improper permits. A second permit may not be purchased for a car if the first permit is for a vehicle used in a Residence Hall Parking area, a motorcycle, moped, or scooter.


A replacement permit may be obtained for a damaged, unreadable permit or for a replacement vehicle. The replacement vehicle must be registered to the same owner as the original vehicle. The permit which is being replaced will be considered void and should be returned to Parking Services (at the Enrollment Services Center in Britt Hall) There is no charge for lost, stolen, or destroyed permits; however, it must be reported to CPS if there is evidence of possible theft.


Hourly, daily, and weekly permits for visitors/guests are to be purchased at a parking meter. Parking Services will no longer issue department guest pass booklets, however departments can finish out the guest pass books they currently have. Departments will now use meter codes. Departments that wish to pay for their visitor parking will receive the code to give to their guests. When entered at one of the parking meters, it will then print out a parking permit with no charge. At the end of the month the parking manager will pull a report of how many times that code was used, and then charge the department. The codes will expire at the end of the month, and a new code will be issued for the next month. The department is responsible for giving out their meter code to guests, and are therefore responsible for any misuse. The department is required to pay the fees based on the amount of times the code was used. At any point the department can request to have their code deactivated. Meter codes may also be programmed to be limited in number of uses, based on departmental needs. Guest permits may not be used in timed or visitor pay meter lots. Guest permits will not be valid if issued to University employees, faculty, students, buses, or vehicles displaying a valid parking permit. For those departments still issuing their guest passes: Guest permits will not be valid and a citation may be issued for failure to display permit if any of the following information is illegible or omitted:


Both license number and make or color of vehicle;


Date that permit is valid;


Name and telephone extension of departmental personnel issuing the permit.


Must be written in ink.


Carpool parking permits will be sold for the entire school year only if the carpool meets the following criteria:


The carpool must contain at least two registered participants but no more than six.


No more than one vehicle from the carpool is allowed on campus at a particular time. They may not purchase a second permit. However, replacement permits are available if requirements as stated in the regulations for replacement permits are met.


Temporary replacement vehicles for a vehicle with a permit may be brought on campus after obtaining a Substitute Vehicle parking permit from Parking Services. This permit is used for temporary situations of short duration (15 days or less).


Special permits may be approved by Parking Services on an as-needed basis.


Visitor/guest meter Permits may be purchased at any of the parking meters. Hourly pass: $1.00 per hour, Daily pass: $10.00, 3-day pass: $20, 7-day pass: $30.00.


Courtesy (purple), parking permits are available to Emeritus Faculty only. Courtesy (purple), permits are valid for Emeritus Faculty only, not to be used by family or friends. A grandfather clause exists for employees who have already received a purple permit prior to the effective date of this rule. Volunteer board members, designated governmental officials, media representatives, and such others as deemed necessary by the President will have dated and numbered VIP hangtags to facilitate their interaction with the institution. Media representatives will receive dated and numbered hangtags. Permits may be used only for their intended purpose.


Commercial Permits:


Commercial permits will be sold to commercial vendors, including vending machine, video game, outside maintenance, travel, office supply, and food vendor companies, and contractors’ employees. Companies or departments can purchase a long-term permit for six months or a year. Short-term permits are available for one day or one month. Companies or departments will be billed for the permits by Parking Services via meter code.


Volunteer parking permits will be issued to departments for use by volunteers. Volunteer permits may be issued for a period of six months. There is no charge. Volunteer permits are not valid if issued to current University employees, faculty or students.


Disabled parking is in accordance with ORS 811.602 (Disabled person parking permit), 811.605 (Contents of individual placard or decal), 811.606 (Parking permit for person with temporary disability), 811.607 (Program placards), and 811.615 (Unlawful parking in space reserved for persons with disabilities). Only vehicles displaying a valid disabled placard or license plate issued and registered at the Motor Vehicles Division (as designated in Rule 573-050-0020 (Driver Responsibility)) will be allowed to park in spaces posted for use by disabled persons. These vehicles must also display an SOU permit or meter permit unless otherwise posted.


Temporary placards are issued by the Motor Vehicle Division for persons with qualifying temporary disabilities (as provided by ORS 811.606 (Parking permit for person with temporary disability) and 811.640). The requirements for parking on campus apply for all disabled parking listed above.


Vehicles with a valid disabled placard or license plate and SOU permit may park in any lot or space without incurring citations, except timed spaces or reserved spaces.


Refunds will be given for student/staff parking permits for unused academic terms, except summer term. No refunds will be given for year permits that are not used summer term. Permits cannot be purchased for a single term only. Refunds will be given upon return of the permit or fragments thereof showing the permit numbers and expiration date. Refund schedules are on file at ESC.


