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Stony Brook University is in the midst of multi-year plan to enhance the technology and infrastructure of parking services on campus. In order to achieve that vision, and support Stony Brook’s planned growth, the University and Hospital plans to transition to a paid parking model, anticipated to begin in the fall of 2023. Read more about our proposed plan below.

*Please note, there will be no changes for students for the Fall 2023 semester. If you have any questions, please contact To register for a permit, please visit the "Parking Permits" page

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  • Implement paid parking structure for all students, faculty and staff, tiering permit fees by location.
  • Eliminate faculty/staff and commuter student zones. Have only designations of residential and commuter parking.
  • Expand enforcement hours for all lots from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The new Mobility and Parking Services (MAPS) organizational structure combines operations for all Stony Brook University campuses and centralized operations that are currently spread across different departments throughout the university and medical center. These changes include:

  • Integration of Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) parking operations into Stony Brook University (SBU) operations.
  • Movement of parking enforcement from University Police (UPD) to MAPS. The parking appeals process remains with UPD.
  • Movement of permitting and customer service functions from Student Financial Services to MAPS.

Many of our current systems are at the end of their useful life, and new technologies are available to both better manage operations and elevate the customer experience. All of the systems work together to provide Business Intelligence which combines information from all data systems to track patterns and metrics that can be used to drive decisions. This results in a better customer experience, more efficient operations, data-driven decision making, and flexibility for growth.

  • Permit Software- Allows for permits to be sold in a variety of options by classification of customers. Current software has limitations regarding types of permits that can be sold as well as how that process takes place. 
  • Enforcement Software/Hardware- Seamlessly integrates a customer’s information when it comes to online payments.  Allows for online appeals process and gives enforcement opportunity to issue one-time warning citations for individuals that have never had a citation.
  • Mobile/Fixed License Plate Recognition (LPR)- Uses license plates to verify payment for parking through permit, meter, reservation or mobile payments.  Increases compliance with parking rules and regulations, thereby ensuring adequate parking for all customers. Eliminates the need for a physical hangtag.  
  • Mobile Payments- Allows for payment by phone for metered parking; including extending time.  Gives flexibility to charge back to a department if necessary. 
  • Multi-Space Meters- Upgrade current meters to allow for department validations and more control over operations (e.g., changing rates for special events, holidays, etc.).
  • Event Parking- Allows for reservation of parking for specific days/times/locations. Gives flexibility to charge back to a department if necessary for visitor parking. Removes requirement to get physical permit in hand of a visitor.
  • Vehicular Guidance- Provides real-time data to customers through web or app to identify where parking is available.  Decreases customer frustration in finding parking, increases pedestrian safety in relation to less vehicular circling, and decreases the carbon footprint by decreasing traffic congestion.

An outside agency, EFPR Group, CPAs, PPLC was engaged to perform agreed-upon procedures on historical and forecasted financial information provided by the University. FY18/19 was used for operational expenses, as it was the last full year prior to COVID. The process occurred prior to the end of FY21/22 and therefore current projections include updated financial information. The following factors were taken under consideration when developing the pay-for-parking structure: 

  • Implement a proposed tiered approach that will impact the high parking demand at the core of campus.
  • Allow individuals to choose from different levels of proposed pricing. 
  • Allow access for faculty, staff and students at all levels.  
  • Create a financially sustainable model to properly maintain current garages/lots and support future construction.

It is important to note that currently 66% of all employees with parking permits are paying for parking; 96% on east campus and 14% on west campus. Rates have also not changed in over 30 years.  As an example, the $16.24 rate in 1988 would equal $40.75 in 2022.

The plan consists of 5 proposed tiers of parking permits.

