Accessible Parking

Parking Services is not authorized to issue temporary state handicap parking placards.

Connecticut residents may visit the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles website to learn more about the availability and privileges associated with Connecticut’s temporary handicap parking placards.Employees & Students

State-issued handicap parking placards alone do not authorize the use of the University’s permit-parking facilities.

Visitors with state-issued handicap placards/plates may park within any of the University’s transient fee-paid parking spaces such as meter and mobile-payment (pay-by-phone) parking spaces and accessible spaces within the North Garage and South Garage on the Storrs Campus.  State-issued handicap parking placards alone do not authorize parking on any of the  surface parking lots exclusively reserved for University paid permit parking. Visitors with state-issued handicap placards/plates may park at no-charge in any metered parking location.

University employees with state-issued handicap placards must present them to Parking Services when applying for their University parking permits to qualify and receive a “Special/Accessible” parking permit.  ”Special/Accessible”  parking permits authorize their holders to use ADA compliant parking spaces in parking facilities within their selected permit-type area.

Special/Accessible parking capacity was established by the University to maximize the availability of convenient parking for those with mobility issues but do not necessarily require transfer zones.  Special/Accessible parking spaces are posted in locations within close proximity to accessible building entrances and facilities.  These spaces do not, however, have associated wheelchair transfer zones and are therefore not ADA compliant.

Special/Accessible permits are often preferred by applicants who always require the use of the transfer zones associated with ADA compliant parking spaces.  Special/Accessible parking permits  authorize their holders the use of either ADA compliant parking spaces or  “Special Permit” parking spaces in parking facilities within their selected permit-type area.

Parking Services staff will work  with those individuals to identify and arrange suitable parking accommodations for them.

Parking services staff are also ready and prepared to accommodate University employees and students having “temporary mobility issues.”  Parking Services staff will work  with those individuals to identify and arrange suitable parking accommodations for them.

Connecticut statutes that associated with the provision of parking accommodations for those with disabilities which limit or impair their ability to walk include the following: Chapter 248, Vehicle Highway Use, Section 14 – 253, 253a, and 254.

Temporary mobility issues include limitations and impairments most frequently associated with sports injuries and periods of physical rehabilitation.

Students with temporary mobility issues should first contact the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) to certify their temporary mobility issues.  In most instances, the CSD staff will require students to submit medical documentation of the temporary mobility issue.  Once the issue is certified, the CSD will then inform Parking Services about the degree and duration of the needed parking accommodations.

Parking Services is not authorized to issue temporary state handicap parking placards.  Connecticut residents may visit the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles website to learn more about the availability and privileges associated with Connecticut’s temporary handicap parking placards.

The University provides a variety of accessible van and shuttle services on the Storrs Campus. Information regarding those services can be found on the Transportation Services website or by calling (860) 486-4991.