Parking Services

Parking Services is responsible for managing the parking spaces on the Western campus, enforcement of parking regulations, maintenance of parking lots, managing parking pay-stations, providing special event parking, vendor and contractor parking and related special use parking on the University campus.

Parking on campus is limited especially on weekdays, and permits are required for parking in core lots at all times. Accessible parking for persons with disabilities is always available.

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Exciting News Parking Construction

Exciting News!

Beginning June 13, there will be multiple upgrades to some of the parking lots on Western’s campus. As part of Western’s Comprehensive Parking Master Plan (, these upgrades will repair deteriorating parking lots, prevent pot holes, address storm water environmental issues and pave several of our gravel lots.

With any project of this size and magnitude, there will be inevitable inconveniences and disruptions. Please know that we have done much already to minimize the impact of these projects. The lots that will be upgraded and improved this summer include 7G, 3R, 12A, 26CP, 18R, 19G, and C/CR (north of Harrington Field).

During this time, Western encourages parkers to utilize the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center as an alternative to parking on campus. To make this as simple and easy as possible you can obtain a free Lincoln Creek parking permit on the Parking portal link. (

The construction schedule for the lots is below:

7G/3R: Begins on June 13, with anticipated completion before Fall 2016 classes begin. The construction of these two lots will be split—one side of the lot will be available for parking while the other side is under construction. Permit holders will be notified by Parking Services of the reassignment options via email no later than June 6.

19G: Begins on June 13, with anticipated completion on June 24, 2016. Permit holders will be notified by Parking Services of the reassignment options via email no later than June 6.

12A/26CP/18R: Begins on June 13, with anticipated completion on September 1, 2016. Permit holders will be notified by Parking Services of the reassignment options via email no later than June 6, 2016.

C/CR (north of Harrington Field): Begins on June 13, with anticipated completion on July 31.

In addition to the WWU parking lot upgrades, it is important to be aware that the City of Bellingham will be resurfacing Bill McDonald Parkway.( Western has worked hard in partnering with the City of Bellingham to minimize the impact and disruption to the campus community.

The project will have (2) phases. During the first phase, a portion of the roadway will be closed from June 12 to Aug. 20. Access to the C lots will remain available from Bill McDonald via West College Way. (

Phase two will begin on Aug. 21, and is anticipated to end on Sept. 9. While the roadway will be closed, drivers may access Campus Services from Bill McDonald Parkway at 21st St.

Western has also been actively working with WTA to realign the bus stops and potential services to reduce the impact to the community. Information will be provided to the campus community as soon as it is available.

In summary, while these improvements are exciting and needed; we are working diligently to lessen the disruption and inconveniences during this time. We are committed to providing regular updates via the Parking Services webpage and other media. We encourage all interested parties to check our webpage frequently for the most current condition of our roadways and the parking system.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Parking Services at

Changes Coming to Parking Services

Watch for an array of changes taking place in Western’s Parking Services to make both its self-serve offerings and in-person customer-service functions easier and more efficient. Along with recent upgrades to the parking online portal and new solar-powered pay stations, Parking Customer Service has moved to the Student Business Office (SBO). Beginning March 1, students, faculty and staff can conduct parking transactions conveniently in the SBO in Old Main 110. Parking customers are still encouraged to use its secure online system for quick and convenient purchases and payments, but when the need arises to do business face-to-face or by phone, the new point of contact will be the SBO, not the Campus Services Building.

Beginning March 1, phone calls made to Parking Services for customer service will be answered by SBO staff. Transactions requiring personal attention such as disability permits, carpool permits and others will be handled in the SBO. Citation payments and appeals will continue to be processed online, and payments made through U.S. mail will be processed by the SBO. Please refer to the Parking Services website, for up to date information on this transition. Visitors and guests will still obtain parking permits at Parking Services in the Campus Services Building.

Pay Stations & Parking Office No Longer Accept Cash

The Pay Stations on campus, and the Parking Office in the Campus Services building will no longer accept Cash/Coin. They will only accept Credit Card/Debit Card (Visa/Mastercard/American Express/Discover).


New Online Parking Portal

On January 28, 2016, Parking Services implemented a new and updated ONLINE parking portal that’s mobile-friendly! Although the look has changed, the current functions will remain the same. You're able to:

  • Buy parking permits
  • Add yourself to a waiting list for a lot
  • Pay citations

For more information about the new parking portal please contact Parking Services at 360.650.2945 or parking@wwu.ed

Go to the Parking Portal


Parking Services Implements New & Updated Online Parking Portal

Parking Services will implement a new and updated online parking portal from its vendor later this month that will include an upgraded, mobile-friendly interface and a new look and feel while keeping the portal`s key functionality essentially the same - its main function will still be for buying new parking permits, renewing permits, adding a name to a waiting list for a lot, and paying citations. The new portal`s key mission will be to boost ease of use for students, employees, and visitors resulting in a much more user-friendly experience.

In addition to the new portal, Parking Services will also this winter replace its parking-lot pay stations with new high-efficiency, solar-powered pay stations. The new pay stations have advanced features, are theft resistant, have larger LCD screens, and are easier to maintain and use.


Parking Permits Required at Lincoln Creek Transportation Center

Permits are required to park in Western’s Lincoln Creek Transportation Center (LCTC). The permit will be free for the 2015-16 school year as the lot transitions to a permit system. Starting with the 2016-17 school year the LCTC lot may have a minimal fee.

Permits are available online. Customers can print their own permit from home. Self-help computer kiosks will be available in the lobby of Campus Services building (parking office).

Making the transition to a permit system for the LCTC will allow for utilization tracking of the lot and provide a means to communicate with lot users. In addition, charging fees for the lot will assist in offsetting its maintenance costs and allow for future upgrades.


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