But campus construction and recent legislative actions have resulted in changes to this year's parking assignment process, officials said.
Registration opened to students at 2 p.m. Monday on the Department of Public Safety's Web site and will be open until May 23.
This stage of registration normally begins on or around April 1, but this year's process was delayed because of miscommunication between student government leaders, said Student Body President Jen Daum. The process still will be open for the same length of time.
Student government determines certain information, like the number of spaces and lots that are available for students before registration can begin, said Cheryl Stout, assistant director of parking services.
Daum and former Student Body President Justin Young said student government used figures from this year's permit allocations to determine the number of spaces different types of students will receive next year.
Parking permits for 2002-03 will be assigned by a random lottery system. Every student who registers for a permit will receive a random number. Students will be assigned a position within their academic class and divided by their status as a commuter or resident.
When they register, students can indicate two choices of lots for which they wish to receive a permit. During the assignment process, DPS awards permits to students based on their first choice. If permits are left over, assignments are made using students' second choice.
But while some aspects of registration remain unchanged this year, others have been affected by recent events. Stout said construction in the Ramshead Lot will mean that students who are issued permits for that lot will only be able to park there until Dec. 31, when the lot will be closed. She said students with S5 permits will not receive new permits.
Stout also said the relocation of visitor parking to Stadium Drive will eliminate all but 12 student parking spaces now available for students in that area.