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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 Veterans Success Center and request approval for Purple Heart Parking Permit
  2. Veterans Success Center will notify Parking Services that the person is authorized to purchase
  3. Come to Parking & Transit 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. 

New to campus? You may purchase your parking permit on the first business day following the day you register for classes or the day you begin work.

Spring 2023 Student Parking Permits available to purchase online – Mon, Dec 19, 2022 (valid immediately)

  • Non-Commuter (N/NW/NA): $147.00 (This permit is ONLY for those with a signed contract with UT Housing – anyone living in private housing is NOT eligible for this permit)
  • Commuter (C/CW/CA): $94.00
  • Evening (T/TW/TA): $20.00 (valid beginning at 3:00 pm in commuter lots and 4:00 pm in unreserved staff lots)
  • Fraternity (GF/GFW/GFA/GS/GSW/GSA) $134.50
  • Commuter Motorcycle (M) $42.00 (annually)
  • Non-Commuter Motorcycle (R) $52.00 (annually)

One Day Permit – Temporary parking for student areas may be purchased at rate of $5.00 per day when space is available

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 & Transit 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 Assigned S parking space 6 am to 3 am
(no overnight privileges)
Aug 1 to Jul 31
Purple Heart Commuter Any C space and Any PC space 6 am to 3 am
(no overnight privileges)
Aug 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023
Purple Heart Non-Commuter Any N space 24/7   Aug 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023
Purple Heart Perimeter Commuter Any PC space

Culinary Institute or Volunteer Blvd West (Andy Holt to Cumberland)

Culinary Institute
6 am to 5 pm
Volunteer Blvd West
6 am to 3 am
(no overnight privileges)
Aug 15, 2022 to May 31, 2023
Purple Heart Evening Any C space after 3 pm or S space after 5 pm C spaces 3 pm to 3 am

S spaces 5 pm to 3 am

(no overnight on either)

Aug 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023
Purple Heart Accessible
(Faculty/Staff, Commuter, Perimeter Commuter, Non-Commuter, Evening)
Any Accessible 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.