Parking & Carpool

Get your parking permit exclusively online!

We are pleased to announce that our brand new Parking Permit Portal has gone live! We have implemented the new Permit Portal as part of our new License Plate Recognition (LPR) system here at the North campus. In short, the LPR system will allow us to better serve our community here by offering an increased security presence in our parking lots and utilizing a convenient virtual permit system.

Motorists are urged to purchase a parking permit and to park on campus. Out of courtesy to residents of the Licton Springs neighborhood, please drive slowly through residential streets, lower the volume of stereos, and park on campus. If you must park on a city street, avoid a ticket and towing charges — abide by posted parking restrictions, do not park on lawns or planting strips, and do not block driveways. Note that city ordinance requires you be at least five feet from a driveway.


North Seattle College students are now able to purchase quarterly parking permits online here. You need to be a registered student at North with all your outstanding fees from the prior quarter paid in full to be eligible.

Student quarterly permits will become available for purchase 2 weeks before the start of each quarter.

Employees desiring payroll deduction for a Parking Permit or ORCA Transit may complete their request online by clicking here.

Your quarterly parking permit will be available immediately upon purchase. The permit is virtual and is tied to your vehicle’s license plate.

Current parking rates are available from the Fees page.

Permits will not be replaced, and the fees are not refundable.

Quarterly parking permits will no longer be issued  at the Cashier's office.

Carpool permits

These discounted permits are available for both students and employees.

 A carpool is defined as two or more individuals commuting together for at least 50 percent of the carpool's longest individual commute distance. Participants must be old enough to be eligible for a Washington state driver's license.

Students must present their class schedules when applying for the carpool program, to demonstrate that they are on campus together at least 3 times per week.

Employees may carpool with a partner whose destination is away from the campus. Carpool routes must meet a standard of reasonableness determined by the campus Transportation Coordinator.

Special carpool parking is provided for those with carpool permits.

Contact the Transportation Coordinator during the first 2 weeks of each quarter to register your carpool and obtain a permit.

Visitor permits

These short-term permits can be purchased from the automated dispensers located in the North and South visitor lots, as well as the East Lot. 

A permit valid 0-2 hours may be purchased for $6, or a full day for $10 (valid for day of purchase only). This permit allows you to park in any lot except for Visitor, DSHS/WorkSource (Southwest) lot, or the garage.

Please heed campus signage for additional limits for reserved, carpool or disability spaces.

Permits for visitors, guests, and guest lecturers are available from the Transportation Management Office. Requests for guest permits must be made by a campus official to the NSC Transportation Coordinator, and must include: the name of the sponsoring group, date, time and location of the meeting, class or seminar, and the number of people attending.

Guest permits are only for use by visitors, guests, or guest lecturers. Detailed maps of the surrounding area and campus can be found here. Requests made a week in advance are appreciated as last minute requests may not always be accommodated.