A visitor is anyone who is not a current student or employee directly of Ball State University.

Visitors need to comply with all University parking rules and regulations as well as with city ordinances and state laws.

There are several options for visitor parking on campus.

Parking Locations

To see all of the parking lots and garages at Ball State, please see our campus map. Or for a breakdown of the locations allowed by each permit, please see below.

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Types of Permits

You may purchase a parking permit if you are a member of the general public not affiliated with Ball State.

A permit costs $5 per day.

Visitors may purchase a permit in our office during normal business hours or buy one online by setting up a guest account with a valid email address.

How to Register

Please provide the following when you register:

  • license plate number and expiration date
  • vehicle make, color, and year

How to Display the Permit

Print the permit at the time of purchase and put that form in your car on the driver side dashboard facing up.

Where You May Park

Parking is permitted only in the yellow and green marked lots on campus and does not allow for parking at a meter or in the paid areas of the garages. There is no overnight parking in green commuter lots.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is also available; however, you are still required to purchase a visitor permit as well as display your state-issued placard or license plate while on campus.

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Faculty, staff, and students are not eligible to purchase or display a visitor permit. Anyone caught violating this will have their parking privileges revoked for one calendar year.

Contractors are required to comply with all University parking rules and regulations as well as with city ordinances and state laws, including displaying a Ball State parking permit.

Contractor parking is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Costs

  • per semester – $30
  • per year – $60 (August to August)

How to Buy a Permit

To purchase a contractor permit, the following information must be submitted at the Office of Parking Services:

  • company name, address, and phone number
  • customer (person purchasing the permit) name, address, and phone number
  • license plate number, make, and color

Vendors, sales, and service personnel are required to comply with all University parking rules and regulations as well as with city ordinances and state laws, including displaying a Ball State Parking Permit.

Sales and Service parking is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Costs

  • per semester – $30
  • per year – $60 (August to August)

How to Buy a Permit

To purchase a sales and service permit, the following information must be submitted at the Office of Parking Services:

  • company name, address, and phone number
  • customer (person purchasing the permit) name, address, and phone number
  • license plate number, make, and color

Locations

A sales and service permit allows parking in the following areas:

  • service vehicle spaces
  • loading docks
  • any yellow general faculty/staff or green surface commuter lot

The Cardinal Pride Permit is free of charge. You may not request a permit for a vehicle that is registered to a student. Only one Cardinal Pride permit will be issued per address at a time.

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This permit is for parents only. Students found using a Cardinal Pride Permit will be ticketed for Improper Registration and have their parking privileges revoked for one calendar year.

Locations

The Cardinal Pride Permit is valid Monday through Friday in following areas:

  • green surface commuter lots
  • yellow faculty/staff lots
  • meters (without paying)

The Cardinal Pride Permit does not authorize parking in the following areas:

  • Special 97 spaces or handicap spaces
  • service vehicle spaces or restricted areas
  • red restricted or blue housing lots
  • fire lanes, driveways, or "No Parking" areas

A permit is not required in most areas on Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise posted.

How to Request a Permit

In Person

To be issued a Cardinal Pride Permit in person, the parent must bring the following information to the Office of Parking Services.

  • driver's license
  • license plate number and expiration date
  • vehicle make, color, and year

By Mail

Complete and return the Cardinal Pride Permit Application to the address listed on the application.

Download Application (PDF)

Prepaid parking garage permits allow parking in the metered areas of any parking garage (R6, R7, or R8).

Anyone (students, employees, or visitors) can purchase a prepaid permit. The cost is $5 for the day.

Overnight parking is prohibited in all parking garages.

How to Purchase a Permit

To purchase a prepaid permit, bring the following information to the Office of Parking Services:

  • driver's license
  • license plate number and expiration date
  • vehicle make, color, and year
  • payment (cash, check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard)

University departments purchasing permits for their visitors may also pay using a journal voucher.

Buy a Permit

Have you determined what type of permit you need? Then make your purchase online.

Buy a Permit

Questions or Concerns?

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