Parking Announcements and Alerts

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2015-2016 Permit Registration Information

How To Buy A Permit Online

Waiting List Terms and Conditions

Fall 2015 permits will be available for online purchase beginning July 17th.  You may also sign up for the Sam Houston Parking Garage reserved space waiting list beginning July 17th.  Available waiting lists can be viewed via your MySam parking account by visiting  In office permit sales for Main Campus will begin Monday, August 3rd.  For more information on permits for Fall 2015, please e-mail us at or call us at 936-294-1800.

Students taking classes at University Park (UP) or The Woodlands Center may use their Main Campus permit. If students are only taking  classes at University Park or The Woodlands Center, they may receive a complimentary permit.    Students attending  UP or TWC still need a permit.  To receive a Woodlands Center only permit, please visit the UPD Office located on the 1st floor of The Woodlands Center.  Students attending UP may stop by the SHSU office on the second floor of University Park.


Main Campus permits for the Summer terms are available for purchase at our office located in the Sam South Complex at 2424 Sam Houston Avenue.  Please bring your Sam ID with you and your vehicle information to include license plate number, make, model, year, and color.  Sam Houston Parking Garage reserved spaces for the summer are available now on a first come, first serve basis for only $85.00.  

Woodlands Center students may use their Main Campus permit or receive a permit for The Woodlands Center only.  To receive a Woodlands Center only permit, please visit the UPD Office located on the 1st floor of The Woodlands Center.


Please contact our office at (936)-294-1800 or by e-mail at for more information.


Permits for Fall 2014 will be available for online purchase beginning July 1st by logging into you parking account at  In office permit purchases for Fall 2014 will begin Friday, August 1st.  Please make sure to have your Sam ID and vehicle information to include year, make, model, color and license plate number ready.  Click on Permit Pricing and Rules and Regulations to review information for the 2014-2015 academic year.


The Parking Rules, Regulations and permits prices for 2014-2015 are available for review at this time by visiting the rules and regulations link and parking permits link.


Permit Enforcement for the Academic Summer Terms will begin Thursday, May 29th. If you have not done so, please visit our office to purchase a permit. If you do not have a permit and receive a citation for No Permit, please visit our office and the citation will be voided with the purchase of a permit.

The P15 Field House Surface Lot is no longer an All Permit Zone and will be a Faculty/Staff Zone.  Please make sure that you verify the parking zone prior to leaving your vehicle unattended to prevent a citation from being issued.


Permit enforcement begins Wednesday, January 15, 2014.  Please make sure that you have your permit displayed and are parked in the correct parking zone.  Visit our office if you do not have a permit to park on campus.


From our staff to you, have a safe and Happy Holidays!  Spring Permits for 2014 will be available for registration and pickup at our office.  Also, if you would like to reserve a contract space in the garage, we will be filling available spaces on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  Please call or visit our office for more information.



Dear Valued Customer,

The university will begin the initial phases of construction of the new Student Health Center coordinated by the Physical Plant Department on October 17, 2013 with continued construction expected for a length of eight months. Parking spaces in the P38 parking lot and along the west side of the roadway in P30 on Avenue J will not be available for parking during this time period.

We are notifying you of the impact of this project so that you can take the necessary steps to make sure that you arrive to and from any activities in a safe and timely manner. Our office requests that you continue to adhere to the current parking rules and regulations to prevent any unnecessary parking or traffic issues that may lead to citations or vehicles being towed or impounded. We encourage our customers to use alternative means of transportation such as walking, biking or carpooling, when available, and do so with a group of persons that you feel comfortable and safe doing so. When parking your vehicle, please remember these key tips and rules before leaving your vehicle unattended:

  •  Resident permit holders may park in orange and blue zones 24 hours a day.
  • Resident permit holders may park in white and green zones between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. with the exception of visitor, handicap, reserved and faculty/staff 24 hour designated parking.
  • Walk or bike when you can and so with a group for safety.
  • University Police Department provides security escorts as a courtesy to and from a requested destination. Please call 936-294-1794 to request a security escort.
  • The Sam Houston Parking Garage is available at an hourly rate of $1.25 not to exceed $6.00 per day when a space in close proximity to the center of campus is needed for a short to daily span of time.

