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AV, B, I, T1, T2 & T3 Permits are Currently Sold Out for AY 21-22. Commuter permits are still available. 

Click Here to sign up for the AY 21-22 Permit Wait List

  • All students (living on- or off-campus) must register their vehicles with the Parking Services office and obtain a valid parking permit in order to park on campus or an authorized city streets.

  • Students may not park vehicles on the streets of the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood that surrounds campus. A legal commitment filed by the City of Indianapolis requires Butler to enforce this.

  • Permits are limited to the number of parking spaces available. Permits for on-campus residents have typically sold out prior to move-in weekend. An online wait list will be posted for students who still wish to obtain a permit. 

  • Parking enforcement for non-registration will begin on the first day of instruction for each academic year. 

All University parking facilities are regulated by a permit system. To utilize these parking lots, you must have your vehicle registered with the University Police Department. These lots are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Faculty, staff, students, and affiliates who park in a metered space must have their car registered with a current permit valid for parking on campus. 

Permits are valid from Aug. 1 to July 31. It is the permit holder's responsibility to know the expiration date and renew as necessary.

Permit Types

Student Permits

Student Parking Permit Options

The cost of your permit will be charged to your student account. The Board of Trustees approved prorating for student permits to decrease in cost every three months. The price will be 75% as of Oct. 1, 50% as of Jan. 1 and 25% as of April 1.

Type 

Cost 

Description

$265

"AV" designated parking is located around the Apartment Village complex. Overflow parking is available in the I Lot on west campus. Eligibility: Students who live at the Apartment Village.  

 

$265

 

"B" designated parking is generally located around the Residence Halls and Greek housing area as well as the 6th floor of the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage. Overflow parking ia available in the I lot on west campus. Eligibility: Students who live in the residence halls or Greek housing.

$265

 

"T" permit parking is located around the near-campus apartment buildings and each apartments have their own specific permit. South Campus Apartments are "T1", Butler Terrace Apartments are "T2" and University Terrace Apartments are "T3". All "T" permits come with ID access to the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage for daytime parking. Overflow parking is available in the "I" lot on west campus. Eligibility: Students who live at South Campus Apartments, Butler Terrace or University Terrace. 

$140

"I" designated parking is located on the west side of the Canal, across from main campus. The I lot is an approximately 10 to 15 minute walk from most residence halls. The DAWG Ride offers late night transportation between the I lot and other parts of campus: https://www.butler.edu/parking/dawg-rideEligibility: Students who live in the Residence Halls, Greek Housing, the Apartment Village, Bulter Terrace, University Terrace or South Campus Apartments.    

$140

"C" (Commuter) designated parking is located in the Sunset Avenue parking garage and in the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot. Certain areas designated for other types of permits open up for "C" permit parking after 5:00 PM as designated on the posted signage in each area. "C" permits include ID access to the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage for daytime parking.  There is no overnight parking available for this permit. Eligibility: Students who live off-campus. Students living in Greek housing. 

  $50

Vehicles with E permits may be parked anywhere that a commuter permit would be allowed to park, however, the vehicle may only be parked on campus from 5:00 PM to Midnight Monday through Friday or from 4:00 AM to Midnight on Saturday and Sunday (EST Time). There is no overnight parking allowed for this permit (1:00 AM to 4:00 AM). Parking garage access is included. Eligibility: Students who live off-campus. Students living in Greek housing. 

Additional Costs

  • Second Permit: Same price as 1st decal unless they bring in the old decal
    Students will not be permitted to purchase more than one parking permit.
  • Motorcycle permit: $54
  • Permit replacement cost: The old permit, or a portion of it, must be presented in order to receive the reduced cost of $5. Otherwise it will be considered a second vehicle permit.
Information Needed to Purchase a Permit
  • Year of vehicle
  • Color of vehicle
  • Make of vehicle
  • Model of vehicle
  • License plate number
Additional Information

For students living on campus, all permits must be picked up in person from the Parking Services Office. If you are living off campus, your permit will be mailed to you. If for some reason you do not receive your permit that you registered for online, you may stop in at the Office of Vehicle Registration, or call 317-940-9243. Be sure your permit is on your vehicle to park on campus. 

