Implementing a parking permit system for your business can maximize clarity, increase security and safety, and manage liability. By creating clear rules around who can park where and tracking who is on the property, your business can establish an environment that’s conducive to employee satisfaction and parking lot safety. Our Essentials Catalog includes parking lot solutions to suit a range of business needs. Whether you use parking permits for a few reserved spaces or implement an organization-wide policy, explore our guide to learn which product suits your needs, plus find best practices for using parking permits.

Types of Parking Permits

Understanding the primary types of parking permits—hanging, decal, or window-cling—can help you decide which is best for your approach. All parking permits at Stop-Painting.com have varying levels of customization, so you can add your company name, choose colors, and display other important details. Here, we consider the benefits and disadvantages of each parking permit type. 

Hanging

Most often made from plastic, parking permit hang tags are die-cut into a hooked shape that allows them to dangle from a rearview mirror. While hanging tags are less durable and secure than other options, they do offer a variety of benefits:

  • Transferable: Hanging tags can easily be moved from one car to another, ideal for allocating temporary parking privileges or for employees who share a vehicle with a spouse, partner, or child.
  • Reusable: Hanging permit tags can be reassigned as needed.
  • Ease of Use: Simple to create, simple to display, and easy to replace, hanging tags are a low-maintenance way to implement a parking policy for your business.

Window Cling

Window cling parking permits attach to the inside of the front windshield using static electricity. They are smaller than hang tags but may be more visible depending on car design. Window cling permits are:

  • Semi-permanent: Window cling permits are more permanent than hanging designs, but can be repositioned or moved to a new car if needed.
  • Secure: Because they are affixed to the car, window cling decals are less likely to be stolen.

Decal

Often cut from vinyl, decal parking permits adhere to the inside of the window using adhesive and are the most permanent option—they are often neither repositionable nor reusable, although removable options are available. Parking decals are:

  • Secure: Adhesive decal parking permits are challenging to remove, making them the most secure option: They are harder to steal and nearly impossible to lose.
  • Durable: As they are intended for long-term use, decal parking permits are designed with quality adhesive and materials that withstand exposure to heat, cold, and moisture.

Parking Permit Uses

You can improve parking regulation and organization through parking permits for a variety of locations and purposes. Consider using parking permits for the following locations to improve space availability and record-keeping:

  • Residential Parking Permits
  • School Employee Parking Permits
  • Student Parking Permits
  • Staff Parking Permits
  • Temporary Visitor Parking Permits
  • Zoned Parking Permits
  • Overnight Parking Permits

Implementing a Permitted Parking Policy

As you establish your parking strategy, you’ll want to consider more than just the best type of permit to use. Use the following questions to help design an effective approach for your facility: 

  • Who will be in charge of issuing permits?
  • How long are parking passes valid before they expire?
  • Will all employees have the same permits, or are there different levels of access for reserved spaces?
  • Will permits be numbered (allowing you to designate spots or closely track usage) or generic (only used to allocate parking privileges)?

Best Practices for Parking Permits

For an effective, efficient system, follow these best practices for using parking permits for your business or organization.

  • Collect pertinent information. Keep a database of important information about each individual assigned a parking permit, including (at a minimum) name and drivers’ license number.
  • Prevent permit sharing. Depending on the level of security required for your business, you should take steps to prevent permit sharing. Use numbered or permanent tag options, and track the make, model, and license plate number for the vehicle an individual will use with their assigned permit. You may also want to implement—and communicate—consequences if permit-sharing rules are broken.
  • Communicate rules and protocols. Parking restrictions, requirements, and policies should be outlined in the employee handbook and covered in any onboarding or training required for new hires. Parking lot signs and pavement markings can reinforce rules and restrictions in real-time.
  • Create a plan for temporary parking. Special “Visitor” hang tags can be used in conjunction with window clings or adhesive decals reserved for employee use to extend temporary or limited parking privileges to clients or other guests on the property.

How to Order Parking Permits

In general, the product listings for our parking products include instructions for how to order hanging permits or cling tags. The process typically involves several steps, including adding your information, choosing colors, and uploading a logo or design before you place your order. Then, you will be emailed a custom proof for review and confirmation before printing begins. Check each product listing to understand the appropriate steps, or call (866) 284-1541 to place your order if you’d like extra assistance. 

Parking permits are a key element of traffic management and parking lot safety. Once you’ve decided on the right approach for implementing a parking policy, supplement permits with pavement markings and parking lot signs that clarify your business’ parking areas and establish appropriate traffic flow. For more on using practical, durable products to improve workplace safety, efficiency, and productivity, explore our Resource Center.