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If you are a current state employee working in downtown Albany, you too are eligible to pursue parking even before you make the move! Simply fill out an employee parking profile (EPP) to begin the process of securing a permit. Click the “Access My Employee Parking Profile” on the right of this screen.  You will need to have your NYS Employee ID number, driver's license number, and license plate numbers (up to 3 allowed) ready before you begin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.
    How does the parking system work?
    A.

    The OGS employee parking system is centrally managed through an online tool called the employee parking profile (EPP) which is used to record employee preferences. On announced dates, OGS will generate call rosters in lots where permits are available and extend permit offers to employees with the first employee offers being issued to those with the most accumulated State service.

  • Q.
    How do I know if I have enough time in state service to be eligible for my preferred lot?
    A.

     You will not know the amount of time in state service you will need to be eligible for your preferred lot until OGS posts the Status Report which will list projected minimum service dates needed to secure a permit in each lot. Each time the Status Report is updated, employees may update their lot preference to pursue the parking they want as many times as they like.

    It is important to note that  projected parking service dates will change often as applicants update their EPP parking preferences. OGS will update the Status Report on an announced schedule and employees are encouraged to check back frequently and change their parking preference as appropriate. If you are an employees who prioritizes getting any parking over a specific lot, OGS strongly encourages you to select a lot that you have more than enough service to acquire a permit in. The riskier the selection, the less likely an employee is to obtain a permit.

  • Q.
    How will permits be assigned ?
    A.

    All permits available for general parking will be awarded by patron preference and parking service date.  The individuals with the oldest parking service dates will be offered permits first in the lots they select, based on availability.

  • Q.
    Can I request a change to my parking assignment ?
    A.

    Yes, using their Employee Parking Profile employees can change their preference at any time, however changes may not be reflected for up to two business days.

  • Q.
    How do I apply for a new or different parking spot?
    A.

    Through the Employee Parking Profile, all downtown employees have an opportunity to compete for the parking of their choice.

  • Q.
    What are the parking fees for each lot?
    A.

    Parking fees are assigned based on the type of lot and are collected via payroll deduction. Please click here for specific rate information.

  • Q.
    How does payroll deduction work?
    A.

    All patrons are required to use payroll deduction to remit payment for parking fees. Payroll deduction is included in your EPP including terms and conditions. No additional paper work is required as long as you can access and complete your EPP. 

  • Q.
    I have a motorcycle, how do I park?
    A.

    You can use your employee parking profile (EPP) to indicate that you would like to permit your motorcycle as one of your approved vehicles. Simply log on to your EPP and input your motorcycle license plate where prompted. Please note motorcycle-only permits are no longer available.

  • Q.
    As an hourly worker, am I eligible for OGS Parking ?
    A.

    YES.  If you work in one of the Downtown Buildings listed under work location in the EPP, you are eligible for parking based on your parking service date.

  • Q.
    I’m a new parker, how do I get into the system?
    A.

    All employees working in Downtown Albany Buildings can complete an employee parking profile (EPP) by going to the OGS website regardless of your previous parking status.  A NYSEmplID is required to complete the EPP.

  • Q.
    Does selection of a different lot as my preference cancel my current permit?
    A.

    No and please note that OGS envisions offering new parking opportunities regularly. There are no limits on the number of the times an employee may obtain a different permit nor the number of times they change their preference in their EPP.

  • Q.
    Once I get a permit in this new system, how many more times can I change lots?
    A.

    There is no limit on how many times you can change your preference on your Employee Parking Profile or how many times you can accept a permit award based on your selection.

  • Q.
    Why did the Status Report change?
    A.

    The Status Report (SR) reports the estimated parking service date required to obtain a permit in a given lot based on the Employee Parking Profiles completed at the time the Status Report is created. It will change frequently as employee preferences change. We urge patrons to visit and re-visit the Status Report when OGS announces that permits are available.

  • Q.
    What does the word ‘BASE’ or letters ‘BS’ mean that I see next to my parking preference?
    A.

    ‘BASE’ or the letters “BS” are simply intended to distinguish individual permits from carpool permits. If the employee’s intent is to choose a standard, individual permit in a given parking facility (Ex. East Garage would appear as ‘EPGBS’), then he or she has successfully completed the process by making this selection and there is no cause for additional action.

    Please also note the email you receive confirming completion of the Employee Parking Profile may also include the phrase ‘BASE’ or acronym ‘BS’.