If you live on 44th Street you will need a City of Indianapolis-issued permit. This permit can be obtained from the Department of Code Enforcement located at 1200 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Please review this document detailing what you need to bring with you to obtain a permit, and for the permit application.

Student Permit Eligibility

For the purpose of assigning parking permits, a student is an individual enrolled in one or more credit hour(s) and is not appointed as a faculty, staff, or affiliate. A graduate assistant is defined as a student and will be required to purchase the appropriate permit.

Any eligible Butler University student, who parks a motor vehicle on University property must register that vehicle the first day the automobile is driven on University property or prior to bringing a vehicle to campus. There is no grace period for registration of vehicles and acquisition of University permits.

A parking permit is an annual permit covering the period from Aug. 1 to July 31. These prices may increase annually.

The permit registrant is responsible for notifying the Office of Parking Services of any change of status (e.g., employee resigns and is admitted as a student) or of vehicle ownership or license plate within five (5) business days. Registrants are responsible for removing the University permit if their vehicle is sold or the registrant's affiliation with the University is ended.

All parking permits are issued by authority of the Office of Parking Services and remain the property of the Office of Parking Services. Theft and/or subsequent unauthorized use of a University parking permit is a criminal offense. Transfer of ownership of a permit is not permitted. Any other use, sale, or assignment is prohibited and cannot be recognized by Butler University. Permits for sale by means other than by the Office of Parking Services will be considered stolen and prosecuted as such. If the permit is used on someone else's vehicle, that vehicle will be subject to ticketing and towing for unauthorized use of the permit. Misuse of the permit may result in denial of parking privileges on campus.

Faculty/Staff Permits

Faculty and Staff Permit Notes:

  • Access to the Sunset Avenue parking garage free of the hourly fee in addition to all surface A Lots with an A Permit. 
  • The annual A and FIR permits are prorated to decrease in cost every three months. The price will be 75% as of Oct. 1, 50% as of Jan. 1 and 25% as of April 1. 
  • Part-Time Employees (under 29 hours per week) may apply for a 50% discount on the cost of the permit. Applicant will need to mark their employment status as part-time when registering online and it will be verified.  All adjunct faculty are eligible for this discount. 

Faculty/Staff Permits 

Type Cost Description
$140

The "A" permit is an annual permit that allows parking in the "A" designated parking areas on campus. Parking access to park in the Sunset Avenue parking garage with Butler ID is included with the "A" permit. 

Eligibility: Butler Faculty and Staff and employees of affiliates with office space on campus

$70

The "A1" permit is a fall semester-only permit that allows parking in the "A" designated parking areas on campus. Parking access to park in the Sunset Avenue parking garage with Butler ID is included with the "A1" permit. 

Eligibility: Butler Faculty and Staff and employees of affiliates with office space on campus

$50

Vehicles with the "PG" permit are required to park in the parking garage and are not permitted to park on surface lots. The "PG" permit includes access to the parking garage with your Butler ID and does not require payment of the daily rates. An "A" permit would be required to park outside of the parking garage. Vehicles with "PG" permits may park at University Meters with payment of the meter. 

Eligibility: Butler Faculty and Staff and employees of affiliates with office space on campus

$140

The "FIR" permit is an annual permit and may park in any "A" designated space on campus a well as "FIR" designated spaces. Parking access to park in the Sunset Avenue parking garage with Butler ID is included with the "FIR" permit. This permit is not available through online registration and must be obtained in the Parking Services Office. 

Eligibility: Butler Faculty and Staff with primary residence in the Residence Halls or Butler-owned apartments

 

The City of Indianapolis requires Butler faculty/staff to park on campus with a valid sticker permit displayed on their vehicle by legal commitments filed in 1989.

 

Additional Costs
  • Second vehicle permit: The same cost as the first permit. 
    Faculty and staff are prohibited from purchasing a second permit to provide to an enrolled student.
  • Replacement permit: The old permit, or a portion of it, must be presented in order to receive the reduced cost of $5. Otherwise it is considered a second vehicle permit.
  • Motorcycle permit: $54

Information Needed to Purchase a Permit
  • Year of vehicle
  • Color of vehicle
  • Make of vehicle
  • Model of vehicle
  • License plate number
Additional Information

Permits will be mailed to campus departments or mailed to home addresses when they are available. The permit is valid until the date listed on the permit. If for some reason you do not receive your permit in that time frame, you may stop in at the Office of Vehicle Registration, or call 317-940-9243.

