Employees

Due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and response, we have made some changes to our normal permit application procedures, and we have added a part-time permit option for employees who do not come to campus five days a week. Please see below for further details. 

NOTE: Employee permits will be valid for the entire academic year, Fall – Summer II, beginning August 25, 2020. Payroll deductions will begin August 31.

All employee lots will require a permit and all garages will return to normal function (entrance and exit gates lowered, permit or payment required) beginning August 25. Student lots will remain open until September 14 unless in use for move-in. Please monitor your College of Charleston email for any updates.

Employee parking assignments are based on an employee's parking eligibility date which includes all years of state employment plus any temporary service time at the College of Charleston. If you have a question about or dispute with your parking eligibility date, please contact Human Resources.

2020-2021 EMPLOYEE PERMIT APPLICATION INFORMATION

Online parking applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available. Please read below carefully as many employees will not need to complete one this year. 

Employees who currently have permits:

  • If you currently have a 2019-2020 parking permit, you will receive an assignment letter to confirm your assignment to the same parking location for the 2020-2021 academic year. This assignment letter will include the payment instructions for employees who wish to pay in advance for their permits as well as those who want to pay for their permits via payroll deductions.
  • Permits will be mailed to the home addresses of employees who complete the payment process by August 7, 2020. Permits should be received no later than August 20, 2020.
  • If you are currently assigned to a lot or garage and would prefer to park in another surface lot or garage if a space becomes available at a later date, you may email us to request that your name be added to the wish list.
  • If you will not need a parking permit for the 2020-2021 academic year (beginning 8/25/2020), you are not obligated to purchase the permit that has been assigned to you. We kindly request that you notify us of your decision so that we can release the permit for sale to someone else. Please send an email, with Subject: Parking, stating that you will not be purchasing the permit that was assigned to you.
  • There will be no permit price increases for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Please note: Should an employee opt out of their regular parking permit at this time, they will be eligible to purchase a permit on a space-available basis upon their return to campus. Some lots and permit types (primarily part-time permits) may have only limited availability.

Employees who do not currently have permits but wish to apply for one:

  • We are providing a fillable PDF version of our permit application to all employees who wish to apply for a 2020-2021 permit. You may also email us to request an application.
  • Please return your completed application via email as soon as possible. Employees who apply prior to August 7, 2020, will receive an assignment letter via email and will have the option to pay for their permits online, and their permits will be mailed to their home addresses. Employees whose applications are received on or after August 7 should come to Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun St. to pick up their permits prior to the first day of classes.

Employees who wish to purchase permits but will not be on campus all five days of the work week:

  • We will be offering a part-time permit for employees who plan on telecommuting one or more days each week. These permits will be sold at a reduced core garage rate (depending on how many days per week they are valid) and will be valid in the College’s PG Garage (next to the BellSouth Building).
  • An email will go out to all employees as soon as the part-time permits are available for purchase in the Campus Services HQ office. We expect this to be sometime in mid-August.
  • The part-time permits will work as follows: Employees will advise the Campus Services HQ representative of which days they will be on campus each week. This can be any combination of days, but they must be determined at the time of the permit purchase. Employees will be able to swipe their Cougar Cards to enter and exit the garage on the days of the week on which their part-time permits are valid.
  • The price of the permit will depend on how many days per week the permit will be needed: 1 day per week = $150/annually; 2 days per week = $300/annually; 3 days per week = $450 annually; 4 days per week = $600 annually. Employees will have the option to pay in advance for their permits or to pay via payroll deduction.
  • Part-time permits will only be valid on the days of the week for which they are purchased. If you need to drive to campus on a day of the week for which your part-time permit is not valid, you will be expected to pay for your parking on that day. We are still offering the $10/day daily rate at PG and WG Garages if you pay with Cougar Cash.
  • Regardless of how many days per week your part-time permit is valid, you will be able to use it at any time on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • If you currently have a permit and are interested in purchasing a part-time permit instead of being automatically reassigned to your current location (as detailed above), please email Sonya Allen directly so that we can cancel your automatic reassignment.

