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Parking Permits

Permit Information

All vehicles parked on campus, except those in metered areas, are required to display valid college parking permits according to permit instructions. A vehicle may not display more than one permit at a time.

Failure to display, or improper display of, a parking permit is not an acceptable defense for parking violations.

Falsification of information to obtain a parking permit or report one as lost or stolen is punishable by disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. The registered permit owner also may be held liable for any infractions attributed to his or her parking permit, even if the permit has expired.


All registered students who meet the proper eligibility criteria must purchase a Buffalo State parking permit sticker if they wish to park a vehicle on campus.

Students: Apply for Parking Permit

Log on to the system with your campus username and password. Permits can be sent via US Mail to the student's address of record or picked up in the Parking Services Office, Chase Hall 126, during regular business hours. A valid ID must be shown when picking up the parking permit.

Summer Permits
Information pertaining to summer 2016 permits will be available in May 2016.

Fall Permits
From December 16, 2015, to February 1, 2016, all permits requested by students will be billed to your student account.

After February 1, 2016, all permits will be required to be paid by debit or credit card at the time of the request.

University Police will begin ticketing for no-permit violations beginning Monday, February 1, 2016. If you have elected to have your permit mailed to you and have not yet received it by this date, please stop at University Police or Parking Services to obtain a temporary permit for the day.

Freshman and Sophomore Resident Parking

First-year (freshman) and second-year (sophomore) students who reside in Buffalo State residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus. First-year and second-year students who reside off campus may register a vehicle for on-campus parking. First-year and second-year resident students who have been granted exemptions to the resident parking ban are subject to vehicle towing after their first violation.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff parking permits stickers may now be purchased online.

You will be able to log on to the system with your campus username and password. Permits can be sent via US Mail or picked up in the Parking Services Office, Chase Hall 126. A valid photo ID must be shown to secure the parking permit. All permits are required to be paid by Visa or MasterCard at the time of the request.

Faculty/Staff: Apply for Parking Permit

Staff members who do not have a Banner ID and vendors will be required to apply in-person for their parking permit at Parking Services. Permits are no longer available at Student Accounts.

Temporary Parking Permits
If you have elected to have your permit mailed to you and have not yet received it, please stop at University Police or Parking Services to obtain a temporary parking permit for the day.

Faculty/Staff Parking Lots
Certain lots or portions of lots are reserved for faculty and staff use only. These lots are appropriately marked at their entrances. Only vehicles with valid faculty/staff or vendor permits are authorized in these lots; valid permits must be properly displayed at all times. With the exception of Lot I-33, faculty/staff permits also are valid in students lots. They are not valid in metered areas.

Student use of faculty/staff parking permits is prohibited. Violation will result in ticketing and/or towing of the vehicle, confiscation of the permit, and possible disciplinary action against the faculty or staff member who obtained the parking permit.


Buffalo State emeriti are eligible for one free parking permit valid in any of the faculty and staff parking lots on campus. 

Rules and regulations for faculty and staff will also apply to emeriti. If you are interested in obtaining a parking permit for the 2015–2016 academic year, please email with your name, address, and vehicle information after July 8, 2015, and the office will mail your complimentary permit to your submitted address.

Guests and Visitors

Parking meters are available in Lots R-3, R-4, G-25, and I-30 and are enforced until 7:00 p.m. Visitors also may obtain free temporary parking permits from Parking Services or University Police for use in student lots.

Individuals invited to campus by a campus department or office are required to display a temporary permit when parking on campus. Permits should be obtained through the inviting department in advance of arrival.

One-day temporary permits also are available for students and staff who have paid the appropriate parking fee. Temporary permits are valid only in lots specified on the permit. Temporary permits are not valid in reserved spaces, those designated for maintenance vehicles, or metered areas.

Getting Here

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Parking for Persons with Disabilities

Municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities are not issued by the college. The college honors all valid municipally issued parking permits for persons with disabilities along with valid Buffalo State parking permits. Only those with both municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities and Buffalo State parking permits may park in areas designated for persons with disabilities.

Municipal permits displayed with a valid Buffalo State permit will allow an individual to park in any legal staff or student space. Municipal permits are not valid in reserved spaces or at meters. Municipal parking permits for persons with disabilities must be used by the individual to whom they are issued.

Students with temporary disabilities may obtain a temporary staff parking permit, valid in any staff or student parking area for up to two weeks, provided the student parking fee has been paid in full. A municipal parking permit for persons with disabilities is necessary for longer periods. A certificate of need must be obtained from the student's physician and submitted to Parking Services for consideration and appropriate action.

Staff permits are not valid in spaces designated for persons with disabilities on campus.

SmartWay Elite

Buffalo State is piloting a program that can offer a 20 percent discount to faculty, staff, and students off of the regular SUNY Buffalo State parking permit cost if you commute to campus in a vehicle rated as SmartWay Elite. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the SmartWay Elite certifications as a way to rate vehicles based on their emission levels and fuel economy values. The Elite status holds the highest standards and is earned by those vehicles that score 9 or better on both the Greenhouse Gas Score and Air Pollution Score.

By implementing the SmartWay Elite program, SUNY Buffalo State hopes to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles used to drive to and from Buffalo State.

See the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide to determine if your car qualifies as SmartWay Elite.  (In the "Look Up Greenest Vehicles" search box, check the box that says "SmartWay Elite", select the appropriate year and state.) Once you know that your vehicle qualifies, take these steps to apply for your discount:

  • Print out the EPA Green Vehicle Guide web page that lists your vehicle.
  • Fill out the SmartWay Elite application form.
  • Take your printout to Parking Services, Chase Hall 126 with a copy of your vehicle registration.
  • Once the Parking Services office has verified that your vehicle qualifies as SmartWay Elite, you may apply for your parking permit and will receive the discount effective on the date the application was submitted.

IMPORTANT: Your application will not be processed until the Parking Services office receives your documentation verifying your SmartWay Elite status. Documentation must be received by Parking Services prior to applying for your parking permit. No refunds will be issued for documentation submitted after the permit has been issued.

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