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Special Circumstances

Permission for temporary or short-term parking for emergencies and for loading and unloading must be obtained from the Parking Services during regular business hours. When Parking Services is closed, permission can be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Department located at 330 Sterrett Drive.

Parking under this arrangement includes all legal spaces. This does not include parking in fire lanes, bus lanes,roadways, air intake zones, handicap zones, or metered spaces.

Individuals with a parking issue should contact Parking Services to seek a possible solution before parking illegally. Emergency flashers or signs on a windshield indicating the vehicle is disabled or loading/unloading are not acceptable notification.

Temporary Medical Disability Permits

A Virginia Tech temporary medical disability permit (TMD) is available for students having mobility impairments lasting six weeks or less. If the disability qualifies for a disabled permit, it should be obtained from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Virginia State law prohibits the use of temporary medical disability permits at handicap spaces at any time.
The temporary medical disability permit is valid only with a Virginia Tech commuter, graduate, or resident parking permit and allows students to park in any faculty/staff areas. Persons with a temporary medical disability permit may park in metered spaces as long as the meter is paid.

A temporary medical disability permit can be obtained at the Office of Parking and Transportation by completing a request form and presenting a request slip from Student Health Services or a doctor’s statement. This documentation must include how long the disability requires special parking. Temporary medical disability permits can only be issued for a six week period. If a special needs permit is needed for longer than six weeks, the student will need to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles to inquire about a handicap permit.

Unauthorized use of a temporary medical disability permit carries a $150 fine to the person wrongfully displaying the permit.

There is a $5 replacement charge on permits that are lost or stolen.

Reserved Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces on campus are exclusively for those persons displaying state-authorized Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) disabled placards or plates. These permits are available to any individual who has a disability lasting six weeks or longer in duration. Only a state DMV disabled placard or plate allows parking in accessible spaces and free parking at metered spaces for visitors.

The university’s interactive campus map includes accessible parking information.

Faculty, staff, or students displaying a DMV disabled placard or plate are also required to display a Virginia Tech parking permit when parking on the campus.

Unauthorized vehicles parked in accessible spaces will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Disabled individuals may also use the Blacksburg Transit Para-Transit system, which has lift-equipped vehicles for on and off campus transportation needs. For more information, contact Blacksburg Transit at  540-961-1803.


Long-term parking is prohibited at loading docks, and other areas commonly used for loading. 30 minutes is the maximum time allowed for loading and unloading. A current Virginia Tech parking permit and prior authorization is required to use this service. Authorization can be obtained by contacting the Office of Parking and Transportation during regular business hours. When the Office of Parking and Transportation is closed, authorization can be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Department located at 330 Sterrett Drive. Individuals must have their license plate and permit number available.

Authorization is not available for Owens, Dietrick, Hahn Hurst Basketball Lot, or the Basketball Extension Lots or for Engel Lot after 4:30 p.m.

After the vehicle has been loaded or unloaded, it should be moved to a legal parking space. Vehicles in violation of this policy will be ticketed and/or towed at the owners' expense. The policy is enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Students, faculty, and staff who need to load/unload on a regular basis may have their department request a Temporary Departmental Loading Permit. A Virginia Tech parking permit must be displayed along with this permit. Request forms can be obtained from the Office of Parking and Transportation and should be filled out by the departmental liaison, supervisor, or course advisor.

Resident permit holders may park in most faculty/staff areas near residence halls after 2:30 p.m. on Fridays for loading and unloading. Parking for a maximum of 30 minutes is permitted without contacting the Office of Parking and Transportation. Owens lot, Dietrick Dining Hall lot, the Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Facility lot, and the Basketball extension lot are reserved exclusively for Faculty and Staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.