Employees who use CARTA to travel to campus:

  • Because CARTA is used by many essential employees throughout the tri-county area, CARTA’s services have remained in operation throughout the pandemic. We do not anticipate a disruption of CARTA services at this time or in the foreseeable future.
  • CARTA has taken several measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its drivers and passengers. For further information, please visit the CARTA website.

Employees who only park occasionally on campus:

We will continue to offer the $10/day daily rate at PG and WG Garages if you pay with Cougar Cash. For further information, please scroll down to the section titled Discounted Daily Garage Parking.

Carpool Program

Employees wishing to participate in a carpool should complete one application for one participant and email the application to the parking manager. In that email, be sure to include the name of the other employee in the carpool. Once we have processed the application, we will contact both participants in the carpool to confirm the carpool and payment arrangements.

ALTERNATE PARKING OPTIONS

CARTA Services

Service on CARTA Express is free of charge to all College of Charleston faculty, staff, and students with a valid Cougar Card, and there is no charge for parking at the park and ride lots serviced by these buses. For more information please visit CARTA. Employees who use CARTA Express as their primary mode of transportation are entitled to up to three emergency rides home per year (reimbursable after the fact with proof of purchase). To take advantage of this service, you must be registered with Lowcountry Go. For more information and to register for this benefit, visit Ride Low Go. CARTA also offers a HOP shuttle from a park-and-ride lot located at 999 Morrison Drive. Parking is $5 per day, and the shuttle runs from 6AM to 1AM seven days a week. For more information regarding CARTA services please visit www.ridecarta.com

Discounted Daily Garage Parking

Campus Services offers reduced-price garage parking for employees who only drive to campus occasionally. The reduced price of $10 per day will be valid on a first come, first served basis in the Wentworth (WG) and St. Phillip (PG) Garages. To take advantage of this benefit, you will need to have a Cougar Cash account in order to pay to exit the garage. Simply pull a ticket when entering the garage, and then present the cashier with your ticket and your Cougar Card upon exit. The parking fee will be withdrawn from your Cougar Cash account and a receipt will be provided. *You must ensure that your Cougar Card balance is at least $10 before you exit the garage, because Cougar Cash must be the form of payment in order to take advantage of the discounted pricing.

If your visit to campus is brief and your parking fees for the day are less than $10, your Cougar Card will be charged the exact price owed. To inquire about adding funds to your Cougar Card, please visit Campus Services HQ or call the office at 843.953.1100. You may also find more information on the Cougar Card website

Please take note of the following guidelines and restrictions of the discounted daily garage parking program:

  • Your Cougar Card must bear the designation of “EMPLOYEE” or “FACULTY” (student or other Cougar Cards will not be accepted).
  • If you will be leaving campus later than 7 PM on weekdays or 5 PM on weekends, you should consider parking at WG instead of PG. PG is not staffed 24/7, but there is a cashier on duty 24/7 at WG. If you will be leaving campus late and prefer to park in PG, we suggest that you step up to the cashier booth upon your arrival and speak to the cashier to make sure that he or she will still be on duty when you plan to exit the garage. We can only offer the benefit of the discounted daily rate if a cashier is in the booth to handle the transaction.
  • If you exit the garage and re-enter on the same day, you will be subject to paying up to $10 for each exit.
  • The discounted daily rate is intended for DAILY parking only, not long-term parking. If you park your vehicle in the garage and leave it there for more than one day, you will be charged $10 for the first day, and the daily rate (minimum $18) for any subsequent days

Evening And Weekend Parking

Any employee permit is valid in any faculty/staff surface lot (Except WA Lot and B Lot) after 3:00 pm Monday through Friday and all day on weekends. We offer three different types of employee evening permits for employees who do not need parking during peak times:

  • PG Garage afternoon/evening permit: PRICE = $450 annually. This permit will be valid after 1:45pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, and is not valid in any other location.
  • Traditional evening permit for surface lots = PRICE = $125 annually. This permit is valid after 3pm on weekdays and all day on weekends in any employee surface lot except for B Lot and WA Lot.
  • PG Garage evening permit: PRICE = $200. This permit will be valid after 4:45pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, and is not valid in any other location.

