Visitor Parking at UNC-Chapel Hill
The following sections outline policies regarding the use of visitor parking areas on the campus of UNC. Employees of UNC - Chapel Hill and UNC Healthcare are not allowed to park in visitor parking areas unless they are visiting a patient or have an appointment at UNC Healthcare or another campus medical clinic.
There are six visitor parking areas on the UNC campus: the Dogwood Parking Deck, on Manning drive across from UNC Healthcare; the Morehead Planetarium Lot, off Franklin Street, next to Memorial Hall; the Rams Head Deck, off of Ridge Road; the Highway 54 Lot, on Highway NC 54, diagonally across from the Institute of Government; and the Ambulatory Care Lot, on Mason Farm Road, next to Columbia Street. The Swain Visitor Lot, off of Cameron Avenue, is available for reservations after 5:00 pm on weekdays and after 3:00 pm on weekends.
Parking rates are $1.50 hour in all visitor parking lots. Overnight parking is not permitted in the Morehead, Rams Head Deck, Swain, or Highway 54 Visitor Lots.
Spaces may be reserved in the Morehead or Highway 54 lots at a rate of $14/full day or $7/half day (morning- leaving before noon) or (evening arriving after 5 pm). Spaces may only be reserved in the Swain lot at a rate of $7 (evening arriving after 5 pm). Reservations should be made online (Pay Lot Reservation On-line Request Form) at least a week in advance.
The Morehead Lot
The Morehead Planetarium is located just off Franklin Street, to the east of the sundial and just in front of Morehead Planetarium Building and UNC Visitor Center. This lot accommodates visitors to the northern and central campus areas. This area is operational Monday - Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. (midnight), on Thursdays and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 a.m., and on Saturdays 3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m., and Sundays, 3:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Overnight parking is not allowed in this lot. The Morehead Lot is often filled by 9 a.m. If you are planning to direct a visitor to park in this lot, we advise that you make sure that they allow an additional fifteen to twenty minutes for parking. Reservations can be made for the Morehead Lot using the Pay Lot Reservation On-line Request Form at least a week in advance.
The Ambulatory Care Center Lot
The Ambulatory Care Center Lot (ACC) is located off Mason Farm Road, adjacent to Columbia Street . It accommodates patients and visitors to the Ambulatory Care Center. The operating hours for the ACC visitor lot are:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 7 a.m.- 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Employees or students with medical appointments should request a temporary permit from the booth attendant upon entering the lot. UNC employees and students are allowed to used this area for appointments only.
Dogwood Parking Deck
The Dogwood Parking Deck is located on Manning Drive, diagonally across from UNC Healthcare. An attendant is on duty at all times except on University holidays. This deck accommodates visitors and patients at UNC Healthcare, UNC Dental School, and other medical facilities. UNC employees and students are allowed to used this area for appointments only.
Vehicles over 7’ in height are directed to park only in the first level of the Dogwood Deck. Books of reduced-rate, one-day coupons may be issued by UNC Healthcare to patients and patients' immediate family members needing extended parking. Persons may enter and exit during the same day using the same coupon.
The Highway 54 Lot
The Highway 54 Lot is located on Highway 54, one block east of Country Club Road. There is an attendant on duty Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. This lot accommodates all visitors to the UNC campus. Overnight parking is not allowed in this lot.
The Rams Head Deck
The Rams Head Deck is located off of Ridge Road. A parking attendant or automated pay station is on duty to receive payment for parking 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise posted. Student commuter permits for the deck are valid Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Students lacking the appropriate permit and any employee may park in the Rams Head and pay the hourly rate. The hourly parking fee is $1.50 per hour with a $30 daily maximum and reservations are $7.00 per half day (4 hours) and $14 per full day (8 hours). The lost ticket fee for this facility is $24 and no vehicle can park for more than a 24 hour period in the deck without exiting and paying the required fee. During holidays when the attendant is not on duty, the parking gates will be open, and there will be no charge for parking in the deck. There is not charge for visits of less than five minutes.
Reservations for Visitor Lots
Departments wishing to reserve spaces for visitors in the Morehead, Highway 54, Swain, and Rams Head Deck may do so online through the Special Events section of the DPS website Pay Lot Reservation On-line Request Form. Due to the high demand for parking on north campus, reservations should be made as far in advance as possible, however a minimum of two days' notice is required. It is necessary to hold spaces beginning by 8 a.m. to ensure availability when the visitor arrives and all charges will start then.
Reservations must be purchased in advance by check, cash, or by making provisions for direct transfer (departments must provide the correct account number to be charged). Visitors with reservations must check in with booth attendant upon arrival.
Full day reservations must be used for all day visits and visits between noon and 5 pm. Half day reservations can be used for reservations ending at or before 12 noon, or starting after 5 pm. All full day reservations will be honored after 5 pm. If the spaces are not used, payment will not be refunded unless the reservations were cancelled at least 24 hours in advance.
Departments should instruct visitors to give their names to the attendant and inform him / her that they have a reserved space.
Pay Operation Stamps (Coupons) for Pay Lots
The Department of Public Safety offers stamp validations for purchase by departments wishing to pay for their guests' parking fees. The North Campus stamps are valid in the Hill Alumni Center, Highway 54, and Morehead Lots. South Campus stamps are valid in the Ambulatory Care Center and in the Dogwood Deck. Stamps are not valid payment for reservations.
The stamps do not have an expiration date. Remaining parking fees not covered by the department are the responsibility of the guest.
Stamp Denominations and Rates:*
|One Hour (North & South Campus)||$1.50|
|One Day Hourly Pay Lots||$12.00|
|One Day - Dogwood, ACC, Hospital Front||$8.00|
*One-day stamps should be used when a guest will be parking for eight or more hours on any given day.
Purchasing Pay Operation Stamps
Stamps can be obtained from Parking Services Division of the Department of Public Safety by submitting a request (on-line request form) and form of payment: i.e., a check, cash, or provisions for a direct transfer (department must provide the correct account number to be charged).
Parking for school or coach buses is available in the following locations:
1. The corner of Boundary Street and Battle Lane behind Forest Theater (one space is available until 12:00 noon on a first-come, first-served basis);
2. The travel lane in front of the Dean E. Smith Center (please do not block the Chapel Hill Transit bus stop).
Drivers should drop off the group and proceed to one of the bus parking areas. Reservations and permits are not required.