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UTHSC Accessible Parking Information

Any motor vehicle parked on University property, other than in paid meter spaces must display a valid University of Tennessee parking permit. The type of permit indicates the areas where the vehicle may be parked. Use of a motor vehicle on University of Tennessee property is a privilege, not a right, and is made available only under the policies established in the University Rules and Parking Regulations currently in effect.

UTHSC Accessible Parking Application

The Accessible Parking Application is for those who need a new parking lot assignment for accommodations to a permanent/temporary disability.

Neither Parking Services nor the Office of Access and Compliance issues disabled placards or plates. Parking in a handicapped parking space without a state-issued placard will result in a fine. To receive a handicapped placard, please visit a Shelby County Clerk’s Office with the Disabled Person License Application completed. For more information on Disabled Placards visit

UTHSC Accessible Parking Application Requirements:

One Year Permit 1

  • Picture or photocopy of your State Issued Placard of License Plate 
  • Requested Lot information
  • Vehicle Information
  • Signed medical certificate
  • 1 If you need to extend your One Year Permit, submit a new application before the permits expiration date with updated supporting documentation. 

Temporary Permit 

  • Requested Lot information
  • Vehicle Information
  • Signed medical certificate 

Requested Lot Information: Find your requested lot using the campus map

It is the desire of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center to accommodate all faculty, staff, and students who have a genuine need for accessible parking. Accessible parking spaces are located throughout campus in the following lots:

V-LOT 19 1
R-LOT 150 5
X-LOT 208 8
T-LOT 239 7
L-LOT 53 3
O-LOT Closed/Construction Closed/Construction
E-LOT (E-GARAGE) 311 8
C-LOT 190 6
N-LOT Patient Parking 2
A-LOT 30 3
K-LOT 17 1
W-LOT Closed/Construction Closed/Construction
Y-LOT 37 2
1-LOT 92 5

References from the Tennessee Code Annotated
55-21-101 through 55-21-108

T.C.A. 55-21-102 (1) (A) “Disabled driver” is one who is disabled by paraplegia, amputation of leg, foot or both hands, or other condition, certified by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine, resulting in an equal degree of disability (specifying the particular condition) so as not to be able to get about without great difficulty, including impairments that, regardless of cause or manifestation, confine such person to a wheelchair or cause such person to be so ambulatory disabled that he or she cannot walk two hundred fee (20’) without stopping to rest and includes, but is not limited to, those persons using braces or crutches, arthritics, spastics and those with pulmonary or cardiac ills who may be semi-ambulatory;”

  • T.C.A 55-21-102 (1) (B) “Disabled driver also includes the owner of a motor vehicle with vision of not more than 20/200 with correcting glasses.
  • T.C.A. 55-21-102 (1) (C) “Disabled driver” also includes the owner of a motor vehicle who is so ambulatory disabled that he or she cannot walk two hundred fee (200;) without stopping to rest and who is seeking treatment and or healing solely by prayer through spiritual means in the practice of religion in accordance with the creeds and tenets of the First Church of Chris, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. Such condition shall be certified by a Christina Science practitioner listed in The Christian Science Journal as resulting in a degree of disability so that such person is not able to get about without great difficulty;”
  • A disabled passenger is a person who meets the above requirements for a disabled driver.
  • Any person, expect a person who meets the requirements for the issuance of a distinguishing placard or license plate, a disabled veteran’s license plate, or who meets the requirements of 55-21-102, who parks in any parking space designated with the wheelchair disabled sign, commits a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of once hundred dollars ($100.00).
  • In addition to the fine imposed pursuant to subdivision (a) (1), a vehicle which does not display a disabled license plate or placard, and which is parking in any parking space designated with the wheelchair disabled sign, is subject to being towed. When a vehicle has been towed or removed pursuant to this subdivision, it shall be release to its owner, or person inn lawful possession, upon demand; provided, that such person making demands for return pays all reasonable towing and storage charges and that such demand is made during the operating hours of the towing company.
  • It is also a violation of this subsection for any person to park a motor vehicle so that a portion of such vehicle encroaches into a disabled parking space in a manner, which restricts, or reasonably could restrict, a person confined to a wheelchair from exiting or entering a motor vehicle properly parked within such disabled parking space.
  • Notwithstanding any other provision of the law to the contrary, the provisions of subsection (a) shall be enforced by state and local authorities in their respective jurisdictions, whether violations occur on public or private property, in the same manner used to enforce other parking laws.
  • Any person not meeting the requirements of T.C.A. 55-21-103 who used a disabled placard to obtain parking commits a misdemeanor. The disabled placard used to obtain parking by a person not meeting the requirements of 55-21-103 shall be subject to forfeiture and confiscation by state and local authorities in their respective jurisdictions.
  • No state agency, county, city, town or other municipality or any agency thereof shall exact any fee for parking on any street or highway or in an metered parking space or in parking lots municipally owned or leased.
  • If a state or local law enforcement officer observes a violation of this subsection, such officer may confiscate the disabled placard. To recover such placard, a driver must demonstrate by a preponderance of the evident that such driver was complying with T.C.C. 55-21-103, at the time of the confiscation.
  • Any person who unlawfully sells, copies, duplicates, manufactures, or assist in the sale copying, duplicating or manufacturing of a disabled placard commits a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum one thousand dollar ($1,000) fine and imprisonment for a time in the discretion of the court. [Acts 1975,ch. 163, § 8; 1978, ch. 676, § 3, T.C.A., § 59-2208; Acts 1982, ch. 656, §§ 1,2; 1988, ch. 25, § 2, 1986, ch. 598, § 9, 1986, ch. 791, § 12, 1988, ch. 601, § 3, 1988, ch. 716, § 1; 1989, ch. 442, §§ 1,2; 1989, 591, §§ 1,6; 1992, ch. 683, § 1; 1992, ch. 947, §§ 1,3; 1993, ch. 93, § 1, 1994, ch, 684, §1.]
Feb 7, 2024