Parking Information

Parking Changes Effective Aug. 3, 2020 

The university paused all payroll deductions for active parking permit holders March 16, 2020. Since then we have been diligently working to prepare for limited faculty and staff returning to campus before in-person classes begin and students return on Aug. 17. We have heard many concerns about parking options on campus this fall, especially given the large percentage of our workforce that normally utilizes RTD to commute to and from downtown. We also understand many individuals are hesitant to use mass transit as it makes physical distancing difficult.

We are striving to make our parking garages more accessible to employees who need to be on campus this fall, while also being considerate of cost and availability for employees only working part-time on campus. As of Aug. 3, the CU Denver parking program will reinstate payroll deductions and accept applications for new permit holders.

Changes to how permits are offered and issued are as follows:

Lawrence Street Center (LSC) 

Parking operations in the LSC garage will remain the same. Existing permit holders who want to keep their reserved space and parking arrangement do not need to do anything.  

We will accept applications for new reserved permits as spaces become available. Those wishing to cancel parking may do so online via the Facilities’ parking website. NOTE: Those cancelling are not guaranteed a space if and when they do return to campus. 

Business School (BUS) 

Parking in the BUS garage is currently an open parking arrangement, allowing permit holders to park first-come first-serve in any open space. We will continue to operate in this manner in order to accommodate more drivers and varying work schedules, in conjunction with similar changes at the CU Denver Building. 

CU Denver Building (CU) 

Reserved parking at CU will no longer be an option. Similar to BUS, we are moving to an open parking system to accommodate more drivers and varying work schedules. Hotel Teatro continues to hold 40 24/7 reserves spaces in the lower level, which are not available for university parkers. 

Existing permit holders at BUS and CU will automatically be switched to the new full-time open parking rate. For employees that will be on campus two days per week or less, we are offering a part-time open parking rate. To cancel, make changes to your existing permit, or to sign up for new parking, please use the form on the Facilities’ parking website

The new rate structure for open parking is as follows: 

  • BUS/CU full-time open parking – $133/month 
  • BUS/CU part-time open parking – $85/month 

We are continuing to work on one-day discounted parking options at surrounding vendors (Denver Performing Arts Center or other garages) and will make announcements if and when those become available. AHEC continues to provide affordable daily parking in lots and garages on the Auraria Campus. For AHEC parking options please visit the AHEC Parking & Transportation Services website, email, or call 303-556-2003.

As a reminder, parking operations on campus are an auxiliary enterprise and required to be fully self-funded through the established employee permit parking program. The fiscal strategy in this auxiliary is not one of profit, but rather to sufficiently cover debt service and maintain safe and reliable parking for the campus through ongoing upkeep and maintenance of parking lots.

As we work through these processes, we appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Please direct other parking related questions or concerns to Facilities Dispatch by emailing or calling 303-315-7777.

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