ADA Accessible Permits

The University of Kentucky provides American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible parking spaces specifically designated for use by those who are mobility-impaired or who meet the criteria set forth in KRS 186.042. These spaces are clearly marked with the universal symbol for ADA accessible areas. 

UK and BCTC students and employees with disabilities who wish to park in ADA accessible spaces on campus must apply for a UK ADA Accessible Permit. The state permit or plate alone will not satisfy this requirement. Veterans Administration employees and other parties eligible for UK employee permits may also apply for a UK ADA accessible permit.

Student Application Process

  1. UK students should access the UK ADA Accessible Parking Permit Application and Instructions or contact Transportation Services at 859-257-5757. Our staff will assist you by answering questions, providing an application form and providing a temporary ADA accessible permit while your permanent forms are being processed. If you already have a parking permit, the temporary permit is free; otherwise, the temporary permit cost applies. If you require other accommodations associated with attending classes at UK, please contact the Disability Resource Center.
  2. BCTC students should first contact BCTC's Disability Support Services.
  3. Submit your application and supporting documentation to Transportation Services (UK students) or to Disability Support Services (BCTC students).
  4. Your application will be reviewed by the Accessible Parking Application Review Committee (UK Students) or the Application Review Committee (BCTC students).
  5. You will be contacted by either Transportation Services or Disability Student Services with the committee's decision.
  6. If approved, your permit will be issued at the Transportation Services office for the duration of the disability, for the semester, or for the permit year, as determined by the committee. The cost of the permit will be determined by the area for which you qualify.

Employee Application Process

For the purposes of ADA permit application, employees includes faculty, staff, teaching and research assistants, retirees, and other eligible non-students.

  1. Employees should access the UK ADA Accessible Parking Permit Application and Instructions or contact Transportation Services at 859-257-5757. Our staff will answer your questions and can also provide a temporary ADA accessible permit while your forms are being processed. If you already have a parking permit, the temporary permit is free; otherwise, the temporary permit cost applies. Submit your application and supporting documentation to Transportation Services in person or by mail.
  2. Your application will be reviewed by the Accessible Parking Application Review Committee and you will be contacted by Transportation Services with the committee’s decision.
  3. If approved, your permit will be issued at the Transportation Services office and will be issued for the duration of the disability or for the permit year, as determined by the committee. The cost of the permit will be determined by the permit type that you would otherwise be authorized.

Temporary Disabilities

If you have a temporary disability or medical condition of less than one month duration and think that you legitimately qualify for a temporary ADA accesible permit, please contact Transportation Services for more information.

ADA Accessible Parking Locations

ADA accessible parking spaces are located in lots and structures throughout campus and are controlled for permits 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you find that ADA accessible parking near your place of business is consistently full or if there are none conveniently located, please contact us to let us know.

Additional Considerations

An ADA accessible parking permit does not entitle the permit holder to park in violation of the UK Vehicle Parking and Permit Regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, spaces otherwise restricted by special signs or curb paint. ADA accessible permits are not authorized to park in residential lots or other core lot space unless parking in a designated ADA accessible space. ADA accesible permits are not authorized to park in reserved lots unless it is an ADA accessible permit specifically designed to park in a particular reserved lot. Vehicles parking in violation are subject to citation and/or impoundment at the owner's expense.

The use of an ADA accessible permit by someone other than the person listed on the Transportation Services permit application may result in a citation, impoundment, and/or termination of the permit privileges.

If a student or employee with disabilities rides to campus with another person, the ADA accessible permit may be used in an ADA accessible space only when the person with the disability is present. For example, if the individual with disabilities is dropped off prior to parking the vehicle and the other occupant parks the vehicle, he/she may not utilize an ADA accessible space but must park in any regular parking space.