Parking at PLU

All PLU lots are private property and require a parking decal or pass issued by PLU to park in them.  A parking decal does not guarantee you a parking space in an authorized lot but rather affords you the opportunity to park in the lot should space be available.  The only permissible parking spaces within the PLU lots must be outlined on both sides with painted white lines.  Parking in any unmarked section of a PLU lot (i.e. grassy areas, unmarked spaces, etc.) is subject to ticketing for improper parking ($30).  All violations in PLU lots are enforced between 7:00 am -5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, throughout the school year.  Areas that are enforced 24 hours per day are: fire lanes, restricted areas, handicapped spaces, carpool spaces, loading zones and reserved 24 hour spaces. Driving on inner campus is strictly regulated. Generally, student vehicles are not permitted on the inner campus except during official move-in and out days. The university reserves the right to change designated use of parking lots at any time to provide for special needs.  Only the decal for the current school year may be displayed. Previous school year decals must be removed. All vehicles parked on campus must be in operable condition.


Pacific Lutheran University welcomes all visitors to our campus and offers free visitor parking passes to friends, family, guests and prospective students.  Due to the limited parking in and around the PLU campus, parking regulations are strictly enforced. We, therefore, request all visitors stop by the Campus Safety office to obtain a pass before continuing with their visit.

Summer Parking at PLU: If you registered for a PLU parking decal and need to leave your vehicle in one of the student authorized lots in your absence, you are welcome to do so until the beginning of the next school year.  You will need to obtain prior approval before you leave, so be sure to get summer parking organized well before you depart for your trip.  Do not park your vehicle, leave for the trip, and then send in your summer parking information. Each summer there are various maintenance projects scheduled and you need to make sure you are not impeding those projects while parked on campus over the summer.  You will need to provide the name and phone number for a local contact in the event your vehicle needs to be tended to in your absence.  Inquiries about summer parking on campus can be addressed to  To continue parking in the PLU lots after August 31st, you will be required to purchase a new current school year decal.

Vehicle Registration Information

Registration begins during the summer before the start of the school year. The decals are valid through August 31st of the latest year displayed on the decal. Please do not discard your decal until you have picked up your newest decal. Vehicle registration is completed on-line. The decal will be ready for pick up within 3 business days at the Campus Safety office. Decals can not be mailed and must be picked up in person.  Bring your PLU ID card with you.  If someone else will be picking up your decal in your stead, please send an e-mail to advising of the same.  Signature on a receipt form will be required before CSAF will release the decal.

All registered vehicles are required to display a PLU parking decal at all times when parked in a PLU lot.  If, for some reason, your decal is not displayed in your registered car, you will need to request a free day pass from CSAF or risk being ticketed for non-display ($30).  Any number of vehicles can be registered for use with a given decal. Vehicles registered in previous years for other decals are not automatically registered to the new decal. Each vehicle must be registered for the current year. In the event you neglect to transfer your primary decal to a non-registered secondary vehicle but still want to park in a PLU lot, you can obtain a free day pass from the CSAF office.  Otherwise, you risk being ticketed for failure to register ($80).  Note:  Handwritten notes are not accepted as substitutes for a PLU day pass and will be subject to ticketing the same as an unregistered vehicle ($80).

Your status at PLU (i.e., student vs. employee, commuter vs. resident, freshman, etc.) determines which parking decal you are allowed to register for.

Decal types:

  • Commuter: Students commuting to campus from home regardless of class standing.
  • Freshman: Students with freshman status who are living on campus.
  • Resident: Students with other than freshman status living on campus.
  • Faculty/Staff: Any and all employees of PLU
  • Morken: Offered as a secondary decal option to all employees and students with commuter decals only. See additional information under “Morken Decal Information”.
  • South Hall:  Open to all students (regardless of class standing) for an additional fee. These decals do not allow the owner to park in any other lots.

Each decal type is assigned to designated PLU lots with signs posted at each lot entrance indicating which decal type is authorized to park in any given lot.  Should you park in a lot not authorized for your decal, you risk being ticketed for parking in an unauthorized lot ($40).