Our office appreciates your cooperation during this time of campus growth and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns related to parking or means of transportation in the area.

Note: If you are interested in reading more information on the new Student Health Center and view available renderings of the interior and exterior of the building, visit the Student Health Center webpage from the main university home page,


Matt McDaniel, Assistant Director
Parking and Transportation
Department of Public Safety Services
Sam Houston State University
Phone: (936) 294-2505
Fax: (936) 294-3417
Physical Address: 2424 Sam Houston Avenue Huntsville, Texas 77341
Mailing Address: PO Box 2329 Huntsville, Texas 77341


Appeals Process

Please e-mail to submit your citation appeal.  The appeals manager within your user account will be unavailable until further notice.  For more information regarding the appeals process, please go to our Citation Appeal Page.


Parking at SHSU-The Woodlands Center

If you will only be parking at The Woodlands Center, you will need to register for a red permit at The Woodlands Center at no cost (please read below for available dates to register and pick up your red permit).  If you will be parking at the Huntsville and The Woodlands Center campuses, a parking permit will need to be purchased at the Parking and Transportation Office located in Huntsville.  The permit that you purchase (Commuter Student, Resident Student, Faculty/Staff, Remote) will serve as your permit for both the Huntsville and The Woodlands Center Campus.  If you have any questions, please contact our office.


Parking Permit Registration Dates at The Woodlands Center

Graduate Student Orientation on August 21st from 3:00PM to 8:30PM

Graduate Student Orientation on August 24th from 8:00AM to NOON -SHSU Huntsville

September 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th from 3:00PM to 6:00PM



Walk-in Purchase of Parking Permits Available for Purchase

Permits are now on sale for walk-in purchase at the Parking and Transportation Office through the beginning of the Fall Semester.  If you would like to purchase your permit online, you have until August 9th at 5:00PM to do so. 


NEW!  Parking Rules and Regulations and Maps for 2013-2014

No pricing changes in the cost of permits or fines for violations were made for the 2013-2014 year.  Major changes include:

The addition of the Veterans Parking Policy.

The addition of Red Permit Zones used exclusively at The Woodlands Center Complex.  These permits do not validate parking at the Huntsville Campus.  Red Permit parking is identified on the 2013-2014 Parking Map.

The removal of Adams House and Allen House from the list of applicable Residence Halls.

To review the 2013-2014 Parking Rules and Regulations, click here.

To view, print or save the 2013-2014 Parking Maps, click here.


Purchase of 2013 Fall Permits now available online only

  Permits are required to park on the Huntsville campus.  Please be aware that permit charges will be posted to your University account within 24-72 hours.  Select your choice of permit and whether you would like to receive your permit via registered mailing address or by picking the permit up at the Parking and Transportation Office on August 1st.  To learn how to purchase a permit online, click here. To log into your Parking Account, click here.

Walk In Registration for Fall Permits will begin Thursday, August 1, 2013.

Faculty/Staff: If you would like to participate in the payroll deduction payment plan, please select to pick up your permit in the office rather than choosing to have the permit be mailed to your registered address.  A payroll deduction form must completed and signed at the Parking and Transportation Office to participate in the program.

Parking Changes on Campus at SHSU
Fall 2012

Parking Lot Closed Due To Construction

Faculty/staff parking lot P32 between Smith-Kirkley and the Lowman Student Center is closed due to the demolition of Smith-Kirkley Hall.  This lot will remain closed and will be used for the eventual expansion of the Lowman Student Center.

Parking Garage Hourly Rate Change

Effective Aug. 16, 2012, hourly rates in the parking garage increased as follows:

0-1 Hour     $1.25

1-2 Hours    $2.50

2-3 Hours    $3.75

3-4 Hours    $5.00

4-24 Hours   $6.00

Hourly parking entry involves pulling an entry ticket, to be paid at exit by credit card (no cash accepted).  Lost ticket fee is $10.

Parking Garage Contract Spaces

Parking Garage contract spaces are now reserved from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only. This change was made to better accommodate evening special event guests at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Lowman Student Center, and other venues.