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Frequently Asked Questions


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What is the sense of urgency in creating additional parking capacity now? ~ Show Answer

As our institution grows, we are finding that we are increasingly lacking adequate parking on campus. The City of Indianapolis is aware of our situation and has informed us that it will not support the building of any new campus facilities until we add more parking. With this in mind, we purposely included a couple of options for structured parking in our most recent Campus Master Plan.

While we anticipate the parking garage will still be necessary in the future, its design and construction will take time and therefore cannot address the immediate need Butler has for additional spaces. The University needs to address parking capacity now so we can move forward with plans to build much needed academic spaces and residential halls and accommodate the city's planned streetscape improvements to Sunset Avenue.

How many new spaces are being added for students? How does that compare with what faculty and staff will have available to them? ~ Show Answer

There will be more than 500 new spaces on campus this fall. This includes 125 more faculty/staff spaces, the addition of more than 400 spaces at the "I Lot" for students, as well as 38 newly designated on-street parking spaces along 52nd Street for residents of the Apartment Village. Because the number of residential (B permit) spaces in the heart of campus will decrease to allow more parking for evening and weekend events at Hinkle and Clowes, the total number of new spaces for students is around 350. This includes B, C, I, G, HV, and UT permits.

In September 2012, the Butler Community was notified about a potential parking garage. Where does that project stand? ~ Show Answer

The parking garage is currently on hold. While it will be an important element in future discussions about undergraduate and graduate enrollment growth, it is more important at this time for the University to focus its resources on the addition of much needed new academic and residential facilities.  

The Board of Trustees and University administration determined that it was financially prudent to invest approximately $8,500 (per space) in a 400-space parking lot and in improvements to University property across the canal, rather than investing $20,000 - $25,000 (per space) for structured parking. Besides being a preferred strategy for investing University resources, this change allows Butler to prioritize the development of academic space and housing and investigate ways to accommodate parking in the most cost-effective manner.

What is the Streetscape improvement project? ~ Show Answer

This campus beautification project, which is funded through a $1 million grant from the City of Indianapolis, will result in landscaped medians, bike lanes, sidewalk and landscaping improvements, and new street lighting and signage. The first phase of the project will start in April 2014 and will affect the north portion of Sunset Avenue, from 46th Street to Lake Road. 

The Streetscape project will result in the loss of on street parking on Sunset Avenue by the end of the academic year.

What improvements will be made west of the canal to make the new parking lot safe and accessible? What factors go into the cost to build this? ~ Show Answer

In order to build the 400-space lot, the University will be required to pave the two existing gravel lots at the tennis and softball complexes; improve Lester Road both on University property and in Rocky Ripple; add new electric, water, and communications infrastructure; add lights and pedestrian paths; add security cameras, and improve the pedestrian pathway between Gallahue Hall and this property.

Why are the rates changing? I thought the Parking Committee recommended a rate freeze for two years? ~ Show Answer

The Parking Committee did make a recommendation to freeze rates for two years. That decision, though, was made assuming parking would remain status quo, and before the University had input from the City of Indianapolis. Because of the impact that our parking situation has on the surrounding Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, the City of Indianapolis is requiring that Butler provide a solid, immediate plan for increasing campus parking capacity and reducing parking overflow on neighborhood streets. The city's approval of new campus projects is conditional upon this parking plan being deemed acceptable.

To arrive at the 2013-2014 parking permit rates, Butler reviewed the previous years' parking fees compared to those of schools similar to Butler. We developed a pricing strategy that brings Butler more in line with standard practices while also providing options for our students, based upon proximity and convenience to key destinations.

Students now have the option of paying more for the most convenient parking spaces. And those who choose to park more remotely will receive a significant discount on the cost of their parking. The 2013-2014 permit fees are comparable to (or still below) what students are paying for parking at many similar universities.

What additional changes can I expect when registering my vehicle? ~ Show Answer

Students may choose a $200 permit, a $95 permit, or a $75 permit. The resident spaces are located immediately adjacent to the residence halls and provide the most convenience for the user.

The $95 commuter permit (C) will allow you to park in commuter spaces located in the Resco and Hinkle parking lots, as well as along Sunset Avenue and 49th Street.

The new $75 permit (I) will allow you to park only at the new lot west of the canal, adjacent to Butler's intramural fields. I Lot is priced at a discount because it is not directly adjacent to residences. I Lot provides a lower-cost 24-hour parking option for students who do not use their cars on a regular basis-a type of long-term parking facility.

Faculty and staff will also have a new payment system. If you are a bi-weekly paid employee, you will have four payroll deductions, each for $23.75 to cover the cost of the $95 permit. If you are a monthly paid employee, you will have two deductions of $47.50. Payroll deduction is still voluntary. You may also pay by cash or check.  If you choose not to bring a car to campus, you will not be required to purchase a permit.

Faculty and staff permits have been priced below the $200 student resident permit fee because faculty/staff cars come and go from campus. Students who are interested in a less expensive permit option should consider the I Lot.