Faculty/Staff Eligibility

For the purpose of issuing permits, the term employee is anyone who works for Butler University, both part-time and full-time, and affiliates. This does not include graduate assistants, research assistants, student interns, etc. They are considered students and will be issued a student permit.

Employees who work full-time on campus, but are not University employees (such as food service personnel, bookstore personnel, etc.) must also purchase a permit. These employees are eligible to receive an "A" permit or contractor status parking. These employees are not eligible for payroll deduction and must purchase their permit with cash, check or credit. 

ADA Hangtags

If you have an ADA license plate, state disabled placard/hangtag, or an Indiana Disabled American Veterans license plate, you may park in ADA spaces on Unviersity Property. You will need to be the owner of the plate/placard/hangtag and the driver of said vehicle to do so. Students and employees will also require a current year parking permit.

The University issues ADA hangtags for temporary ADA needs. Proof of vehicle ownership and ADA status will need to be taken to the Office of Parking Services, located at 4702 Sunset Drive, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46208. There is no additional fee for the ADA hangtag. With this hangtag you can park in any available ADA spot on campus. If there are no available spots, you then may utilize any A, B, or C lot. The ADA hangtag must be visible at all times or you could be subject to a citation. If the hangtag is determined to have been shared or abused, parking privileges may be revoked. Students and employees will also require a current year parking permit. 

Butler University recognizes those who may need assistance. With that, the Office of Parking Services offers an ADA hangtag option to those individuals who have a state issued disabled license plate, state issued hangtag (not expired), or a Disabled American Veteran license plate.

Disability is defined as either permanently or temporarily, and includes:

  • An obvious physical disability that requires the use of a wheelchair, braces, walker, or crutches.
  • The permanent loss of the use of one or both legs.
  • Severely restricted mobility, as determined and certified by a physician due to a pulmonary or cardiovascular disability, an arthritic condition, or an orthopedic, or neurological impairment.

Examples of conditions which do not normally require special parking privileges are: anemia, hypoglycemia, menstrual difficulties, allergies, migraine headaches, diabetes, foot problems, hepatitis, mononucleosis, or arthritis (without complications).

Please note that these definitions and examples are intended as a guideline only. Consideration will be given to post-surgical applicants, pregnant women, as well as others as individual circumstances warrant. For assistance in determining eligibility, please contact the Office of Parking Services at 317-940-9243

Cost of the ADA Tag

There is no additional fee for the ADA hangtag.

Non-University Employees Working on Campus

Employees who park on campus, but are not university employees (such as food service personnel, bookstore personnel, etc.) must also purchase a permit. These employees are eligible to obtain either one of the employee permits ("A", "A1" or "PG") or they may purchase a hangtag to park at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The hangtag is available for a $50 annual fee or $25 for a semester. These employees are not eligible for payroll deduction and must purchase their decal with cash, check or credit.

Temporary/Guest Permits

Butler offers Temporary Parking Passes to qualified individuals. Learn more on the Temporary Parking Passes page.

Permit Display

The easiest way to avoid a parking citation is to properly display your permit and park in the area designated for that permit. 

Do not:

Use tape to secure permit to window. The permit is a sticker and will adhere to the window on its own.
Leave your permit lying on the seat, dash, or the back window of the car.

Affixed permits must match the vehicle registration. The permit must be placed on the back window, lower left-hand corner. If you have a convertible top, you may place the permit on the lower left corner of the windshield. Motorcycle permits must be displayed on the windshield, if applicable, or the front fork.

Lost or Stolen Permits

The University is not responsible for lost permits. Make sure your permit makes it onto the back window of the vehicle. You may obtain a replacement permit at the Office of Parking Services, located at 4702 Sunset Drive, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46208. If the permit is stolen, a police report must be filed in order to receive the replacement cost of $5. If the permit is lost, the cost of a new permit is the regular current price of the permit. 

If the lost or stolen permit is recovered, it must be returned to the Office of Parking Services immediately. Use of a lost or stolen permit may result in a citation or impoundment of the vehicle.