Available Parking And Fees (Subject to Change)

Core Surface Parking ($650/Year)

  • AD (next to the Addlestone Library)
  • B (south side of the Simons Center building)
  • BS (behind 24 Bull St.)
  • CD (rear of 88 Wentworth St.)
  • EF (adjacent Central Energy)
  • GC (30 Coming St.)
  • GS (4, 14 and 22 Glebe St.)
  • GY (34 George St.)
  • I (114 Wentworth St.)
  • J (94 Wentworth St.)
  • JJ (14 Coming St.)
  • MC (270 Pitt St.)
  • PP (45 Coming St.)
  • R (9 Liberty St.)
  • RL (40 Coming St.)
  • WA (170 Calhoun St.)
  • Z (125 Bull St.)
  • W (298-300 Meeting St.)

Perimeter Surface Parking ($300/Year)

  • LK Lot (located behind 176 Lockwood Blvd.)

Core Garage Parking ($750/Year)

  • PG (St. Philip St. Garage)
  • WG (Wentworth Garage)
  • Perimeter Garage Parking ($600/Year)AG (Aquarium Garage)
  • Fourth floor and above ONLY

Motorcycle/Moped Surface Parking ($175/Year)

  • Designated spaces in: PP lot (“MP”), the north side of Berry Residence Hall next to McAlister (“MM”), in the AD Lot near the Addlestone Library (“MA”), and in between Starbucks and the Treasurer's Office on Calhoun Street (“MW”).

Employee Handicap Accessible Parking ($300/Year)

  • Refer to parking map for locations.
  • You must have a state-issued handicap placard to purchase an HA Permit. If you apply for an HA permit, please bring your state-issued handicap placard to the Office of Parking Services for verification.

Evening Parking ($125/Year)

  • Allows you to park in any core surface faculty/staff lot (except WA Lot and B Lot) after 3:00 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.

PG Evening Parking ($200/Year)

  • Valid in PG Garage ONLY after 4:45 PM weekdays and all day on weekends.  
  • This permit is not valid in any other location.

PG Afternoon/Evening Parking ($450/Year)

  • Valid in PG Garage ONLY after 1:45 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends.  
  • This permit is not valid in any other location.

NOTE: WG and AG garage permits require a $20 refundable card deposit.

Payment of Fees

Employee parking fees can be paid using the payroll deduction method. Effective 1/1/2019, there will no longer be an option to have payroll deductions for parking taken out before earnings are taxed; all payroll deductions will be taken on a “post-tax” basis, i.e.; after all applicable taxes have been deducted from earnings. Parking fees for temporary employees using the payroll deduction method will be deducted from the first twelve paychecks for the academic year. Persons who park in AG Garage or WG Garage and opt to use the payroll deduction method must pay the $20 refundable magnetic card deposit at Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun St. on or before payment deadline date. Parking fees can also be paid in full in advance at Campus Services HQ by check, cash, money order, and Master, Visa or Discover card.

Employees leaving the College prior to the end of the academic year must return their parking permits/garage cards to Campus Services HQ before leaving. Upon receipt of a returned permit/garage card, Campus Services will stop the employee's payroll deductions and/or issue a prorated refund.

Monthly Permits

Qualifying employees who wish to purchase permits on a monthly basis are able to do so. Eligible employees are:

  • Employees with the designation of “CONTRACTOR” on their Cougar Cards (Aramark, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
  • Temporary employees and adjunct instructors who prefer the monthly option over the annual option

Monthly permits will be available for PG Garage and will be priced as follows: 24/7 garage access permits for $65/month; permits valid after 1:45pm on weekdays and all day on weekends for $40/month; and evening permits valid after 4:45pm on weekdays and all day on weekends for $20/month. Monthly permits will also be available at the LK Lot (behind the College's office building at 176 Lockwood Blvd.) for $25/month. For further information on monthly permits, please contact Campus Services HQ by email or by calling 843.953.7834.

Accessible Parking

Employees who require accessible parking should complete an accessible parking permit application each year at Campus Services HQ. Please see the section regarding Accessible Parking for more information.