Accessible Parking

UConn Parking Services is not authorized to issue 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 handicap parking placards.

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

UConn Employees:  UConn Employees with state-issued handicap placards/paperwork must present the placard/paperwork to Parking Services when applying for their University parking permits to qualify and receive a “Special/Accessible” parking permit.  ”Special/Accessible”  parking permits authorize parking within the permit-type area.

UConn Students:  Students with medical conditions or documented disabilities must register with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) before their requests for parking and/or transportation accommodation(s) can be considered.  You can register online by selecting  “MyAccess for New Student” on the CSD homepage (  Documentation that describes the nature of your condition and supports the need for the requested accommodation will need to be provided.  Guidelines for that documentation are also available on the CSD website.  Once you register with the CSD, their staff will contact you about your request.  If the CSD approves the accommodation, Parking Services will work with you to finalize the needed arrangements.

UConn Visitors:  State-issued handicap parking placards alone do not authorize parking on any of the surface parking lots exclusively reserved for UConn paid permit parking.  Visitors with state-issued handicap placards/plates may park within any of UConn’s fee-paid parking spaces such as mobile-payment (pay-by-phone) parking spaces.

On the Storrs campus, accessible spaces are also located within the North Garage and South Garage.

On the downtown Hartford campus, accessible parking accommodations are typically accommodated in the North Front Street where handicap parking spaces are located on Levels 1 (3 spaces), Level 2 (2 spaces), Level 3 (two spaces), Level 4 (five spaces), and Level 6 (2 spaces).  The central elevator bay provides accessible access to Front Street on Level 2.  The handicap parking spaces on Level 1 also include a van accessible parking stall and access to this level is available via elevator 24/7.  The doors from the Traveler’s Plaza that lead to the accessible parking stalls on Level 4 of the garage remain open until 10:00 PM; there are several steps and a door without a power-assisted opener along this travel path.

On the Stamford Campus, handicap parking spaces are located in the main campus parking lot located at 1194 Washington Boulevard.   There are also several handicap parking spaces on Franklin Street.  While those spaces provide UConn parking permit holders with the closest accessible parking option to the main campus building, they are heavily used and their availability is, therefore, less predictable.

UConn provides a variety of accessible van and shuttle services on the Storrs Campus. Information regarding those services can be found on the university’s Accessibility website or by calling (860) 486-4991.

Visitors with state-issued handicap placards/plates who park at mechanical parking meters need not return to feed those meters once their first paid parking session has expired.