City Parking Ordinances

New and returning NIU students are encouraged to educate themselves about the City of DeKalb parking regulations for neighborhoods surrounding the university.

Under the City's Safe Streets program, street parking that many students have utilized in the past will no longer be available, and overnight parking is banned in certain neighborhoods.

Parking Options

If you live in the affected neighborhoods you have three options:

  • Obtain a parking permit from your landlord and park in private lots assigned to your building
  • Purchase a student permit for an NIU lot
  • Get a city street parking permit
    • Note: you will need to prove that your apartment does not provide an off-street parking space for you

Parking Permits

City street parking permits are free of costs upon showing proof of residency and must be obtained at the DeKalb Police Station, 700 West Lincoln Highway. These permits allow street parking only in approved areas near the applicant's residence, and may not be used to park on city streets in other restricted areas.

Students hosting overnight guests will recieve 12 guest passes. Both the regular and guest parking permits must be purchased at the police station for now, but City officials are developing an online purchasing system that will debut later in the fall.

Get more information about parking restrictions and permit applications or call 815-748-8400.

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