Decal Refund – Refunds for parking decals are typically given with in the first 30 days of school.  If you are looking to obtain a refund after the 30 day mark, you will need to contact the parking supervisor for their review of the situation. If you have questions about a decal refund, please email

2018 - 2019 current rates:

  • Faculty/Staff: No Cost. *Employees are eligible to purchase a second decal for the cost of $60.
  • Students (includes Resident Freshman, Resident students and Commuters): $50 annually
  • South Hall gated lot (open to all students): Total $130 year / $95 half year

*Only one decal can be used at a time. Employees are not allowed to share the second decal or bring two cars to campus at one time. The purpose of the second decal is to provide the option of having a decal on two cars so you do not have to transfer decals from car to car. Violations of this rule may result in a ticket for Improper Display or Use of Decal ($20).

Register Your Vehicle

Registration opens on June 18, 2018 at 8am for the 2018/19 school year.

We accept credit card payments online for parking decals. You can also pay with a credit card online for any parking citations you may receive during the academic year. We accept Discover, Mastercard and Visa.

Vehicle owners and operators park on campus at their own risk. PLU assumes no risk or liability for any damage or loss to any vehicle, nor the vehicle’s contents, while the vehicle is parked on university property. This includes damage incurred if the vehicle is towed.

MORKEN DECAL INFORMATION:  The Morken decal is offered to all employees and commuter students only who have access to a second vehicle and may possibly drive it to campus during the course of the school year.  The sole purpose of the Morken decal is to offer a free, alternative option for employees and commuter students with second vehicles to park in the Morken lot should they neglect to transfer their primary decal to their secondary vehicle. When driving your second vehicle displaying the Morken decal, you are only authorized to park in the Morken lot in the sections authorized by your respective primary decal (i.e., faculty/staff sections vs. student sections).   A Morken decal eliminates the need to obtain a day pass to park in the Morken lot.  Do not display your primary decal and Morken decal simultaneously or you risk ticketing for display of multiple decals ($20).   The Morken decal does not authorize you to park in any other PLU lot.  Only the individual that the decal was assigned to is authorized to use it.  It is not to be shared with anyone else.

Parking on County Roads

Parking is available on many of the county roadways surrounding the campus.  County violations are not required to be posted but rather it is the responsibility of drivers to know the Pierce County regulations relating to parking on county roadways. A list of common violations can be found in the “tickets” section of the CSAF website. If you park in the neighborhood surrounding PLU, please be safe and considerate of those living in these neighborhoods.  (Note: PLU does not enforce the 2 hour time limit on the surrounding streets around campus but vehicles deemed abandoned by the PCSD are subject to removal. 

Where Does My Decal Allow Me To Park?

Unique Lots

South Hall Lot
Assigned spaces only. If someone is in your spot, please call x7441 with a description of the vehicle (make, model, color, plate number and state), as well as your space number. Do NOT park in someone else’s spot while waiting for them to leave.

Tingelstad Fenced Lot
Open to all commuter and resident students (non-freshman residents). The lot is fenced but open at all times. No additional charge to park in this lot.

East and West Hauge Lots
Reserved 7am-5pm weekdays for staff. After hours parking only. Some spots are reserved 24hrs per day, all week. This lot is enforced year-round.

Northwest Lot
Reserved 7am-5pm weekdays for staff. After hours parking only. Some spots are reserved 24hrs per day, all week.

Commuter Student Decal

  • Columbia Center Lot
  • Harstad Lot
  • Ivy Lot
  • Morken Lot
  • Mortvedt Library Lot
  • Nesvig Lot
  • Olson Lot
  • Wheeler Lot
  • Tingelstad Fenced Lot

Faculty/Staff Decal

  • Columbia Center Lot
  • East Hauge Lot
  • Health Center Lot
  • Ivy Lot
  • Morken Lot
  • Nesvig Lot
  • Northwest Lot
  • Olson Lot
  • Tingelstad Reserved Lot
  • University Center Lot
  • Wang Center Lot
  • West Hauge Lot
  • Wheeler Lot

Freshman Decal

  • Morken Lot
  • Olson Lot

Resident Student Decal

  • Columbia Center Lot
  • Harstad Lot
  • Ivy Lot
  • Morken Lot
  • Nesvig Lot
  • Olson Lot
  • Tingelstad Fenced Lot
  • Yakima Lot

South Hall Decal
South Hall Gated Lot
– Open to all students
– Reserved spaces
– Additional fee required