Parking Services Frequently Asked Questions
Online registration is available through the Student Center under personal information (students) or employee tools (employees) at Butler during the start of the fall semester. It is typically open in late July and closes in early September. After the close of online registration, all permits may be registered in the parking services office for the remainder of the academic year.
Butler University is required to enforce that our employees, students and affiliates do not park on the public streets within the Butler Tarkington neighborhood. Information is included below regarding this regulation and any exceptions for those that live in the neighborhood.
In 1989, the City of Indianapolis enacted legal commitments at the request of the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association that require Butler University to enforce that students, employees and affiliates do not park in the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood.
The neighborhood’s boundaries are 38th Street (south), Meridian Street (east), and the Central Canal on the West and North.
Students, employees or affiliates that live in the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood are eligible for an “R” sticker that represents an exemption from this requirement for the purposes of parking near their homes. This sticker can only be obtained in person in the Parking Services office once your legal address has been updated with registration and records.
Relevant Butler Parking Regulations
A. Vehicle Registration & Permits
Any registered student, faculty member, staff member, or member of an affiliated group with office space on campus:
- must register their vehicle and obtain a current year parking permit to park anywhere on campus or an authorized city street,
- is prohibited from parking on the streets within the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood (see Neighborhood Parking section below for further details)
Neighborhood Parking—Butler University, in agreement with the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association, has placed restrictions for parking on neighborhood streets. Student, faculty/staff, and affiliate vehicles are required to park on University-controlled property as a result of a legal commitment. The only exceptions are designated city controlled streets with signs that read “Butler University permitted parking, by permit only.” Vehicles parking on these streets are required to be registered with the Department of Public Safety. Vehicles parking along the south side of West 44th Street require a permit from the City of Indianapolis, Department of Code Enforcement. This permit is free and may be obtained at 1200 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225. This department can be reached at 317-327-8700. You will need to provide proof of your residential address. A Butler University identification card or driver’s license is also required. The hours of the Department of Code Enforcement are: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM, Wednesday, Noon–5:00 PM, and Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM.
Neighborhood parking permit—Any faculty, staff, or student residing in the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood is permitted to be issued a Butler University BTNA permit identifying them as a resident of the neighborhood. The permit can be obtained at the Department of Public Safety Office of Parking Services during business hours. In order to obtain a permit the resident must show a copy of his/her lease or a current utility bill statement. There is no cost for the permit. This permit does not allow for parking on University controlled property.
Students and employees may not park as visitors. The parking regulations regulations require them to have a permit to park on campus at all times. For the purposes of parking, Butler defines visitors as those that are not required to have a permit by the parking regulations. Common visitor parking areas are at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage, metered parking spaces and Holcomb Gardens. Some areas near Robertson Hall are reserved specifically for Admissions visitors.
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 $135. This allows parking in commuter spaces located in the Hinkle parking lot as well as the sunset avenue parking garage. An “E” (Evening) permit is a $50 permit that allows the person to park in commuter permit areas Monday through Friday after 5:00 PM and all day on Weekends. There is no overnight parking for “C” and “E” permits.
Visitors may park in the Hinkle fieldhouse parking lot without a permit. Employees, students and affiliates are not considered visitors in terms of parking. If you are 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. Overnight parking in this lot is strictly prohibited.