Parking Permit FAQs for the 2017-18 Academic Year


Where can I purchase a virtual parking permit?

Parking credentials may be purchased online or in person at the PaTS Office (#23 on campus map). Office hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PaTS keeps extended hours at the beginning of each semester; hours posted on the website.

What if I have to wait on a financial aid refund until I can buy a permit?

If you’re unable to purchase a permit before classes and permit enforcement begins, you may set up your online UNCCMyPark account and buy temporary, single-day permits for as many days as you need. Price is $8 per day. When you are ready to get an annual or semester permit, complete your permit purchase through the app or website and your parking permissions will be updated immediately.

Where can I park without a permit?

Visitor decks and metered parking areas are the only places where vehicles without permits may park. Mobile payment can be used as a form of payment in these areas.

Are permit refunds available if I withdraw from or leave the University?

Usually, yes. This is done through the PaTS office and if a refund is due, it will be processed your virtual permit is deactivated. Night permits may not be refunded after the second week of class that semester.

For more information, see the refund schedule a pats.uncc.edu/refunds.

I’m graduating in December. May I just buy a permit for Fall semester?

Yes! New for 2017-18, students have the option to purchase a permit by the semester. Note, however, that if you plan to be on campus the entire academic year (and possibly a summer session or two), it is less expensive to purchase the annual permit.

Are permits required on weekends?

Permits are required at all times, but they are currently not enforced on weekends after 10:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday unless it’s a Football home-game weekend when all vehicles must have a valid UNC Charlotte permit or display a valid Game Day event permit.

Why doesn’t PaTS sell three-day per week permits?

A three-day permit would yield the consumer no appreciable saving. Those with three-day per week class schedules will find it more cost effective to purchase the annual or semester permit, plus they’ll have the added benefit of permission to park on campus throughout the week.

What should I do if I change cars?

Simply log-in to the UNCCMyPark account and update your vehicle information. Your virtual parking permit will then be valid for that vehicle. Vehicles associated with customer accounts must follow the guidelines stated in the Parking Ordinance Section 2-1(5).

If online access is not readily available, you can always contact our PaTS Communication Center at 704-687-0161 and they can assist with updating your account.  

What should I do if I temporarily need to drive another car to campus?

There are two ways to temporarily link your parking permissions to the license plate of a temporary vehicle (such as a rental car).  

  1. Call the PaTS Communication Center to temporarily add the vehicle to your account.  
  2. You may also add the temporary vehicle yourself through the UNCCMyPark account, as long as the following requirements are met:
  • The maximum number of vehicles on the account has not yet been reached;
  • The temporary vehicle is associated with the account holder as stated in Section 2-1(5) of the UNC Charlotte Parking Ordinance;
  • Temporary vehicle is not already linked to another account (if a student account).

If you’ve added the temporary vehicle information yourself, remember to remove it from your account when finished driving that vehicle. Otherwise, future parking citations/fees associated with the temporary vehicle may continue to be linked to your account.

What if the LPR system can't read my plate?

If the camera can’t get a good picture of the license plate, it won’t be able to read it. Don’t worry, though – you’ll still be able to park. If you have a virtual permit and are parking in a gated area appropriate to your permit, just tap your 49er ID card to open the gate.

The camera reads plates based on basic attributes such as reflectivity, size, position and contrast. Harder to read plates include:

  • plates with red characters
  • temporary card stock plates
  • damaged, dirty, crooked, or obstructed 
  • specialty plates with images or vertically stacked characters
  • motorcycles and mopeds
  • plates on unusually high vehicles

In these cases, your 49er ID Card serves as a secondary credential to access parking, so remember to keep it handy.

How does the new system affect parking at UNC Charlotte Center City?

Parking for Center City building is not owned or managed by the University. LPR will not be in use in the lots used at Center City but will apply if/when those with CCB permits park on main campus. 

A temporary windshield decal will be required to park in the Center City parking lots this fall until the new CCB parking deck opens (estimated spring 2018). Once that deck opens, CCB faculty, staff, and students will enter and exit by using their new contactless 49er ID card. 

