The UW is committed to ensuring access and inclusion for all. Vehicles parked in disability parking spaces on the UW campus must display a state or UW-issued disability placard or plate at all times. Visitors must have a state-issued placard or plate. Faculty, staff and students can apply for a UW-issued placard through the appropriate disability office

Please note that a UW parking permit is required for all vehicles parking on campus from Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to  9 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon. Accessible parking costs the same as other UW parking areas.  Permits are issued for a specific parking lot and are valid in any disability stall or other available general stall in that lot. Parking in a different lot, or without a UW parking permit, may lead to a citation. If you need to park elsewhere beyond the assigned lot associated with your permit, you will need to obtain an Out-of-area permit at a gatehouse or online.

You can also use PayByPhone to pay for parking in your desired lot. You should only pay for the length of time that you are parking in a specific lot. When you move to a new lot, you will need to pay for the duration you are parking in that specific lot.

Parking procedures are different in the Triangle and Surgery Pavilion garages, which are managed by the UW Medical Center. The hospital’s parking validation program is available to all UWMC patients and visitors, disabled or not. For more information about these garages, visit the UWMC website.  Please see the UW Bothell and UW Tacoma websites for information about accessible parking on those campuses.

For information about obtaining a state-issued disability placard or plate, please see the Washington State Department of Licensing website.

The University is developing a new comprehensive built environment accessibility improvement plan. Learn more about the ADA Transition Plan.

Other resources

Access guide: Information on accessible entrances and facilities for buildings on the University of Washington Seattle campus.

Dial-A-Ride is a free shuttle service that operates between 125 designated stop locations on the Seattle campus for faculty, staff and students with either permanent or temporary mobility limitations.

Transit: Learn how you can use your U-PASS with regional paratransit services.

Report a barrier to access: We want everyone to get where they need to go. Let us know if you can’t.

Students & employees

Members of the UW community are eligible for long-term accessible parking permits but must apply through their respective offices:

Transportation Services will issue temporary permits for up to six weeks while long-term permits are processed. Please call 206-221-3701 or email

Football & other athletic events

To request accessible accommodations for football games, please call Intercollegiate Athletics Event Management at 206-543-2200 or email

For disability accommodations at other athletics events, please call 206-616-8710.