Volunteer Permits


Purchase a Permit

Volunteers can purchase parking permits online. You will need your BU login id and password to login. A vehicle must be registered with the University before parking on campus or it must be parked in a paid space. To register your vehicle and purchase a permit, log into your account and follow the instructions.

TAPS utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR) that eliminates the need for parking decals. LPR is a plate-recognition technology that virtually associates Binghamton University parking permits to a license plate without a decal or hangtag. Once a virtual permit is purchased online a confirmation will be emailed and the permit is active. Vehicle information can be updated from an online account at any time. Multiple vehicles can be added to a virtual permit from an online account, but only one vehicle associated with a virtual permit may be on campus at a time.

Volunteer Permits

Volunteers pay a one-time registration fee per vehicle they register each academic year. The current fee is $25.

Permit Display

TAPS has integrated a new parking software that utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR). LPR, is a plate-recognition technology that associates parking permits to a license plate and not a sticker decal or hangtag.

License plates must be visible from the drive lane for LPR to work properly. If you are from a state that does not require a front license plate, for example Pennsylvania, vehicles must be pulled into a space nose first. A one time warning will be issued for this offense.

Permit Return Policy

Visitor pass, day and month permit sales are final.

Semester and annual permits can be returned within seven calendar days for a full refund. Returns must be made during regular business hours. The day of purchase is day one, so a permit bought on April 1st must be returned in the Parking Office by the end of business on April 7th. After that period, there are no refunds except as noted below:

  • Employees who purchased the full-price prorated permit can return it for a prorated refund of the parking-fee portion of the price until May.
  • Non-employees (students, non-affiliates) who leave the University permanently or for study abroad may, if requested by January 31, be able to exchange an annual permit for a Fall semester permit and receive the difference in price as a refund.