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Purple Heart Parking

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville would like to honor our faculty, staff, and student veterans who have been awarded a Purple Heart. The Purple Heart parking permit allows parking in any unreserved space on campus.

Visitors with a Purple Heart designation may contact the Veterans Success Center at 865-974-5420 for a FREE daily Purple Heart parking pass.

Purple Heart Permit Purchase Instructions


  1. Bring DD214 to the Veterans Success Center and request approval for a Purple Heart Parking Permit
  2. Veterans Success Center will notify Parking Services that the person is authorized to purchase
  3. Come to Parking & Transportation Services at 2121 Stephenson Dr (off Neyland Dr and Joan Cronan Way) to complete the transaction
  4. Complete Vehicle Registration Form
  5. Purchase the permit at the applicable rate – Commuter, Non-Commuter, Faculty/Staff. (NOTE: There is NO additional cost for the Purple Heart Permit)

Purple Heart Parking Permit sales are open year-round. 

Student Permits and Rates for 2024-25 Academic Year
these will be announced May 2024

2023-24 Faculty/Staff Parking Rates for Year

Rates are based on base salary level – click on the above link to view your monthly rate

Requirements and Limitations

All vehicles require that you need to:

  • Purchase a Parking Permit – Valid parking permits are required to park on the UT Knoxville campus – 24/7/365 (including nights, weekends, breaks, holidays, and during the summer (parking during the summer requires a summer permit)
  • Temporary or Replacement Parking Permit – If you have newly acquired a vehicle, left it in another vehicle, or misplaced your hangtag, we can provide a temporary permit or issue a replacement for a fee at either:
    • Circle Park Information Booth – near Torchbearer (temporary only)
    • Parking & Transportation Services – 2121 Stephenson Dr (off Neyland and Joan Cronan Way, just across the railroad tracks)
    • Office Hours for both locations are Mon- Fri 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Type of Permit

Where can I park

When can I park

VALID Permit Dates

Purple Heart Faculty/Staff Any unreserved
S parking space
6 am to 3 am
(no overnight privileges)
Aug 1 to Jul 31
Purple Heart Commuter Any C space and Any EC space 6 am to 3 am
(no overnight privileges)
Aug 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024
Purple Heart Non-Commuter Any N space 24/7   Aug 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024
Purple Heart Accessible
(Faculty/Staff, Commuter, Perimeter Commuter, Non-Commuter, Evening)
Any Accessible or unreserved  spaces Depends upon type of parking permit Depends upon type of parking permit


Purple Heart permits must also adhere to timed parking spaces – 15 minute loading zone, 45 minute, 1 hour, etc.