General Faculty & Staff Information

Parking facilities constitute a shared University resource that is accessible to faculty, staff, and students. This safe and convenient resource serves the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service. Harvard University Parking Services recognizes that faculty time is an important resource and, toward that end, their needs are considered strongly when parking resources are allocated.

Parking Registration

New Applications

New faculty and staff members who wish to park on campus must apply for a permit. The permit is valid for a single year, starting on July 1, and granted on a space-available basis. To apply for a permit, applicants should have a Harvard University ID as well as the license plate number, make, and model of the vehicle to be permitted.

Faculty and staff members must either apply for a permit in person at the Parking Office, or with their department's Transportation Coordinator. Payment for the months remaining in the academic year is due at the time of registration. If the permit application is filed and approved after April 30, payroll deduction may not be available for the remaining months.


Parking Services has synchronized the "permit cycle" with the University's fiscal year. Annual permits are now valid from July 1 through June 30. Please note, payment of outstanding violations must be made to the Parking Office prior to permit renewal.

Please note that the online renewal system is now closed. To renew your parking permit for the 2013/2014 academic year please fill out a paper application

Payment Options

Annual permits can be paid for by any of the following ways:

    • Cash
      All cash payments must be made in person for the entire annual fee.
    • Check or Money Order
      All payments by check or money order must be made for the entire annual fee, and should be made payable to "Harvard University."
    • Payroll Deduction
      Faculty and staff on the regular University payroll are eligible for payroll deduction of parking fees. Annual parking fees are divided evenly and deducted during pay periods from August through June.
      • Pre-tax payroll deduction
        Recent changes to federal tax laws have made it possible for employees to pay for personal monthly parking on a pre-tax basis. As regulated by the IRS, the pre-tax benefit is intended for those who use their cars to commute to work. Faculty and staff who do not live in University-owned facilities and are eligible for payroll deduction are eligible for the pre-tax benefit.
    • Credit Card
      Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted. Credit card payments must be made for the entire annual fee.

Permit Types

The University offers a number of general permit types to meet the different commuting needs of faculty and staff members. With the exception of resident and tenant permits, parking permits are for commuting use only. University parking facilities are not to be used for vehicle storage. Each permit is designated for either garage (covered) or surface (uncovered) parking.

See our rates page for information on current rates and fees. 

    • Reserved Permits
      Reserved permits are granted for specific spaces reserved for commuting permit holders' exclusive use. These spaces are identified by a number (sequenced within a given lot) and may be used at all times by the permit holder.
    • Unreserved Permits
      Unreserved permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.
    • Morning Permits
      Morning permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.
    • Afternoon Permits
      Afternoon permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated area, and are valid from noon to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.
    • 3Day Permits
      3Day permits are granted for non-assigned parking in a designated area for use from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., three days per week. These days need to be selected by the parker and must remain constant for the year. This permit is valid all day on weekends.
    • Evening Commuter Permits
      Evening Commuter permits are granted for non-assigned parking in a designated lot, valid between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends and University holidays. Permit issuance is determined by current availability. Commuter permits are not available to residents of Harvard University affiliated housing, and are for commuters only. Hours of parking on this permit are strictly enforced, violators subject to ticketing, towing, and revocation of parking privileges.
    • Motorcycle Permits
      Motorcycle permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in designated areas within parking facilities. Permits are valid from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Motorcycles are prohibited from parking on sidewalks or in spaces designated for vehicles.
    • Metered Permits
      Metered permits are valid in the FRAN metered lot. Metered permits are granted to part-time employees only. Metered permits are valid specifically at the Fran Lot Meters. Metered permit holders must also pay the posted meter fee of $1.25 per hour. A four-hour maximum is enforced.
    • Tenant Surface Permits
      Tenant Surface permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in a designated surface lot. Tenant Surface permit holders must live in University-owned facilities that do not have designated parking facilities. These spaces are valid 24 hours per day, seven days per week. This permit is available to faculty and staff members who do not use their vehicles to commute to campus.
    • Tenant Garage Permits
      Tenant Garage permits are granted for non-assigned spaces in garages that are associated with the residential facility in which the permit holder lives. This permit is available to faculty and staff members who live in University-owned facilities and do not use their vehicles to commute to campus.

Mobile Parking Permits

Parking at Harvard can be difficult, especially for those whose work necessitates them to move throughout the campus on a regular basis. The MOBL (mobile) parking permit helps alleviate some of these problems by authorizing parking in most unreserved parking locations throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses. This includes parking at any of our staffed facilities between the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight, Monday-Friday. To take advantage of parking in these facilities all faculty and staff MOBL permit holders should, in addition to displaying a MOBL hang tag, have a transponder assigned to them. This transponder will provide hands-free access for our facilities currently utilizing our new access control system. Locations include:

    • 10 Akron St. garage
    • 10 Everett garage
    • 52 Oxford St. garage
    • 5 Cowperthwaite St. garage
    • Broadway garage
    • Harvard Business School open lot
    • Peabody Terrace garage
    • Soldiers Field Park garage

MOBL permits are designed for temporary access to other locations other than designated primary parking location. Your MOBL permit is printed with a designation for your primary location. You must park in this area as much as possible to allow space in small, high demand areas and for others who may require emergency access. We ask that MOBL permit holders limit parking to two hours or less in non-primary locations. Since mobile permit holders can access both garages and surface lots, all unreserved mobile permit holders will be paying the unreserved garage rate, regardless of their primary location.

