Regulations > Parking Permits


  1. Refunding a Parking Permit - Parking fees for current and remaining months will be refunded only if cancelled within the first 2 business days of the current month (Business day is defined as Monday to Friday 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.). After the first 2 business days have elapsed, only the following, unused months will be refunded. NO REFUND is available on annual motorcycle permits.
  2. Carpool Permit: Two or more applicants, travelling to and from the University at one time, may be eligible to apply for a carpool permit.  Persons registered as traveling in a carpool may use the carpool permit to park one of their vehicles at a time in the designated parking lot. Each driver must complete a carpool application and agreement form, identifying their carpool partner(s). Carpooling is only recognized by Security and Parking Services if formally preregistered. If a carpool dissolves, all members must return to their original parking lot.
    1. Lot A and Q - No carpool applications permitted.
    2. Lots B, C, E, G, H, I, K, M and L -  At least one applicant MUST have an existing parking permit for one of these parking lots to be eligible to carpool in these lots.
  3. Shift Permit: The shift permit are issued to McMaster employees who have a valid permit for Lot M,N,O or P and  work shifts that extend outside the shuttle bus hours of operation (6:30a.m. to 11:00p.m.). The application form must be filled out and signed by the applicant’s direct supervisor. The shift permit authorizes parking in lots B, C, D, E, G, H, I, after 1:30pm, Monday to Friday. Shift permits do not allow parking in the Divinity College parking lot (Lot A), Stadium Underground an Wilson Underground.
  4. Evening Parking Permit: Parking is available for parking after 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Statutory Holidays on Main Campus, with the exception of Lot A, Stadium Underground and Wilson Underground.
  5. Accommodation Permit: A medical permit is available to any person who requires parking accommodations for a period of eight months or less. A McMaster University parking accommodation form must be completed and submitted to the Parking Services. A temporary ministry of transportation accessible parking permit will also be accepted. Allocation of temporary accommodation permit will be issued and assigned in one of the upper campus parking lots (B, C, D, G, H, or Stadium) depending on the most convenient option for applicant, and subject to availability.
  6. Main Campus Permits:  Between the hours of 7:30a.m.and 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday, the permit authorizes parking only in the designated lot assigned to the permit. It does not authorize parking in any other space.   However, after 4:30p.m.and until 7:30a.m. the following weekday, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the permit holder may use any area designated for parking except for Divinity College, Stadium Underground, Wilson Underground and short term parking lots J, F and Q.
  7. West Campus Permits: Between the hours of 7:30a.m. and 7:30p.m., Monday through Friday, the permit authorizes parking in the designated lot assigned to the permit. However, after 4:30p.m. and until 7:30a.m, the following weekday, (Monday to Friday) and all day Saturday and Sunday, the permit holder may use any parking lot designated for parking such as B, C, D, H, I and Stadium Underground after 4:30pm , except for Divinity College, Wilson Underground and short term parking lots J, F and Q.
  8. Retired faculty and staff from the University are entitled to no charge parking. Parking is authorized according to retirement date from the University and it is renewed anually.
  • Accessible Permit: Available to anyone who has a valid Ministry of Transportation Accessible Parking Permit. Parking is authorized in designated accessible parking spaces located on campus in gated lots and short term meter parking areas, with the exception of Lot A (unless authorized).
  • Note: Parking areas can be identified by signs posted at the entrance to each lot. The core of the Central Campus is designated as a pedestrian priority area and, as such, is closed to vehicular traffic except for emergency and authorized service vehicles.  PARKING IS PERMITTED ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREAS.  The University, having marked approved spaces, is under no obligation to mark all areas where parking is prohibited.