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121 Normal Road

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7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Important Announcements

  • 2017-2018 Student Permits are now available for sale in our office for an additional $10.00 fee, or online. Permits that are purchased online are not subject to the additional $10.00 fee.
  • Normal Road Construction. The City of DeKalb will be making repairs along Normal Road in July and August. The portion that will impact campus runs from the vicinity of Founders Library to Lincoln Highway. Curb repairs will begin about July 5, and are planned to be completed by Friday, July 21. In early August, this section of Normal Road will be repaved over roughly a two-day period depending on weather forecasts. During this period, traffic on Normal may be restricted to accommodate the paving operations and access to the NIU parking garage will be limited to the west entrance. Please watch for signage and respect the safety barricades during this construction activity. If there are any questions, please contact NIU Architectural & Engineering Services at 753-0388.
  • Renew your Faculty/Staff Campus Parking Permit Beginning June 15, 2017. 

    2017-2018 parking permits will be available for sale online at Campus Parking Services starting Thursday, June 15. 

    All university employees can purchase their parking permits online.  Our new AIMS (Automated Issuance Management System) parking management system provides you convenient access to your parking account information.  The ability to buy a permit, pay a ticket and look up your account information is at your fingertips by using your current employee login ID and password.

    Hang tags may be purchased annually or by semester.  Blue window decals are available on an annual basis only.  An annual motorcycle permit may be purchased at the discounted rate by those with a valid vehicle permit (excluding green permits).

    We have a free parking option to any interested faculty, staff, student or visitor.  Those who take advantage of this option will receive a green permit, which allows you to park remotely in Lot C3 on the west side of campus.

    “For NIU employees, the Board of Trustees authorized a plan through which the purchase of a parking permit can be made as a tax-free benefit through payroll deduction (excluding motorcycle permits).  Payments may be deducted over as many as 12 pay periods depending on the permit purchased.  This tax advantage does not apply to any other payment option.”

    When purchasing a parking permit, three payment options are available:

    • CHECK

    How to Purchase a Parking Permit:

    • Online: Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to purchase parking permits online.  To purchase, simply go to the Parking Services website and click on Permits and Buy Permits Online.  Permits will be mailed to the address you provide. Note:  No additional fee is applied for this option.
    • In-Person: Parking permits may be purchased at Parking Services beginning June 15, 2017.  Campus Parking Services is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Note:  There is an additional $10 fee applied to all permits purchased in person, excluding reserved permits.
    • Group Method: Faculty and staff may also use the “group method” when submitting parking renewal forms.  A department representative mails or brings in the completed forms for all the individuals.  Make sure forms are completely filled out and signed to avoid delay in processing.  Please provide the name and phone number of a contact person.  We will call when the permits are ready for pick up.  Renewal forms are available on our website. Note:  There is an additional $10 fee applied to all permits purchased via this method, excluding reserved permits.
    • By mail: Print and complete the vehicle registration form. Mail the form and your check (payable to NIU) for the amount of the permit.  You may also select payroll deduction preference.  The parking permit will be mailed to you within three business days of receiving your order.  Note:  There is an additional $10 fee applied to all permits purchased by mail, excluding reserved permits.

                           Mail the completed form to:                      

    Northern Illinois University

    Campus Parking Services

    121 Normal Road

    DeKalb, IL 60115

    Please note you are at risk of receiving tickets if a valid parking permit is not displayed in your vehicle.  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at (815) 753-1045 or

  • Retiree Permits are now available for purchase in office. A valid NIU Retiree or Professor Emeritus ID card, along with payment of $10.00 is required to obtain the parking permit.
  • Lot D is now a "Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m." lot instead of an "At All Times" lot. Reserved Spaces will still be as posted.
  • Effective February 28, 2017: in Lot 15E there will be 19 additional Blue/Yellow parking spaces available

  • Due to the Stevens building construction, Lot 16 blue parking spaces are being utilized for construction vehicles only until further notice.

  • Electric vehicle charging station now available in parking garage
    • View our electric vehicle charging station mobile app