Are there special permits for motorcycles and mopeds?

Motorcycles and mopeds also have virtual permits. They can be registered alone or may be added to a multi-vehicle permit, but only one vehicle registered to that permit is allowed on campus at a time. Please call 704-687-0161 or visit the PaTS Office for further details.

Are there special permits for carpools?

Yes, and every car in the carpool must be specifically registered as such with PaTS. Each carpool uses a single carpool virtual permit with multi vehicle registration. For more information about carpools, please visit or call 704-687-0161 for details. For those looking for carpool partners, ShareTheRideNC.org offers free carpool matching.

Can I still back into a parking space now that I have a virtual permit?

In order for license plate recognition enforcement to be effective, the system must be able to scan a vehicle’s state-issued license plate number. If your vehicle is registered in a state which provides both front and rear plates, you may continue to back in to a parking space so long as the front license plate is able to be clearly scanned by the LPR system.  

If your vehicle is registered in a state which does not provide a front license plate, you would either pull in to a parking space, ensuring that the rear license plate is able to be clearly scanned by the LPR system or purchase a custom front license plate from PaTS; proper display the plate on the front of your vehicle would then allow you to continue to back in to your parking space.  

Additional information regarding the purchase of a custom front license plate is available by contacting PaTS at 704-687-0161 or emailing pats@uncc.edu, subject line: “Custom Front License Plate Information Request”.

Can I add my roommate’s vehicle to my virtual permit account?

No one may register a vehicle not owned by that individual, their spouse, parent or guardian, or assigned to the individual by their employer (proof of employment required).

Am I permitted to register more than one vehicle on my account?

Yes.  Faculty/Staff may register up to (3) vehicles on their account at any given time;  students may register up to two.  However, only  one vehicle per account may be parked on campus at the same time (unless parked in a visitor parking area) and vehicle registration must comply with Parking Ordinance Section 2-1.

What determines the price of a virtual permit?

The primary factor that determines permit price is the cost of new deck construction and replacing flat lots with decks. It’s expensive to build and maintain new parking facilities necessary to accommodate enrollment and demand. Existing surface lots make way for new buildings; those spaces must be replaced with decks.

How are the proceeds from permits spent?

The majority of the permit proceeds and Visitor Parking fees goes toward:

  • Construction of new decks
  • Paying debt on existing decks
  • Repairs and maintenance of all decks and lots

A small percentage is used for operations such as:

  • Utilities to light the decks and lots
  • Trash collection
  • Technology to enhance the customer experience
  • Personnel

Learn more: pats.uncc.edu/truth

Is it true that more permits are sold than the University has spaces?

Yes, here’s why: if permits were sold on a one-to-one-ratio, thousands of students would be denied the privilege to park while lots and decks would sit half empty. Few students occupy a space for more than 5 or 6 hours a day. Also, not everyone has classes or works here daily. Therefore, parking spaces turn over constantly. Sure, convenient, close-in parking is at a premium during weekday hours, but so far, PaTS has managed to maintain an acceptable percentage of open spaces most of the time. That’s why drastic measures like permit sale limits and excluding freshmen residents from having cars have, so far, been avoided.

Why is PaTS instituting this new system?

The parking system that the University has used for many years has been discontinued. To maintain what we had without vendor support, parts, etc., is neither practical nor cost-effective. UNC Charlotte needs a parking system that is flexible, will grow with the population, and has customer-focused features such as mobile app integration. 

Once the system is established and everyone gets used to it, more features can be added in the future, such as real-time space availability information. 

Will this increase the cost of parking permits?

Permit prices for full-time permits will be the same for 2017-18, which makes the fourth year in a row without an increase.

The primary factor that determines permit price is the cost of new deck construction and replacing flat lots with decks. As existing surface lots make way for new buildings and those spaces are replaced with decks (as per campus Master Plan), permit cost go up accordingly because parking is self-supporting. A rate increase may be necessary by 2018-19 to support the University’s continued growth, but we won’t know that for sure until sometime in 2018.