As always, we encourage all of our faculty, staff, and students to consider alternate modes of getting to and from campus, including by bicycle, carpool, IndyGo, car-sharing, or other modes. Our Zipcar® program also provides a great way for students to get around without needing to bring a car with them to campus. Visit for more information about Zipcar® at Butler and to reserve a car.

Will you issue more permits than the number of parking spots? ~ Show Answer

At this time, Butler's policy for residential (B permits) and long-term (I permits) will be to only issue as many permits as there are parking spaces. As has been common practice for many years, we will continue to issue more faculty/staff permits (A) and commuter permits (C) than we have spaces, since not all faculty/staff and commuters are on campus at the same times. These policies may be revised as needed to manage capacity and demand.

Butler parking permits provide you with permission to park your vehicles on campus, but do not guarantee that you will find the space you want in the lot of your choice. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis, which means you should allow sufficient time in your schedule to find a parking space and walk to your destination. 

Permitting of all vehicles brought onto campus is important for many reasons including the security of our students and employees, effective management of a scarce resource, and revenue generation to maintain the facilities appropriately. Any individual who brings a vehicle onto campus must display a valid permit on the vehicle. Fines are issued for failure to comply with these rules.

If I live in University Terrace or CTS, will I be able to park on the main campus? ~ Show Answer

Yes. A UT or CTS permit is a flex permit that allows you use of the Hinkle lot and Commuter (C permit) spaces. Overnight parking will be prohibited in the Hinkle lot and C permit spaces at all times.

Will there still be open (no permit required) parking on campus past 5 p.m. each day? ~ Show Answer

No. Any vehicle on University owned or leased property that is parked by faculty, staff, students, or contractors requires a permit 24 hours a day/7 days a week. There will be a few exceptions for major events and conferences in order to accommodate guests and visitors, but these will be communicated through clear signage at the affected lots, and in our daily online newsletter, Connection.

Unless otherwise noted, all lots require that vehicles display an appropriate permit at all times. Open parking will not be allowed in the evening hours.

Can my visitors park in all lots on the weekends? ~ Show Answer

Certain lots will be open for visitors and guests on the weekends. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to read the lot signs, or view the Parking Map, to understand what group(s) can park where.

At no time should students with permits (B, C, CTS, G, I, UT, HV) park in visitors, faculty/staff, or commuter spaces on weekends.

I live off campus and visit the HRC to workout; do I need a permit to park in the Hinkle lot? ~ Show Answer

Yes. All registered students and active employees who bring a vehicle to campus for any reason must have a valid parking permit. Failure to do so could result in a ticket.

Students who live off campus may purchase a "C" Permit for $95. This allows parking in commuter spaces located in the Resco and Hinkle parking lots, as well as along Sunset Avenue and 49th Street.

The Hinkle lot will have three designations: overflow, commuter, and faculty/staff. If you are a faculty/staff or a student, you must have a permit to park in the Hinkle lot.  Random checks will be made and tickets will be issued if faculty, staff, or students park in the Hinkle lot without appropriate permits. If you are a visitor or guest to the University, you can park in the Overflow only area of the Hinkle lot without a permit. Overnight parking in this lot is strictly prohibited.   

I’m a Greek student, and I only park in my private lot. Do I need a permit? ~ Show Answer

No. But, if you plan to park on campus property, you will need a permit. You can purchase an "I or G" permit depending upon where you plan to park. Failure to have a permit on your vehicle when parking on campus owned or controlled property could result in a ticket.

Did the University consult anyone about the changes to parking on campus? ~ Show Answer

Yes. The changes came as a result of feedback from the board, faculty and staff stakeholders, and our neighbors, as well as a few recommendations provided by Student Government Association last spring. A consulting firm was engaged to assist in the process of interviewing faculty, staff, and students about Butler's parking situation. Many of the changes being put in place are a result of detailed study and input.

In short, what are all the parking changes for 2013-2014? ~ Show Answer

  • A new 400-space parking lot will be opened west of the canal, at the intramural fields, for long-term student parking.
  • The existing parking lots will be reconfigured to encourage more turnover of spaces and maximize capacity during special event periods (especially during evenings and weekends).
  • Thirty-eight new spaces will be added on the south side of 52nd Street for Apartment Village residents.
  • New parking designations will be in effect. See map.
  • New permit rates will be in effect.

Do you anticipate more changes to parking in the future? ~ Show Answer

Butler's parking culture will continue to evolve as we update our Campus Master Plan. We all want Butler to flourish and to be in a position to add new state-of-the-art facilities that are central to our mission of providing students with the highest quality of education. We will work with students, faculty, and staff throughout the coming school year to understand how the parking changes have impacted them (both positively and negatively) and receive feedback and input on any additional changes that may be necessary.

Could there be additional changes with parking designations this academic year? Can I have a voice? ~ Show Answer

Yes. The University will continue to monitor the new changes and, if necessary, adjust regulations governing certain lots to accommodate trends. Faculty, staff, and students can submit suggestions to the Office of Parking Services.