You may purchase a parking permit online or in person at Campus Parking Services. Campus Parking Services is located at 121 Normal Road, just south of the NIU parking deck. A vehicle registration form will need to be completed and please note that payment is due at the time of purchase.
The vehicle registration form requires personal information such as name, address, and phone number. You also need to supply your vehicle make, model, and license plate number. See Buying a Permit for more information.
Commuter students: if you reside outside the city of DeKalb, do not have a DeKalb address, and/or live more than 5 blocks from a Huskie Bus line bus stop you are considered a commuter student. A DeKalb post office box does not qualify as an address for the purposes of Campus Parking Services.
Special Note - If you are a commuter student this year but previously lived in DeKalb, you will need to provide Campus Parking Services with a letter from your prior landlord stating that you no longer live at that address. The letter must be on the management company's letterhead in order for you to be eligible for a yellow permit for the current year. Please contact Campus Parking Services if you have any questions and we would be happy to help.
Resident student: if you live in university-owned housing you are considered a resident student.
DeKalb resident student: if you live in DeKalb or have a DeKalb address but do not live in university-owned housing then you are considered a DeKalb resident student.
Yes. Please call or e-mail Campus Parking Services to update your account information. Our phone number is 815-753-1045 and our e-mail address is email@example.com.
Please remember to report a lost or stolen permit to Campus Parking Services immediately. Complete a Parking Permit Loss Report to begin the process. This report will be forwarded to the NIU Department of Public Safety and assigned a case number. A temporary or replacement permit can issued at the time the report is filed. If you find your lost permit, contact Campus Parking Services immediately at (815) 753-1045. See Replacements for more information.
You may return your permit to Campus Parking Services and a refund may be due - please see Refunds for more information.
Do not give or sell your permit to anyone as you will be responsible for any tickets incurred with your permit.
If you are no longer affiliated with NIU, you are not eligible to have a parking permit.
If you have a valid NIU parking permit and parked in the correct color-coded parking lot, then your "No NIU Registration" ticket can be reduced to a $5 "Permit Not Displayed" fine only if the ticket is presented to Campus Parking Services within 10 business days of of the ticket issue date.
If you are a student of NIU and your payment for a ticket is not received within 21 days, the ticket will transfer to your Bursar account.
If you are faculty/staff at NIU and do not pay your parking fines, the fine amount plus a fee from Human Resources will be deducted from your paycheck.
If you are not affiliated with NIU, you may be subject to tow.
In order to be considered, appeals must be submitted to Campus Parking Services within 10 business days of the citation date. Appeal forms are available online or in person at Campus Parking Services and the Department of Public Safety.
If a first appeal is denied a second appeal may be done either in writing or in person if it is requested within 10 business days of the denial date on the first appeal. If you wish to schedule an appointment for an in person second appeal please call 815-753-1045.
All appeals not approved by office review will be submitted to the Parking Appeals Committee for its review. For additional information, please read about the appeals process here.
Temporary permits for faculty/staff and students are available for purchase by the day, week or month.
Guests to central campus are encouraged to park in the visitor pay lot located on Carroll Avenue.
See Visitor and Temporary Permits for more information.
During business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), please contact Campus Parking Services to have your vehicle put on the disabled log. You will have 24 hours to move your vehicle. Any tickets incurred during this time should be appealed.
If after business hours, please contact the NIU Department of Public Safety at 815-753-1212.
Notify Campus Parking Services and provide the lot location and meter number. You will be instructed by a customer service representative on what to do if you have received a ticket.
Campus Parking Services and Public Safety can tow cars off of campus for various reasons. If your car has been towed please contact Campus Parking Services or Public Safety for further information.
Campus Parking Services: 815-753-1045
Department of Public Safety: 815-753-1212
Contact Campus Parking Services at (815) 753-1045 with the billing information and a customer service representative will help you.
You may appeal for special parking consideration to the Parking Appeals Committee. Contact Campus Parking Services for your options.
If you do not live in university-owned housing, as a graduate assistant you are eligible for a yellow permit (even if you live in DeKalb). Campus Parking Services will verify your GA status before you are eligible to purchase your yellow permit. Unfortunately, you are not eligible for a blue permit even as a graduate assistant.
Campus Parking Services does not receive money from the University or from the State of Illinois. By state law, the parking department at NIU must be self-funded. None of the money from tuition or student fees is allocated to the parking department. Therefore, the only money we have to pay for lot maintenance, snow removal, lot repairs, resurfacing, painting, striping, equipment, and office operational costs must come from permit sales, citation revenue, and parking meter and paystation revenue.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your event parking request. A parking coordinator will then contact you to discuss the event and determine appropriate parking areas as well as any parking charges that may apply.
When classes are not in session but the University is open, you will need a parking permit to park on campus. Parking lots are enforced as normal when the University is open, regardless of whether or not classes are scheduled.
When the University is closed, you do not need a parking permit to park in regular color-coded parking spaces. The University Police Department does ticket campus parking lots for certain violations even when the University is closed. Therefore, you will need the appropriate permit to park in handicapped spaces and reserved spaces even when the University is closed. You also cannot park in fire lanes or no parking zones when the University is closed or you are subject to ticket issuance by the University Police. If you have specific questions about enforcement over breaks or University closures, please contact Campus Parking at 815-753-1045 or email@example.com.
The NIU Department of Public Safety compiled a list of things to know in order to avoid receiving a parking citation. The Department of Public Safety issues parking tickets for certain violations even when the University is closed. Please reference the above question "Do I need a parking permit on breaks or when the University is closed" to see which violations are ticketed during closures. Any specific questions about how to avoid receiving a parking ticket, please contact Campus Parking and we will be happy to assist you.