On the NIH Campus there are multiple parking areas for employees, contractors and visitors. Depending on the category you fall into, you are eligible to park in certain spaces and areas. Below outlines the different permit types, and where these permits are eligible to park. Permits are renewed in different intervals, so please refer to our
renewal instructions for more information.
Types of Permits
General permit hangers are valid in areas marked for "Permit Holders ONLY 24/7." General Permit hangers may park in Carpool Areas after 9:30am and valid in RED parking areas after 3:30 M-F. NIH handicapped permit or State issued handicapped placard is only valid with an active parking hanger in designated handicapped parking spaces. General permit is issued for a two-year period based on the first letter of their last name.
Contractors parking permit are issued to Contractors and Tenants, authorized in the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) by their Administrative Officer (AO) with assigned office space at the NIH campus. These permits entitle the holder to park in any space marked for "Permit Holders ONLY." This permit is issued for a one year period based on the first letter of an employee's last name.
Off-Campus Employee Permits
Off-Campus Employee permits are issued to NIH employees who have a primary duty station listed at an off-campus facility, but regularly visit campus to conduct business. These permits are only valid at the NIH Main Campus and are equivelent to General Parking Permits. This permit is issued on a one year period and CAN NOT be transferred.
Executive (Red) Permits
Red Permits are Issued to individuals at the executive level (GS-15, CO-6 and above, and equivalent grade level employees). This permit is valid in areas designated "RED Permit Holders Only". or in "General Spaces," if Red spaces are full. Red Permit are not valid in Carpool Spaces before 9:30 am.
Red spaces are reserved until 3:30pm and are located on most surface lots and the first three levels of parking garages. Authorization for Red Parking must be provided by ICs in NED.
Carpool Permits are Issued to two or more employees possessing a valid NIH identification card, each of whom is eligible to obtain individual General, Contractor or Red permits; i.e., each person must be the registered owner of a vehicle and have a valid driver's license. This permit is valid in areas with "CP Spaces reserved until 9:30 a.m." or General" parking spaces. Carpool parking permits are valid in RED areas after 3:00 p.m.
Issued only to registered NIH vanpools and is recognized in areas designated for "Van Pool Parking" only spaces. All vanpool parking spaces are reserved throughout the day.
Red Reserved /SE Permits
To better serve our Senior Executive staff that do not have a reserved parking space on the campus, there are a pool of 16 reserved spaces located throughout campus for their restricted use.
Permit holders must meet eligibility requirements. Detailed information on the requirements and locations of spaces can be found
|General||A - B|| January||2 Years|
|General||C - D|| February||2 Years|
|General||E - G|| March||2 Years|
|General||H - J|| May||2 Years|
|General||K - L|| June||2 Years|
|General||M - N|| July||2 Years|
|General||O - R|| August||2 Years|
|General||S - T|| September||2 Years|
|General||U - Z|| November||2 Years|
|Off-Campus||Not Applicable|| December||1 Year|
|Carpool||Not Applicable|| October||1 Year|
|Vanpool||Not Applicable|| November||2 Year|
|Red||Not Applicable|| April||2 Years|
|Contractor||A - M|| September||1 Year|
|Contractor||N - Z|| December||1 Year|
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The following examples highlight what is typically found throughout the NIH Campus for certain levels of parking. Please be aware of the parking areas where you are parked, and only park in those areas where your permit is valid.
NIH General Parking Areas (General, Off-Campus, Contractor)
Executive (Red) Parking Areas
Reserved Parking (Spaces are Reserved 24 hours a day)
Visitor Parking Areas
Special Permitting Areas
Government Vehicle Parking Areas
Motorcycle Parking Areas