Employee Core

Employee CoreCore permits provide a predictable parking option at a higher price point than a traditional employee intermediate parking permit. Transportation Services manages the number of permits issued for designated core parking areas to ensure that core permit holders will be able to find parking within their assigned lot, garage or area, in most instances. There may be rare occasions where construction, events or other unforeseen circumstances impact core parking availability. During these uncommon instances, Transportation Services will make every effort to notify impacted permit holders in advance and to communicate alternate parking options as appropriate.

Core parking may be an ideal option for employees who come and go from campus throughout the day as a result of professional or personal obligations, or who arrive to campus during mid-to-late morning when proximate parking options become more scarce. The predictable nature of core parking also provides the permit holder with confidence that parking will be available in their assigned area at their desired arrival time, preventing inefficient searching for parking in a variety of first-come, first-served parking areas.


Employee core permit eligibility is based upon employment classification. All regular full and part-time UK employees are generally eligible to apply for core permits. Additionally, most University contract employees are eligible to apply.

The University maintains a limited number of core parking areas on the UK HealthCare campus as well as a number on main campus. Core permits on the UK HealthCare campus are not available for purchase by the general campus community. UK HealthCare campus core permit purchase authorizations are determined by application to a UK HealthCare parking review committee or its designee. (See application process below.)

The following specific classifications of employees are not eligible to apply for core parking permits:

  • STEPS temporary employees
  • Graduate and professional students including graduate assistants, research assistants and teaching assistants


2023-2024 Monthly Price: $63
2023-2024 Annual Price: $756

Permits are valid July 1 through June 30 of the following year. Core parking is available on payroll deduction for most UK employees. Core permits are only sold on a 12-month basis.

Employees who no longer need or desire core parking during any portion of the year may choose to return their permit to Transportation Services and will be given a pro-rated refund of any unused portion. However, they will lose their priority allotment and will be placed at the end of the waitlist if they wish to purchase core parking at a later date. Exceptions for sabbatical, family medical leave, or approved extended leave will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Parking Locations

Core parking is available in the following locations for 2023-2024:

  • E7: Sports Center Garage (PS7) / Complex Drive
  • E2: Hilltop Avenue Garage (formerly known as Rose Street Garage) (PS2)
  • E27: Portion of the Press Avenue North Lot allocated to UK campus
  • E28: Prall Street Lot
  • E28: Seminary Loop

Restricted to UK Athletics due to controlled location of parking:

  • E31: Football Training Center Lot

Restricted to UK HealthCare employees due to controlled location of parking:

  • E8U: Upper floor of the UK HealthCare Garage
  • E4U: Upper two levels (G & H) of the UK Good Samaritan Garage
  • E26: Gazette Avenue Lot
  • E27:  Portion of Press Avenue North Lot allocated to UK HealthCare
  • E33:  Waller HealthCare Annex

Parking Privileges and Control Hours

Employee core permits are issued for a specific parking garage, lot or area. Core permit holders may only park in their assigned core parking area and are not eligible to park in any other core or reserved parking areas. However, employees with core permits may also park in any employee intermediate or periphery parking area, in addition to their designated core area.

Certain employee core parking areas are enforced for permits 24/7 Monday through Sunday. Please check signage at the entrances to lots and structures, as there are some exceptions.

Application Process

All employees with active core permit assignments are authorized to renew their existing permit without the need to join a waitlist. The renewal window begins in May.

Employees who wish to sign up for a core permit for core parking locations in E7, E2, E27, and E28 must join the employee core permit waitlists. The waitlists can be accessed through the Customer Account Manager.  Core permit winners will be contacted by email and have two calendar weeks to visit our Press Avenue office to purchase their permit. Failure to purchase a permit during this window will be considered a declination of this allotted permit and the permit will be offered to the next individual on the waitlist. Individuals on the waitlist have the ability to view their waitlist priority number by logging into their customer account.

Employees may sign up for more than one core permit area and may be on more than one waitlist at a time.

Employees who wish to request an E8U, E4U, E26, E27, E33, E34, or an E35 permit allocated by UK HealthCare must complete a UK HealthCare Reserved and Core permit application. (The E27 parking permits are allocated between the main campus and UK HealthCare.)

Employees interested in parking in E31 must contact UK Athletics.

Once a core permit has been issued, the employee will generally have the ability to renew the permit from year to year, so long as they remain eligible for it and renew it during the designated permit renewal window. Individuals who decide to return their permit prior to the end of the permit year, decline to renew their permit for the following permit year, or who retire or otherwise separate from the University will no longer have access to core parking privileges. Individuals wishing to re-apply for a core parking permit after having returned or declined to renew their permit will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist.

2023-2024 Core Parking Calendar:

UK HealthCare Core permit application can be found here.
Online and by phone permit renewal sales:  Wednesday, May 17

Permit effective date: July 1