Vehicles displaying valid permits are not guaranteed a parking space on the campus.


Vehicles displaying valid permits are not exempt from timed parking restrictions. Timed spaces are limited and are intended for visitors with SOU business and/or seeking to enroll at Southern Oregon University. Vehicles with valid permits may park in a metered parking space but must comply with the time limits or metered fee payment of the specific space. Vehicles displaying valid permits must still purchase a valid meter permit to park in spots that are posted with signs saying “Visitor Parking, Pay at Meter.”


Mopeds, scooters, & motorcycles must have a motorcycle permit and be parked in a motorcycle parking space. If a motorcycle has a full price vehicle parking permit they may park in a vehicle space that corresponds with the color of the permit. Motorcycles may park in timed spaces that are open to the public. Mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles parked in bicycle racks and on the campus grounds will be cited for improper parking. Vehicles parked inside University buildings will be towed at the owner’s expense.


If a faculty/staff hangtag is the first legal permit, and a motorcycle is the second vehicle, a decal may be purchased at second decal rate.


If, during the process of issuing a parking citation, the driver of the violating vehicle drives away from the scene, thus preventing the issuing agent from placing the citation on the vehicle, the citation will be entered into the parking system as if it had been placed on the vehicle. When a driver leaves the scene during the issuing process, this will be considered “constructive notice” of the citation.


Vehicles parked facing in the direction against one-way arrows will be cited for improper parking. Vehicles parked on the side of street opposing direction of usual traffic flow will be cited for improper parking.


Vehicles using parking lots marked “Pay Parking” are required to display the serialized meter permit purchased at each lot of this type. Failure to display the meter permit in plain view on the left side of the vehicle’s dashboard will result in a citation for failure to display a permit. There is no grace period to obtain change for the permit machine.


Government Vehicles not assigned a permanent parking space may only be parked for a period of 24 hours in Faculty/Staff or Student parking spaces unless prior permission has been obtained from Parking Services. Vehicles may be liable for enforcement action for non-compliance. Government vehicles are not exempt from parking in timed spaces for periods longer than the amount of time posted on the signs.


Buses may park where directed by Parking Services.


Fee Schedule:


Carpool, sold for entire school year only: $135 each pool.


Faculty and staff decal for first-registered vehicle, fall term through summer term: $150.


Faculty/staff hangtags are issued for a three-year period: $439.


This fee is for a one-time purchase. Proration is available for the second and third year.


Payroll deduction is available, plus applicable increases in permit fees.


Student Commuter and Residence Hall decal for first-registered vehicle for only fall term through summer term: $140.


Motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters, one vehicle only:


Fall term through summer term: $57.


If motorcycles park in auto spaces, the fee is commensurate with full auto fee for the area.


Second Vehicle permit: $49,


Second permits will be sold only to Faculty/Staff and Commuter permit holders. Red permit holders may not purchase a second permit.


One second permit is allowed for each full-price (first-registered vehicle) permit purchased.


Replacement permits can be obtained only in accordance with OAR 573-050-0025 (Vehicle Permits, Parking Areas and Fee Schedule)(8).


Replacement permits or hangtags: $30.


Lost, stolen, or destroyed permits: No fee. Any evidence of theft must be reported to Campus Public Safety before receiving the new permit.


Departmental Reserved Parking spaces (nonrefundable): $100 over and above price for regular parking permit and a $50 fee for each subsequent sign-change after a sign is posted.


Commercial permit, each vehicle:


Long-term, twelve months: $ 250.


Long-term, six months: $180.


Short-term, one month: $60.


Short-term, daily: $10.


Weekly parking permits: $30 per week available at the parking meters.


Daily parking permits: $10 per day available at the parking meters.


Three-day parking permits: $20 available at the parking meters.


Volunteer permit: No fee. Valid for 6 months. Volunteer permits may not be issued to current students, faculty, or staff. To obtain a volunteer parking pass, the department must email the SOU parking department and they will receive a parking meter code that will be created for each volunteer.


Handling charges:


Deducting fines from payroll check: $ 8.


Out-of-state Department of Motor Vehicles research fee: $10. Parking meter locations: 1, 3, 12, 29, 36 and 37 takes coin or card, and can print out long term permits. Lot 41 has a meter that takes cash or coin, and can only print hourly permits. The meter price rates are universal on all meters on campus. Valid meter permits may be used in any metered lot, and are not limited to parking only in the lot where the permit was purchased.

Source: Rule 573-050-0025 — Vehicle Permits, Parking Areas and Fee Schedule, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=573-050-0025.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 573-050-0025’s source at or​.us