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.

2017-2018 Parking Permits

The 2017-2018 quarterly, academic and annual permits are active as of September 15, 2017.

Summer Zone parking and intersession permits are no longer valid as of September 15, 2017.


We've added the ability to pay using your smartphone!

On June 20, Parking Services launched ParkMobile.  Students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be able to use the ParkMobile app to park at many of the parking lots. Customers can pay to park with their smartphones using Parkmobile’s app for iPhone, Android, Windows, Amazon, and Blackberry phones, online at or by calling the toll-free number on the green meter stickers and signs.

"Adding this functionality to our parking system will greatly increase the ability of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to more easily take care of their parking needs," said Western Washington University Chief of Police Darin Rasmussen. 

Parkmobile’s mobile payments system is very simple and easy to use. Customers first must register by downloading the mobile app in their phone’s app store or online at Once registered, they may use the mobile app, internet, or the toll-free number listed on signage to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to their parking session expiring.

Parkmobile’s mobile payment solution is an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options.

Click on the Parkmobile link to the left for more info!

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

Campus Parking Updates

If you park on campus, you may have noticed some changes to Western’s Parking Services operations:

Service counter changes locations: On March 1, Parking Services relocated its customer service counter to the more centrally located Student Business Office in Old Main. Customer service for visitors, guests and vendors continues to be available in the Campus Services building, located on Bill McDonald Parkway. At the same time, Western improved its online Parking Portal to enhance the convenience of self service.

Pay station upgrades: Another improvement completed early spring is the upgrade to the parking lot pay stations. You may have noticed nearly all pay stations have been upgraded to the latest technology, including some solar powered stations. The final stations will be upgraded in conjunction with a resurfacing project this summer. These pay stations will allow for needed flexibility in our parking options.

Physical permits no longer required: Western will be implementing License Enabled Parking across campus beginning June 20. Parking on campus will no longer require a permit to be displayed in your vehicle, your license plate will be your permit to park. It is important to update your vehicle license plate in Western’s online parking system, if your plate number is inaccurate in the system, your permit will not be valid for your vehicle. Please see the license plate update instructions on the Parking website here.

Pay-by-phone option is coming: Along with licensed enabled parking, Western will be launching a pay-by-cell alternative to purchase short term parking permits, like 1-hour and daily permits. Through the use of the ParkMobile app, parkers will experience a payment process that is faster, easier and much more convenient. This transition to upgraded pay stations and the mobile app will allow Western to move away from coin operated meters and the maintenance expense associated with them. The mobile app provides immense added value to the customer, please visit our Parkmobile page for details.

Lot paving begins after commencement: On June 13, the long-anticipated parking lot resurfacing will begin. A summer long project to upgrade and resurface many of the parking lots on campus will enhance the parking experience for the Western community and reduce future maintenance expenses for years to come. If you currently have a permit to park in one of the lots scheduled for upgrading, you will be contacted directly with relocation options to minimize the inconvenience as this project is completed. Western encourages parkers to utilize the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center as an alternative to parking on campus during this time. Please visit our website for more details on the parking lot upgrade project and parking alternatives.

Things you need to do:

  • Update your vehicle license plate information in Western’s online Parking Portal.
  • Confirm that your customer information is accurate in Western’s online Parking Portal. Update it in Web4u if it is not accurate.
  • Renew or purchase your personal permit online as usual but remember you must attach an accurate license plate online for every vehicle you plan to park on campus.
  • Review Western’s Parking website to familiarize yourself with the parking lot upgrade/resurfacing projects.
  • Purchase a Lincoln Creek permit to park at Lincoln Creek during the upgrade project and using your bus pass, enjoy the bus ride to the center of campus.

Questions? Check out the Parking Services website or call 360-650-2945.

Pay Stations & Parking Office No Longer Accept Cash

The Pay Stations on campus, and the Parking Office in the Campus Services building will no longeraccept 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.


Page Updated 11.22.2017