We ask your further consideration when needing to park in smaller capacity lots such as the QUAD. In order to keep these areas open for MOBL parking, please assure that there is at least one open space in the lot before you park, and strictly limit your parking time. We also ask that parkers please utilize the larger parking areas at the Business School, Broadway and 52 Oxford Street garages over smaller surface lots.

Parking Services, in response to the needs of MOBL permit holders, has implemented "limited access" to the following lots during the hours listed. To guarantee parking in these areas for regular permit holders, MOBL parking rules will be strictly enforced. If a MOBL permit holder is parked in restricted areas during non-MOBL times, they will be ticketed and/or towed, regardless if it is a personal or departmental vehicle.

Lot Mobile parking until: Mobile parking after:


8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

FRAN (Metered Lot)

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

Mill Street

9:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

William James

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Certain designated locations remain posted as "NO MOBL" areas. These areas are restricted from use by MOBL permit holders on a 24-hour basis. All MOBL locations are subject to change based on availability. Parking Services will update these locations on our Web site and notify MOBL permit holders of any change. 

NO MOBILE Locations Parking Designation    

8 Prescott Street


Barker Lot


Eliot Triangle


Perkins Hall


Semitic Museum


South Street Lot


24-hour tow zones include fire lanes, disability-designated spaces, reserved spaces, and other areas posted as such. Parking in these areas is strictly prohibited.

If you must deliver materials or equipment to one of the restricted MOBL locations during unauthorized hours, please display flashing hazard lights and strictly limit your time to fifteen minutes while unloading. Once you have completed the delivery, please move your vehicle to the nearest unreserved area.

MOBL parking is restricted in the lots listed above in order to allow adequate space for regular permit holders. Because faculty and staff parking needs change from year to year, mobile access to these lots will be reviewed annually. All enforcement policies apply to MOBL permit holders. Annual fees are based on the unreserved garage rates.

Preferred Parking for Low-Emission and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

CommuterChoice and Parking Services are pleased to announce the expansion of our preferred parking program for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles in many of our garages and large surface lots, due to the success of the pilot program undertaken by Parking Services, the Business School and the Office for Sustainability (OFS).

Similar to carpool spaces, Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) spaces will be in designated parking areas and will be reserved for qualifying permit holders weekdays until 10:00am. Parking options have been expanded to include several large garages and surface lots across campus, which are listed below:

LEV Locations Parking Designation    

10 Akron Street Garage


One Western Avenue Garage


52 Oxford Street Garage


5 Cowperthwaite Street Garage


Broadway Garage


Business School Lot


Observatory Lot


Peabody Terrace Garage


School of Engineering/Applied Sciences Lot


To apply for an LEV parking hang tag, permit holders need to demonstrate that they drive a vehicle meeting the EPA SmartWay Elite certification. Commuters can do this by providing a copy of their registration to Parking Services. Please visit the EPA Green Vehicle Guide to see if your vehicle meets the requirements.

Please contact Parking Services at or call us at 617-496-7827 for more information.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (ECS)

Parking Services has installed electric car charging stations at the following locations:

  • Innovation Lab ( i-lab), 125 Western Avenue, Allston, 2 stations
  • 10 Akron Garage - 2 stations on P1 ramp
  • 10 Everett Garage - 4 stations on P2 level
  • 125 Western Ave Lot (iLab) - 2 stations
  • 52 Oxford Garage – 2 stations on P2 level
  • 5 Cowperthwaite Garage - 2 stations on P1 ramp
  • Soldiers Field Park Garage (Allston) – 4 stations on P1
  • Broadway Garage - 3 stations on P1 Level

Additional stations are scheduled to be mounted at the following locations:

  • 230 Western - Teele Hall
  • 1 Western Ave Garage
  • Peabody Terrace Garage

Faculty, staff & students wishing to use one of the stations on campus must first purchase an ECS permit. Currently, all the electric charging stations on campus are considered a shared resource. The stations were installed to help supplement ECS permit holders' energy needs when they are away from home. Individual ECS permit holders should not expect to have a dedicated space available to them at all times. To balance demand, new ECS permit holders may need to relocate to a facility that has lower requests. If ECS permit holders do not need to charge their vehicles, we strongly encourage you to park elsewhere in the garage or lot.

Parking Services is creating an electric vehicle charging station policy that will address demand and costs. In addition, we are looking at investing in new technology, such as the DC Fast Charge stations, to better serve the community.

Individuals interested in using one of the electric charging stations should contact the Campus Service Center at 617-496-7827 or

Thank you for your dedication to sustainability. 

Parking After 5:00 p.m. - Important Safety Reminder

For safety and convenience, all faculty, staff and student parking permits (with the exception of Evening Commuter permits, which are only valid in the designated garage or lot marked on them) are valid in all unreserved parking areas from 5:00 p.m. to midnight (Monday through Thursday) and 5:00 p.m. Friday to midnight on Sunday. Unreserved parking locations are identified in RED on the Parking Map. You may print this map for your own use. Parking in the garages or in the lots shown in Blue is not permissible, and doing so may result in ticketing and/or towing.

Wait Lists

Demand for Cambridge and Allston parking currently exceeds the available supply. Each year Parking Services maintains a waiting list for all parking types on the Cambridge and Allston Campuses. New applicants are wait-listed according to the date received in the Parking office.

Accessible Parking

University Disability Services (UDS) and Parking Services jointly manage all parking policy and parking requests based on disability. Faculty and staff with specific needs should contact the UDS at 617-495-1859 (voice) or by email: University Disability Services will request any medical documentation or other verification of disability or injury that may be necessary prior to the authorization of parking or shuttle services. Faculty and staff who require accessible parking as a reasonable accommodation will not be required to pay more than the applicable rate for similarly situated individuals without disabilities who park in the same facility.

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