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​NIH to Implement Updated Parking Policy on Bethesda Campus Starting October 1, 2018

After a comprehensive and collaborative review, the NIH has made extensive updates to the NIH Parking Policy (NIH Manual Chapter 1410 

Over the next 60 days, the Office of Research Services, Division of Amenities and Transportation Services will transition parking signage on campus to reflect the new policy and allow the NIH community time to adjust. Enforcement of this new policy will begin effective October 1, 2018.

While we encourage you to review the entire policy, some notable changes include:

(1) Carpool reserved parking times will be extended from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

(2) There will now be administrative actions for violating the parking policy. A new table of penalties shows the parking violations and misuse of parking privileges and the possible adverse actions.

(3) The requirement to display a parking permit in 'General" parking spaces will be suspended during inclement weather when the OPM Operating Status is anything other than "Open."

(4) Handicap (Disability) Parking updates:

   - Parking in employee disability parking spaces will require a new "Gold" NIH parking permit, which needs to be acquired and utilized no later than October 1. All others must use visitor disability parking spaces.

   - Individuals can apply online via the Commuting and Parking Services (CAPS) system at or visit the Employee Transportation Services Office in Building 31, Room 1A11. Applicants must include their state issued disability card. 

   - Disability parking is no longer free at parking meters, fee machines, and pay lots. Red top meters for disability parking will be installed in metered parking areas.


For questions, concerns and comments, please contact the Employee Transportation Services Office (ETSO) at or (301) 496-5050. 

For commuter and other transportation information at the NIH, please visit: and click on "Transportation."  The DATS manages many NIH LISTSERVs that may also be of interest to you, which you can find at: You may also follow us @NIHEmplSrvcs on Twitter for more information about services that can assist you with balancing work and family, making healthy food choices, as well as other programs and employee services to improve your wellbeing.  

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