  • Premium Parking: Garages and West Campus gated parking areas
  • Core Parking: West Campus lots inside Circle Road
  • Perimeter Parking: West Campus lots outside Circle Road, East Campus Surface Lots, South Campus and R&D Park lots around AERTC/CEWIT/IDC
  • Satellite Parking: Lot 40 and R&D Park lots around RSS
  • Residential: All Residential Zones

The assigned faculty/staff spaces and commuter spaces were reallocated to give opportunity for individuals to choose from all tiers. In the Core Tier, 65% of the spaces were allocated to faculty/staff. In the Satellite Tier, 70% of the spaces were allocated to students. New technology will allow us to better evaluate space usage and make adjustments as needed.  Perimeter allocations were determined by location. Individuals will be able to park in their tier or the ones below. 

This proposed plan will eliminate assigned lots based on faculty/staff and commuter status. Parking will be available first-come, first-served by zone. This proposed change will maximize usage of the lots. Future vehicular guidance and digital way-finding technology will help assist individuals in finding open parking.

Premium 4,468 400 0
Core 1,892 1,019 0
Perimeter - East Campus 1,115 0 0
Perimeter - Research & Development 427 22 0
Perimeter - South Campus 390 43 0
Perimeter - West Campus 348 320 0
Satellite - Research & Development 222 334 0
Satellite - West Campus 755 1,763 0
Residential 0 0 2,469
Total 9,616 3,900 2,469
Current Space Count 9,441 3,813 2,469

This proposed plan will also expand the enforcement hours from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. We are exploring discounted evening permit options for students, which will allow access to the assigned tier beginning at 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Proposed initial allocation of spaces:

Faculty and Staff Permits: Faculty and staff currently paying for parking will be given first choice on whether to continue in their current location or make a change. Once those allocations are complete, permits will be offered to individuals based on their last hire date. This is consistent with the current allocation procedures at Stony Brook University Hospital. This process will continue until all faculty and staff have been processed. If faculty and staff do not get their first choice of tier, they can be placed on a waitlist (in order of last hire date). Once initial allocations are complete, future sales will be based on waitlist position or open facility selection.

Student Permits: All student permits will be sold on a semester basis which allows the cost of the permit to be spread throughout the year. Commuter student permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and be billed to your student account. Residential permits will follow the current eligibility requirements. If space is available after the semester begins, residential permits will be sold on a lottery basis for first and second year students. East Campus facility student parking will continue to be coordinated with the academic health programs.

A benchmark was conducted with data from the SUNY system and AAU universities. It is important to note that the SUNY universities are under the same conditions as Stony Brook, with historically low parking charges, due to many factors.

The stars represent where our recommended  rates would fall compared to other AAU institutions.
The blue line represents minimum rates and orange line represents maximum rates.

SUNY Schools (5 including all University Centers):

  • Student Parking
      • All charged either  a parking fee, vehicular registration fee or combined it as part of an overall  transportation fee.
  • Faculty and Staff
      • All charged either a parking fee or vehicular registration fee.

AAU Schools (23)

  • Comparison of AAU schools that were determined to be public, nonurban institutions. Urban institutions were determined by the The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, USU, members, as well as any known large metropolitan areas.
  • Minimum Rate ($120): 
      • Annual Averages- $258.77 for students and $274.94 for employees
      • Percentage of peer institutions with a higher minimum rate than $120: 87% for students, 83% for employees

List of AAU Universities Included in Benchmark

  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A&M University
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UC Davis
  • UNC- Chapel Hill
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Utah
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proposed Rates

Tier Name Parking Location Employee Price Student Price Parking Access

Premium Parking

  • All Garages
  • West Campus gated parking areas
  • Please note that access is to one specific premium location, not all



Core Parking

  • West Campus lots inside Circle Road



Perimeter Parking

  • West Campus lots outside perimeter of Circle Road
  • Staff Lot A and Ambulatory Parking on East Campus
  • South Campus and CEWIT Park





Satellite Parking

  • Lot 40
  • RSS




  • All Residential Zones
  • Please note that access is  specific to your assigned residential lot (not all residential locations) 

Residential staff members





Visitor (Metered) Parking

  • Designated lots
  • Garages






Contact our team or your Union representatives.